West County CYC Golf

Tri-County CYC Golf
2010 Rules and Etiquette Seminar
South Central, St. Charles, and West County Districts
Tri-County CYC Golf
Welcome to all parents and golfers in
the Junior division of the Tri-County
CYC Golf League.
This seminar will briefly cover the rules
and format of the Tri-County CYC Golf
Seminar overview
This seminar will review
 The “High School” format for
tournament play, post season
Champions Tournaments and scoring
by the players
 The Tri-County CYC tournament golf
rules and team substitution rules
 The responsibilities of the players
 The responsibilities of the spectators
Tri-County CYC Rules of Golf
The “High School” format will be used for all matches in
regular season and tournament play.
Highlights of the format are:
 Each match will have its own starter.
 Matches consist of two teams playing 9 holes of golf.
 Players from each team will be assigned a starting
hole with no more than 4 players on any hole.
 Each hole should have players from both teams.
 Prior to the start of play players will exchange
scorecards so that each player is keeping score for
another player in that group.
Scorecard Exchange
Players should keep score for someone on the other team if possible.
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“High School” format continued:
 Parents and spectators may walk with the group, but
may NOT offer advice or assistance to the players.
 At the conclusion of the match each group should
proceed to the designated area to turn in scorecards.
 The team score is the 5 lowest individual scores.
 Scores for the league are tracked by team and by
individual player by grade and gender.
Scoring - Players get 1 point for each stroke
below par and -1 point for each stroke above par
Therefore the higher number of points the better
(-15 is higher than -24)
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Post Season Champions Tournaments - After the 6 regular
season matches there will be Championship
Tournaments for Teams and Individuals
The top 2 teams in each division will qualify for the
Tri-County Team Championship Tournament
scheduled for June 19 at Pheasant Run
If either of the teams are unable to field the minimum
of 5 players the next highest ranked team will be
notified to play in the Championship Match
The top 8 individual players in each grade will qualify
for the Individual Championship Tournament
Each District will have their own Championships
scheduled for June 12 (June 19 rain date)
If any player is unable to play the next highest
finishing player will be selected as a replacement
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Player Scoring – A key point of the league is that the players
keep their opponents score.
At the start of the round each player will be handed a
scorecard for that match. Players are responsible for
checking the card to make sure that:
 The match information is correct – date, course,
starting time and starting hole.
 The player information is correct – player name,
team, parish, grade, and gender.
 Player information will be provided on an address
label which is affixed to the scorecard.
 If you substitute you will not have a label for your
card - all information needs to be completed.
Tri-County CYC Rules of Golf
Tri-County CYC Rules of Golf
Player Scoring continued
Before beginning the match players will exchange
scorecards with other players in their group.
Fill in your name and team as the Scorer.
After each hole is played the Scorer records the
player’s score in the top portion of the
The Scorer can record his/her score in the space
provided at the bottom of the scorecard.
Scorers tear off the bottom portion of the
scorecard to keep for their records
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Player Scoring continued
At the end of the round the players will meet to
review the scorecards.
Players are only responsible for the scores on
each hole and not the final total for the round.
Scorecards are to be signed by both the Scorer
and the Player.
All scorecards must be returned to the Starter.
Players leaving early must return the scorecard to
the owner for completion of the round
Tri-County CYC Tournament Rules
All matches will be conducted following the
rules of golf as published by the USGA.
The course will establish local rules for play
including the use of drop zones, defining
out of bounds, ground under repair, and
The League has also adopted certain rules for
matches designed to assist players with
speed of play and to conduct a fair
Tri-County CYC Tournament Rules
Local rules in effect for 2010:
 Matches will be subject to a 2 hour time limit. Players
may not start any hole after time limit has been met.
 A maximum score of 4 strokes over par (including
whiffs and penalties) is allowed per hole. This is
NOT optional – players must pick-up upon
reaching max score.
 Any unplayed hole will be recorded at max score.
 Players will play “ready golf” when possible following
common rules of etiquette.
 The courses will establish a drop zone for use on holes
with water hazard, lateral water hazard, or other
areas as deemed necessary.
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Local rules in effect for 2010:
 Out-of-bounds –
 Out-of-bounds is commonly marked with white stakes
or can be a fence or road
 The CYC will play all out of bounds as if it were a
lateral hazard
 Players must drop within two club lengths of and not
nearer the hole to the spot the ball went out of play
 Players will incur a one stroke penalty
 All roads fences and wooded areas that define the
perimeter of the golf course will be fall under this rule
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Soccer fields
Player 1 tees off and hits
her ball onto the soccer
fields. Where does she take
her next shot and how many
strokes does she have?
Drop at point B where the
ball crossed the fence.
