2015 WGAP Circuit

2015 WGAP CIRCUIT SCHEDULE

DateGolf Club
APR 20Alabang Country Club
MAY 25Riviera Golf Club
JUN 29Player Course, Orchard Golf Club
JUL 20Forest Hills Golf & Country Club
AUG 03Valley Golf Club
SEP 01Canlubang Golf Club
SEP 21Tagaytay Midlands
OCT 12Sta. Elena Golf & Country Club

THE 2015 WGAP CIRCUIT CONDITIONS OF PLAY

The WGAP Circuit is an annual 8-leg Modified STABLEFORD team competition. There are 3 Divisions: A, B, and C. Each team may field a maximum of 10 players per division with the aggregate best four (4) net scores to count as the team score.

The WGAP CIRCUIT will be governed by the 2012-2015 Rules of Golf, Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2014-2015,WGAP, and Local Rules of the course being played. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to modify the tournaments in any way it considers necessary. Its decision on all matters related to the tournament shall be final.

 

FORMAT

  1. The WGAP CIRCUIT will be played over 8 separate legs for the fiscal year 2014 using the Modified STABLEFORD System.
  2. Teams shall be classified into three (3) divisions:
    Class A – 0 to 16 converted handicap
    Class B – 17 to 23 converted handicap
    Class C – 24 to 36 converted handicap
  3. Each team can field a maximum of ten (10) players per class. The best four (4) net scores of the team, per class, will count, and whose total scores will be the team’s score for that class.
  4. When a team fields less than 4 players, they will be considered as individual entries. Likewise, when a team fields more than 10 players, the 11th (and above) player will be considered as individual entry.

SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

  1. All official entries must be submitted by 1:00 PM, six (6) days OR EARLIER before the actual tournament date by fax or by email to the Tournament Chair or as indicated in the tournament notice. Use WGAP Entry Form (Excel Sheet).
  2. All entrants must be WGAP members with an established WGAP handicap index.
  3. The WGAP Entry Form must contain the list of players per class, their WGAP numbers, with their current handicap indices and converted course handicaps. Please also indicate if the player is a junior (below 19), senior, and whether or not she is a member of the club the leg is being held at. When there are more than 10 players in a class the individual player/s must be indicated. The individual players may serve as alternates in the event that there are NO SHOWS from that class. They will be fielded in the order submitted. The Form must also include the name of the team Tournament Chair and her Cell, Telephone, and Fax Number.
  4. When the tournament is played in 27 holes, the computed handicap of a player falling within the boundary of Classes A & B or Classes B & C, the player must play in the upper class using the maximum handicap of that class.
  5. The tournament fee per leg must be paid by the end of the tournament day. In the event that any tournament fees remain unpaid, that team’s entries for the next leg will be put on hold. All fees must be received by the deadline for submission of entries, or, the team will automatically be withdrawn from that leg.

SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELLATION

  1. Cancellation and/or substitution of entries must be done two (2) days, OR EARLIER, after the submission deadline of entries not later than 1:00 PM, or as indicated in the TOURNAMENT NOTICE.
  2. Cancellation means that the player is not joining the tournament.
  3. Substitution is only allowed within the same class.

PAIRINGS

  1. The Pairings List will be sent via e-mail to the club’s Tournament Chair on or before 7 PM, two (2) days, OR EARLIER, prior to the tournament date.
  2. It is the responsibility of each team to ascertain their tee times and disseminate the same to their players.

SEQUENTIAL TEE TIME FORMAT

  1. Registration is open 1 hour before the first tee-off time. All players are required to register and get their official scorecards.
  2. Players are required to be on deck 15 minutes prior to tee-off time.

SHOTGUN FORMAT

  1. Registration is open 1 hour before the shotgun time. All players are required to register and get their official scorecards.
  2. Players must be at their assigned holes 15 minutes before the shotgun time.

TIME OF STARTING

The player must start at the time established by the Tournament Committee, as led by the Committee Chair.

If the player arrives at her starting point, ready to play, within 5 minutes after her starting time, the penalty for failure to   start on time is loss of the first hole in match play or 2 strokes at the first hole in stroke play.

Otherwise, the penalty for breach of this Rule (6-3a) is disqualification.

