Hong Kong Schools Team Championship 2017 (Aged 13 and above)
Date: Monday, 13 February 2017
Closing date for entries : Monday 23 January 2017
Conditions of Competition
Anti Doping Policy
1) The Hong Kong Schools Team Championship 2017 will be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Rules Limited and with the Local Rules approved by the Tournament Committee.
2) The Championship is open to all Hong Kong Schools who may form a team of 4 players who are 13 years or above and provided that the player is still at SECONDARY SCHOOL on 13 February 2017 and
(a) must conform in all respects to the Rules of Amateur Status as laid down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews; and
(b) have a HKGA handicap accepted by the Tournament Committee; and
(c) all competitions must be in possession of a current HKGA handicap updated within the last 3 months
1. Best School Team – Schools will select 4 players to represent them. The school team score will consist of the best 3 scores from that team. All teams must be selected before the start of the competition.
2. Best Individual Scores – Division Gross and Nett – Champion and Runner-up – Boys and Girls – To eligible to win a Nett prize players must produce a current HKGA handicap card that has been updated within the last 3 months.
The Tournament shall be stroke play over 18 holes and will be conducted over boys and girls divisions, in their respective age groups as follows :.
|Group A: 15 – 18 years
|Group B: 13 – 14 years
All competitors must be in possession of a current HKGA handicap updated within the last 3 months.
In the event of over subscription, priority in each age group will be given to players with low handicaps.
3) In the event of a tie in the competitions the result will be decided by a count back.
The count back procedure to be used will be:
The winner will be the team or player having the lowest gross score over eighteen holes. If the tying players or team have the same score for the eighteen holes, the winner will be determined by the scores over the last nine, last six, last three, last hole, front nine last nine, last six, last three and last one. If this system does not produce a winner, the winner shall be decided by the toss of a coin.
4) The specimen conditions in the Rules of Golf effective 2016 as regards Conforming Driver Heads (see pages 154) and Conforming Golf Balls (see page 155) are in effect.
5) Any driver the player carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the R&A.
It is the responsibility of all players to ensure that their driver is listed on the R&A list of Conforming Driver Heads.
The Tournament Committee reserves the right to inspect any driver at any time during the tournament.
Penalty for making a stroke with club in breach of condition: Disqualification
For details, please visit R&A website at www.randa.org
6) Competitors in all Division must carry their own golf bags or use a pull or battery operated trolley. Trolleys are available on first come first served basis.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.
Caddies are not permitted.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.
7) During a stipulated round, the use of a mobile phone is regarded as a serious breach of etiquette for which a penalty of disqualification may be imposed.
8) During a stipulated round, the use of a distance measuring device is allowed.
A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his / her play (e.g. elevation change, wind speed, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: 2 strokes for the first offence, disqualification for more than one breach of the local rule.
9) A copy of the Pace of Play conditions will be posted at the Tournament Office and will be available on request.
10) Return of Score Cards
Competitors must ensure that they return their score cards to the tournament office within 15 minutes of completing their round.
(Penalty for breach of condition: Disqualification)
11) The Tournament Committee may require a player to withdraw from the Championship if it is felt that the player does not have a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf which includes etiquette, or the requisite golfing standard.
The Tournament Committee shall be appointed by the Hong Kong Golf Association and shall consist of:
(a) Hong Kong Golf Association Chairman, Rules (or an authorized deputy)
(b) Hong Kong Golf Association Chairman, Tournaments (or an authorized deputy)
(c) The Tournament Director (or an authorized deputy)
For the purposes of Rule 33-7 a quorum shall consist of any two of the above persons. Decisions of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding on all concerned.
12) Breaches of Discipline
A player commits a breach of discipline if he / she:
i) Knowingly fails to comply with the Rules of Golf with an intention of gaining an advantage over another player;
ii) Knowingly returns a false score.
iii) Verbally threatens any person during the Championship.
iv) Uses abusive or profane language during the Championship;
v) Behaves in a manner detrimental to the good name and reputation of the HKGA;
vi) Brings the game of golf into disrepute;
vii) Misses a tee time or withdraws from the Championship before its completion without providing good and sufficient reason.
viii) Is under the influence of and/or uses drugs prohibited by the WADA anti-doping policy.
Breach of Etiquette
A player commits a breach of etiquette if he/ she:
i) Does not repair Divots
ii) Does not repair Pitch Marks
iii) Does not rake Bunkers
The Tournament Committee may in the case of a breach of discipline either disqualify a player from the competition or impose such other penalty or reprimand as it deems appropriate in the circumstances.
Please refer to the HKGA Discipline Procedure and Right of Appeal policy on the official HKGA website.
13) Entrants must conform in all respects to the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by R&A Rules Limited and sign the declaration in the entry form to that effect.
14) Entrants must be a resident in Hong Kong for at least six months immediately prior to the commencement of the Tournament, or were born in Hong Kong and hold a current HKGA handicap card.
15) Event Cancellation Policy
If the Tournament has to be cancelled due to inclement weather or if the course is closed for any reason necessitating cancellation, the following policy regarding the refund of entry fees will apply and entries are only accepted on this basis.
If the event is cancelled prior to any play taking place, all entry fees will be refunded.
Once any play has commenced, no refund of entry fees will be made.
16) In case of inclement weather all competitors should check the HKGA website www.hkga.com where up to date information will be posted at regular intervals.
17) Withdrawal Policy
There is no penalty if a team withdraw before the date of the close of entries 23 January 2017. Should a team withdraw after date of the close of entries, the entry fee will be forfeited and should the team fail to give less than 72 hours notice before the date of the tournament, the team will be suspended from playing in the tournament the following year.
18) The Tournament Committee reserves the right to amend these Championship conditions.
Additional Notes to Players
1) The starting field will be a maximum of 30 teams. In the event of entries exceeding this number, entries will be decided using handicap index. Lower handicaps taking precedence. Unsuccessful entrants will be given the opportunity to compete in the event of withdrawals. Entry fees will be refunded to unsuccessful entrants who do not compete.
2) Spectators are allowed on the course but must stay away from the players if asked by an official to do so, and must remain on the cart paths and or roads when these are available.
3) All entries will be subject to the approval of the Tournament Committee which reserves the right to accept or refuse, or having accepted, subsequently reject any entry without giving a reason for its decision.
4) It is the responsibility of each player to be aware of and abide by, the Dress Code of the Host Club. A copy of this will be posted on the Information Board at the Tournament office. Both on and off the Course and in the Clubhouse, players should observe reasonable, inoffensive manner of dress.
In general however, the following rules should be observed.
a) Denim wear including jeans, is not permitted
b) Swimwear and athletic attire including tracksuits, shorts, T-shirts and sports shoes are not allowed.
c) Footwear should be worn at all times, not changed in public areas and notice taken of Host Club rules regarding spike shoes.
d) Hats or caps should not be worn in the Clubhouse.
5) All players must have insurance to cover any incident that might occur on or around the golf course. The HKGA accepts no reasonability for any injury to any person or damage to equipment.
6) Players, Markers and Officials will be permitted on the golf course during the playing of the tournament.
7) Prizes will be awarded as follows:
A trophy will be awarded to Team Champions and Runner-ups, also for division winners and runner-ups in each age group category for the boys’ and girls’ divisions.
A player who withdraws from the Championship is not entitled to win any prizes.
Anti Doping Policy
The Anti-Doping policy as confirmed by the International Golf Federation, Hong Kong Anti-Doping Committee and the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong will be in force.