Southern Maryland Amateur Golf Tournament

Breton Bay Golf and Country Club

July 31 - August 2, 2020

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TOURNAMENT RULES and SOCIAL DISTANCING


    Overview:
    It is our priority to keep all players healthy while promoting a fun and safe environment, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we will abide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Maryland State Golf Association (MSGA) Tournament Operation COVID-19 Guidelines in order to keep all of our players safe to every extent possible. This site will always contain the most current information regarding this tournament. Please find all player responsibilities below:

    Social Distancing and COVID-19:
    • Any player with a temperature over 100.4 F is not permitted to participate. The tournament reserves the right to validate this with on site thermometers.
    • Tournament participants are required to bring their own masks.
    • All staff will be required to wear masks at all times.
    • Players under the tents or in any group of over 10 people must were masks.
    • Maintain safe distancing with all players.
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided at multiple locations.
    • Any player diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 may not participate in this event unless able to present a doctor's note clearing them.
    • Carts are available with internal dividers but must be specifically requested. If a cart with a divider is not available, the players have the option of wearing masks during the round or alternate walking/riding to avoid contact.
    • Early notification of these circumstances will enable a full refund. Other refunds are possible after the case is reviewed.

    Registration, Arrivals, and Departure Schedules:
    • For registration, a tournament assistant will register each player and provide their tee gift.
    • Each day each player must individually retrieve their own scorecard to assist with check-in and also provide a visual check to ensure everyone looks healthy to play.
    • Players may arrive on-site no more than 1 hour prior to their tee time and the practice area is only available to players 45 minutes prior to their tee time. If a player arrives earlier, they should not congregate with other players.
    • Players must leave the premise no more than 30 minutes after their play has completed unless waiting for an award or flight playoff.

    Awards, food, and beverages:
    • Food and beverages (water, soda, beer, and mixed drinks) will all be handed to the player by designated tournament assistants. Players cannot retrieve these items themselves.
    • Beverages will be available starting at 7am each morning and food available at 10am.
    • Instead of the traditional large group awards ceremony, this year as soon as a flight's standings are finalized, the players will be provided their trophies and gift cards and encouraged to leave the facility.
    • Since there won't be a group awards ceremony with food this year, the tournament is providing three vouchers to each player which will permit you to use a single voucher for a free hamburger, hot dog, sausage, or mixed drink. Sodas and water are always free. These vouchers are only redeemable during the three tournament days. One of the tournament sponsors, IPS, is graciously sponsoring one of these vouchers.

    Rules of Play:
    • Format: The tournament is 54 holes at stroke play. There will be three divisions: a Super Senior Division, a Senior Division and a Regular Division. The Super Senior Division will compete from the GOLD TEES, the Senior Division will compete from the WHITE TEES and the Regular Division will compete from the BLUE TEES.

    • Holed Ball: The ball must stay in the cup for the hole to be completed. If the ball goes into the hole but bounces out for any reason, the hole is not considered complete.

    • Flagsticks: Flagsticks MUST NOT be removed from the hole at any time. Players should not touch or move the flagstick for any reason during the competition.

    • Preferred Lies: Preferred lies will be in effect. Players will be permitted to improve their lie one club length not nearer the hole when in their own fairway. The ball’s position must be marked when picking it up. The ball may be cleaned before replacing. Once the ball is placed, it is in play and may not be repositioned a second time.

    • Sand Traps: No rakes will be provided in the sand traps. Please smooth out the sand after your sand shot. You may drop your ball from knee height one club length in the sand no closer to the hole. You may not smooth or repair any sand until after your shot is complete.

    • Embedded ball: The embedded ball rule is in effect “Through the green”.

    • Out of bounds: Out of bounds is defined by white stakes on holes # 1,2,4,5,6, and 14. The roads bordering the course are considered O.B. if the ball lies on or crosses the roads. The road that cuts behind hole #1 green and #2 tee is not Out-of-Bounds.

