RULES & REGULATIONS


MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP RULES AND REGULATIONS

Play is governed by the 2016-2017 USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions and, where applicable, by the following Local Rules, Conditions, and Definitions, subject to changes or amendments by the U.S. Kids Golf Rules Committee. Appendix I refers to the Appendix of Local Rules and Conditions of the Competition in the 2016-2017 Rules of Golf Book.

Changes made to accommodate Kids Golf World Championship, Malaysia. U.S. Kids Golf reserves the right to change the Rules & Regulations prior to or during any event.


Time of Starting/Late to Tee:

If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after his starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Otherwise, the penalty for breach of this Rule is disqualification.


Ten Shot Rule:

Does not apply during Kids Golf World Championship, Malaysia.


Distance Measuring Device:

Not allowed.


Pace of Play:

Each player must play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 45 seconds to play a shot. Those players who are first to play from a given area (tee, fairway, green, etc.) will have 10 extra seconds to play their shot. Caddies are asked to please refrain from over-coaching the player. It is the caddie’s duty to help the player hit each shot within a reasonable period of time.

The pace of play card may be implemented to determine when groups are behind time or out of position. If the group receives an instruction to speed up play from the rule official and continues to fall behind each member of the group may be timed. Groups finishing with warnings from time keeper/rules officials will be issued a penalty stroke for each consecutive slow pace warning received. Players may appeal any pace of play penalties at the conclusion of the round to a rules official. The 45-second rule is in place to assure playing without “undue delay” and to prevent over coaching and slow play. It will also be used to determine the outcome of pace of play appeals.


Out of Bounds:

Where white stakes or fence posts are used, the nearest inside points at ground level define out of bounds. When out of bounds is defined by a white line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. A ball coming to rest on or crossing any public road is considered out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the golf course.


Water Hazards:

Defined by yellow lines and designated by yellow stakes. In the absence of lines, the stakes both identify and define the hazard.


Lateral Water Hazards:

Defined by red lines and designated by red stakes. In the absence of lines, the stakes both identify and define the hazard.


Ball Drops:

A “dropping zone” is an area enclosed by a white line having the words “dropping zone” or “DZ” printed inside it. A “dropping zone” is not ground under repair. The line itself is in the “dropping zone”. A ball that is dropped within the zone and rolls outside the line is “in play” and should not be redropped.


Ground Under Repair:

Enclosed white lined areas define ground under repair. The white lines are considered in ground under repair. Other areas of ground under repair, even though not so marked include: French drains (trenches filled with stones or like), fire ant beds and mounds caused by burrowing animals.


Flower Beds Identified by Blue Stakes:

To be treated as Ground Under Repair. Relief is mandatory. (Refer local rules)


Sod Seams for Lie of Ball Only:

To be treated as ground under repair through the green. All seams in a given area are deemed to be the same seam. See Appendix I, Page 129.


Embedded Ball:

The “Embedded Ball Rule” as written in Appendix I, page 127, is in effect “through the green.”


Disqualification Policy:

Disqualified players may play but subject to the pairing list prepared by the Committee. He/she but will not be entitled for any prizes.


Electronic Devices:

Cell phones, headphones, pagers, and the like may not be used during play. First offense: 2 stroke penalty; Second offense: disqualification.


Tobacco & Alcohol:

Tobacco and alcohol use by players or caddies is not permitted during the event. First offense: Warning; Second offense: Disqualification


Code of Conduct:

Violations include: abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse to the golf course or the facilities, littering, or any other conduct unbecoming of a player. U.S. Kids Golf reserves the right to dismiss any player, caddie or spectator at any time for any reason during the event. Repeated violations may lead to rejection of future entries.


Dress Code:

Only acceptable golf attire is permitted. Players are prohibited from wearing shoes with metal spikes, short shorts, swimwear, denim of any kind, t-shirts, or tank tops. Players or caddies not appropriately attired will not be permitted to participate.


Result of the Competition:

When all the scores have been posted on the official scoreboard and approved by U.S. Kids Golf, the result of the competition is deemed to have been officially announced.

Winners will be determined after three rounds of 9 holes/18 holes completed, there is NO cut-off, and competitors must play on all three days.


