Competition Polices And Rules

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Polices and rules

It is the responsibility of all parents/guardians and caddies if applicable to be aware of the Polices and Competition rules of UK Kids Golf competitions.

Policies

Player code of conduct

All players are guests at all the competition venues used by UK Kids Golf. Our goal is for every player to compete in a fun, happy, safe and relaxed environment. It is, therefore, important that all players adhere to the following:

  • No excessive noise
  • No temper tantrums
  • No slamming or throwing golf clubs
  • No abuse of the golf course i.e. not replacing divots
  • Replace divots, repair ball marks and rake bunkers
  • Wear appropriate golf attire i.e. no jeans
  • Respect for volunteers or officials
  • Place all litter in bins
  • Any other conduct not becoming a UK Kids Golf participant

Violation of the Player Code of Conduct will be handled on an individual basis. If the act in question affects the play of others, the player in question will be disqualified under equity.

Players’ appearance

Players should present a neat appearance. Any dress codes stipulated by the host venue will be enforced. Only golf shoes or smooth rubber soled shoes will be accepted. Jeans are not permitted on the golf course. For county tour competitions the representative of the competition venue shall interpret this policy in all individual cases. For regional and grand finals a representative of UK Kids Golf shall interpret this policy. 

Caddies

Caddies are mandatory for the 6-7 and 8-9 age groups. Caddies must be aged 16 or older on 1st January. The role of the caddy is to assist the player in accordance with the rules and may include carrying or handling the player’s clubs during play. All players in the 10-11 and 12-13 age groups are required to walk and either carry their own clubs or use a trolley (powered trolleys are allowed).

Caddy policy

If a caddie becomes disruptive to the point of receiving a formal complaint from an official, volunteer, competitor or caddie, he/she will be given a warning.  If a second formal complaint is received the caddie will be suspended. 
Important Royal & Ancient Rules of Golf caddie related rules are:

  1. Rule 14-2b Assistance: states that in “making a stroke,” a player must not allow his caddie to position himself on or close to an extension of the line of play or the line of putt behind the ball.  A caddie may position himself in this manner before the player commits to beginning his swing but must move away once the player is set to begin his swing.  Failure to do so will result in a two-stroke penalty.
  2. Rule 8-2b On The Putting Green: states that when a player's ball is on the putting green, the player or his caddie may before, but not during, the stroke, point out a line for putting, but in doing so the putting green shall not be touched.  No mark shall be placed anywhere to indicate a line for putting.  Violation of this rule will result in a two-stroke penalty.
  3. Rule 17-3 states that the player's ball shall not strike the flagstick or attendant when the flagstick is attended or the flagstick is in the hole, unattended, or when the ball has been played from the putting green.  Should this occur, the player is assessed a two-stroke penalty, and the ball is played as it lies.
  4. Rule 6-4 states that a caddie is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assists him in accordance with the rules.  A player may only have one caddie at any given time.  A caddie may be replaced or eliminated at any time by the player.  No other person may offer advice or help to a player other than his caddie.

Always remember that a rules violation by the caddie is the same as if the player violated the rule. Ideally a caddie should be aware of the rules and assist his/her player in accordance with the rules.  

Spectators using buggies

When available, spectators may rent buggies by contacting the competition venue directly and provided that the venue allows spectator buggies.  It is strongly advised to seek availability and book a buggy well in advance of the competition date.

Spectator code of conduct

Spectators are an important part in making sure that UK Kids Golf competitions are fun and safe. Parents/guardians and spectators can have a significant impact on a player’s enjoyment of the competition. The positive encouragement of all players and not just your own player(s) is always welcome at UK kids Golf competitions. Your help in paying close attention to the following spectator guidelines is greatly appreciated. When a spectator violates any of the following rules the spectator may be asked to leave to course and at the discretion of UK Kids Golf may be banned from attending other UK Kids Golf competitions.

  1. Proper golf attire is preferred. UK Kids Golf and our golf venues reserve the right to ask an adult to leave the course because of inappropriate attire.
  2. Do not use radios, i-pods or other such devices without headphones, mobile phones that ring or beepers on the competition course. Use of mobile phones should be in the following areas: At least 75 yards from the players, car park, pro shop, driving range and/or putting greens. Violation of any of these will result in your being asked to leave the course.
  3. Keep a proper distance from the players (50 yards recommended).
  4. Spectators should stay on any buggy path or in the rough with the exception of around the greens. Spectators may go near the greens to watch the players putt.
  5. Please avoid verbal contact with your player.
  6. Act as a forecaddie. Keep a distance far enough ahead of the players as not to interfere with the player’s shot.
  7. If you see a rules infraction, be sure to tell the match scorekeeper, the player, representative of the competition venue or UK Kids Golf after the round is over and before the player signs his/her scorecard and turns it in to be posted.
  8. Do not give advice to any player. Definition: Advice is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his or her play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. Penalty is 2 strokes.
  9. Abusive language, swearing and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on the course.
  10. Only the match scorekeeper can go in the fairways and on the greens. If the match scorekeeper needs some help with a ruling or trying to find a lost ball and asks for help, then you may assist.
  11. Pick up any rubbish you may see left on the course by the juniors.

