FORMAT: 18-hole stroke play governed by the Rules of the USGA.
SETUP: All players will contend for the coveted title of “#1 Golfer in the Unifour” to be awarded at the conclusion of the season. Every player should have a CGA Handicap. The UGA is a member club of the CGA and a handicap can be issued through the UGA. A Player who joins the Tour having no handicap can be flighted provided they are able to produce their last 10 scores.
FLIGHTING: All UGA Tour flighting is based on a player’s stroke average. At the start of each season returning UGA members will begin the new season based on their finishing stroke average of the previous season. New UGA Tour members will be required to submit their last ten scores and the handicap of the teeing ground that those scores were obtained from. Once a player begins play his flighting will be adjusted every tenth (10th) and twentieth (20th) event based on cumulative total of stokes and pars through each of those adjustments.
The breakdown is as follows:
Back Tees: Championship Flight – 0-4.99
Middle Tees: A Flight - 5.00 – 9.99
Middle Tees: B Flight - 10.00 – 14.99
Front Tees: C Flight - 15.00 – 18.99
Front Tees: D Flight – 19.00 & up
*max USGA Handicap Index -- men/36.4 -- women/40.4
Tournament Awards: Only GROSS SCORES will be used to determine point’s distribution. Each UGA Tournament will award points to a player based on the players overall finish. Points will be awarded down to the 67 finishing spot in each event. There will be no points awarded past 67 spots. The base number of points will be 1,000. The UGA conducts four majors a season. For the 2012 season each major will be a two day event. Players will earn triple points for each of the two days based on their finish. The first event of the season will award 1,000 points and every other UGA event except for the four majors will award 2,000 points.
Purse: Only GROSS SCORES will be used to determine purse distribution. The overall winner of each event will win 10% of the total purse. The remaining 90% will be divided equally among the five flights and distributed to the top three finishers in each fight. The flight purse will be distributed as follows. The winner of a flight will receive 50%, second place will receive 30% and third place will receive 20% of the flight’s purse. All ties share equally of the total of the tie positions. The total amount of the purse will be determined by the size of the total field. The purse will be distributed in the form of gift certificates that are redeemable at DL Tee’s in Hickory, NC.
Trophy: The overall winner of each event will be awarded a trophy.
YEAR END AWARDS: To be eligible for a year end award a UGA player must have played in 2/3 of the total events held during the current season. The players at the end of the season with the most points in their respective flights will be crowned the “#1 (Ch, A, B, C, D) Flight Golfer in the Unifour.” The player at the end of the season with the most points overall will be crowned the “#1 Golfer in the Unifour.”
In addition, each of the season ending trophy winners will receive a exemption from the 2014 membership fee.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership in The UGA Tour cost $75.00 for a 12 month membership from the date of joining. The UGA is an affiliate club of the CGA. This affiliation with the CGA allows the UGA to issue its members a handicap service for an annual fee of $20.00. All new players will have to furnish a handicap or 10 score cards by the Wednesday before the event they want to play in. The UGA Tour begins in March and runs through October of each year. The UGA handicap service runs from January 1st thru December 31st of each year
PAYMENT POLICY: The UGA Tour will accept cash, money orders and checks. There will be a $30 fee for all returned checks. If a check is returned all future payments must be made in cash.
REFERRAL CASH AWARD PROGRAM: Any active member of The UGA Tour who sponsors a new Tour Member will receive a $50.00 Tour Credit. Tour Players may sponsor as many new players as they wish to earn as many Tour Credits as they wish. Each Tour Credit may be used towards membership fees, event entries and OMG entries.
ELIGIBILITY: Players must meet the "Amateur" qualifications as described by the USGA.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Entries must reach the UGA Headquarters by 5:00PM on the Wednesday before the event that they wish to enter.
TOURNAMENT ENTRY PROCEDURE:
To enter an event: All players must have their cash, check, money order or cashiers check in the UGA Tour office no later than 5PM on the Wednesday before the event date they want to play in. If a player wishes to use their “Tour Credit” for entry fees they must include the Tour Credit along with any additional amount that is required to cover the entry fee by the deadline. Each event will be limited to the first 112 golfers on a first paid base. All new players will have to furnish a handicap or 10 score cards plus all applicable fees by the Wednesday before the up coming event in order to be eligible for the up coming event
TEE TIMES AND GROUPINGS: Event tee times and pairings will be emailed to the UGA Tour Directory by noon on the Friday before the event. All pairings will be set according to the player’s point standings regardless of their flight. The first event of each new season Pairings and Tee Times will be in the order according to the player’s point’s finish from the previous season. Once the new season is under way any current UGA player who has not played in a new season’s event will be paired at the end of their established flight from the previous season.
TOURNAMENT CHECK IN: It will be the players' responsibility to be at the teeing ground no less than five minutes before their designated tee time. Players reporting to the teeing ground up to five minutes past the designated start time will be assessed a penalty of 2 strokes. After five minutes players will be disqualified and forfeit their entry fee.
