Policies & Procedures (Tournaments) - MASSGOLF

Policies & Procedures

General Criteria for Tournament Eligibility

Each Mass Golf Tournament has its own specific tournament eligibility criteria (i.e., maximum Handicap Index®, age requirements, etc.). Please reference the specific Tournaments for further details. In general, to be eligible for a Mass Golf Tournament, all applicants must be an amateur golfer with an active Mass Golf Membership with a Handicap Index at any public, private, semi-private, municipal or non-real estate Mass Golf member course/club.

(Please reference the Conditions & Regulations for further details)

Entry Procedures

All players must apply through the Mass Golf Online Entry process at: http://www.massgolf.org. Late, incomplete or inaccurate entries will not be accepted. Each Mass Golf competition has a designated field limit. Entries for Mass Golf Tournaments are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the entry deadline.  Mass Golf reserves the right to reject an entry at any time.

Entries and fully paid entry fees must be received through the Mass Golf Online Entry process by 5:00pm EST on the published entry deadline.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Competitors, who have submitted an entry for a Mass Golf event and wish to withdraw for any reason, MUST notify the Mass Golf staff contact for the event (listed on each event page) or the Mass Golf office in writing (e-mail is acceptable and encouraged) or by phone. Entry fee will be refunded less a $20 administrative fee, regardless of reason, if Mass Golf is notified in writing or by phone seven days prior to each event.  Entry fee will be refunded less 50% for any withdrawals received less than seven days prior to each event. No refund will be processed for a withdrawal notification that is received within 48 hours of the event.

Over-Subscribed Events

When the field for an event is full further entries are placed on a waiting list in order by date/time they were received. Entries received on the same day are placed on the list in the order in which they are opened.

Starting Times and Player Information

Shortly after close of entries competitors will be notified via e-mail of their starting times and player information.

Rules of Golf

Play will be governed by the Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA® and the R&A for all Mass Golf competitions. Questions will be settled by the Committee in charge of the competitions consisting of staff and those officials assigned by Mass Golf, whose decision shall be final.

Distance-Measuring Devices

A player may use devices that measure or gauge distance only (see Rule 4.3a(1)) for all Mass Golf competitions.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 4.3:

*Penalty for the first breach from single act or related acts:  General Penalty

* Penalty for second breach unrelated to the first breach:  Disqualification.  This penalty applies even if the nature of the breach was entirely different than the breach resulting in the first penalty.

Cart Usage Policy (Competitors & Caddies)

In events where carts are permitted per the conditions and regulations, no more than 2 carts will be permitted per starting time regardless of the number of players and/or caddies in a group. Caddies are permitted to ride in a player’s cart if there is an available seat.

*Mass Golf reserves the right to limit a group to only 1 cart in the case of a group of two competitors in order to limit cart traffic and/or reserve carts for subsequent starting times.

Note: Per the Rules of Golf (10.3a(1)) any other person who walks or rides along with the player or who carries other things for the player (such as a rain-suit, umbrella or food and drink) is not the player’s caddie unless he or she is named as such by the player or also carries, transports or handles the player’s clubs.  Additionally, Rule (10.3(1)) states that a player may have a caddie to carry, transport and handle his or her clubs, give advice and help him or her in other ways allowed during a round, but with these limitations:

*The player must not have more than one caddie at any one time.

*The player may change caddies during a round but must not do so temporarily for the sole purpose of getting advice from the new caddie.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 10.3a:

  • The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which he or she is helped by more than one caddie at any one time.
  • If the breach happens or continues between two holes, the player gets the general penalty for the next hole.


Mass Golf Mobility Impaired Spectator Cart Policy & Request Form

Mass Golf Mobility Impaired Spectator Cart Policy (PDF)

Cart Request Form

Dress Code

Appropriate golf attire is required at all Mass Golf competitions for players, caddies and spectators. The dress code of the host facility will take precedent if there is any question. 

Golf Shoe Policy

Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule G-7. The use of traditionally designed spikes (regardless of composition) or spikes of any design that are entirely or partially made of metal, if such metal may come in contact with the course.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 4.3:

  • Penalty for first breach from single act or related acts: General Penalty.
  • Penalty for second breach unrelated to first breach: Disqualification. This penalty applies even if the nature of the breach was entirely different than the breach resulting in the first penalty.



The Mass Golf Board of Directors reserves the right to alter any of the tournament conditions and schedules herein. The decision of the Board of Directors in any matter shall be final.


Mass Golf reserves the right to decline any entry based on a player’s previous year’s attendance in an event. Players who fail to show for assigned starting times without notifying Mass Golf will be considered a no-show. No-shows also include any player who fails to return a scorecard (no-card) or who withdraws during a stipulated round without notifying a Mass Golf official or staff member on site.

Photo Release

I acknowledge that Mass Golf may at times photograph or record video of the Mass Golf Championships and tournaments and I grant Mass Golf the unrestricted right and permission to copyright, use, or publish photographic portraits, pictures, or video of me, including the negatives, transparencies, prints, or digital information pertaining to them (collectively, the “Pictures”), in still, single, multiple, moving or video format, in any manner, including manners in which I may be included in whole or in part, in composite or distorted in form, in color or otherwise, in any media for advertising or any other lawful purpose. I hereby relinquish any right that I may have to examine or approve the Pictures or any use of the Pictures, including the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection with a Picture, or the use to which it may be applied. I waive any ownership and publication right or right of publicity I may be entitled to in connection with the Pictures.

Name, Image & Likeness (NIL) Guidance for Collegiate Golfers

Massachusetts Golf Association, Inc. (“Mass Golf”) may withhold entry of a collegiate golfer (as defined by Exhibit A) into a Mass Golf sanctioned event if Mass Golf reasonably determines that the collegiate golfer’s use of logos and/or their promotional activities are inappropriate and/or offensive and are not in alignment with Mass Golf’s mission and vision. Mass Golf’s Board of Directors has the power and authority to make this decision and shall promptly inform the collegiate golfer upon making any such determination. Any collegiate golfer that wishes to participate in a Mass Golf sanctioned event should reference the USGA’s Notice to Collegiate Golfers Regarding Name, Image and Likeness. Please contact, Jesse Menachem, with any additional questions.

Exhibit A: The USGA and The R&A have introduced an interim waiver that applies as follows:

  • A collegiate golfer will remain an amateur golfer provided all three of the following apply:
    • The NIL-related actions are allowed under the NCAA’s interim policy,
    • He or she remains on a team roster while the NIL-related activities take place, and
    • There are no other breaches of the Rules of Amateur Status in connection with the NIL activities. An example of this would be providing golf instruction, which while ok per the NCAA is not allowed under the Rules of Amateur Status.