The tournament regulations of the PGA of America and the South Florida Section PGA Executive Board guide and govern the conduct of all members. These regulations are recognized as part of the mandatory provisions of the government of the Association in the conduct of tournament activity. United States Golf Association (USGA) Rules of Golf shall govern all play except as modified by Local Rules.
- All Professionals are responsible for knowing the USGA Rules of Golf. It is advisable for them to carry a current Rule Book in their bag.
- All Professionals are held responsible for knowing their starting times in South Florida Section sponsored, co-sponsored or sanctioned events. Tee times are available by calling the host club or Section office during regular business hours. They are also normally available at www.sfpgagolf.com. Hover your mouse over “Events” tab then scroll down and hover your mouse over “Tournaments.” Then click on the corresponding event. Finally, click on “Tee Times.”
- Entries will close 72 hours prior to the event unless otherwise stated on the official entry form or when a stipulated field is filled. Weekend deadlines revert back to the preceding Friday at 4:30 p.m. Players may enter a tournament after a deadline and prior to the event date for an additional purse-enhancing fee of $75.00, provided that space is available and without existing individual or field tee time alteration. Players already entered into an event may not enter a special event (skins game etc..) on the date of the event.
- No Professional entries will be accepted unless accompanied by payment in the full amount. Should an event sell out more than 14 days in advance of the deadline, PGA members would be put into the field in place of apprentices up until that 14 day window.
- Refund Policy: All refunds will be subject to a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after the deadline and if pairings have been made, usually within 24 hours after the deadline date, unless a previously paid alternate can fill the spot. Note: this only applies to the entry fee of the tournament. Players will be refunded for the bonus pool and the skins game if they entered that portion of the competition. For refund of the tournament entry fee exceptions will be made in the case of medical emergency (upon Board approval) or a death in the family. To receive a full refund (minus administrative fee), withdrawals must be submitted in written form and sent to the Section office via fax (561-729-0914), Email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by regular mail.
- Withdraw, No Card, Did Not Show, Disqualified: A player will be considered to have withdrawn from an event any time s/he takes himself out of the event before or between a stipulated round(s). Any player failing to notify a tournament official of his withdraw from an event prior to the start of the stipulated round will be considered a no show or DNS which will result in a $50 fine. A player will be considered to have no carded or NC any time s/he starts a stipulated round and does not complete the round or he returns a card to the scoring table which is designated NC. Failure to notify a tournament official of a NC prior to the conclusion of the stipulated round will result in a $50 fine. Once a player has started a stipulated round, failure to complete that stipulated round without due cause (illness, injury or emergency) will result in a $50 fine. A fine of $100 will be issued for a second offense and any subsequent offense of the above within current tournament activity season. EXCEPTION: Player will be allowed to withdraw during a weather delay without cause while not being subject to fines, but not after play has resumed. A player will be disqualified anytime he breaches a rule of golf where the penalty is disqualification.
- A player is responsible for all personal charges incurred at the host club.
- Rain Policy: All one-day championship events postponed due to inclement weather will be completed the following day if at all possible. Otherwise, the event will be rescheduled or cancelled. Championship events refer to professional-only competitions. (i.e. Tournament Series, etc.)
- For services rendered, host Professionals for all South Florida Section PGA-sanctioned events will receive a complimentary entry into the event that he or she is hosting, which can be utilized by anyone on staff. Host Professionals must file an official entry with the Section.
- Female Tees: Female tees will be set up specifically for female Professionals in all South Florida Section PGA events where female Professionals have entered. The female yardage would be up to a maximum of 85% of the men’s yardage. Females participating from the female’s tees shall not be eligible to earn playing privileges in the PGA Championship, the PGA Cup and tournament co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour, Champions Tour or the Web.com Tour. Prior to starting, a female must declare which tees she will be playing from.
- Players must post a full event score in order to receive any winnings. (I.e. Players who make a cut may not voluntarily WD and still receive last place money.)
- Participants are not allowed to discuss or approach field staff regarding slow play warnings or penalties. All inquiries must be made through the tournament committee.
