2017 Policies and Procedures
As a Member of The Minor League Golf Tour I understand:
Golf, for the most part, is played without supervision of an umpire or referee.  It is each players responsibility to abide by and enforce the rules to protect the integrity of the game and of the competition.


If Lightning is in the area ALL PLAY MUST CEASE IMMEDIATELY and ALL Players MUST seek shelter. 
Additionally, each individual has the right to determine the conditions are dangerous and suspend play as per USGA Rule 6-8a.

 


The Tour is not responsible for items stolen, lost or damaged at any practice facility or host golf courses.

Appeals:   Any appeal of a penalty must be referred to the Tournament Administrator immediately upon completion of the player in question's round.  The Tournament Administrators decision shall be final.

Attire:
  Slacks or Bermuda length shorts are permitted.  No denim is permitted.  All shirts must have a collar and remain tucked in at all times.  The Tour is a soft spikes only tour, no metal spikes are permitted.  Players shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming.  The Tournament Administrator or Host Professional shall interpret this regulation.

Retuned Payments:
 
All costs for returned payments will be charged to the player.

Cell Phones:
 
Must be on vibrate during play. They may be used for checking live scoring, calling for a ruling or emergency purposes.

Credit Cards:
  Credit Cards may only be used as payment via The Minor League Golf Tour website www.MinorLeagueGOLF.com.

Host Club:
  Players will be expected to treat the staff at each host club with respect.

Pairings:
  Pairings will be based on the Official Money List and the discretion of the Tournament Administrator.

Player Conduct Policy:
 
The Minor League Golf Tour will maintain a strict no tolerance policy on any behavior unbecoming a professional for all tour members, including amateurs.  This includes but is not limited to vulgar language, club throwing and damage to the golf course or golf course property.  Failure to comply with these rules will result in the forfeiture of all tour membership rights.  Conduct unbecoming a golf professional will not be tolerated and will be dealt with as the tour sees fit given the circumstances.

Practice:
  Range balls are included in the entry fee for use prior to the round.

Practice Rounds:
  Practice rounds will be available at all tournament sites on a case by case basis.   Players are responsible for practice rounds including reserving tee times and any fees that may apply.

Official Tournament:  The goal of The Minor League Golf Tour is to complete scheduled events.
The tournament committee and players will make their best effort to complete each round and tournament as scheduled.  If the entire field completes at least 50% of the scheduled event (9 holes of an 18 hole event, 18 holes of a 36 hole event) it will be considered an Official Tournament.  The total number of holes counted will be equal to the number that the final group completes.

After exhausting all feasible options, the tournament committee may suspend or cancel a round (Rule 33-2d) in the event unplayable conditions occur.  In the event a tournament cannot be completed due to weather the purse portion of the entry fee will be refunded/distributed evenly to all the players in the field.  Refunds of course costs will be decided on a case by case basis by the host club.

Refund Policy:
  If a player leaves due to reasons other than performance, causing the field to be reduced, the purse will also be reduced.  Refunds of course costs will be decided on a case by case basis by the host club. 

Playoffs and Ties:
 
The only ties which will be broken by a playoff are those to decide first place when possible.  All other ties will remain as ties and the purse for those positions will be divided equally.  A sudden death playoff will immediately follow play on a hole or holes chosen by the Tournament Committee.

Prize Money Distribution:  Earnings will be paid within 24 hours via the Players selected choice in their online account settings. It is the players responsibility to keep their payment selection and address up to date with the tour.  All players must submit a W-9 with a US Social Security or Tax ID number on it or be subject to 30% withholding on all earnings.  A 1099-MISC will be sent in January for the previous years earnings to players that earned over $600 during the year.

Starting Times:
  Starting times will be posted on The Minor League Golf Tour website www.MinorLeagueGOLF.com  and available at 561.398.9960 the evening before the round after 7pm. 

Official Time: 
The responsibility of being ready to play at the appointed time lies solely with the individual player.

Late to the Tee:
Rule 6-3 Provides: 
"The player shall start at the time laid down by the Committee."  The Tour incorporates the Note under 6-3 that allows the player to be up to 5 minutes late with a 2 stroke penalty.  After 5 minutes, he shall be disqualified. A player must be present and ready to play (present on the teeing ground with a club and ball) when the 1st player of the group is instructed to play.  The order of play is not relevant.

Suspension of Play Due To Dangerous Situation:
  If lightning is in the area
ALL PLAY MUST CEASE IMMEDIATELY and ALL Players MUST seek shelter.  Additionally, each individual has the right to determine the conditions are dangerous and suspend play as per USGA Rule 6-8a.  If the host course has ordered a suspension of play and you are in the process of playing a hole, you shall discontinue play and seek safe shelter immediately.  Play shall not thereafter be resumed until the course has ordered a resumption of play and the players determine the conditions are acceptable for play.  All practice areas shall be closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the host course has declared them open for use.

