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Section 5: Pace of Play

 

Pace of Play Policy

 

Junior Tour

 

PACE OF PLAY POLICY

 

The established Pace of Play for all South Central PGA Junior Tour tournaments is 15 minutes per hole (4 hours and 30 minutes) unless otherwise noted.

 

DEFINITION OF OUT OF POSITION FOR TEE TIME STARTS

 

The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they exceed the time allotted to play, as detailed on the applicable Notice to Competitors.

 

Any subsequent groups will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they (a) exceed the allotted time to play and (b) reach a par-3 hole that is open and free of play or fail to clear the tee of a par-4 or par-5 hole before that hole is open and free to play. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.

 

NOTE 1:

The Rules Committee reserves the right to time a group when the Rules Committee deems it necessary.

 

Further, if a player is determined by the Rules Committee to be unreasonably slow he may be timed individually at the Rules Committee’s discretion, regardless of whether his group is out of position.

 

NOTE 2:

A player is permitted 40 seconds to play a stroke, and an additional 20 seconds (for a total of 60 seconds) will be allowed for: (a) the first player to play a stroke on a par-3 hole; (b) the first player to play a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole; (c) the first player to play a third stroke on a par-5 hole; (d) the first player to play around the putting green; and (e) the first player to play on the putting green.

 

NOTE 3:

Should a ruling or other legitimate delay cause a group to lose its position, the group is obligated to regain its position within a reasonable time.
 
 

PENALTIES:

 

The South Central PGA Junior Tour reserves the right to penalize a group or individual player if multiple violations of the Pace of Play policy occur.

 

FIRST OFFENSE: Warning

SECOND OFFENSE: One (1) stroke penalty

THIRD OFFENSE: Two (2) stroke penalty

FOURTH OFFENSE: Disqualification.

 

PACE OF PLAY TACTICS

 

There are several tactics that can help improve Pace of Play. The South Central PGA Junior Golf Committee will recommend and, in some cases, enforce the following tactics during tournaments for groupings who fail to keep up with the established Pace of Play. It is recommended that all players utilize the tactics listed below throughout the entire round.

 

1. Play “Ready Golf”

  • When the area surrounding the player is clear, he/she may proceed to hit their shot regardless of whether or not it is that his/her turn to hit.

 

  • ·Walk with a purpose!

 

2. Maximum Number of Practice Swings

  • All players will be limited to a total of two (2) practice swings per shot.

 

3. Lost Ball

  • When spotters, officials or parents are available to help search for a potentially lost ball, the South Central PGA Junior Tour recommends that the other players go forward to play his next shot or shots and hold the group's position on the course.

 

4. Continuous Putting

  • Once all players’ balls are on the putting green, the player who is farthest from the hole will continue putting until his/her ball is holed. This will continue until all players in the grouping have finished playing the hole.

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

  • Each group plays the course in similar amount of time
  • Players are off the golf course and out of the heat quicker
  • Ensures completion of rounds

 

 

Players Tour

 

PACE OF PLAY POLICY

 

The established Pace of Play for all South Central PGA Players Tour tournaments is 15 minutes per hole (4 hours and 30 minutes) unless otherwise noted.

 

DEFINITION OF OUT OF POSITION FOR TEE TIME STARTS

 

The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they exceed the time allotted to play, as detailed on the applicable Notice to Competitors.

 

Any subsequent groups will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they (a) exceed the allotted time to play and (b) reach a par-3 hole that is open and free of play or fail to clear the tee of a par-4 or par-5 hole before that hole is open and free to play. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.

 

NOTE 1:

The Rules Committee reserves the right to time a group when the Rules Committee deems it necessary.

 

Further, if a player is determined by the Rules Committee to be unreasonably slow he may be timed individually at the Rules Committee’s discretion, regardless of whether his group is out of position.

 

NOTE 2:

A player is permitted 40 seconds to play a stroke, and an additional 20 seconds (for a total of 60 seconds) will be allowed for: (a) the first player to play a stroke on a par-3 hole; (b) the first player to play a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole; (c) the first player to play a third stroke on a par-5 hole; (d) the first player to play around the putting green; and (e) the first player to play on the putting green.

 

NOTE 3:

Should a ruling or other legitimate delay cause a group to lose its position, the group is obligated to regain its position within a reasonable time.
 
 

PENALTIES:

The South Central PGA Players Tour reserves the right to penalize a group or individual player if multiple violations of the Pace of Play policy occur.

 

FIRST OFFENSE: Warning

SECOND OFFENSE: One (1) stroke penalty

THIRD OFFENSE: Two (2) stroke penalty

FOURTH OFFENSE: Disqualification.

 

PACE OF PLAY TACTICS

There are several tactics that can help improve Pace of Play. The South Central PGA Junior Golf Committee will recommend and, in some cases, enforce the following tactics during tournaments for groupings who fail to keep up with the established Pace of Play. It is recommended that all players utilize the tactics listed below throughout the entire round.

 

1. Play “Ready Golf”

  • When the area surrounding the player is clear, he/she may proceed to hit their shot regardless of whether or not it is that his/her turn to hit.

 

  • ·Walk with a purpose!

 

2. Maximum Number of Practice Swings

  • All players will be limited to a total of two (2) practice swings per shot.

 

3. Lost Ball

  • When spotters, officials or parents are available to help search for a potentially lost ball, the South Central PGA recommends that the other players go forward to play his next shot or shots and hold the group's position on the course.

 

4. Must, Must, May

  • MUST–The first player to finish playing a hole MUST immediately grab their bag and start making their way to the next tee.

 

  • MUST–The player MUST also be the first person to play from the next teeing ground.

 

  • MAY–This player MAY tee off prior to the rest of his/her group arriving to the tee and if the landing area is clear.

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

  • Each group plays the course in similar amount of time
  • Players are off the golf course and out of the heat quicker
  • Volunteer work time is reduced
  • Ensures completion of rounds
  • Allows maintenance more time to prepare for subsequent rounds
  • Course returned for member-play sooner
  • Rules Officials can be Rules Officials and do not have to be timers