- In consideration of sponsor needs and requirements, some Section events require mandatory participation in Pro-Am activities in order to maintain tournament proper eligibility. Participation would only be mandatory if the Pro-Am and Championship were to be played on consecutive days. Section officials must notify potential Pro-Am Professionals at least seven (7) days prior to an event or the Professional is not subject to rejection from the tournament proper. The order for contacting Professionals to participate in theses Pro-Ams will be: Professionals from the Player of the Year Points List #1 – #10, Any Apprentice winning the previous year’s Fort Lauderdale Open, Any Apprentice winning the previous years South Florida PGA Open, the Top 3 Apprentice finishers from the previous years Section Assistant Championship, then the remainder of the necessary field will consist of players on the Player of the Year Points List #11 and so on.
- Purse Break Down: As a standard rule of thumb, the Section purse should be paid out to 40% of the field per the standard purse breakdown formula. The bonus pool payout will be based on paying 40% of those entered in the bonus pool competition up to a maximum of 20 spots. Skins not awarded during any Section event will be put into a “Bonus Pool” for those individuals entered into the skins and will be distributed using the current SFPGA payout policy (40% up to a maximum of 20 spots) based on playing performance for that particular round. Exception: If skins are not awarded during round one of any multi day event, the skin monies for that round will roll over into the next round.
- Should a non-scheduled Web.com or PGA Tour event move within the Section boundaries, a member qualifying event will be utilized to determine: the exempt spot into the PGA Tour event, and spots #2 and #3 for the Web.com event.
- Should the awarded recipient of a PGA Tour exemption decline said exemption, the Section will conduct a member only qualifier to determine whom the exemption will be awarded.
- Five dollars per player/round will be set aside from each event entry and returned to the outside staff of the host facility for gratuities.
To be eligible to compete in South Florida Section sponsored, co-sponsored, or sanctioned events, a professional must be a member or registered apprentice in good standing (active classification) with the South Florida Section PGA, primarily employed under Section and National guidelines (Life Members excluded), and have paid all applicable fees. EXCEPTION: Members (not apprentices) who have been actively employed under Section guidelines for full-time employment within the South Florida Section who resign or lose their jobs will be entitled to a playing privilege grace period. This grace period is offered to those members who have been employed for the immediate six months preceding their resignation or termination. If such member becomes unemployed, the grace period shall be for 12 months from the date of termination. The member must remain in an active classification during this period to keep tournament eligibility. Members will automatically lose eligibility for the grace period if they participate in (2) two or more SFPGA Recognized Tour and/or mini-tour events while not meeting Section Employment Eligibility Guidelines.
South Florida PGA members and apprentices will be subject to the same (10) ten tournament rule currently being utilized for PGA of America member championships which states: Must not have played in more than ten (10) combined Adams Golf Pro Tour Series, Australia/New Zealand Tour, Canadian Tour, Champions Tour, Dakotas Tour, European Seniors Tour, Futures Tour, Gateway Tour, Heartland Players Seniors Tour, Hooters Tours (Professional Series, Winter Series and Carolina Series), JLPGA, JPGA Senior Tour, JPGA Tour, LPGA, LPGT, Web.com Tour, Latinoamerica Tour, PGA Challenge Tour, PGA European Tour, PGA Tour, Tarheel Tour (eGolf Tour), The Asian Tour, The Safari Tour, The Sunshine Tour, and/or WPTG. The U. S. Open, U. S. Senior Open, PGA Championship, and Senior PGA Championship are not included in the 10-tournament count.
A-3 members have no playing privileges unless meeting the following criteria:
- Accumulation of the minimum 36 hours of experience credits necessary for election to PGA membership.
- Employed full-time under National and Section guidelines at a PGA recognized facility in a capacity that would make them eligible for Head Professional (A-1 / A-2) or Director of Golf (A-4) status. Such employment shall have been continuous for the preceding 6-month period.
- A-3 members eligible for PGA of America grace periods will automatically lost Section eligibility once these individuals’ grace period expires or fails to gain A-1 / A-2 or A-4 status within two (2) years from the date they become Section eligible.
- A-3 members losing or resigning from these jobs will not be eligible for the Section’s playing privilege grace period.