Push Cart/Trolley:

Push cart or trolley will be allowed to be used by player or caddie during Kids Golf World Championship, Malaysia. Please bring your own push cart or trolley as there is no rental available at the clubs.


Cart Policy:

It is the discretion of the host facility to allow the use of golf carts/buggies during any USKG event. Carts must be operated only by designated caddies. In no case will carts be allowed off of the carts paths. First offense: warning, second offense Rule official will either give a warning or removal from the golf course.


Caddie Use of Carts:

Carts will be permitted for caddies ONLY at The World Championships. Players may not use carts for play. All players must walk during the entire tournament. Caddie may use the cart to shuttle the player if and when instructed by tournament officials. Caddie may leave the bag on the cart or carry it on the course with the player when needed. Two strokes per hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round: Four strokes.


Caddie Policy:

Players eight years old and younger must be accompanied by someone eighteen years of age or older to serve as their caddie. All players are encouraged to have caddies.

Sometimes well intentioned caddies may disrupt others during play. If this happens, a WRITTEN COMPLAINT should be filed with the Tournament Director at the end of the round by the affected player or his or her caddie. Others who might file such a complaint include rules officials, tournament staff or volunteers.

Once a WRITTEN COMPLAINT has been filed, a warning will be given to the caddie. If a second WRITTEN COMPLAINT is filed against the same caddie by a different person, then the caddie will be immediately suspended from the event.


Spectator Policy:

Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices may not be used during play. All walking spectators should stay on or near the cart path at all times. Spectators are not allowed on the greens or in the fairway. Please stay behind the group being followed and do not go ahead to spot shots in advance of play. First offense: warning, second offense: removal from the golf course.


How to Decide Ties:

Ties for 1st place will be broken with a sudden death playoff. If weather or darkness prevents a sudden death playoff, the winner will be decided by a scorecard playoff using the score on the final round of competition.

If the tie is not broken, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last nine holes, last six holes, last three holes and finally the last hole. If the players are still tied, continue backwards from the last hole until a winner is determined. If the competition has a multiple tee start for eighteen hole players, it is recommended that the “last nine holes, last six holes, etc.” is considered to be holes 10-18, 13-18, etc.

Ties for all other awards will not be broken. Trophies will be presented to all competitors finishing in 2nd through 5th place in each age and gender division.


Signals for Suspension and Resumption of Play:

If play is suspended by one long siren or horn blast or verbal direction by a Rules Committee member, the player must immediately discontinue play and look for shelter. All practice areas are closed until the Committee has declared them open for use. Penalty for breach of this rule is Disqualification.

Suspension of play for reasons other than dangerous situations (darkness, fog, etc.) will be made with three short blasts of a horn. Players in a group may decide whether to finish the hole they are playing but they may not start another hole. The choice to finish the hole is an individual decision. A player within the group may choose to finish the hole while others choose to wait until play has resumed.

It is the player’s responsibility to be ready when play resumes. It will be signaled by two short siren blasts repeated or verbal direction.

Players may discontinue play and seek shelter if they believe there is dangerous weather (lightning, tornado, hurricane, etc.) regardless of whether a siren has been heard. The player must report to the committee as soon as practical. Bad weather (rain, wind, temperature extremes etc.) is not itself a good reason for discontinuing play.

The Rules Committee makes all decisions regarding delays and/or cancellations. The intention is to play the event on its scheduled day.


Safety Announcement:

Participation during tournament play can be dangerous. A player may discontinue play if he or she believes there are dangerous weather conditions (lightning, tornado, hurricane, etc.) or other good reason such as illness. Seek shelter or medical help when these conditions arise.

Please be aware of others near you at all times on the course and practice area. It is possible that you may get struck by a club or ball hit by someone else. When riding in a golf cart, please read and follow the manufacturer’s safety notices at all times. Riding in a cart or being struck with a club or ball can cause serious injury or death.

When attending event related functions such as opening ceremonies, awards presentations, etc., please use extreme caution and be mindful of how your or your children’s actions may affect others in close proximity. While necessary precautions are taken to ensure everyone’s safety, it is critical that we all work together to provide a safe and fun environment for all in attendance.

You may use a cell phone to call for medical help at any time during the event.