IV. TOURNAMENT POLICIES

 

IV. TOURNAMENT POLICIES

 

Section 1. TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The official Tournament Schedule shall be the responsibility of the Tournament Director. The schedule for the coming season shall be released in a tentative form by February 1 and shall be printed with the final dates, tournaments, and sites by March 1st. Regardless of the Tournament Format, before any Tournament is announced or scheduled, the Host Professional MUST clear the tournament date with the Tournament Director.

 

Section 2. RULES AND PROCEDURES

The following Rules, Policies and Procedures of the Tennessee Section PGA shall be carried out in all Section tournaments:

 

1. Rules of Play

 All Tournaments conducted by the Tennessee Section PGA shall be played under USGA Rules of Golf and the Tennessee PGA Rules of Play Card. All local rules or supplements to the USGA Rules shall be approved by the Tournament Committee/Director. Such local rules and or modifications shall be posted in a conspicuous location at the Tournament Site. In addition, it shall be mandatory that a Rules Sheet be printed for each contestant in the Tournament and provided to each contestant prior to the start of play. Women shall play from tees as determined by National PGA policy.

 

2. Withdrawing from Event/Refunds

 A player who has paid for a tournament and withdraws after the entry deadline will receive no refund unless contacting the Tournament Director with a medical condition which must be verified in writing or a death in the family. A $15 administration fee will be deducted from all refunds. A player who does not show up for a tournament without notifying the Tournament Director will lose the entry fee and be fined $50. A player who withdraws after the competition starts and does not notify the official scorer, Tournament Director, or PGA official will be fined $50.  The Tournament Director reserves the right to withhold any monies which have been guaranteed to the host facility.

 

3. Playoffs

 Unless otherwise stated, in all Section tournaments a tie for first place in the Professional Division shall be resolved by a sudden death playoff at the hole designated on the local rules sheet or otherwise determined by the Official in Charge.  All other ties will be grouped and prizes equally divided.

 

4. Carts

Carts may be used in tournament competition unless otherwise prohibited.  Spectator Carts will not be permitted in any TPGA Section Event, unless authorized by the TPGA Tournament Committee/Director prior to the event.  For all other events, Spectator cart policies will be determined in conjunction with the Host Club/Course’s policies.

 

5. Returned Checks

Any player issuing a check that is returned (i.e., insufficient funds, closed account) will be ineligible to participate in subsequent events until such time as the check is made good. A penalty equal to the bank charge will be made on all returned checks.

 

6. Rain Policy

The Tennessee PGA representative in charge has the authority to order discontinuance of play due to weather conditions. The decision to resume play, postpone any part of it or cancel play entirely rests with the Official in Charge.

 

7. Slow Play

Slow play will be monitored by the Tournament Committee/Director. The Tennessee PGA Rules of Play Card/Pace of Play Memorandum will govern policy and penalties.

 

8. Liability

By virtue of paid entry, the entrant hereby agrees to abide by the decisions of the Tournament Committee/Director as being final with no liability to the Tennessee PGA, Host Club or Tournament Committee/Director at its discretion. By his/her application, an entrant will agree not to protest the rejection of their entry. It shall be the entrant's responsibility to learn all events’ rules prior to entering.

 

9. Falsification of Pro-Am Amateur Handicaps

The Tennessee PGA professional shall be responsible for the accuracy of handicaps of their amateur team members. The Tennessee PGA recommends the amateurs to have a valid USGA handicap as proof in the event of dispute. In the absence of a valid USGA handicap, the professional shall be responsible for determining the appropriate handicap index. In the event that falsification of a handicap occurs in a chapter or Section pro-am, the professional will be subject to a major or minor penalty. In addition, the professional shall forfeit winnings and shall be responsible for returning (or paying for) amateur gift certificates that have been distributed or cashed in. This rule may also apply to pro-ams out of our Section if a tournament requests handicap verification.

 

10. "B" Division

"B" division may be established in selected two-day team events. In case of a rainout of either day the "B" division will be eliminated unless the entire division has completed play prior to rainout. Normally the B division will constitute the bottom 25% of the field.

 

11. Groupings & Starting Times

The Tournament Committee/Director is responsible for groupings and starting times. Groupings and starting time policy will be consistent with    established golf pairings procedures.

 

12. PGA Tour Events (St. Jude Classic)

The prior year Tennessee Section PGA Champion is exempt into the current year St. Jude Classic.  If the prior year champion cannot play in the event the next highest finisher who is able to play from the Section Championship will represent the Tennessee Section.  If there is a tie, a scorecard playoff using the USGA method will determine the tie breaker.

 

13. Web.com Tour

Rules and regulations, eligibility and exemption policies for Web.com Tour events and qualifiers shall be determined annually by the PGA Tour and/or the Tennessee PGA Board of Directors. PGA Tour members (A-3) shall not be eligible for Tennessee Section member qualifying events. 

 

14. Amateur Payoffs

As per the USGA Rules of Golf regarding Amateur Status, an amateur may receive gift certificates totaling not more than $750 in each Tennessee PGA event.