Members of the Association will be given priority status over all registered apprentices for up to 14 days prior to an entry deadline. Beyond that and up to an entry deadline, entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. These eligibility guidelines do not affect Open events, i.e. PGA Tour Open Qualifiers, South Florida Seniors’ Open and Florida State Seniors Open.
CONDUCT (Discipline, Penalties and Appeals)
Each PGA of America Member or Apprentice Participant (“Participant”) in a Section golf tournament acknowledges the right and authority of the Section to (i) fine and suspend from tournament play; and/or to (ii) fine and permanently bar the Participant from Section tournaments. Any Participant in a Section event hereby releases the PGA of America Section, the PGA of America, the PGA Tournament Corporation, Inc., rules officials, each director, officer, member, employee, agent or representative of any of the foregoing jointly and severally, individually and in their official capacity, of and from any and all claims, demands, damages and causes of action whatsoever, in law or equity, arising out of or in connection with any such decision or action by the Section, PGA of America or any appellate body.
Fines are due and payable within thirty (30) days unless the Participant has made a written appeal. Should the appeal be denied, the fine will be due and payable within thirty (30) days of such denial of appeal; and the Participant will be ineligible to participate in any Section tournament and any other PGA of America tournaments and the tournaments of any other PGA Section until said fine is paid in full.
- Advance Notification of Proposed Disciplinary Action
Except for penalties under the Rules of Golf and for “Minor Penalties” (as hereafter defined), any Participant subject to disciplinary action or penalty defined as a “Major Penalty” shall first be notified of such proposed action in writing. Such notice may be presented to the Participant by a tournament official. Within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the notice, the Participant shall submit to the Section Tournament Director or the Section Executive Director such facts or evidence of mitigating circumstances as may apply. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of such information from the Participant, the Section Tournament Director or the Section Executive Director shall notify the Participant in writing of the imposition of the proposed disciplinary action or penalty, or that the proposed action has been dismissed. After the imposition of any penalty hereunder, the Participant shall have the right to appeal to the Section Board of Inquiry as set forth in Section E herein.
- Rules of Golf
Any Participant in a Section tournament who breaches the Rules of Golf of the United States Golf Association or Local Rules in effect for the conduct of such event shall be subject to the penalties provided in such Rules as well as any other penalties imposed by the Section consistent with this policy. The decision of the Section Rules Officials/ and/or the Section Tournament Committee with respect to such Rules breach shall be final and conclusive.
- Conduct Unbecoming a Professional
Any Participant deemed guilty of conduct unbecoming a professional while participating in a Section tournament or in activities related thereto (e.g. practice rounds, hospitality events, etc.) shall be subject to fine, suspension and/or permanent disbarment from Section tournament play as provided in this policy. A fine of $100 shall be levied for the first offense. A fine of $150 shall be levied for the second offense, and a prohibition from participating in Section events for one year shall be levied for the third offense. Any Participant that is found guilty of more than three offenses for conduct unbecoming a professional charge may, at the sole discretion of the Section, be permanently prohibited from participating in all Section and PGA of America tournaments and also may be subject to PGA of America Code of Ethics charges. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Section reserves the right to pursue Code of Ethics charges against any PGA Member/Apprentice for conduct charges related to the conduct of any Participant at Section golf tournaments and related events at the sole discretion of the Section in compliance with the procedures for Code of Ethics hearings as set forth in this Article II of the Bylaws.
- Classes of Penalties for Section Tournament Offenses
- MINOR PENALTIES.
A Minor Penalty is a fine of not more than $150 and/or suspension from tournament play for two or less tournaments. A Minor Penalty may be imposed by the Section tournament officials responsible for the conduct of the tournament.
- MAJOR PENALTIES.
A Major Penalty is a fine in excess of $150, suspension from tournament play for more than three tournaments, and/or permanent disbarment from Section tournament play.
- MINOR PENALTIES.
Appeals from Minor Penalties shall be to the Tournament Committee Chairperson (or his/her designee). Such appeal may be in writing or oral. Such appeal shall be received by the Tournament Committee Chair no later than thirty (30) days subsequent to the infraction. The Tournament Committee Chair shall render the decision on appeal in writing within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the appeal and submit a final report to the Section Executive Director. The Section Executive Director shall submit this final report to the Association General Counsel. Such decision shall be final. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the Section determines that it would prefer that a Minor Penalty shall be submitted to the Board of Control for a hearing in lieu of action by the Section, then the Section Board of Inquiry will follow the same procedures set forth herein for all matters submitted to the Board of Control for Code of Ethics procedures.
