LAGA Hard Card - 2019

The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association govern play. These Local Rules and Terms of the competition are in effect at all LAGA events and may be found in the Complete USGA Rules of Golf.  

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is the general penalty:

Match play – Loss of hole • Stroke play – Two strokes

All players have agreed to abide by all Ladies Amateur Golf Association Policies and Procedures – including Code of Conduct, Dress Code, and any special guidelines for specific event.

Local Rules

OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by the line between the course-side points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts.

PENALTY AREAS: When a penalty area is defined on only one side, it extends to infinity. When a penalty is connected to the out of bounds edge, the penalty area extends to and coincides with the out of bounds.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by white lines. French drains are ground under repair. Rule 16.1. Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage including areas where traffic has combined with wet conditions to affect materially the ground surface, but only when so declared by an authorized member of the Committee. When immediately adjacent to an immovable obstruction, such an area is part of that obstruction.

SEAMS OF CUT TURF: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule F-7: If a player’s ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing:

(a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.

(b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.

But interference does not exist if the seam only interferes with the player’s stance.

All seams within the area of cut turf are treated as the same seam in taking relief. This means that if a player has interference from any seam after dropping the ball, the player must proceed as required under Rule 14.3c(2) even when the ball is still within one club-length of the reference point.

WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH: Are loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE: Includes cables, rods, wires and wrappings when closely attached to tree, and artificial walls and pilings when located within penalty areas. Artificial walls and pilings when used to define the margin of bunkers are integral parts of the course and deemed to be in the general area.

BALL DEFLECTED BY PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES: If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a permanent elevated power line or cable during the play of a hole, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made, see Rule 14.6.

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Tents, signage, electronic scoreboards, circulation fans and any other temporary structures installed specifically for this championship are deemed to be Temporary Immovable Obstructions. Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule F-23.

STAKED TREES: If the lie of the ball, stance, and/or area of intended swing is interfered with by a stake that is attached to a tree, the stake/rope/wire is treated as an obstruction. Relief without penalty from the tree itself is not allowed. Rule 16.1.

DAMAGE BY NON-BURROWING ANIMALS: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule F-10: In the general area, areas of damage caused by non-burrowing animals are treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.

IMMOVALBE OBSTURCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREENS: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect when the ball and the obstruction are in part of the general area are cut to fairway height or less. Model Local Rule F-5: Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1.

The player also has these extra options to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play:

Ball in General Area cut to fairway height or less. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:

On the line of play, and is:

​Within two club-lengths of the putting green, and​ 

Within two club-lengths of the ball.

Exception – No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

Conditions

LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEADS: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule G-1.

LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule G-3.

PACE OF PLAY: Keep up with group in front – pace captain will maintain pace of play and rounds should be completed in no greater than 4 hours.

STOPPING AND RESUMING PLAY: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule J-1.

All practice areas are closed during an immediate suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Player who practices on closed practice areas will be asked to stop practicing; failure to stop practicing may result in a violation of the LAGA Code of Conduct.

An immediate suspension will be signaled by one prolonged airhorn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive airhorn notes. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short airhorn notes.

PRACTICE: Prior to and after his round in stroke play, a player may practice on the designated practice areas. Rule 5.2b covering practice in stroke play is modified in this way: A player may not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty for breach of Local Rule, See Rule 5.2.