WADGA Standing Rules

  1. District Representatives:
    1. The District Representative from each club shall preferably be a playing member of District.
    2. The District Representatives are expected to attend two (2) meetings, spring and fall. If there is a change in a club’s representative, the incoming representative should accompany the outgoing representative at the fall meeting.
    3. The District Representative of the current year or her designated proxy will be the voting member.
    4. The District Representative will be responsible for taking the scorecards of their members at all WADGA events back to their home clubs and posting the scores as tournament scores.
    5. Annual dues and rosters are to be received by the District Secretary no later than May 1st. A new member to WADGA may join after May 1st to allow her time to meet the handicap requirements. After May 1st all dues that have been paid will not be reimbursed, prorated or applied to the following year.
    6. District Representatives are to submit the most current index as of the third day prior to the Play Day event, with the exception of the District Championship when handicaps are determined a week in advance.
    7. The fee for weekly play will be established at the Spring meeting. However, the Host Representative will be responsible for notifying all District Representatives if the cost of play differs for that event, no later than two weeks prior to hosted event.
  2. Handicaps:
    1. The maximum USGA handicap-index for members is 28.0. The qualifying index shall be established by using the April 1st revision as the first date of eligibility and the May 1st revision as the final date of eligibility. A new member, to the club or to WADGA, may join when she establishes a 28.0 or below handicap index.
    2. A previous WADGA member, whose handicap index is above 28.0 on May 1st, but would like to continue to be a member, may request an extension until June 1st in an attempt to lower her handicap. The request should be made to the District Rep by May 1st if possible. A member whose handicap index goes above 28.0 during the season may continue to compete at 28.0 handicap index.
    3. On the day of play, if it is found that a handicap index is incorrectly recorded, then, with verification, the handicap may be lowered or raised accordingly.
    4. Handicaps for all Tournaments shall be determined by the most recent handicap on the third day prior to the Play Day event, with the exception of the District Championship when handicaps are determined a week in advance.
  3. Rules:
    1. USGA rules govern all play.
    2. Local rules are to be announced before play and/or printed and distributed before the start of play.
    3. All WADGA regular and championship scoring for all flights will be as follows: 1st Low Gross THEN 1st Low Net THEN 2nd Low Gross THEN 2nd Low Net THEN 3rd Low Gross THEN 3rd Low Net etc.
    4. Rules committee for day of play shall consist of Host Pro, District President, Vice President, and District Tournament Chairwoman.
    5. There is a two (2) stroke penalty for playing one hole out of order. If the second hole is played, it is a disqualification.
  4. Weather:
    1. In the event of inclement weather, you must show up at the host club unless you are notified either by phone, email or text message advising the play has been cancelled. If inclement weather occurs during the tournament play, play will be suspended for up to 1 hour at which time the tournament will either continue or be cancelled.
  5. Slow Play:
    1. In an effort to speed up play, please play “ready golf” safely from tee to green. A player will be subject to a penalty if she delays play or contributes to causing her group to delay. A group that is out of position and behind the established pace of play will be warned once by an official. In order to be out of position, the players must be in violation of the following: A) When the following group reaches the tee of a par 3 and the preceding hole has cleared the next tee, B) When the green on a par 4 is clear and the following group has not left the tee, C) When a group on a par 5 has reached the putting surface and the following group has not left the tee. When a group continues to be out of position and behind the “time par”, the group will be timed under the following guidelines. 40 SECONDS is the time allotted for each shot for a player. Ten seconds extra is permitted for the first to play on par 3’s, first to hit shots on par 4’s and 5’s and the first to play on or near the green.
      Violations: One bad time Warning
      Two bad times One Shot Penalty
      Three bad times Two Shot Penalty
      Four bad times Disqualification
  6. Scorecards:
    1. Each player is responsible to turn in her signed and attested scorecard immediately after the completion of play. If a signed and attested scorecard is not turned in, the player shall be disqualified.
