Hong Kong Seniors Open Amateur Championship 2017

Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2017 to Friday, 10 November 2017
Venue: HKGC

Closing Date for entries : 3 October 2017

Conditions of Competition

Entry Form (Local)

Entry Form (Overseas)

Additional Notes

Anti-Doping Policy

Accommodation Form

 

Conditions

1) The Hong Kong Seniors Open Amateur Championship 2017 will be decided by stroke play over three rounds, which 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) Entries will be accepted from male amateur players who have reached the age of 55 on or before Wednesday 8 November 2017.  The handicap limit for those aged 55-64 is 12 (or USGA index of 12.3).  The handicap limit for players of 65 or over is 15 (USGA index of 15.3).

3) Competitors will play one round on the 8 and 9 November 2017. The 50 lowest scores over these 36 holes and any tying for the 50th place will qualify for the final 18 holes on 10 November 2017 plus where practicable at least 3 players in each age category.

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

5) All other ties will be decided by a count-back. The winner will be the player having the lowest gross score over the last 18 holes (then the last 9, last 6, last 3, and last hole; then by holes 1-9, 4-9, 7-9 and hole 9). If a tie still arises, the scores of the preceding round will be applied in the same way. If a winner is still not determined after the score of the first round is applied, the result will be decided by the toss of a coin.
 
6) 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.

7) 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.

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

8) Players are permitted to ride on golf carts. However players who wish to drive a golf cart must show their current valid driving license before being allowed to drive a golf cart. 
The use of trolleys or motorized golf carts will be permitted but is not mandatory. 
Competitors who use a golf cart will be charged HK$300 per cart. No more than two carts per playing group are allowed except when a shuttle is provided by the Committee or otherwise authorized by a Rules Official (see page 159 of the Rules of Golf Effective 2016).

9) a. Caddies must walk at all times during a stipulated round unless permitted to ride by the Tournament Committee or a referee.
b. Caddies wearing jeans or sandals will not be allowed on the course.
c. Caddies may not were spiked (whether soft or hard) golf shoes; a caddie in breach of this condition will not be allowed on to the putting greens.
Repeated offence may result in the disqualification of the player.

10) A player may bring his own caddie provided he or she is not a professional golfer. Players and caddies may use a pull or battery operated trolley.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.

Players using motorized carts or trolleys should remember that the cart or trolley and everything in or on it, even when shared, is the equipment of the player whose ball is involved, except that, when the cart is being moved by one of the players sharing it, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be the player’s equipment. 

11) 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.

12) 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 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

13) A copy of the full Pace of Play conditions will be posted at the Tournament Office and will be available on request.

14) 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.

15) 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.

16) Breaches of Discipline 

A player commits a breach of discipline if he :

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 :

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.

17) 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.  

18) 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.

19) Withdrawal Policy

There is no penalty if a player withdraws before the date of the close of entries 3 October 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.

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

 

Additional Notes to Players

1) The starting field will be a maximum of 90. 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 any withdrawals. Entry fees will be refunded to unsuccessful entrants who do not compete.

2) Spectators are allowed on the course but must stay on the cart path and must stay away from the players if asked by an official to do so. Viewing is also permitted from designated vantage points.

3) The courtesy of the Hong Kong Golf Club will be extended to all entrants on Tuesday 7 November 2017. Players must book their starting times by telephoning or faxing the Hong Kong Golf Association at telephone: (852) 2504 8654 or fax: (852) 2845 1553 from Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Hong Kong time). 

4) 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. 

5) 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.

6) 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.

7) Accommodation
Limited rooms will be available at The Hong Kong Golf Club on a first come first served basis.  
Please refer to the attached Room Accommodation Form which must be completed and returned to the Hong Kong Golf Association before Tuesday 3 October 2017.

8) Prizes will be awarded as follows:

The Open Championship     : Winner, 2nd and 3rd Place
Each Round : Best Gross

    
Additional prizes for best gross scores in age groups 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and over 70 will be awarded.   A competitor may only win one daily prize throughout the championship. 

To be eligible for any prize, a competitor must complete the tournament, with a valid score for each round. Missing the cut does not disqualify a competitor from prizes won in earlier rounds.  Daily prizes are not awarded to winners of the major prizes.

Prize winners are expected to attend the Prize Presentation Ceremony to collect their prizes.

A player who withdraws from the Championship is not entitled to win any prizes.

All perpetual trophies will remain in the custody of the HKGA.

 

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.