PLAYER’S  RESPONSIBILITIES

Each player is responsible for knowing the conditions under which the competition is to be played, including her applicable handicap and the holes at which her strokes fall. She is also expected to follow the etiquette guidelines as outlined in the rules of golf, on the manner in which the game of golf must be played. The overriding principle is that consideration must be shown to others on the course at all times. If a player consistently disregards these guidelines during a round or over a period of time, the committee may take disciplinary action against the offending player. In the case of a serious breach of Etiquette, the Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33-7.

 

SCORING

Rule 6-6: SCORING IN STROKE PLAY

  1. Recording Scores
    Before starting to play, the players must exchange scorecards with the other players in their flight. After each hole, the marker must check the score with the competitor and record it. On completion of the round, the marker shall sign the card and hand it to the competitor. If more than one marker records the scores, each shall sign for the part for which she is responsible.
  2. Signing and Returning Card
    After completion of the round, the competitor must check her score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the Committee. She shall ensure that the marker has signed the card, countersign the card herself and return it to the Committee as soon as possible. Penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.
  3. Alteration of Card
    No alteration may be made to a card after the competitor has returned it to the Committee.
  4. Wrong Score for Hole
    The competitor is responsible for the correctness of the score recorded (by her marker) for each hole on her card. If she returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, she shall be disqualified. If she returns a score for any hole higher than actually taken, the score as returned shall stand.It is suggested that any erasures on the scorecard must first be clarified with the Tournament Committee before submitting the scorecard.

HANDICAPS AND HANDICAP REDUCTIONS

Handicap reductions will be applied to the player’s converted handicap for the succeeding legs, using the procedures below:

A. For players who score 40 points or above

Handicap – Handicap used in course where player scored 40 or above

Deducted Points – Equivalent points to be deducted (refer to the Table of Deductions below) from the handicap

Adjusted Handicap – Result of subtracting the Deducted Points from the Handicap

  1. Compute for the Adjusted Handicap
    Handicap – Deducted Points = Adjusted Handicap
  2. Compute for the New Index that corresponds to the Adjusted Handicap
    New Index = Adjusted Handicap x (113/Slope Rating of LEG WHERE 40 PTS. OR ABOVE WAS SCORED)
  3. Compute for the New Handicap using the New Index
    New Index X Slope Rating of NEXT LEG to be played—————————————————————–  = New Handicap
    113
    Table of Deductions 40 – 41 = -2
    42 – 43 = -344 – 45 = -4
    46 – 47 = -5
    48 – 49 = -6
    50 – 51 = -7
    52 – 53 = -8
    54 – 55 = -9Stroke deductions will NOT be waived if the player opts to play for a higher class.

B. For players who score 38-39 points

  1. First time that she scores 38 or 39 points – no deduction
  2. Second, third, fourth, and so forth time that she scores 38 or 39, not necessarily one after the other – minus 1 from handicap she used when she got 38 or 39
  3. If a player previously scored 40 points or higher, the first and succeeding times she scores 38 or 39 – minus 1 from handicap she used when she got 38 or 39

Example 1

Marissa scores 39 points in Midlands leg. She will have no deduction in her hcp if she plays the next leg in Canlubang. If she scores 38 points in Canlubang, then she will get a deduction of 1 and her adjusted hcp index will be computed. The adjusted hcap index will be used to compute her new hcap if she opts to play in the next leg.

Example 2

Marie scores 38 points in Midlands leg. She will have no deduction in her hcp if she plays in the next leg in Canlubang. If she scores 36 points in Canlubang, then she will have no deduction if she plays the next leg in Riviera. If she scores 38 points in Riviera, then she will get a deduction of 1 and her adjusted hcap index will be computed. The adjusted hcp index will be used to compute her new hcp if she opts to play in the next  leg.

Example 3

Cora scores 40 points in Midlands leg. She will get a deduction of 2 and her adjusted hcp index will be computed. The adjusted hcp index will be used to compute her new hcp when she plays in Canlubang. If she scores 38 points in Canlubang leg, she will get another deduction of 1 from her hcp and her new adjusted hcp index will be computed. The adjusted hcp index will be used to compute her new hcp if she opts to play in the next leg.

