Albert K.W. Lai Junior Tournament 2017

Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
Venue: HKGC

Closing Date for Entries : Monday 3 July 2017

Conditions of Competiton

Entry Form

Additional Notes

Anti Doping Policy

Tee Time : 17 July 2017

Tournament Notice

 

Conditions

1) The Albert K.W. Lai Junior 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) Competitors in groups A-F will play 18 holes and for groups G-J will play 9 holes.

The Championship will be Stableford over one (1) round of 18 holes, for 15-17, 13-14 & 11-12 age groups. The 10 and under age groups will play 9 holes only.

Individual competitions will be conducted over boys and girls’ divisions, in their respective age groups as follows:

Boys

Max.

H'cap Index

Tee Girls

Max.

H'cap Index

Tee
Group A: 15-17 years 14.3 Blue Group B:  15-17 years 17.2 White
Group C: 13-14 years 18.3 Blue Group D:  13-14 years 22.8 White
Group E: 11-12 years 22.8 White Group F:  11-12 years 28.4 White
Group G: 9-10 years 34.0 White Group H:  9-10 years 34.0 White
Group I:  7 - 8 years 37.8 F. Tee Group J: 7 - 8 years 37.8 F. Tee

                                                                                                                        
All competitors must be in possession of a current HKGA handicap updated within the last 3 months

A marker will accompany each group in the 10 years and under Divisions and where possible in the 11-12 years Divisions.

3) In the event of a tie for the Overall Championship a sudden-death play-off will be conducted immediately to determine the winner. The play off holes will be decided by the Tournament Director. 

Ties for all other places will be decided by count back. Count back will be on the last nine holes, last six, last three and finally the last hole. If this system does not produce a winner, the result will be decided by the highest Stableford points on holes 1-9 and then from 4-9 and 7-9 and finally hole 9. If the winner is still not determined, the result shall be decided by the toss of a coin.

Boys in Group A and Group C will play from the Blue tee markers. Boys in Group E and Girls in Group B, D, and F will play from the White tee markers. Boys and Girls in Group G & H will play from White tee marker, I & J will play from forward tee markers. In the event that play over the stipulated course is impractical it is the right of the Tournament Committee to alter or shorten the stipulated round as the Committee deems fit.

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 A,B,C and D groups must carry their own clubs or use trolleys to pull their own golf bag. 
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification. 

Caddies are not permitted. However, due to the possibility of extremely hot weather, competitions in groups E,F,G,H,I & J (under 13 age groups) will be allowed to use “Yellow” Hong Kong Golf Club caddies for this tournament.
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, players in the 13-17 age group are allowed to use a Distance measuring device. Players in the younger age groups are not allowed to use a Distance measuring device during a stipulated round.
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 full Pace of Play conditions will be posted at the Tournament Office and will be available on request.

If players have no chance of scoring points on a hole please pick up in order to speed up play.  Stableford points will be calculated by the official scorers.  If a player does not finish a hole, mark with a “X”.

10) Return of Score cards
Competitors must ensure that they return their scorecard 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 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.

14) 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.  

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.

15) Withdrawal Policy

There is no penalty if a player withdraw before the date of the close of entries 3 July 2017. Should a player withdraw after date of the close of entries, the entry fee will be forfeited and should the player fail to give less than 72 hours notice before the date of the tournament, the player will be suspended from playing in the tournament the following year.

16) The Tournament Committee reserves the right to amend these Championship conditions.

 

Additional Notes to Players

1) The starting field will be 100. 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 not allowed on the course.

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 for 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) Prizes will be awarded as follows:

The Albert K.W. Lai Trophy will be awarded to the Boy’s overall Champion with the best gross Stableford points over 18 holes playing from the men’s Blue tee markers and to the Girl’s overall Champion with the best gross Stableford points over 18 holes playing from the ladies’ White tee markers. There will also be prizes awarded to the Gross Stableford winner, runner-up and third place as well as the Nett Stableford winner, runner-up and third place in each Age Group (boys and girls). Other than these two prizes no player shall win more than one prize.

 

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.