JUNIOR CODE OF CONDUCT - To ensure that its junior competitions are enjoyed by all and are in keeping with the traditions of the game, the Golf Association of Philadelphia requires competitors in these events to follow a Code of Conduct on and off the course while present at host facilities.
- Competitors will be in violation of this Code of Conduct if they engage in abusive language, club throwing, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse of the golf course, smoking or chewing tobacco products, use of drugs or alcohol, not adhering to the dress code during any practice round or tournament play, leaving the course during a competitive round without permission of an official, vandalism, abusive behavior to employees of host facilities, and otherwise failing to conduct themselves in keeping with the game's traditions, which include respect for fellow competitors.
- Proper attire is required at all times at the host golf facility. The dress code prohibits short shorts, cargo shorts, tank tops, denim shorts and jeans. All hats/visors must be worn with the brim forward, males must remove hats and visors while inside the clubhouse, collared shirts must be worn and all shirts must be tucked in. Players should always be aware of the dress requirements of each event in which they compete and dress accordingly.
- The Junior Committee of the Golf Association may assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity of the Code of Conduct violation:
- Issue a written letter of warning to the player and his or her parents.
- Rejection of entry or entries of the player including during the competition.
- Suspend the player's eligibility for future events for a specified period or for an indefinite period.
In the event of suspension, the player and a parent or guardian will be required to submit a written account of the Code of Conduct violation to the Junior Committee within 30 days of the suspension. The Committee will review all submitted materials and then determine the length of the suspension. Any player whose eligibility is under suspension will not be eligible for any post-season honors of the Association.
The Association may refuse to accept entries in tournaments it sponsors from players who have violated the Code of Conduct at tournaments sponsored by other associations and organizations.
DRESS CODE (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 (baggy clothing with large pockets in the knee area) pants and shorts, blue jeans, short-shorts (bottom of shorts may be no higher than two 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.
DRESS CODE (Clubhouse) - 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.
DRESS CODE (Association Dinners) - At all GAP evening functions jacket with tie is encouraged unless otherwise stated in the announcement for that event.
NO SHOWS - 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.
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.
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.
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.
ASSOCIATION CART POLICY - The Golf Association of Philadelphia allows motorized carts in its events, but does not permit motorized golf carts in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, Joseph H. 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 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.