Images / Video

We reserve the right to use images or video of any of the players participating in UK Kids Golf competitions to promote UK Kids Golf. Parents/guardians acting as caddies or spectating may also be included in any images or video.

Withdrawals

All withdrawals from competitions must be submitted to UK kids Golf via email with no exceptions. Email the following to admin@ukkidsgolf.co.uk:

  • Member’s name
  • Player’s name
  • Age group
  • Name of county tour
  • Competition venue
  • Competition name and date
  • Reason for withdrawal

Once play begins at a competition, withdrawal for any reason other than illness, injury or family emergency may result in suspension from playing in any county tour competitions, regional or grand final for the period of one year.

Refund policy

A full refund will be given if we receive notice of withdrawal from a competition at least 14 days prior to competition date. No refunds will be given if notice is received less than 7 days prior to a competition unless caused by a medical or family emergency. Verification such as note from a doctor will be required. All refunds will be issued after the event has been held. There are no refunds for weather related shortened tournaments.

All competition entry fees for competitions postponed due to inclement weather will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled date.  If the event is not rescheduled or you are not able to attend the rescheduled date, a full refund will be given.  Please contact UK Kids Golf if you are not able to attend the rescheduled date.

Competition entry fees are non transferable. Please note that the £5 UK Kids Golf annual membership fee is nonrefundable.

Late entry request

An entry is considered late after online registration for that competition has closed. If the competition is full, you can email us and you will be put on a waiting list for that competition. All late entry requests must be received no later than 12noon four days before the competition date. You will be contacted immediately if a place becomes available, and we will contact people on the waiting list up until the day before the tournament. Email admin@ukkidsgolf.co.uk with the following:

  • Member’s name
  • Player’s name
  • Age group
  • Name of county mini tour
  • Competition venue
  • Competition date

Submitting a late entry request does not guarantee a place in the competition. Unless UK Kids Golf offers a place at a competition and you accept and pay the entry fee please do not travel to the competition venue and attempt to gain a place. 

Please note, no late entries will be accepted after the late entry deadline has passed. You must be an existing UK Kids Golf member to be considered for late entry. 

Distance measuring devices

Devices that measure distance only are permitted. Devices capable of performing other functions are prohibited.

Safety

Playing golf can be dangerous including weather such as lightening, very strong winds and hailstones. A player (and caddy if applicable) should stop play if he/she believes that there is a danger from the weather conditions. Bad weather including rain, wind and high temperatures are not normally considered reasons for a player to stop play.

Players should also stop play if he/she is feeling ill. You may use a mobile to call for medical help at any time during a competition.  