Player Responsibility:

It is the players responsibility to make sure their contact information is current and they understand the rules of play and policies and procedures of the Minor League Golf Tour. 
The Minor League Golf Tour reserves the right to evaluate and modify policies, procedures, rules of play, player requirements and tournament scheduling.  The Minor League Golf Tour and the memberships best interest will be considered before modifications of any kind will be made.  Players will be notified of changes.  The most current version of each is available on The Minor League Golf Tour website www.MinorLeageGOLF.com.

Rules of Play
Golf, for the most part, is played without supervision of an umpire or referee.  It is each players responsibility to abide by and enforce the rules to protect the integrity of the game and of the competition.

United States Golf Association (USGA) Rules Govern All Play:  All play is governed by the 2016 USGA Rules of Golf and its decisions AND where applicable, by local rules.  Range Finders and GPS devices are allowed for the 2017 season as long as the slope feature is not used.

Rules Interpretation:
 
If there is any question of how to proceed during tournament play, please invoke rule 3-3 and play two balls.     
The One Ball Rule Is In Effect:
  During a stipulated round, the balls a player uses must be of the name brand and type as detailed by a single entry on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls.

The Committee:
  The committee is comprised of the Director of Tournament Operations, the Tournament Administrator, the Tour Owner and the designated host professional where applicable.

Amateur Policy: 
All amateurs participating in a Minor League Golf Tour event must have a USGA handicap no higher than 6.0 or a letter from a PGA Professional verifying their ability.

Water Hazard Boundaries:
  In the absence of stakes or painted lines the change in cut of grass will be used as the hazard line.  If this is not apparent, the waters edge will be used

Out of Bounds Boundaries:
  In the absence of stakes or painted lines the change in cut of grass will be used as the boundary line.

Player Conduct Policy:
 
The Minor League Golf Tour will maintain a strict no tolerance policy on any behavior unbecoming a professional for all tour members, including amateurs.  This includes but is not limited to vulgar language, club throwing and damage to the golf course or golf course property.  Failure to comply with these rules will result in the forfeiture of all tour membership rights.  Conduct unbecoming a golf professional will not be tolerated and will be dealt with as the tour sees fit given the circumstances.

The Pace of Play / Slow Play:
  Rule 6-7 states, in part:  "The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee."  The following pace of play guidelines and slow play penalties have been adopted.

Pace of Play:
  
The Minor League Golf Tour is a developmental tour for those looking to gain competitive experience.
Pace of play is an issue at all levels of competition and needs to be enforced to maintain good relationships with our host courses and to prepare players for what they will most certainly experience in higher levels of competition.
Rule 6-7 states, in part: "The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee."   The following pace of play guidelines have been adopted:

Group Type Round Nine 3 holes Par 3 Par 4 Par 5 +
Threesome 3hrs 57min 1hr 57min Every 39 minutes 11 min 13 min 15 min + 3 Min at the Turn
Foursome 4hrs 15min 2hrs 6min Every 42 minutes 12 min 14 min 16 min + 3 Min at the Turn

Definition of "Out of Position":  A group will be considered out of position if at any time during the round there is an open hole in front of them and they are exceeding the allotted time based upon the pace of play chart.

Monitoring Groups:  It is the responsibility of each player to be aware of his groups position on the golf course.

Timing
: 
Timing will only occur when a group is out of position and has failed to keep pace with the pace of play chart or a specific player is blatantly slow.  Timing of a player's stroke will begin when it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or distraction.  Any time spent determining yardages will count as time taken for the next stroke.  

On the putting green, timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to mark, lift, clean and replace his ball, repair his ball mark and other ball marks on his line of putt and remove loose impediments on his line of putt.

A player will have 40 seconds to play a stroke when being timed. 
An extra 10 seconds will be allowed for the first player to play:
a stroke on a par-3 hole, a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole, a third stroke on a par-5 hole on or around the putting green.

1st  Offense, 1 timing exceeding the allotted time to play a stroke = notification of a bad timing 
2nd Offense, a total of 2 timings exceeding the allotted time to play a stroke = 1 stroke penalty
3rd Offense, a total of 3 timings exceeding the allotted time to play a stroke = disqualification

Any player in a group being timed, who exceeds the applicable time to play a stroke, will be informed as soon as practical.
In the administration of these pace of play guidelines, a member of the Rules Committee shall not tolerate abuse, oral or otherwise, by a player.  Such abuse may constitute conduct unbecoming a professional.

APPEALS:
  Any appeal of a penalty must be referred to the on-site Tournament Administrator immediately upon completion of the player in question’s round.  The Tournament Administrators decision shall be final. 
If the player in question does not appeal immediately upon conclusion of his round all penalties shall stand.