WITHDRAWALS: In order to receive a full refund all withdrawals must be received by the Thursday before the event no later than 5:00PM. To withdraw from the tournament please contact the UGA Headquarters at 828-465-4693 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Players will forfeit 50% of their entry fee if withdrawals are made on the Friday before the event and 100% forfeit of paid entry fees for withdrawals or "No Show" on event day. No refunds or credit will be given for any reason once a player has teed off.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: In all UGA events, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect the player's play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, ect.). the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
FOOTWEAR: It is a condition of UGA competition that shoes with traditionally designed spikes or metal spikes are prohibited from being worn in any UGA event.
TOURNAMENT PLAY RULES
USGA Rules govern all play unless others stipulated with the following: The event Tournament Director or it's representative and/or rules committee may implement "local rules" and/or decisions during the course of competition as deemed necessary by the Tournament Director and/or rules committee which shall take precedent over any other rules or procedures stipulated elsewhere.
WATER HAZARDS: Water hazards are identified by yellow stakes and defined by yellow lines. Lateral water hazards are identified by red stakes, defined by red lines and include unmarked drainage ditches and other open water courses. When a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When water hazards and lateral water hazards are bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by white lines. Fire ant hills and French drains are ground under repair. White-lined areas tying into cart paths are part of those obstructions. Sod seams (not the sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 25-1 if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams and edges within the sodded area are considered the same seam or edge.
TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Greenside fans, starting, scoring and concession tents are deemed to be temporary immovable obstructions (TIO's). See page 131 of the 2012-15 Rules of Golf for interference and relief procedure.
CELL PHONE AND PAGER USE IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED DURING TOURNAMENT PLAY with an exception due to injure or illness of a player and a call for a rules official!
B>Grass and Areas of Vegetation that are not mowed or border holes beyond the second cut of grass (rough) are considered lateral hazards unless otherwise marked. These areas are to be played under Rule 26. Players may exercise options under Rule 26 and drop using the grass cut line to define the hazard boundary. Unless otherwise marked, tree wells, flowerbeds and bedded plant areas are treated as ground under repair (Rule 25-1). Players MUST NOT execute a stroke from within any of these areas.
Balls: SHOULD be marked and MUST be declared on the 1st Tee. Balls MUST be designated on the USGA current list of conforming balls.
One Ball Rule: The UGA Tour plays every event under the One Ball Rule. Be governed by Appendix 1, Part C-1.
Embedded ball rule is in effect. Be governed by Rule 25-2.
Tire ruts, and washouts or ruts in bunkers due to lack of proper maintenance: These areas may be considered as GUR. Be governed by Rule 25-1. Areas of sparse vegetation do not qualify for relief under this rule.
Private Properties: All private properties as well as all course perimeter roads are out of bounds.
Property Damage: All players are responsible for any damage inflicted on any property as a result of their actions during a tournament.
Scorecards: All players must sign their scorecards and submitted for posting within twenty minutes of the group ahead of them. All players must verify each hole score with their markers. Addition of scores is the responsibility of the Tour Director and staff. All players must calculate the total of each stat before submitting their scorecards. Scores will be posted immediately following the tournament for public inspection. All scores will be verified.
PLAYOFF: A hole by hole playoff to determine the champion will begin at the first tee (unless indicated otherwise) when such a situation is determined. Players are responsible for making themselves available at the scoreboard.
“Doubt as to Procedure:” Playing situation that create "Doubts as to Procedure" must be governed by Rule 3-3. If in the instance of a dispute or question, an alternate ball may be played until the question at hand can be resolved by a tour official.
Players must remember that their actions reflect on the Tour and the host facility as well. At the discretion of the Tour Director the following actions are grounds for disqualification from an event and/or suspension from the Tour:
ALCOHOL: The UGA Tour will not tolerate the use of any alcohol consumption during play of a tournament.
THROWING OF AND CLUB BREAKING: The UGA Tour will not tolerate bad behavior such as throwing clubs or uncontrollable outburst. All players have to respect all other players. When a player commits a breach of etiquette that player will be disqualified without refund of entry fee and banned from the next three events. For the second offense that player will be disqualified and banned from the next five events. On the third occurrence of the season the player will be banned from the Tour for the remainder of the current season and will forfeit Tour membership fee.