- MAJOR PENALTIES.
Within thirty days from the date of notification of a Major Penalty, the Participant may submit a written appeal to the Section Board of Inquiry. Failure to file such an appeal shall be deemed conclusively to be an admission of the charges specified in the notification.
Thereafter, the Section Board of Inquiry will prepare a report of the matter to the Board of Control and the matter will be set for a hearing before the Board of Control in accordance with all applicable procedures set forth herein for ethics appeals heard by the Board of Control. The Board of Control shall hear the appeal either at the next regularly scheduled Board of Control hearing or at an expedited meeting that may be held in person or via conference call at the discretion of the Chair of the Board of Control. The decision of the Board of Control shall be final. An appeal shall operate to stay the effective date of any penalty, except suspension from a Section tournament then in progress or scheduled for the calendar week in which the alleged violation occurred, until after a final decision on the appeal.
All fines must be paid within thirty (30) days from the imposition of the fine, or in the event of an appeal, within (30) days from the decision rendered by the Board of Control in the event the Board of Control upholds the findings of the Tournament Committee Chair.
GENERAL SECTION RULES & REGULATIONS
Tee Times / Shotgun Event Start: The SFPGA will designate prior to each event the conditions of starting for the competition. This information will appear on the event entry form and at the SFPGA website. Either a tee time or shotgun start may be utilized. A morning shotgun start will be utilized in all SFPGA partner-style events where the field is less than 129 players per course unless otherwise stated.
Non-metal Spike Policy: It is a requirement for Professionals to wear non-metal spikes at all Section events regardless of the host site policies.
Grooves, condition of competition: The SFPGA will not adopt the grooves condition of competition for Section events.
Practice Rounds: An official practice round shall be defined as any round of golf played at a facility hosting a section event 30 days prior to the scheduled event. This will apply to all golf professionals that will be playing in the event whether or not they have registered for the event at the time of the practice round. If a participant of this event is a staff member at the host facility, then the official practice round will be the day before the scheduled event for those staff members. This applies if the round of golf was complimentary or paid.
Dress Code – Tournaments & Practice Rounds: The following dress code will be enforced at all South Florida PGA sanctioned events including Open competitions and designated practice rounds. PGA affiliates shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming. Clothing worn by a player preceding, during and post round shall be consistent with currently accepted facility attire. Pants must be worn by males at all Section events except those (Professional only) events between June 1st and August 31st when shorts may be worn with the following stipulations:
- The host facility/professional must approve the wearing of shorts.
- Shorts will be a Bermuda style with solid traditional colors (no cargo, board, tennis or denim) at a length no shorter than slightly above the knee.
- Shorts may be worn at Professional only events except the Section Championship and Assistants Championship. Professionals may wear shorts at the South Florida Open, Pro-Scratch and Pro-Superintendent.
Female contestants may wear slacks, culottes, walking shorts or golf skirts, which constitute acceptable clothing worn by women in connection with participation in professional golf tournaments. Preceding and post round; tee-shirts, flip flops/sandals and jeans are unacceptable. Dress code is subject to change as per host facility restrictions. The Tournament Director shall interpret this regulation, subject to approval by the Board of Directors. Failure to adhere to the dress code will result in a $50.00 fine.
Dress Code – General Gatherings: The following dress code will be enforced at all South Florida Section PGA general gatherings. Business dress (jackets for men, equivalent style business attire for women) required. If meeting/gathering is held in conjunction with a Section tournament, those competing in the event will be allowed to wear his/her golf attire to said meeting.
Alcohol Policy: Alcohol is not permitted at any point during any round(s) of play for the South Florida Open as well as all Professional only events conducted by the Section. “during any round(s) of play” includes any suspension of play. The penalty for a violation of this policy would be disqualification.
Nelson Cup Matches: All participants in the Nelson Cup matches must be PGA members in good standing.
Smoking: Smoking will not be allowed at all general gatherings of the membership.