Conditions of Competition

1. General

The championship shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited.

The championship will be under the charge of the Championship Committee as appointed by the organiser (see details here) to whom all disputes will be referred and whose decision shall be final. The Committee reserves the right to amend the conditions of the championship.

In the case of entry by a golfer with disability, he/she can apply to the Championship Committee for adoption of the Modifications of the Rules for Golfers with Disability (MRGD).

2. Eligibility

The Championship is open to amateur golfers (status as defined by the Rules of Amateur Status), aged on or over 50 years of age on Sunday 17th September 2017. Entrants must possess a current official handicap, as recognised by the entrant’s national golf federation/association.

3. Entries & Fees

• All entries must be completed using the online registration page and the entry fee paid in full by 23:59 on 31st May 2017. No entry will be accepted unless complete in every detail.
• The Championship Committee reserve the right to accept late entries at their sole discretion.
• It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that their exact handicap is recorded on the entry form.
• Entry by telephone is not accepted.
• In the event of an over-entry, places shall be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
• It is the entrant’s responsibility to check that their entry has been received before the closing date. The Championship Committee will not be responsible for entries which are lost or are submitted after the closing date.
• Withdrawal of an entry prior to the closing date will incur an administration charge of £15.
• Competitors must walk at all times during a stipulated round, unless authorised by a member of the Championship Committee, or permission to use a golf cart has been granted in accordance with the Championship Transportation Policy.
• All entries are subject to the approval of the Championship Committee whom reserve the right to refuse or accept or, having accepted, subsequently reject any entry.
• Correspondence will be sent electronically via the email address provided. All competition information will be available for viewing on www.worldmastersgolf.com. The organisers will not be responsible for any correspondence that fails to reach the individual.
• Updated entry lists will be available for entrants to view on www.worldmastersgolf.com.

4. Handicaps

The maximum handicap (prior to any adjustment made by the Championship Committee) shall be 22 for men and 28 for women.

Men and women shall compete equitably for the championship and the provisions of the CONGU Unified Handicap System (R) – Appendix O (the Manual can be accessed here) shall be used to allocate an equitable basis for adjusting a player’s Competition Handicap Allowance when the Standard Scratch Score (SSS) differs between the men’s and women’s tees. The Championship Committee shall select the tees from which players will play with the aim of providing an equitable basis for fair competition.

The Championship Committee may also adjust the Competition Handicap Allowance for entrants in possession of a USGA or EGA Handicap for Slope.

• Entrants are required to produce official evidence of their exact handicap at the event registration.
• Entrants entering from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England must be in a possession of a CONGU Competition Handicap.
• The Championship Committee assert the right to verify an entrants handicap using all available means and reserve the right to refuse an entry.
• Entrants holding both a CONGU and overseas authority handicap must enter the championship using their CONGU handicap.
• Entrants entering with a USGA handicap or a handicap from another country adopting the USGA handicap system, must play from their lowest index over the last 12 months, before any adjustment for Slope.

5. Reserves

• Entrants who have failed to gain entry will be allocated to a reserve list by date of entry. Reserves may be able to compete, subject to withdrawals.
• A reserve list will be maintained and managed by the organiser. Should a place or places in the draw become available, reserves will be invited to play in the order they are listed on the reserve list.
• Should a reserve be unable to be reached, the organiser reserves the right to contact the next reserve.
• Refund of entry fees will be issued to those entrants who fail to gain entry within 28 days of the closing date and by the method in which they entered.

6. Withdrawals

• In the event of a competitor having to withdraw after the closing date, entry fees will be refunded as follows:

 Withdrawal before 31 May 2017: Full refund (minus an administration charge of £15)
 Withdrawal between 1 June 2017 and 30 June 2017: 75% refund
 Withdrawal between 1 July 2017 and 31 July 2017: 50% refund
 Withdrawal after 1 August 2017: No refund

• Withdrawals will not be accepted at any time unless confirmed by email to info@worldmastersgolf.com.

7. Format

The Championship shall be played over 72 holes, on the basis of stableford, over 4 days, 18 holes being played on each day.

There shall be 2 flights in the championship.

• Flight 1 will consist of a maximum of 120 players and shall play Prestwick, Glasgow Gailes and Western Gailes over the first 3 days of the championship.
• Flight 2 will consist of a maximum of 120 players and shall play Dundonald, Kilmarnock (Barassie) and Ayr Belleisle over the first 3 days of the championship.

After 3 rounds, the field shall be cut as follows:

The leading 60 players from flight 1 and the leading 60 players from flight 2 shall play the 4th round at Royal Troon. The remaining 120 players shall play the 4th round at Glasgow Gailes. In the event of a tie for 60th place in either flight, ties shall be resolved as follows:

• The player with the highest number of stableford points in round 3; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for holes 10-18 in round 3; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for holes 13-18 in round 3; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for holes 16-18 in round 3; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for hole 18 in round 3; and if still a tie
• Sudden Death card play-off in round 3 using stableford points, starting at hole 1 until a winner is determined.