The next shot is her 3rd.
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Soccer fields
Player 2 hits her tee shot
into the water. Where does
she take her next shot and
how many strokes does she
Drop at point Z where the
ball crossed the Hazard.
The next shot is her 3rd.
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Local rules in effect for 2010:
 Lost ball (outside of a hazard) –
 If a ball cannot be found in a reasonable amount of
time the player should drop in the approximate area
where the ball was lost
 The penalty for a lost ball is one stroke
 The players in the match should assist in the search
for a lost ball so as not to delay their group and
others behind them.
 Players should agree on the location for the drop to
 If the ball is lost in an obstruction (man made object)
or in casual water there is no penalty
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Observers can:
 Walk with the group
 Respectfully cheer
 Help identify location
of a players shot
 Carry a jacket, water
bottle, umbrella, and
other items for a
Observers cannot:
 Offer advice on club
selection or technique
 Tend the pin
 Keep score for the
player or group
 Carry a players bag
or equipment
Coaching is the number one cause of slow play
Substitution Rules
 You can play with another team if
 You cannot play with your team on that same day OR
 You missed a round earlier in the season OR
 You are going to miss a round later in the season
 You may only sub with a team of the same gender AND
in your grade or higher
 A junior golfer may substitute for a team of any
participating schools
 Your score counts for the team that you sub for AND
towards your own individual scores
 It is the responsibility of the junior golfer to arrange the
substitute round
 You can pre-arrange a sub with another coach OR
 You can try to join with another team at the course
General Terms and Rules of Golf
During the match players use stroke play –
counting each stroke including penalties
and whiffs up to the maximum strokes for
that hole (4 strokes over par).
The following slides identify some common
situations encountered in a match and the
proper rule for each.
General Terms and Rules of Golf
Play the ball as it lies:
During play a ball can end up in some tricky
situations. Most of the time you have to
play it as it lies. Sometimes you can move
things in your way to get a better shot,
swing or stance. Sometimes you may move
the ball without a penalty. Sometimes you
have to move the ball and may be charged
a penalty.
When in doubt about a rule – ask for
assistance from another player or observer.
General Terms and Rules of Golf
Play the ball as it lies: Quiz
1. Your ball rolls
under a bench on a
nearby tee that is
anchored to the
ground. You pick up
the ball, take a
proper drop and
continue the hole.
Is there a penalty?
2. Your ball rolls
next to a sign for
hot dogs in the
clubhouse. You
easily pick up the
sign and play your
shot. Afterward you
replace the sign.
Is there a penalty?
3. Your ball lands in
mud on the side of
the fairway and is
partially burried.
You pick up the ball,
clean off the mud
and place it near
where it was.
there a penalty?
All these are allowed without a penalty
1. Immovable obstruction similar to a cart path, fence or light pole
2. Obstructions can be moved if not permanently attached
3. Plugged ball can be cleaned and replaced through the green.
General Golf Etiquette
Players and observers should assist each other
in maintaining the pace of play.
Try to keep up with the group in front of you.
Be observant of where your ball lands. Quickly walk
directly to your ball being aware of others in the
group and the location of their shot. BE SAFE!
Be ready to play when it is your turn. Take only one
practice swing to avoid slowing down play.
Quickly leave the green at the conclusion of the hole.
Confirm the scores on the next tee so as not to
delay the group behind you.
General Golf Etiquette
When you reach the green players should
place their bags between the hole and
the next tee. Observers should remind
players of this to speed up play.
Players should follow the order of play on the
green - the furthest player from the hole
plays first. The closest player should
attend or remove the flagstick. Be ready
when it is your turn.
Players should only mark their ball when it
interferes with another player’s line.
Never move your ball without marking
the spot first.
General Golf Etiquette
Players should take care of the course
On the green players should avoid dragging
their feet or club which may damage the
green. Don’t walk in other’s line.
Repair all ball marks and divots you make
during the course of play.
Players should rake the bunker after exiting.
This includes the area of play and the
footprints you make entering and exiting.
Don’t cause undo damage to the course.
12 Things to remember
Arrive 30 minutes early for check-in
Check your scorecard information
Trade scorecards on 1st tee
Watch all shots in the group / be safe
Use proper golf etiquette
No help from Mom and Dad
Walk quickly between shots and holes
Pick up at max score = par + 4
Know the rules – free drop or add 1 stroke
Mark the scores and verify after each hole
Sign the scorecard and turn it in
Tri-County CYC Golf
This concludes the Rules of Golf and
Etiquette Seminar. Your attention
during this presentation is part of the
key to making the League a success.
On behalf of the Golf League
we thank you for participation
and wish you success on and
off the course in 2010.

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