 

15. Finance

The overall tournament program shall not budget to lose money in any fiscal year.

 

16. Alcohol

The consumption of alcohol during the stipulated round of TPGA point events is not permitted.

                                       1st Offense – Warning

                                       2nd Offense – Written documentation from the Tournament Committee to individual

                                       3rd Offense – Fine levied by the Tournament Committee

 

17. Cell Phone

In all TPGA Tournaments, players are requested to refrain from the use of cell phones during all tournament rounds, practice rounds, and while utilizing practice areas. Players are asked to use common sense regarding cell phones and be courteous regarding their use. 

 

18. Gender Poliy

 

Application Process

For entry into any TPGA tournament in which it is required that a golfer is a specific gender (male or female), each golfer must identify himself or herself during the entry application process as a person of that particular gender. In the event that a golfer has had gender reassignment surgery at any point after puberty, that golfer must provide certain documentation to the TPGA in accordance with the procedures set forth below. Gender reassignment prior to puberty is not subject to these requirements. Failure to provide proof of gender when gender has been reassigned, and to comply with the process and procedures set forth in this policy, may result in disqualification from the applicable tournament.

Eligibility to play in a TPGA tournament will only be evaluated in connection with a golfer who has submitted an entry application to play in a specific TPGA tournament. The specific TPGA tournament must be identified in writing with the accompanying documentation specified below.

 

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

Pre pubescent – For purposes of this policy, individuals who have undergone sex reassignment from male to female before puberty are regarded as girls and women (female). This applies as well for female to male reassignment, who should be regarded as boys and men (male).

Post pubescent – Individuals who have undergone sexual reassignment from male to female or from female to male after puberty are eligible for participation in TPGA tournaments if they have:

1. Undergone surgical anatomical changes, including external genitalia changes and reassignment changes completed during a gonadectomy (or other equivalent surgical procedure) no less than two (2) years prior to the entry deadline for the applicable TPGA tournament;

2. Undergone hormonal therapy appropriate for the assigned sex, administered in a verifiable manner, for a sufficient length of time, but no less than one (1) year, to minimize or negate gender related advantages in sport competitions (i.e. substantial reduction in testosterone); and

3. Presented verifiable legal documentation recognizing the golfer’s assigned gender (or transitioned gender status) conferred by the appropriate official authorities.

 

Eligibility Verification Requirements

Gender reassignment documentation must be submitted in triplicate via overnight or first class mail in an envelope marked "Confidential" and addressed to the TPGA Executive Director. All such documentation must be received at the TPGA office no later than the close of entries for the specific TPGA tournament. The documentation, which will be reviewed by the TPGA’s Executive Director, or if the Executive Director deems it necessary, the TPGA medical panel comprised of specialists reasonably and impartially selected by the TPGA in its sole discretion and one (1) similarly credentialed specialist chosen by the applicant, must include the following:

1. Hospital records confirming completed surgical gonadectomy; and

2. All office records documenting related follow up treatment.

In the event that hospital records have been purged or lost, or are otherwise unobtainable, a current physical examination performed by a physician experienced in this type of surgery, a report from that physician, and the documentation referenced in (1) and (2) above, will be considered and reviewed. All reasonable transitioned status verification processes will be at the expense of the applicant. The suitability and acceptance of each of the above conditions, and any documentation presented to evidence any of the aforementioned requirements, is subject to the TPGA’s sole discretion.

 

Procedure for Applicants who have been Previously Approved Under this Policy

If eligibility for entry in a TPGA tournament has been previously approved under this policy, subsequent TPGA tournament entry applications, whether in the initial or subsequent years, will be accepted without resubmission of the documentation required in this policy

 

Privacy

The TPGA will maintain such information and documentation in confidence, with only the TPGA Executive Director, the TPGA medical panel and limited TPGA staff members and legal counsel having access to such information and documentation. The results of any transitioned status verification conducted by the TPGA shall be strictly confidential and shall not be made public, but will be reported to the TPGA legal counsel who shall advise the Executive Director on all matters related to the applicant’s transitioned status verification. The TPGA expressly disclaims any ability to limit or prevent third party inquiries made directly to the applicant or to others. In the event that a third party, including media representatives, makes an inquiry with respect to a particular golfer’s eligibility to play in a particular tournament, the TPGA will respond simply that the golfer was deemed eligible to compete in the tournament. Questions regarding the process and procedures can be addressed to the TPGA’s legal counsel.

 

20. Chapter Championship Eligibility

A TPGA professional or apprentice in good standing must work within the chapter’s borders to be eligible for their Chapter Championship at the time of the first round. Life Members who have playing privileges are required to have permanent residence within the chapter boarders to be eligible for their Chapter Championship. If a professional or apprentice plays in their respective Chapter Championship and then moves to another chapter, and still fulfills the above requirements, they are eligible to compete in their new chapter’s championship. Tennessee PGA Player of the Year Points will only be awarded to the first Chapter Championship in which an individual participates in for the given POY cycle.