PRIZES

  1. WGAP CIRCUIT OVERALL TEAM CHAMPION
    This award will be given to the team that garners the highest game points for the whole circuit. The 1st Runner-Up will also be awarded a prize.
  2. WGAP CIRCUIT OVERALL TEAM CLASS CHAMPIONS
    • At the culmination of the circuit, the team with the most number of legs won will be declared as the WGAP Circuit Class Team Champion. The 1st Runner-Up team will also be awarded.
    • The top four (4) players of the winning team and 1st runner-up per class will be awarded individual trophies on the basis of their contributions to the legs won by the team.
  3. WGAP CIRCUIT OVER-ALL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
    Trophies will be given to the individuals (Champion and Runner-Up) who have garnered the highest and second highest total STABLEFORD points, in their corresponding classes, for the entire circuit.
  4. WGAP CIRCUIT LEG WINNERS (TEAM & INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY)
    • Each team’s top four (4) scores will be counted towards the team’s total points. The Team, with the highest total STABLEFORD points per class, will be declared the Team Leg Winner of the corresponding class. Prizes will awarded to the four (4) players whose scores counted for the Team Leg Winner..
    • The individual with the highest STABLEFORD points per class, AND who is not from the winning team, will be declared as the Individual Leg Champion for her respective class.
    • In every leg, a team has a chance to earn points:
      Winner – three (3) game points
      1st Runner-Up – two (2) game points
      2nd Runner-Up – one (1) game pointThe team who wins in all the 3 classes will be awarded an additional one (1) point. There will be a total of nineteen (19) game points awarded per leg. The maximum any team can earn will be ten (10) game points. Atthe end of the eight (8) legs, these game points will be the basis for qualifying in the WGAP CUP Match Play.

    BREAKING TIES

    1. WGAP CIRCUIT OVERALL TEAM CHAMPION
      • In the event that two (2) or more teams have the same number of game points after the circuit, the tie will be settled by count back. First, by total number of champion wins (3 game points) won by the teams. If still tied, by the total number of 1st runner-up wins (2 game points); and again if still tied, by the total number of 2nd runner-up wins (1 game point).
      • If still tied, it will be based on the total number of STABLEFORD points for the championship wins.
      • If still tied, winners will be decided by the total number of net eagles, net birdies, net pars, etc., of the four (4) players whose scores counted for the last leg.
    2. WGAP CIRCUIT CLASS TEAM CHAMPIONS
      • In the event that two (2) or more teams have the same number of leg wins after the circuit, ties will be settled by computing the total handicaps of the four players whose scores counted in every leg won. The team with the lower combined handicaps of the winning legs will be proclaimed the winner.
      • If there is still a tie, the total number of STABLEFORD points of all the legs won will determine the winner.
      • If there is still a tie, it will be settled by the most number of net eagles, birdies, pars, etc., of the four (4) players whose scores counted for the last leg.
    3. WGAP CIRCUIT LEG WINNERS & INDIVIDUAL CLASS WINNERS
      • In the event of a tie, the team with the lower total combined handicaps of the top four (4) players whose scores counted, will be declared as the winner. For individual class winners the player with the lower handicap wins.
      • If there is still a tie, ties will be settled by the most number of net eagles, birdies, pars, etc., of the 4 players whose scores counted for Team Winners OR of the tying players for Individual Class Winners.
    4. OVER-ALL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION
      • In the event of a tie, the individual with the lowest handicap will be proclaimed the winner.
      • If there is still a tie, ties will be settled by the most number of net eagles, birdies, pars, obtained in the last leg.

    SLOW PLAY

    USGA Rule 6-7: UNDUE DELAY; SLOW PLAY (Repeated Offense)

    The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace-of-play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee. Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player shall not unduly delay play.

    Penalty for breach of rule: Match play – Loss of Hole; Stroke play – two strokes.

    A player who fails to score a triple bogey or net zero point in a hole is enjoined to pick up her ball, to speed up play. Subsequent failure is considered an element of undue delay under Rule 6–7. Thus, the player’s score shall be adjusted by deducting two (2) points from the total points scored on the day.

