The season will open using USGA/GHIN electronically computed handicaps. Unless otherwise stipulated, any reference to “handicap” in these rules refers to your Sandy Run “course” handicap. Tuesday is the Sandy Run Ladies Day. Tee Times are reserved for women from 8:00 until 10:00
MONEY CLUB GROUPS: Weekday, Weekend: Transfer from one group to another during the season will require approval of the Golf Board and payment of second fee. Players can belong to both Weekday and Weekend Clubs. Dues may be paid for a dual membership. A player may compete in both Weekday and Weekend Money Club Tournaments but can only compete in a trophy tournament under the auspices of one club.
Nine Holers: This group is for beginning golfers or those unable to play 18 holes. When your course handicap is 21 or lower, you may wish to join the 18 holers and establish an 18-hole handicap.
NO REGULAR HANDICAP: 18 Holers: Three 18-hole rounds must be played, after which the Handicap Chair or Golf Pro will compute a TEMPORARY handicap. It may NOT be used in Trophy or Major Tournaments; it may be used in weekly tournaments. 9 Holers: Two 9-hole rounds must be played, after which the Handicap Chair or Golf Pro will compute a TEMPORARY handicap. It may NOT be used in Trophy or Major Tournaments; it may be used in weekly tournaments.
POSTING SCORES FOR HANDICAP PURPOSES: RECORD ALL 9 & 18 HOLE SCORES IMMEDIATELY AFTER PLAY on the USGA site. Any score made in play of a tournament sponsored by Sandy Run should be designated as a “T” - Tournament score. This includes all Trophy tournaments and Team Matches. This does NOT include Weekday or Weekend tournaments. Score cards with first and last names, signed, attested, and dated should be put in the appropriate box. If a score from a Tournament played at home or away is not posted by the player, it is permissible for the Tournament or Handicap Chair to post that score. This procedure was approved by the Golf Board and follows the rules established in the USGA Handicap System Manual.
If an 18 Holer plays 13 or more holes, she shall record a score for HANDICAP PURPOSES ONLY, by adding to the number of strokes played, the total of par plus any handicap strokes to which she is entitled on the unplayed holes. All scores must be adjusted for Equitable Stroke Control, based on your current SRCC course handicap. A 9 Holer should record a score for HANDICAP PURPOSES ONLY is she plays 7 or more holes. TOURNAMENT PLAY: (Specific Rules and Groupings will be posted for each event.) USGA Rules apply, including any adopted Local Rules. Hole Out all putts unless conceded as allowed by the rules. SRCC course handicaps will be used effective at the time each round is played, unless otherwise indicated by specific tournament rules. See specific rules for Club Championship.
In Stroke Play Handicap tournaments, other than Trophy or Major Tournaments, ties will be broken by a match of cards following USGA recommendations (back nine, back six, etc.). All TROPHY tournament ties for first place will be broken by a sudden death playoff after end of play.
MAXIMUM HANDICAPS FOR TOURNAMENTS: The maximum handicap for Money Club Tournaments and Trophy Tournaments will be 40. Exception is the Women’s Derby with a 38-maximum handicap. In instances where players have handicaps above the maximum, those players may participate in the tournament but will receive only the maximum number of stokes allowed.
SIGNING UP: You must sign up BEFORE play in all TROPHY tournaments. In 36 hole events, sign up before play of the first round. If it is necessary to drop out of a tournament, please notify the chair of the event.
WEEKDAYS: May play Tuesday through Friday. FOUR players must complete play for a weekly event to be considered a contest. Any exceptions for prizes will be at the discretion of the Golf Board. The ratio of FOUR players to ONE prize, with a maximum of Four (Four or Five?) prizes will be used. On Tuesdays Tee Times are reserved for women golfers from 8:00 to 10:00.
WEEKENDS: May play Saturday or Sunday. FOUR players must complete play for a weekly event to be considered a contest. Any exception for prizes will be at the discretion of the Golf Board. The ratio of FOUR players to ONE prize, with a maximum of Four (Four or Five?) prizes, will be used.
TROPHY TOURNAMENTS: A competitor in Trophy, Major Tournaments, Ringers, or Most Improved must be a member of one of the Money Clubs and in addition pay the Women’s Golf Program Fee.
TOURNAMENT WINNER POLICY: To facilitate finding a chairperson for special tournaments each year, (Diamond Cup, Doe Day, Member Guest, and Derby) the winner of the current season’s tournament will chair that event the following year. Should this responsibility pose a burden on someone or not be possible for some other reason, the runner-up or another woman would assume the chairperson position.
RINGERS: A ringer is your lowest Gross and Net score made on any hole that is regulation tee to green. Ringers may be posted any day from April 1 to October 31. For a ringer to be acceptable, a Ringer Club player must: Hole out the hole. Complete 9 consecutive holes and Post the score for the round. Hand in a ringer slip dated and signed by another player in her group. Each player keeps her own Ringer Record Card that is filed, alphabetically in the Ringer Box in the locker room. There are Gross and Net Ringer winners in each class. The class will be determined by the median handicap score during the season.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Prizes are awarded to the players who lower their handicap the most during the current season. USGA formula is used for this computation.
HOLE IN ONE: The WGAP members who make a hole-in-one are responsible for reporting the same, within 60 days, in accordance with the WGAP rules. To be officially recognized by the WGAP, a hole-in-one must be made during a round of 18 holes.
RULES FOR THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Handicap groupings are based on USGA/GHIN Index at the START of the tournament.
A minimum of two players shall constitute a tournament in all classes. A player MUST expect to play both rounds of competition; otherwise, she should not enter. (In order to claim a win by default, the player’s appearance on the first tee at the assigned time, would establish her as the winner against the defaulting player.
36 HOLE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP – ALL CLASSES CLASS “A” 0.0 THRU 15.9 CLASS “B” 16.0 THRU 22.9 CLASS “C” 23.0 THRU 28.9 CLASS “D” 29.0 AND UP
Any Sandy Run member whose index is within the listed classes is eligible to play. To win a prize, one must be a member of one of the Money Clubs and have paid the Golf Program Fee. If not a member such, winner is only entitled to have her name engraved on the TROPHY. Participants must play at the assigned times. Only tournament participants may tee off in the times reserved for the championship. Competitors will play as follows:
1ST ROUND: Starting times and groupings by handicap index will be posted by the tournament chairperson.
2ND ROUND: The pairings for the second day should be by scores from the first day. The women with the four lowest scores, regardless of flight, should play together in the last group. Balance of women should be paired by flight by score. A player may still win their flight even if they are playing for the club championship title.
In the event of a Tie for the Championship in any class, the players who are tied must play together in a Sudden Death Playoff immediately after play, starting on the first hole, until the tie is broken. For other ties there will be a match of cards following USGA recommendations proceeding in such manner until the tie is broken (back nine, back six, etc.).
The winner of the tournament should be the player who shoots the lowest gross score, regardless of class.