The Tour is not responsible for items stolen, lost or damaged at any
practice facility or host golf courses.
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
for returned payments will be charged to the player.
Must be on vibrate during play. They may be used for checking live
scoring, calling for a ruling or emergency
Credit Cards may only be used as payment via The Minor League Golf
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.
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
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
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
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.
1099-MISC will be sent in January for the previous years earnings to
players that earned over $600 during the year.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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
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
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
Every 39 minutes
+ 3 Min at the Turn
Every 42 minutes
+ 3 Min at the Turn
Definition of "Out of
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 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.
timing exceeding the allotted time to play a stroke = notification
of a bad timing
a total of 2 timings exceeding the allotted time to play a stroke = 1
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.