Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Competition 2018

Date: Monday, 14 May 2018
Venue: HKGC

Closing dates for Entries: Monday 30 April 2018

Conditions of Competition

Entry Form

Additional Notes

Anti Doping Policy



1) The Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Competition 2018 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 Competition is open to all Hong Kong Secondary Schools who may form a team of max. 4 players who are at or below 19 and provided that the player is still at SECONDARY SCHOOL on 14 May 2018 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 competitors must be in possession of a current HKGA handicap updated within the last 3 months

Tournament :

1. Best School Team – Schools will select max. 4 players to represent them. The school team score will consist of the best 2 scores from that team. The school with the highest aggregate stableford points will be awarded School Team Champion, Runner Up and Third Place in each Division. All teams must be selected before the start of the competition.

2. Best Individual Scores – Highest stableford points with prizes will be awarded for Winner, Runner-up, third place and fourth place. To eligible to win a the prize players must produce a current HKGA handicap card that has been updated within the last 3 months

The competition will play over 18 holes and will be conducted over boys and girls divisions, in their respective age groups as follows:

Max. Handicap Index

Age Groups





Division A – DOB after 1 January 1999





Division B – DOB after 1 January 2002





Division C – DOB after 1 January 2004






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 scoring the highest number of Stableford points over the last nine holes, if there is still no outright winner, then the winner will be determined by the points scored over the last six, the 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 a winner is still not determined, the result will 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

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.

For Stableford Competition

If players have no chance of scoring points on a hole they must 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 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.

13) 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 where up to date information will be posted at regular intervals.

17) Withdrawal Policy

There is no penalty for withdrawals before the date of the close of entries on 30 April 2018.

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


Additional Notes to Players

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) Players, Markers and Officials will be permitted on the golf course during the playing of the tournament.

6) Prizes will be awarded as follows:

A trophy will be awarded to Team Champion, Runner Up and Third Place, also for division Winner, Runner Up, Third place and Fourth place 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.

7) Team Uniform

A commemorative Club logo shirt and cap will be provided by the Club to be worn by all participants on the competition day.  Shirt will be issued on registration.

8) Food and Beverage

A drink and a snack will be provided by the Club at the halfway house.

9) Presentation Ceremony

A prize presentation ceremony will take place in the Poolside Rotunda in the clubhouse as soon as possible after the completion of play.

A lunch for all players and accompanying teachers will be provided at the Club’s expense.


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, China will be in force.