  7. Championship:
    1. District championship will be 3/2 day stroke play event. The Host Club will not be scheduled to host District play the preceding or following year.
    2. Playoff for Championship Tournament:
      1. 1. Low Gross: Ties are broken by a sudden death playoff for 1st place for all flights which will begin immediately following the final round of the tournament. All other gross ties are broken with a scorecard play-off by comparing the combined score of the last nine holes, then the last six holes, then the last three holes and then the last hole.
      2. 2. Low Net: Ties are broken with a scorecard play-off as follows. Gross score for the last nine holes minus 1/2 handicap; if still tied, gross score for the last 6 holes minus 1/3 handicap; if still tied, gross score for the last three holes minus 1/6 handicap; if still tied, gross score for the 18th hole minus 1/18 handicap.
    3. Championship prizes will be based on point system. The points will be converted to dollar amounts and certificates to member clubs issued. Commemorative gifts will be presented to the champion and runner-up and all other first places.
  8. Caddies and Carts:
    1. Upon request of an entrant, caddies (if available) will be provided by the Host Club. A competitor may not bring her own caddie.
    2. Carts will be shared only with another competitor.
  9. Cancellations:
    1. Regular Friday events, including Opening Day and Closing Day:
      1. 1. Any player who needs to cancel should do so by three days prior to the Play Day Event. It is the player’s responsibility to call the Host District Representative and/or Host Pro Shop. You should also call your District Representative. If the cancellation is after the Wednesday noon deadline, the player may still be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
        If you do not cancel before this deadline, by calling the Hosting Representative and/or Pro Shop, you will be assessed a two (2) stroke penalty on the next entered regular Play Day event.
        Exception: no two (2) stroke penalties will be assessed to Opening or Closing day team events.
      2. 2. For a “no show” on the day of play, you will be charged the full event price and a two (2) stroke penalty assessed on the next entered play day. Automatic penalties will be assessed unless the player notifies Tournament Chairwoman that she is requesting consideration of special circumstances. This must be done within three (3) days of the missed play date.
    2. Championship:
      1. 1. Cancellation must be received to the Host District Representative and/or Host Pro Shop two (2) days prior to the first round.
      2. 2. Late cancellation will result in the player being responsible for their cost of the closing luncheon.
      3. 3. For a “no show” or withdrawal during championship, the player will be disqualified. The player will be responsible for the 3 or 2 day cost of play and the closing luncheon.
  10. Awards for Regular Friday Individual Events:
    1. For individual Play Days, winners will receive points which will be compiled throughout the season. Certificates will be awarded at Closing Day which can be redeemed for merchandise at the member’s Club Pro Shop.
  11. Guests:
    1. A qualifying member of WADGA may invite a guest to play in one event annually provided she is a full member of a member club. The guest fee to participate will be the current event rate for that day plus the applicable beverage rate. Guests will not be entered into the competition for that day and will not be eligible for any awards presented.
  12. Cell Phones:
    1. Players are to silence and NOT use their cell phones for conversations and texting during play.
  13. Measuring Devices:
    1. Distance Measuring Devices are allowed during play. It is your equipment and the sharing of it is at your discretion. A player may use a device that contains prohibited functions (examples listed below) provided these specific functions are not accessed by the player during the stipulated round. Such prohibited functions include, but are not limited to:
      • The gauging of measuring of slope;
      • The gauging or measuring of other conditions that might affect play (e.g., wind speed or direction);
      • The gauging or measuring of a player’s physical or mental state, such as heart rate;
      • Recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in his/her play (e.g., club selection, type of shot to be played, green reading or any other advice-related matter); or
      • Calculating the effective distance between two points based on elevation changes or other conditions affecting that distance.
  14. Payment by Check or Cash:
    1. Each player must pay for all WADGA events by check (made payable to the Host Club or designated payee) or cash at registration. The WADGA players will be notified of the amount due each week by their District Representative prior to the day of play.

Revised September 9, 2018