Hong Kong Seniors Close Amateur Championship 2021

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021 to Friday, 30 April 2021
Venue: DBGC

Closing for Entries : Wednesday 7 April 2021

Terms of the Competition

Additional Notes to Players & Anti Doping Policy

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Terms of the Competition

1) The Hong Kong Seniors Close Amateur Championship 2021 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 golfers who have reached the age of 55 or above on or before Wednesday 28 April 2021.  The handicap limit is 18 (or USGA index of 16.6) as at the closing date for entries.  All competitors must be in possession of a current handicap index updated within the last 6 months.

Deadline for Entries: Wednesday 7 April 2021

3) Competitors will play one round on 28 April 2021 and one on 29 April 2021. The 40 lowest scores over these 36 holes and any tying for the 40th place will qualify for the final 18 holes on 30 April 2021 (at least 3 players from each age group).

Please note that a cut will be made after round 1 and any player scoring more than 99 (100 or above) and who is 11 shots more than the leading score, whichever is the higher, may be eliminated from the championship.

4) 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.

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 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.

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

For details, please visit R&A website at www.randa.org

8) Players are permitted to ride on golf carts. However players who wish to drive a golf cart must show their current valid Hong Kong 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$190 per person for sharing. 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 497 in the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf Effective 2019).

Penalty for Breach of Condition: General Penalty for each breach where a breach has occurred

NB: Players may not allow any person to ride on a motorized golf cart with them during a competition round unless that person is a fellow competitor who is sharing the cart.  (Penalty for Breach of Condition: Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round; four strokes.)

9) 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. Repeated offence may result in the caddie being asked to leave the course.

c. Caddies who intend to walk on the greens during practice or competition rounds are not permitted to wear spiked (including pimple/traction bar style) golf shoes or indeed any type of footwear that it is evident is disturbing the surface of the green. Repeated offence may result in the caddie being asked to leave the course.

10) A player may bring his own caddie provided he or she is not a professional golfer.

Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.

11) During a competition round, the use of a mobile phone may be regarded as a serious breach of etiquette for which a penalty of disqualification may be imposed (Rule 1.2).

12) 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 competition 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 4.3a.

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

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 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 purpose 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.

16) 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.

17) Breaches of Discipline

A player commits a breach of discipline if he:

  1. i) Knowingly fails to comply with the Rules of Golf with an intention of gaining an advantage over another player;
  2. ii) Knowingly returns a false score.
  3. iii) Verbally threatens any person during the Championship.
  4. iv) Uses abusive or profane language during the Championship;
  5. v) Behaves in a manner detrimental to the good name and reputation of the HKGA;
  6. vi) Brings the game of golf into disrepute;
  7. vii) Misses a tee time or withdraws from the Championship before its completion without providing good and sufficient reason.
  8. 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.

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) 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.

20) Withdrawal Policy

There is no penalty if a player withdraws before the date of the close of entries Wednesday 7 April 2021. 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.

21) The Tournament Committee reserves the right to amend these Championship terms.