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 Championship, all applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Any amateur golfer who has an active Mass Golf/GHIN Handicap Index at any public, private, semi-private, municipal or non-real estate Mass Golf member course/club (or have completed a Handicap Certification)
  2. Have played and posted 5 rounds at any Mass Golf member club/course within 12 months of the specified Tournament entry deadline

*Exceptions  – Children playing any parent/child event.

(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 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 on the scheduled date of a tournament.

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. A full refund will be given to anyone on a waiting list who does not make it into the event.

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 that 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 advise 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.

 

Conditions/Schedules

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

Automatic Score Posting

All scores from individual stroke play events will be automatically posted to a player’s Mass Golf/USGA Handicap Index by the Mass Golf staff.

  • All scores will be posted as a Tournament Score (T-Score) and in accordance to Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)
  • Any player competing at least 13 holes will have an 18-hole T-score posted by the Mass Golf staff. The “par plus” method will be used to fill in a player’s score, for posting purposes, for any holes not played by a competitor who completes at least 13 holes but less than 18 holes. Any player who No-Cards (NC) or Withdraws (WD) from a competition must return their scorecard to a Mass Golf official or staff member. Any player failing to do so is subject to the No-Show policy explained below.

*Exceptions – Dolly Sullivan, Stone Cup and Prunaret rounds.

No-Shows

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.