Conditions of Play
The Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) reserves the right to decline or withdraw any entry at any time. Any person whose entry is accepted shall be subject to the rules and conditions of play set forth by the SCGA. The reason for rejection of entry may include, but is not limited to, unbecoming conduct. By entering an SCGA-administered event, all participants agree that there are certain risks inherent in the game of golf and accept personal and sole liability for all such risks, including, but not limited to, any health-related risks.
Eligibility for SCGA Events: All players must be amateurs and members of a current SCGA member club that is in compliance with the SCGA’s Handicap Certification Program. Members of clubs that are not in compliance will not be allowed to participate. Players must also meet index and any stated age requirements.
Eligibility for CGA Events (California State Amateur Championship and CGA Senior Amateur Championship): All players must be amateurs and members of a current SCGA, NCGA or PLGASC club and meet index and any stated age requirements.
Eligibility for USGA Events: Refer to http://www.usga.org/ for tournament eligibility requirements for USGA championships and qualifiers. All USGA entrants must be members of a golf club and meet index and any stated age requirements.
It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that all eligibility requirements are met. The SCGA will attempt to notify players failing to meet any eligibility requirements prior to the close of entry. Nevertheless, any player failing to meet any one of the eligibility standards will not be allowed to participate in the tournament. Players with questions regarding their eligibility status should contact their club and/or the SCGA prior to the entry deadline date.
Exempt Players: Exempt players include, but are not limited to, those listed for each event, and must meet eligibility requirements for that event. Exempt players must register for the event prior to the entry closing date.
Online Event Registration
All tournament and event participants must register online at SCGA.org. When registering online, SCGA tournament and event participants will create an online account using their new SCGA/GHIN number and their last name. Participants will create a new username and password to access their account again in the future. Once registered with an account, players will be able to register for tournaments, withdraw from tournaments, create and update player bio information and post a profile picture. When registering for tournaments online, all payments must be made by credit card.
It is important that tournament players provide and update the SCGA with accurate contact information (e-mail, address and telephone/cell phone numbers). Tournament confirmations, player information and pairings will be sent to players by e-mail.
Entry fees cover various costs, including green fees for the event. Any costs not covered by the entry fee will be the responsibility of the player.
The SCGA reserves the right to refuse entries at any time.
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Alternates/Waiting List Policy
Alternates or players on the waiting list may show up to be a “standby” at the qualifying site or the championship site on the morning of the first round. If you would like to be a standby, please notify the SCGA staff by telephone or e-mail prior to the event. All standbys must arrive and check in with SCGA staff 30 minutes prior to the first starting time. In the event that an active participant does not show up or withdraws prior to the start of their round, alternates will be selected based on the SCGA’s procedure for selecting alternates. Alternates do not have access to practice rounds at championship sites until they are officially notified by SCGA staff that they are in the championship field.
Certified Handicap Chairperson Requirement
In an effort to continually ensure that all SCGA-sponsored net events are conducted on a level playing field, any participant in a SCGA net competition, including SCGA Team Play, must be a member of a club that has a certified handicap chair who has successfully completed the SCGA’s Certified Handicap Chair Program within the last four years.
The SCGA’s Certified Handicap Chair Program ensures that each participating club contains a handicap chair who is knowledgeable of the duties and responsibilities that go along with being a handicap chair. Players wishing to participate in SCGA net events this year should make sure their club has an SCGA-certified handicap chair, and ensure that person’s certification is up to date. Certification seminars are held throughout the year; information about dates and locations of these seminars can be found here.
Handicapping Net Events
In net events (except Team Play), the lowest current index of the last three months shall be used during each phase of the competition.
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The SCGA reserves the right to adjust a player’s handicap prior to or during any net competition, based upon previous performances in SCGA events. If a player shoots significantly better than their handicap index, that player’s course handicap may be subject to reduction in future SCGA net events (including Team Play). If the SCGA has to reduce the same player a second time, that player may be refused future entry to SCGA events. When a player’s course handicap is reduced, the player and club handicap chair will be notified in writing or by phone.
It is very important that each SCGA member club’s handicap committee make certain that individuals whose indexes do not properly match their playing potential are dealt with at the club level, before the SCGA becomes involved.
All clubs are reminded that it is within the purview of the club handicap committee to adjust the index of a player who fails to turn in proper scores or whose current index is not reflective of their playing potential.
It is essential that the SCGA has correct e-mail addresses for all tournament players. The SCGA will e-mail player information, starting times and conditions of competition to all participants. The SCGA will not send this information through the U.S. Postal Service unless a player specifically requests so. This information and the pairings will also be available online at SCGA.org. If a player does not receive their starting time by e-mail within seven days of the event, it is the player’s responsibility to contact the SCGA office prior to the competition. The SCGA cannot be responsible for any errors in transmission.
Practice round information will be made available after the close of entries; refer to the Player Information Sheet which is e-mailed to each player, and located on SCGA.org. Players may not always receive a practice round on the date they request, as some clubs have specific date restrictions.
Rules of Golf
The USGA Rules of Golf; the SCGA Hard Card (Conditions of Competition and Local Rules) and Player Information Sheet (located on SCGA.org); and the Local Rules Addendum (distributed at each site) will govern play during all phases of the competition.
The clock at the tee (1st or 10th) where a player begins their stipulated round is the official time of starting. Starters will not page players in advance of their starting time. Players should report to the tee five to seven minutes prior to their starting time to receive information from the starter.
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Non-Metal Spike Policy
All players and caddies must wear non-metal or soft spikes. Players and caddies will not be allowed to wear shoes with traditionally designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic) or spikes comprised entirely or partially of metal, regardless of design, in any SCGA competition or in any CGA or USGA qualifying event administered by the SCGA.
Wireless Handheld Devices
Cell phone use is not permitted during the stipulated round and may be restricted in certain areas designated by the host club. The device should only be used to make phone calls in emergency situations. Failure to observe this policy may result in disciplinary action including withdrawing playing privileges for the rest of the tournament or for future SCGA events.
Distance Measuring Devices
The Southern California Golf Association adopts the local rule allowing the use of electronic distance measuring devices during SCGA/CGA qualifying and championship events.
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
The USGA has not adopted this local rule for their events; therefore players will not be permitted to use EMDs in any USGA qualifying event or in any USGA championship.
Caddies and Gallery
Some sites may restrict caddies and gallery, so refer to the Player Information Sheet for more information. At most sites, caddies and gallery must adhere to the dress code of the club and the SCGA (found on the Player Information Sheet).
For SCGA events (except the SCGA Amateur Championship), golf carts are permitted in all phases of competition, subject to limitations imposed at the club level. Handcarts may also be allowed, subject to club policy. Refer to the Player Information Sheet for more information. In the California State Amateur Championship and Qualifying, the SCGA Amateur Championship and USGA events, other than the U.S. Senior Amateur, players and caddies may not use golf carts. Event spectators may not use carts during any SCGA, CGA or USGA competitions. All drivers must be at least 16 years of age (or older, if club policy stipulates).
Posting Tournament Scores
All scores will be posted as “T” scores by the SCGA staff. Players should not post their own scores on a SCGA posting computer or online.
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