    • Ground under repair: Ground under repair will be defined by white lines.
      • The area to the right of the cart path on Hole #16 is deemed Lateral hazard after the bridge up to the 17th black tee box. If you can find it, you can: 1) Play it as it lies 2) Take a drop in the drop zone with a 1 stroke penalty. Use the only Drop Zone available located at the bottom of the hill nearest the path on the green side of the pond.
      • You can use the Drop Zone provided before the pond as an alternative dropping area on #16 if a tee shot or 2nd shot entered the water hazard prior to the bridge.
      • Any balls that come to rest in a “Mulched” flower bed are entitled to free relief, no closer to the hole.

    • Penalty Areas: Penalty areas are marked by RED or YELLOW stakes. YELLOW stakes are at ponds 5, 11, 14,15, 16 and 17.(USGA Penalty Areas explanation)

    • Hole #10: Please be aware that the right side of the ditch past the 150 yard marker now has VERY HIGH and THICK GRASS and is being played as a hazard

    • Local Rules: Local rules are in effect including the Stroke and Distance rule for balls
      1. Hit a provisional ball from the original location as is the standard rule. This incurs the shot and distance penalty so the player on a drive would now be laying 3 after hitting their provisional ball. Once a provisional ball has been played, the local rule cannot be used for the original ball but could be used for the provisional ball.
      2. Use the local rule which allows the player to drop a ball within two club lengths into the fairway, no nearer the hole, perpendicular to where the ball was lost or went OB. The player would then be hitting their 4th shot from that location.(USGA Stroke and Distance explanation)

    • Rulings: If you are in doubt as to a ruling, play two balls and see Bob Arnold, PGA for a ruling upon completion of your round.

    • Playoffs: Regular Championship and Senior Championship Flights playing off for 1st place will be played off starting on #18 and returning the #18 for any additional playoff holes. All other Flights playing off for 1st place will be played off starting on #1 and continuing to the following holes until a winner is determined.

    • Other Ties: Lowest 2nd 9 hole Sunday score; 2. Lowest 18 score on Sunday; 3. Best score hardest handicapped hole on Sunday.



    Pace of Play
    The Southern Maryland Amateur policy leaves the responsibility for maintaining the pace of play with the player. Efficient pace of play is a huge factor in a successful and positive Southern Maryland Amateur experience for all participants in accordance with Rule 6-7 of the USGA® Rules of Golf.

    Lead Groups
    • The first group(s) must finish their first nine holes within the maximum allotted time established by the committee which is 2 hours 15 minutes.
    • If the lead group finishes over the maximum allotted time after nine holes, each player in the group will be assessed a 2-stroke penalty on their 9th hole.
    • The first group(s) off each tee must also finish 18 holes within the maximum allotted time established by the committee which is 4 hours 30 minutes.
    • Failure to finish under this maximum allotted time for 18-holes will result in a 2-stroke penalty, which will be assessed to the score on the final hole of play.

    Following Groups
    • A 2-stroke penalty will be assessed to any group failing to complete their 9th hole within 14 minutes of the group in front of them AND over their maximum allotted time
    • A 2-stroke penalty will be assessed to any group failing to complete their 18th hole within 14 minutes of the group in front of them AND over their maximum allotted time
    • Players are advised of the following:
      • Rules officials are not required to notify a player and/or group that they are behind.
      • Each group is responsible for monitoring its own pace. Being in position means to be immediately behind the group in front of you.
      • As a courtesy to each player, the pace of play policy will be reiterated on the starting hole
      • As a courtesy to each player, the maximum allotted time will be on your official scorecard

    Concerned Players and Appeals
    A player concerned about slow player(s) in a group should first remind that player of the pace of play policy and encourage them to play more efficiently. The concerned player may, before or after penalties are assessed, request an Official to monitor the group. If a player is identified as holding up the pace of the group, penalties may be applied to that player and rescinded from the others. Appeals for exceptional situations will be considered only in the scoring area after the completion of the round and prior to the return of a player’s scorecard.


    Pin Placement
    The following image details the pin placement per hole per day of the tournament.
    2020-Pin-Placement-Sheet

PLEASE PLAY READY GOLF!!!! Good Luck and Good Golfing!!