Competition Rules

  1. Rules
    Play is governed by the Royal & Ancient Rules of Golf and, where applicable, by any competition venue local rules.
  2. Stroke play
    All UK Kids Golf competitions are stroke play events played over nine holes and all players must hole out unless rule 6 below is enforced.
  3. The UK Kids Golf “Player Code of Conduct” policy and will be enforced.
  4. Rules questions
    Doubt as to Procedure, Rule 3-3 (a): Procedure: In stroke play only, when during play of a hole a competitor is doubtful of his rights or procedure, he may, without penalty, play a second ball. After the situation which caused the doubt has arisen, the competitor should, before taking further action, announce to his scorer his decision to invoke this Rule and the ball with which he will score if the Rules permit. The competitor shall report the facts to the UK Kids Golf or competition venue representative before returning the scorecard even if the scores are the same with both balls; if the player fails to do so, he/she shall be disqualified. Note: A second ball played under Rule 3-3 is not a provisional ball under Rule 27-2.
  5. Stroke limit per hole
    For the 6-7 and 8-9 age groups the maximum stroke limit, per hole, is 10. There is no per hole stroke limit for the other age groups.
  6. Bunkers
    The maximum number of shots a player takes in a single bunker is two. After the second shot the player can throw the ball out of the bunker. The throw does not count as a shot and no penalty is incurred.
  7. Caddies
    Caddies are mandatory for the 6-7 and 8-9 age groups. Players of all other age groups are not allowed caddies.
  8. Scorekeeping
    There will be a volunteer parent/guardian scorekeeper for all groups except the 12-13 who will mark a playing partners card. It is the responsibility of every player, and caddy if applicable, to agree their score with the scorekeeper after every hole has been completed and at the completion of the round.
  9. Scorecard
    Immediately after play, players sign their scorecard. The scorekeeper will also sign the card and then ensure that it is handed to the appropriate representative of the competition venue.
  10. Late to the 1st tee
    If a player arrives at the 1st tee with less than five minutes from his/her tee times the penalty is two strokes.  If a player arrives at the 1st tee more than five minutes after his/her tee time he/she will receive a 10 on that hole and any future holes missed. Players may not join a group during play of a hole; they must join them on the next tee.
  11. Distance measuring device
    Devices that measure distance only are permitted. Devices capable of performing other functions are prohibited. Penalty: score of 10 on any hole used.
  12. Pace of play
    Each player must play without undue delay.
    Those caddying are asked to please refrain from over-coaching the player. It is the caddie’s duty to help the player hit each shot within a reasonable period of time.
    When it is determined that a group is behind time par or out of position on the golf course the group will be warned and asked to speed up play. If the group continues to fall behind each member of the group may be subject to a penalty. First offense: a warning. Second offense: one stroke penalty. Subsequent offenses: score of 10 on that hole.
  13. Disqualification policy
    No player will be disqualified for any violations of the Rules of Golf or UK Kids Golf competition rules. Instead, a maximum score of 10 on any hole where the infraction would normally lead to disqualification. In situations where the round or hole has been completed, the score of 10 will apply to the last hole played or to the hole where the infraction occurred. Exceptions: A player or his caddie may be disqualified for code of conduct violations.
  14. Code of conduct
    Violations include: abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse to the golf course or the facilities, littering, or any other conduct unbecoming of a player. UK. Kids Golf reserves the right to dismiss any player, caddie or spectator at any time for any reason during any competition. Repeated violations may lead to rejection of future competition entries.
  15. Dress code
    Only acceptable golf attire is permitted. Players are prohibited from wearing shoes with metal spikes, short shorts, swimwear, denim of any kind, t-shirts, or tank tops. Players or caddies not appropriately attired will not be permitted to participate.
  16. County Order of Merit
    County Tours operate an Order of Merit point based system. The Order of Merit system is used to determine both County Tour Champions and qualification for Regional Finals. Players in every boys and girls age category are awarded points based upon were they finish for each county tour competition they enter as follows:
    1st place 12 pts, 2nd place 10 pts, 3rd place 8 pts, 4th place 6 pts, 5th place 4 pts, All other places 2 pts
    A player’s point scores taken from competitions entered within a county tour will be added together to determine that player’s Order of Merit points total. For example, a player who has entered six competitions in a county tour and has two 10 points, two 8 points and two 2 points will have an Order of Merit total of 40 points.
  17. County Tour competition ties:
    for each boys and girls age group 1st place through to 5th place ties will be broken with a scorecard playoff. Places will be determined by taking the lowest score by each player on the 9th hole. If ties remain the score on the 8th, 7th holes and so on will be taken until the places are determined. If a tie still remains after all nine holes have been counted then places and Order of Merit points will be shared.   
  18. County Tours Orders of Merit ties:
    for each boys and girls age group ties for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in an Order of Merit will be determined with a scorecard playoff. Places will be determined by the lowest score after adding together the 9th holes score for each of the two competitions used to determine the players Order of Merit points. For example, if a player has scored 5 and 4 on the 9th hole of the two competitions used to determine their Order of Merit points then their total score of 9 will be compared with that of the player they have tied with. The lowest score will determine which player takes which place. If ties remain the scores on the 8th hole, 7th hole and so on will be taken until the places are determined. The first four places and ties will qualify for the relevant Regional Final. If a tie still remains for 1st place then the award of County Tour Champion will be shared.   
  19. Regional Finals ties:
    1st place through to 3rd place ties will be broken with a scorecard playoff. Places will be determined by taking the lowest score by each player on the 9th hole. If ties remain the score on the 8th hole, 7th hole and so on will be taken until the places are determined. If a tie still remains in an age group for 1st place after all nine holes have been counted then all those tied will qualify for the Grand Final.    
  20. Grand Final ties: 
    for each boys and girls age group 1st place through to 3rd place ties will be broken with a scorecard playoff. Places will be determined by taking the lowest score by each player on the 9th hole (18th hole for the 12-13 age group). If ties remain the scores from the 8th (17th) hole, 7th (16th) hole and so on will be taken until the places are determined. If a tie still remains in an age group after all holes have been counted then the award of Grand Final Champion for that age group will be shared.
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