(Reference-USGA Rules of Golf, Current Copy)

ELIGIBILITY: WPLGASC Membership is required for Monthly Association Day events. A player must be an amateur WPLGASC member, 18 years of age or older, prior to the entry dates, and have a valid USGA Handicap Index of 40.4 or less based on a minimum of 5 scores at the time of entry to participate in the tournament game. The USGA Handicap Indexes to be used will be determined and obtained by the Monthly Tournament Committee.

  • A member who has No Index (NI) may play but is not eligible to compete in the tournament.
  • Persons who are not members of WPLGASC are NOT eligible for play.

The minimum number of players for an Association Day Tournament is 16.

Cancellations/No Shows are liable for all fees.

CHECK IN: All players must report to the WPLGASC tournament table at least 30 minutes prior to starting time. Please follow the instructions and requests of the tournament committee.

GOVERNING RULES:  All competition shall be played in accordance with The Rules of Golf as adopted by the USGA and the local rules of the course on which the competition is played, ONLY IF those local rules are in accordance with The USGA Rules of Golf. In all questions regarding the rules, the decision of the WPLGASC Rules Committee will be final.

The Board of Directors reserves the right to revise the requirements and eligibility for any WPLGASC Tournament. The Board may refuse the entry of a member at any time with sufficient reason.

CODE OF CONDUCT: Participants shall maintain proper course etiquette and demonstrate the sportsmanlike spirit of the game. Inappropriate behavior or language will be cause for disqualification and may also result in the loss of playing privileges in all WPLGASC events. Proper golf attire is required. Players must adhere to course and Association dress codes. Dress Code violations will be addressed by the Monthly Tournament Chair.

SCORECARDS must have a score entered for every hole for each player listed on the card. This includes holes where a player has not completed the hole or has not played the hole.  Failure to complete the scorecard may result in disqualification.

SCORECARDS must be signed and attested by each player listed on the card, and returned to the scoring table IMMEDIATELY following play. Failure to sign/attest will result in disqualification.

POST ADJUSTED SCORES on the day of play. Scores are NOT T-Scores.

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ALL WPLGASC Monthly Tournaments are Stipulated Rounds of 18 holes for each tournament. There must be a score entered for each one of the 18 holes in each tournament. Otherwise, disqualification of the player or players may occur.

  • In WPLGASC Monthly Individual Events, a player must complete play on every one of the 18 holes to be eligible for awards. Incomplete holes (X-outs) or holes not played will result in disqualification from the individual tournament.
  • In WPLGASC Monthly Partners’ Events, a player is allowed either to pick up (X-out) on a hole or not play a hole without risk of disqualification but only when a player’s score is not needed for the score or total score on a hole. These partner(s) events are 2, 3,or 4 Best Ball tournaments, Partners’ Better Ball, Texas Two Step, Route 666, Devil Ball and any other partner event so designated by the WPLGASC Monthly Tournament Chair.
  • If a player does not finish any hole (picks up) or does not play a hole, the player’s score for that hole must be preceded by an “X”. Players must inform the table worker about such holes. The unfinished hole/s or hole/s not played will be noted on the scorecard by the table worker.

Slow Play-Undue Delay:  (in effect for all Association Day Play)

Players must play without undue delay. A group will be considered out of position if it

  1. a) reaches the tee of a Par 3 hole and the group in front has cleared the next tee;
    b) reaches the tee of a Par 4 hole and the putting green is clear;
    c) reaches the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the group in front is within 100 yards of the putting green.

If any of these occur, a group must play efficiently and return to its position on the course. A group that fails to return to its position will be subject to penalty.

1st offense-one (1) stroke;
2nd offense-two (2) strokes;
3rd offense-disqualification

Penalties may apply to the ENTIRE GROUP.

SKIP A HOLE PENALTY: If a group is warned about slow play; and does not respond in a reasonable amount of time, the group may be told to pick up and skip a hole, resulting in disqualification.

Pace of Play Penalties may be enacted by the committee and/or course personnel.

Course personnel will have the support of the Tournament Committee if there are issues with the Pace of Play.




In WPLGASC Monthly Tournaments, relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 24-2. If a ball lies through the green* and an immovable obstruction on or within 2 club-lengths of the putting green and within 2 club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief. The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.  If a player’s ball lies ON the putting green and an immovable obstruction within 2 club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt, the player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and placed at the nearest point to where the ball lay that a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a hazard. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable. *Through the green is defined as the whole area of the course except the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played; and all hazards on the course.

(A hazard is any bunker or water hazard.) Penalty for breach of local rule: Match play: Loss of hole; Stroke play: Two strokes Rule 24-2; App.1A, 4



in WPLGASC Monthly Tournaments, a player may obtain distance information by using a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play, (e.g., the gauging or measuring of slope or elevation anywhere on the course; current wind-speed and direction; temperature at a precise location on the course; recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in his play, such as club selection, shot type, green reading or any other advice related matter; or calculations of effective distance between two points based on elevation changes or other conditions affecting shot distance); the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 and liable for the penalties of Rule 14-3. Under this local rule, it is permissible for players to exchange information relating to the distance between two objects. A player may ask or share this information with anyone, including his/her opponent or fellow-competitor.

A multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance measuring device but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3. 

Players may use such devices to obtain weather reports or threats in order to protect their own safety, only if that act and device are in conformance with this Local Rule.

Players who have the USGA Rules of Golf app on a phone may use the phone to access the rules only if that act and the device is in conformance with this Local Rule. Rule 14-3; App. IA-7 and App.IV-5 and the applicable Decisions; Penalty:2 Strokes or Disqualification

CELL PHONES, TEXTING, EMAILS, PAGERS etc.: ANY electronic device taken onto the course must not distract other players or interfere with pace of play. Devices must be set to an inaudible setting. The use of this equipment is RESTRICTED TO emergencies.

EQUIPMENT: A player’s clubs must conform to USGA Rule 4 and the provisions, specifications and interpretations set forth in USGA Rules, Appendix II.

The BALL the player plays must be named on the current list of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the USGA.

Stones in Bunkers are movable obstructions. (Rule 24-1 applies.)

Caddies and Galleries are not permitted.

Conceded Putts are not allowed.

Temporary Greens:  Players must putt out on temporary greens until the hole is completed.

PREFERRED LIES (“Winter Rules”) may only be enacted by the WPLGASC Tournament Chair, her Committee, and the WPLGASC Rules Chair. There are NO “Winter Rules” in any WPLGASC Monthly Tournaments unless enacted as stated above, regardless of any local rule of any Hostess Club.

The use of BALL Drops/Dropping Zones/Drop Areas is NOT allowed. 

EMBEDDED BALL: Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground may be lifted without penalty, cleaned, and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. (USGA App. IB, 4a) Through the green is the whole area of the course except the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played and all hazards on the course. A hazard is any bunker or water hazard.

STROKE PLAY/DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE: In stroke play only, if a competitor is doubtful or her rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole she may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. To proceed under this Rule, she must decide to play two balls after the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action (e.g. making a stroke at the original ball). The competitor should announce to her marker or a fellow-competitor that she intends to play two balls; and which ball she wishes to count if the Rules permit the procedure used for that ball. Before returning her scorecard, the competitor must report the facts of the situation to the Committee. If the competitor has taken further action before deciding to play two balls, she has not proceeded under Rule 3-3 and the score with the original ball counts. The competitor incurs no penalty for playing the second ball. USGA Rule 3-3a


To establish a uniform system of handicapping WPLGASC requires that all members be issued a USGA Handicap Index by the SCGA at each club to which they belong. A USGA Handicap Index shall be issued by the club when a member has at least five (5) scores. For players with 20 scores or more, USGA Handicap Indexes are computed using the lowest 10 of the last 20 Handicap Differentials for scores posted.

How to Post in Special Situations

If 13 or more holes are played, a player must post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, a player must post a 9-hole score. The scores posted for the holes not played must be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the holes not played. Par Plus Pops These scores should be preceded by an “X”.

If a player does not play a hole or plays it other than under the principles of The USGA Rules of Golf, the score posted for that hole for handicap purposes must be par plus any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole. (Par Plus Pops) The score should be preceded by an “X”.

A player who starts, but does not complete a hole OR is conceded a stroke must record for handicap purposes the most likely score. The most likely score consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in the player’s best judgement, the number of strokes needed to complete the hole from that position more than half the time. This number may not exceed the player’s Equitable Stroke Control limit. This most likely score should be preceded by an “X”. There is no limit to the number of unfinished holes a player may have in a round provided that failure to finish is not for the purpose of handicap manipulation.

Equitable Stroke Control

USGA Handicap System -Current
18-Hole Handicap Index

Course Handicap

    ESC Max on each hole

9 or less 

Double Bogey

10 through 19 


20 through 29


30 through 39


40 and above 


The USGA Handicap System states that posting scores in person immediately following the round at the course played is the preferred way to expose scores to peer review.


Return the score to your SCGA Member Club Handicap Chair.

You must include the following.

  1. Your GHIN # (000-0000) and your ADJUSTED score
  2. The name of the course and the tees played
  3. The USGA Course/Slope Rating for tees played
  4. The date the round was played
  5. The complete address of course if out of the area

Do Not Post...

  1. When fewer than seven holes are played.
  2. When the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, as in a competition in which a player may only use 4 clubs and a putter.
  3. When the types of clubs shall be limited, as in a competition in which only iron clubs are allowed.
  4. When a player does not play her own ball from tee through green as in a scotch tournament, scramble or modified scramble.

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Content Updated: May 1, 2018, 1:02 am