ASSOCIATION CART POLICY
The Golf Association of Philadelphia allows motorized carts in its events, but does not permit motorized golf carts in its Amateur Championship, Patterson Cup, Open Championship, Junior Boys' Championship, Junior-Junior Boys' Championship, Francis X. Hussey Memorial, Christman Cup, Jock MacKenzie Memorial or Pre-Junior Tournament. Anyone seeking a motorized cart due to a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must submit a medical certificate prior to, or together with, submission of the entry form. Requests due to temporary injuries or impairments that do not qualify as a disability under the ADA will not be granted.
CELLULAR PHONES & BEEPERS
All players/caddies are advised that the use of cellular/Smart phones for phone calls/emails/texts/messaging on the course is permitted as long as it is done so within the confines of Rule 14-3 and if the host facility allows those devices to be used. All players are expected to keep their phones in silent mode while on the course. If a player consistently disregards his fellow competitors or opponent to their detriment, the Committee will take appropriate disciplinary action. Such action may, for example, include prohibiting play for a limited time or in a certain number of competitions. In the case of a serious breach, the Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33-7. There could be a penalty for undue delay (Rule 6-7) or disqualification (33-7) based on a player's actions. Golf is considered a gentleman's game and each player is expected to adhere to the highest standards of conduct on the course.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
For play in all GAP events/tournaments players are permitted to obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, the use of a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect a player's play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.) is not permitted regardless of whether such an additional function is used. DMD's ARE NOT permitted in USGA Open Qualifiers administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia.
- ASSOCIATION DINNERS – At all GAP evening functions jacket with tie is encouraged unless otherwise stated in the announcement for that event.
- CLUB HOUSE – Most clubs require a jacket and tie after 5 p.m. It is appropriate that individuals be prepared for this rule when visiting a GAP Member Club.
- GOLF COURSE – Players and caddies supplied by contestants are required to observe good taste and dress appropriately for the golf course. Items of clothing such as cargo pants and shorts (baggy clothing with large pockets in the knee area), blue jeans, short-shorts (bottom of shorts may be no higher than three inches from the top of the knee), tank tops, etc. are considered inappropriate. Anyone attired in such a manner will not be allowed to participate in an Association event.
FAILURE TO RETURN A SCORECARD
Any player who fails to return a scorecard to the scoreboard official or who withdraws during play without notifying an official and personally surrendering his scorecard to that official will be suspended from play in all GAP tournaments for one year. Suspension includes the following year's event at which the infraction occurred.
Those players who fail to appear for their assigned time without notifying GAP and/or the host club will be suspended from playing in all GAP tournaments for one year. Suspension includes the following year's event at which the infraction occurred.
Practice rounds for Association championships are permitted pending host club's approval. Golf course availability, fees and club policies are determined by the host facility. The Golf Association of Philadelphia will inform tournament participants of available opportunities. The Association encourages host facilities to provide practice rounds.
NOTE: Not all host facilities will provide practice rounds.
TIME OF STARTING AND GROUPS
In accordance with USGA Rule 6-3 the player shall start at the time laid down by the Committee. In addition, in stroke play, the competitor shall remain throughout the round in the group arranged by the Committee unless the Committee authorizes or ratifies a change. The NOTE which is included with Rule 6-3 will apply to all GAP competitions.
Tournament handicaps are calculated based on the most recent revision.
TOURNAMENT SCORE POSTING
Tournament scores for all individual events will be automatically posted to a player's GAP/ USGA Handicap Index by the GAP staff.
TRANSFER OF QUALIFYING SITE
Prior to entry close players may change their qualifying site by contacting the Association. A change of qualifying site after the close of entries will not be facilitated as such a change would change the qualifying ratio.
Players may withdraw from any tournament at any time. Players withdrawing from an event prior to the closing date of the specified tournament will be refunded their entrance fee minus an administrative fee. Players withdrawing from an event after the start of play may do so only twice in a two year period. Violations of this policy may be subject to suspension. The player must inform a tournament official as soon as possible, exchange his marker's card and return his own scorecard to the tournament official.