HIMGA Rules of Golf Document
Out of bounds and lost ball rule: When a shot goes out of bounds, you have the option to proceed under the stroke and distance rule or alternatively you can take a drop on a line from where the shot crossed out of bounds line up to 2 club lengths into the fairway no closer to the pin, with a 2 stroke penalty. In the case of a tee shot the player would be hitting 4 after the drop. (If player chooses to hit a provisional ball, that is the ball in play, unless the original ball is found in bounds. If the original ball is not found in bounds and the provisional ball also went out of bounds, the drop as described for out of bounds will be followed from where the provisional ball went out of bounds. In the case of a tee shot, the player would be hitting 6 at that point).
You may improve your lie the length of a score card, 12 inches no closer to the hole. (Move with club, not hand). If LIFT/CLEAN AND PLACE IS DECLARED BEFORE ROUND STARTS, THEN BALL MAY BE PICKED UP/CLEANED AND PLACED WITHIN ONE CLUB LENGTH, STAYING IN THE SAME CONDITION IE. ROUGH/BUNKER ETC..
Rocky areas and roots are played as ground under repair (move ball laterally or back to closest point of relief no closer to hole).
For pace of play the maximum number of strokes on a hole will be 10 and maximum of 3 minutes searching for a lost ball. (Exception to maximum stroke on hole: HIMGA special tournaments, club championship, match play, and shootout).
Tee Selection – All play will be from white tees with the following exceptions. A player 70 years old or older may choose to play from the green tees. A player whose white tee handicap at the beginning of the year is 22 or greater may also choose to play from the green tees. A player 85 years or older may choose to play from the silver tees. Nine hole league players may continue to choose the tee they wish to play from without reference to age (except player must be 85 or older to play from silver tees).
A player under 70 who begins the season on the Green Tees and his handicap drops to 18 or under from the White Tees will move to the White Tees for the remainder of the Season.
A player under 70 who begins the season on the White Tees and his handicap goes up to 25 from the White Tees for two consecutive Handicap calculations may request to move to the Green Tees.
A player who begins the season on the White Tees and and turns 70 during the Season may request to be moved to Green Tees
There will only be one change of Tees during the Season.
The HIMGA Championship will be determined by the low Gross score from the WHITE TEES. The event 36 holes, 18 holes on two consecutive days. First and second place are paid.
The NET Championship is played with full handicap from your normal Tee, either White or Green. The two lowest NET Scores are paid.
The Senior Championship is the Lowest GROSS Score from the Green Tees. The two lowest GROSS Scores are paid. You must meet the current criteria in Tee Selection Rules to play from the Green Tees.
Players in the event may only win one of the paid places.
NOTE: TO ENTER THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP YOU MUST HAVE PLAYED A MINIMUM OF 7 HANDICAP ROUNDS IN NORMAL LEAGUE PLAY IN THE CURRENT SEASON!
Match Play Tournament:
This event is open to the first 32 player to sign up. Two brackets, A and B. Bracket A will consist of the 16 lowest handicap players signed up. Bracket B will consist of the 16 highest handicap players to sign up. The winner of Bracket A will play the winner of Bracket B for 1st and 2nd place overall. The 2nd place finishers from each bracket will play for 3rd place. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be paid.
Course handicap as determined under the World Handicap System will be used so there will be not adjustment in strokes between white and green tee competitors.
NOTE: TO ENTER THE MATCH PLAY TOURNAMENT YOU MUST HAVE PLAYED A MINIMUM OF 5 HANDICAP ROUNDS IN NORMAL LEAGUE PLAY IN THE CURRENT SEASON!
NOTE: EACH MATCH MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN IN ONE WEEK. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM COMPLETING THE MATCH GO TO A HIMGA BOARD MEMBER FOR RESOLUTION. THIS COULD BE AN EXTENSION OR ONE PLAYER DISQUALIFIED.
Field will be made up of the 20 qualifiers from previous weeks’ qualifying rounds. You may only pick one week of the two to try and qualify for the shootout. The field will be broken into two 10 man groups. Group A will be made up of the 10 lowest handicap players to qualify, Group B will be the 10 highest handicap players to qualify. Each group plays separately, and one player is eliminated on each hole by highest net score. Ties will be broken by putt off or chip off closest to the hole. In each group 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be paid.
NOTE: TO ENTER THE SHOOTOUT TOURNAMENT YOU MUST HAVE PLAYED A MINIMUM OF 3 HANDICAP ROUNDS IN NORMAL LEAGUE PLAY IN THE CURRENT SEASON.
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