The World Masters Golf Champion shall be the golfer who returns the highest number of points aggregated over the 72 holes of the championship. In the event of a tie, the winner shall be determined as follows:

• The player with the highest number of stableford points in round 4; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for holes 10-18 in round 4; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for holes 13-18 in round 4; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for holes 16-18 in round 4; and if still a tie
• The player with the highest number of stableford points for hole 18 in round 4; and if still a tie
• Sudden Death card play-off in round 4 using stableford points, starting at hole 1 until a winner is determined.

8. Pace of Play (Note to Rule 6-7)

(a) Time Allowed:
Each hole has been given a maximum completion time based upon the length and difficulty of the hole. The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes will be distributed to all competitors prior to play.

Definition of Out of Position:
The first group and any group after a starter’s gap will be considered to be “out of position” if, at any time during the round, the group’s cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes completed. Any following group will be considered “out of position” if it is more than the starting interval behind the group in front.

(b) Procedure When Group is Out of Position:
1. If a decision is taken to time the group, each player in the group will be subject to individual timing by a referee. Each player in the group will be advised that they are “out of position” and are being timed.
2. The maximum time allocated per shot is 40 seconds. 10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play:
 on a par three hole;
 an approach shot; and
 a chip or putt

The timing will start when a player has had sufficient time to reach his/her ball, it is his/her turn to play and he/she is able to play without interference or distraction.
On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace his ball, repair ball marks and move loose impediments on his/her line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
3. Timing ceases when a group is back in position and players will be advised accordingly.
Note: In some circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.
Note: In some circumstances, a referee may issue a bad time to a player if the player exceeds 59 seconds on a shot even if the group is on or under schedule and the player was not being timed prior to exceeding 59 seconds on the shot.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION:

1 Bad Time Player will be warned by the referee and told that if he/she has a further bad time he/she will be penalised
2 Bad Times  Penalty of One Stroke
3 Bad Times  Further Penalty of Two Strokes + Final Warning
4 Bad Times  Disqualification

(c) Procedure When Again Out of Position during Same Round:
If a group is “out of position” more than once during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Bad times and the application of penalties in the same round will be carried forward until the round is completed. A player will not be penalised if he has a second bad time before being advised of his earlier bad time.

9. Inclement Weather

If, in the opinion of the Championship Committee, it becomes impossible to complete a championship in accordance with that Championship’s Conditions because of adverse weather or other circumstances, the Championship Committee may vary the conditions to the extent necessary to achieve a result within the time available.

Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b)

The specimen Condition in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see page 158.

Note: A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signalled by a prolonged note of a horn. All other suspensions will be signalled by three consecutive short notes of a horn repeated. In either case, resumption of play will be signalled by two short notes of a horn, repeated.

10. Practice (Rule 7-1)

In stroke play, the provisions of Rule 7-1b apply.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION:
Disqualification

Note: All recognised practice areas within the bounds of the course may be used by players for practice on any day of the competition.

11. Transportation

The specimen Condition in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see pages 159-160 and Championship Transportation Policy.

12. Returning of Score Card

A player’s score card must be returned immediately to the championship office (at the relevant course) at the conclusion of play. A player is deemed to have officially returned his scorecard to the Committee when he/she has left the recording office/area.

13. Results

When the Championship trophy is presented to the winner, the results of the competition are deemed officially announced and the competition is closed.

14. Prizes

Prizes will be allocated in accordance with the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by R&A Rules Ltd.

The World Masters Golf Championship trophy shall be awarded to the winner who shall also receive a replica to keep. Additional prizes will be allocated by age categories (as at 17th September 2017) as follows:

 50-59
 60-64
 65-69
 70 and over

The Championship Committee reserves the right to amend these categories based on the entries received and also to award prizes based on gender at its sole discretion.

15. Policy/Procedures

The following policies and procedures will apply to the Championship and are available at www.worldmastersgolf.com:

• Conditions of Competition
• Championship Local Rules together with any additional Local Rules in place at each course
• Transportation Policy
• Pace of Play Conditions (see above)
• Distance Measuring Devices (see Local Rules)
• The specimen conditions in the Rules of Golf (Pages 154 – 156) are in effect regarding conforming driver heads and conforming golf balls.
• Images/Video & Publications – The Organiser arranges publicity before and during the championship in the press and by live and recorded radio and television broadcasting and filming and on the internet on the following sites:

www.worldmastersgolf.com
www.golfbox.dk/livescoring

Images and filming at the championship may be taken for media coverage or promotional purposes e.g. website including social media or publication and these images may be accompanied by personal details such as full name and associated golf club. Entrants consent to the use of such images as a condition of entry.

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