Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur & Mid Amateur Close Championships 2020

Date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020 to Friday, 7 February 2020
Venue: HKGC

Closing Date for Entries : 10 Janurary 2020

Terms of the competition

Additional Informatiom

Online Entry 

Entry form

Anti Doping Policy

Terms of the competition

1. The Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur Championship 2020 (“Championship Division”) and The Hong Kong Ladies Close Mid Amateur Championship 2020 (“Mid Amateur Divisions”) 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. Competitors will play one round on 5 February 2020 and one on 6 February 2020. After 36 holes, the 20 lowest scores and any tying for 20th place in the Ladies Close Championship, the 10 lowest scores and any tying for 10th place at the Close Mid Amateur Championship Division I and the 18 lowest scores and any tying for 18th place at the Close Mid Amateur Division II will qualify for the final 18 holes on 7 February 2020.

Should any player in the Championship Division and Mid Amateur Division I score more than 92 (93 or above) in the first round and is more than 11 strokes behind leader, then the player may be withdrawn from the championship.

Should any player in the Mid Amateur Division II score more than 100 (101 or above) in the first round and is more than 11 strokes behind leading player in the Mid Amateur Division II, then the player may be withdrawn from the championship.

3. In the event of a tie for first place in the Championship Division and Mid Amateur Division I, the winner will be decided by a hole by hole play off to take place as soon as practicable. The play off holes will be decided by the Tournament Director.

4. 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 follow 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

5. The specimen conditions in the Official Guide to Rules of Golf effective 2019 as regarding Conforming Driver Heads, grove and punch mark specifications (see pages 495) as well as Conforming Golf Balls (see page 496) are in effect.

6. 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

7. Players shall walk at all times during a competition round unless permitted to ride by the Tournament Committee or a referee.

8. Caddies are allowed

a. Caddies must walk at all times during a competition 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 wear 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 caddie being asked to leave the course.

9. A player may bring her own caddie provided he or she is not a professional golfer.

Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.

10. During a competition round, the use of a mobile phone is regarded as a serious breach of etiquette for which a penalty of disqualification may be imposed.

11. During a competition 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 her play (e.g. elevation change, wind speed, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 4.3a

Penalty for Breach of condition: General penalty for first offence; disqualification for repeated breach.

12. A copy of the Full Pace of Play conditions will be posted at the Tournament Office and will be available on request.

13. 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)

14. The Tournament Committee may require a player to withdraw from the competition 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 1.2, a quorum shall consist of any two of the above persons. Decisions of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding on all concerned.

15. Breaches of Discipline

A player commits a breach of discipline if 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.

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.

16. Entries will be accepted from female amateur players with the following handicap index under the USGA handicapping system as at the closing date:

HONG KONG LADIES CLOSE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

USGA handicap Index of 10.8 or lower (Play from Blue tee, approx. 6200 yards)

HONG KONG LADIES CLOSE MID AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

Division I: USGA handicap Index of 10.8 or lower  (Play from Blue tee, approx. 6200 yards)

Aged 25 or above on or before 5 February 2020  

Division II : USGA Handicap Index between 10.8 and 19.1 (Play from White tee, approx. 5,700 yards)

Aged 25 or above on or before 5 February 2020

A player’s handicap is her official handicap on the last day of entry.

17. 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.

18. 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. 

19. Withdrawal Policy

There is no penalty if a player withdraws before the date of the close of entries 10 January 2020. 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 Championships conditions.

Additional Notes to Players

1. The starting field will be a maximum of 90 players. In the event of over subscription, lower handicap index entrants will take priority as well as where possible tournament results. 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. Entries Close: 10 January 2020

2. Spectators are allowed on the course but 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 Country Club will be extended to all entrants on 3 February 2020.  Players must book their starting times by telephoning at 2504 8654 or email to gary.lam@hkga.com between 20 January and 21 January 2020.

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 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.

6. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

HK LADIES CLOSE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP                     :  Winner, Runner up and Third Place

HK LADIES CLOSE MID AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP DIV I   :   Winner, Runner up and Third Place

HK LADIES CLOSE MID AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP DIV II:     Winner, Runner up and Third Place

EACH ROUND IN EACH DIVISION                                           :  Best Gross

A player who has entered both Close Championships is entitled to win a prize in both Championships.

Prizes will be presented for the best gross score returned by a player aged 45 or above in the Mid Amateur Division I & II.

Minor prizes such as the best score for each day are restricted to players who have not won a major prize.

Missing the cut does not disqualify a competitor from prizes won in earlier rounds.

A player who withdraws from the Championships 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, China will be in force.