EXCESSIVE PROFANTIY. LITTERING AND DAMAGE TO HOST COURSE EQUIPMENT AND PROPERTY. ABUSE OF TOUR HOSPITALITY LOCATIONS. VIOLATION OF HOST COURSE AND CART REGULATIONS. PUBLIC ATTACKS AGAINST THE UGA TOUR OFFICIALS, HOST FACILITIES, PLAYERS, SPONSORS, AND HOSPITALITY LOCATIONS
OTHER CONDUCT DEEMED BY THE TOUR DIRECTOR TO BE UNBECOMING OF A UGA TOUR PLAYER
DRESS CODE: The UGA Golf Tour is a professional organization and desires to continually display that image to the public. Proper attire in accordance with host facility policy must be adhered to at all time. Please be aware of this when selecting your tournament attire. The UGA Golf Tour players are allowed to wear Bermuda style shorts, if desired, for all practice and tournament round. Players may be required to wear long pants for specific events. Jeans or other denim, flip-flops or shirts without collars are not permitted except for the newly accepted mock collar golf shirts. It is to be further noted that The UGA Golf Tour is designated a spike-less tour. You must wear soft spikes during all practice and tournament rounds.
PACE OF PLAY: The UGA Golf Tour utilizes the "READY GOLF" format to expedite the pace of play. If a player can execute a stroke without interference of another player's opportunity to play they should do so. Players are also encouraged to exercise the "continuous putting" practice until holing out whenever possible. Stipulated time for a round will be set at 4.5 HOURS (2 hours 15 minutes per nine). This allows for an average of 15 minutes per hole. If in the instance of slow play by a group being reported to tournament officials, a monitor may arrive to observe and access the situation and may begin trimming of payer's stroke that he can play without interference or distraction. In addition, the following UGA Golf Tour pace of play policy is adopted from the USGA Pace of Play Policy and is in effect in all UGA Tour events. USGA Rule 6-7 states, in part that: "The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee. The following pace of play guidelines and penalties for stroke play competitions has been adopted." Stipulated Time for a Tournament Round: Allocated average time per hole - 15 minutes. Time allocated each nine - 2hrs 15 min. Allocated time for a stipulated round is 4.5 hours.
PENALTY FOR BREACH: Groups finishing at greater than 5hr will be considered "Out of Position" and will receive a penalty of Two strokes - added to final hole score of each player in the group. Slow play will not be tolerated any longer. Any player who is identified as a slow player will, regardless of handicap, be placed last in the pairings and t-times. All groups finishing within 15 minutes of the group ahead will be considered to have fulfilled the UGA Tour's Pace of Play Policy and will not be penalized.
ORDER OF FINISH: Groups must meet one of the following criteria. Groups must finish within the time allocated for a stipulated round-5hrs. Groups must finish within 15 minutes behind the group ahead. Consideration will be given concerning the 15-minute provision to a foursome following a threesome. Consideration will be given in the event inclement weather requires groups to operate on a "Cart Path Only" basis.
SCORES AND SCORE CARDS: Each player will continue to keep their opponents score. Each player will keep their own stats and have them calculated when turned into the scorer’s table, a Tour requirement, which will be recorded on their opponents score card.
TURNING IN OF SOCRECARDS: One competitor from the group must report to the scoring committee within the stipulated time when the group is finished with their round. Cards must be signed by the player's marker and attested to by the player. Cards must be submitted in a timely manner upon completion of round. All event scores will be registered to the CGA by the UGA Tour Director. A score is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: Upon announcement of the Tour Schedule listing the host facilities and dates, the players will be responsible for arriving at their appointed playing times or face disqualification from that event. In the case of inclement weather, the Tournament Director in conjunction with the Host Professional may cancel the event and refund or credit entry fees to players. Be advised that all UGA Tour events will be played regardless of the weather unless one of two conditions occurs. 1. The host facility pulls everyone off of the course. 2. That water puddles on the greens.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY: Signaled by three short consecutive air horn blasts. Players in the process of playing a hole may complete the hole. Players in between the play of two holes must stop play immediately.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY FOR DANGEROUS SITUATION: Signaled by one long air horn blast. All players are informed of the suspension verbally. All play must cease immediately. All practice areas are closed during a suspension of play, until the Committee has declared them open again.
RESUMPTION OF PLAY: Signaled by two short consecutive air horn blasts.
RAINED OUT EVENTS: If a Host Professional calls off a UGA event due to rain that event will not be rescheduled under any circumstances. All entry fees will be refunded or credited towards another event at the discretion of the entrant.
BALLS AND FOOTWEAR: Only equipment and brands of golf balls on the most current USGA conforming list may be used. The one ball rule is in effect. The UGA Golf Tour is a soft spike tour.
SPECTATOR GUEST AND TRANSPORTAION: Spectator guests in separate carts must remain on the cart path at all times. Any additional cart rentals needed for spectators are the responsibility of the player.
PUBLICITY AND PROMOTIONS: The UGA Golf Tour has the right to any personal-historical information herein for all media and public relations use. The players' consents to the use of their name, likeness, voice, references to players, photographs and other images of the players and their play connected with their appearance on the Tour. The cooperation of players with authorized representatives of the media is required, provided that no pre-tournament activities outside of those activities, which are part of the Tour, shall be required and provided that the player's event play is not unreasonably interfered with. BACK TO THE TOP