    ADDITIONAL RULES

      1. TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL RESULTS
        The tally of results posted on the scoreboard is not official. It is subject to confirmation by the tournament Committee. Official results will be released to all teams, seven (7) days after the tournament.
      2. LOCAL WGAP RULES
        • a. Preferred Lie
          “A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to  come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, it must be replaced. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one (1) stroke.Note: “Closely mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:
          Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes
        • b. 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 lies but no nearer the hole.A player may not take relief it the ball is embedded in sand or it is clearly unreasonable for her to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local RulePenalty for Breach of Local Rule:
          Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes
        • c. STONES IN BUNKERS
          Stones in Bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).
        • d. FIRE ANT HILLS
          Fire ant hills are to be considered as Ground Under Repair (Rule 25-1 applies).A player may not take relief if it is clearly unreasonable to make a stroke because of use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.
        • e. FRENCH DRAINS
          French drains are Ground Under repair (Rule 25-1 applies)
          Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:
          Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes
        • f. EDGING GROOVES
          If a ball lies on an edging groove around a putting green the player may, without penalty, lift the ball, clean it and place it out of the groove in the nearest position to where it lay which is not nearer the hole.
        • g. BALL DEFLECTED BY OVERHEAD POWER LINES
          If a ball strikes an overhead power line, the stroke is canceled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played.Penalty for Breach Of Local Rule:
          Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes
        • h. TRANSPORTATION
          When one cart is shared by two or more players, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be the equipment of the player whose ball is involved, except that, when the cart is being moved by one of the players, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be the equipment of that player.
        • i. DRESS CODE
          All players are obliged to follow and observe the proper dress code. No jogging pants, tight pants, biking shorts, leggings, denim pants, tube tops, plunging necklines, see through shirts or blouses are permitted. Shorts must  not be more than seven (7) inches above the kneecap. The committee has the discretion to prohibit a player from playing if she is not properly dressed.
        • j. USE OF GOLF CARTS
          • Golf cart(s) per flight will be allowed as long as the host club can provide enough golf carts for the entire field.
          • Only players 55 yrs.old and above can rent a golf cart, at their own expense and load their golf bag.
          • Penalties for the unauthorized use of golf carts in cases where golf cart(s) per flight are not allowed by the host club:
            1st offense (1st hole) – 2 strokes
            2nd offense (2nd hole) – 2 strokes
            Total – 4 maximum stroke-penalty
            Continued use – DISQUALIFICATION
          • Players using their own personal carts (not the carts provided by WGAP), must share with their flightmate/s. Only players 55 yrs. old and above are allowed to go solo in carts.Penalty for breach of this rule – DISQUALIFICATION
        • k. USE OF UMBRELLA GIRL/BOY
          • No umbrella boy/girl is allowed.
          • Penalties for breach of rule:
            1st offense (1st hole) – 2 strokes
            2nd offense (2nd hole) – 2 strokes
            Total – 4 maximum stroke-penalty
            Continued use – DISQUALIFICATION
        • l. USE OF CELLULAR PHONES
          • Phones must be kept on silent mode at all times. Use of cellular phones is allowed for text messaging only and must not cause undue delay. If a player is observed to be causing undue delay due to continued use of the cellular phone for text messaging, penalties will be applied based on USGA Rule 6- 7: UNDUE DELAY; SLOW PLAY. Ringing Phones and voice calls on the fairway will be considered a serious breach of golf etiquette.
          • The host club as well as the players must inform their caddies to turn off their cellular phones.
          • Protests, if any, must be done in writing and addressed to the WGAP Board.
        • m. USE OF DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
          • In all WGAP sponsored tournaments a player may obtain distance information by using a devise that measures distance only. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring devise that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play ( e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
        • n. PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING
          According to the Appendix IV of the USGA rules, all players and caddies must be informed about and are urged to take every precaution to protect them from lightning, as there have been many deaths and injuries from lightning on golf courses. Under USGA Rules 6-8 and 33-2d players have the right to stop play if they think lightning threatens them, even though the Committee may not have authorized it by signal.Things to remember: put down your golf clubs and, if in an open area, crouch. If your skin tingles or your hair stands on end – an indication that lightning is about to strike – drop to your knees and bend forward. Do not lie flat on the ground.
        • o. SPECIFICATIONS OF CLUBS AND BALLS
          • CLUBS
            1. “Any driver the player carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the USGA.”Exception: A driver with a clubhead that was manufactured prior to 1999 is exempt from this condition.
            2. Penalty for carrying, but not making stroke with, club or clubs in breach of condition:Stroke play — Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round — Four strokes.
            3. Any club or clubs carried in breach of this condition must be declared out of play by the player to his opponent in match play or his marker or a fellow – competitor in stroke play immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. If the player fails to do so, he is disqualified.Penalty for making stroke with club in breach of condition: Disqualification.
          • BALLS
            “The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the United States Golf Association.Penalty for breach of condition: Disqualification.”

 

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