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SCGA Championships & Golf Operations Policies & Procedures

Participants in SCGA competitions must read the following information and are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations for participation in SCGA events.

Pace of Play Policy SCGA Hard Card

ENTRIES, WITHDRAWLS & REFUNDS

The Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) reserves the right to accept, 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 a 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.

Entry fees cover various costs, including green fees for the event. Refer to the specific event’s Player Information to determine what is covered by the entry fee. Any costs not covered by the entry fee will be the responsibility of the player. Registration confirmations, event information, and starting times will be sent to players via email. If a player does not receive this information within seven days of the event, it is the player’s responsibility to contact the SCGA. The SCGA is not responsible for any errors in transmission. The SCGA will not send this information through mail unless a player specifically requests the SCGA to do so. In most cases, event information, including the pairings and starting times, will be published on scga.org after the close of entries.

LATE ENTRIES

The SCGA accepts late entries, assuming there is still space available at the given event. Late entries will be subject to an additional $20 fee and will only be accepted over the phone.

WITHDRAWL PRIOR TO A SCGA COMPETITION OR MEMBER OUTING

To withdraw for any reason prior to the start of a SCGA competition or Member Outing, a player must notify the SCGA Championships & Golf Operations Department at champs@scga.org or by calling (818) 980-3630. The player may also withdraw through his/her online player profile until entries close. If a player needs to withdraw on the morning of the event, notify the SCGA staff person through the golf shop staff at the host venue. Failure to notify the SCGA may subject the player to suspension from future SCGA events.

WITHDRAWL DURING A SCGA COMPETITION

All players are expected to complete the competition which they start. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal during a competition are physical injury, illness, or an emergency. Poor play is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal. A player who withdraws without an acceptable reason or without notifying SCGA personnel (i.e. does not return a scorecard) may be subject to suspension from future SCGA competitions. Players who withdraw must sign and attest that the hole-by-hole scores are correct on the scorecard for the player whom they were keeping score. The scorecard must be returned to the player or another marker in the group.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

SCGA COMPETITIONS

All players must be amateurs and members of a current SCGA member club and meet any stated Handicap Index and age requirements (unless otherwise noted). 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 requirements will not be allowed to participate in the competition. Players with questions regarding their eligibility should contact their club and/or the SCGA prior to the entry closing date.

SCGA NET COMPETITIONS

In an effort to continually ensure that SCGA-sponsored net competitions are conducted on a level playing field, all participants in SCGA net competitions, including SCGA Team Play and Women’s Team Play, must be members of a club that has a certified Handicap Chair who has successfully completed the SCGA’s World Handicap System (WHS) training. For more information on the SCGA’s WHS training, please visit scga.org.

The revision date used to calculate players’ Handicap Indexes will be listed on the Player Information document published prior to each event. The SCGA reserves the right to adjust a player’s handicap prior to or during any net competition.

USGA COMPETITIONS

Refer to usga.org for eligibility requirements for USGA qualifiers and championships.

COMPETITION POLICIES

GENERAL

Information regarding starting times, pairings, practice rounds, the availability of golf carts, and dress requirements will be listed within each competition’s Player Information documenton the competition’s online portal.

ALTERNATES/WAITING LIST

Alternates or players listed on the waiting list prior to a competition may show up as a “standby” at the qualifying site or the championship site on the morning of the first round. All standbys should 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.

INCOMPLETE ROUND POLICY

To review the SCGA’s Incomplete Round Policy, click here.

RULES OF PLAY

The Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA and The R&A govern play;

Local Rules and Terms of the Competition can be found on the SCGA Hard Card and the Notice to Players addendum that will be distributed on site;

Review the specific event’s portal for details on the pace of play policy that will be in effect.

CODE OF CONDUCT

By submitting an entry for any SCGA-administered event, the contestant understands that his/her participation is at the sole discretion of the SCGA. A contestant may be removed from an event either before or during the event at the sole discretion of the SCGA. Incidents of unbecoming conduct or actions deemed to be detrimental to the image of the SCGA or the “Spirit of the Game” are grounds for such removal and suspension from future SCGA-administered events. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Willful damage of the golf course or golf course property
  • Club throwing or unnecessary club tossing
  • Offensive or unbecoming language
  • Public criticism of golf course or verbal abuse of SCGA staff, officials, volunteers, host club staff or other contestants
  • Potential endangerment of others
  • Conduct deemed unbecoming
  • Failure to post scores for handicapping purposes
  • Manipulation of scores posted for handicapping purposes

Penalty for breach of Code of Conduct:

  • First offense: Warning
  • Second offense: General Penalty
  • Third offense: Disqualification

The committee may disqualify a player for serious misconduct in failing to meet the Code’s standards.

SCORE POSTING

All scores shot in SCGA competitions will be posted as “C” scores (competition scores) by SCGA Staff. Players should not post their own scores.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The SCGA reserves the right to use our participants’ images on communications and marketing material including FORE magazine and scga.org.