MGA Handbook

The Port Ludlow Men’s Golf Association

Membership Information 2016

Edited by Joe Kelly

 

Table of Contents

How the MGA Works…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Member Etiquette………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1
Posting Your Scores……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
General MGA Rules and Regulations………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
Wednesday Play Protocol……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Special MGA Events………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Season Long Eclectic Tournament…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
President’s Cup……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
MGA Championship………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
President’s Cup……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
MGA Expenses……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Special Golf Awards………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Special Events Calendar 2016……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
MGA Board of Directors and Event Chairs 2016………………………………………………………………………………………. 5
2016 Members…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6

Welcome

Welcome to the Port Ludlow Men’s Golf Association, This handbook has been put together to familiarize all members with the important items pertaining to MGA and your part in it. So that we all might have a better golf experience, please familiarize yourself with its contents.

Our website (www.plmga.org) has almost everything you might want to know, and if you aren’t computer literate, important information is generally posted in the men’s locker room. The telephone number of the golf club is 437-0272.

How the MGA Works

The MGA holds weekly tournaments, usually on Wednesdays, in a variety of individual and team formats. This year a $10 entry fee is collected for most events and allows for the awarding of prizes, usually purchasing credit in the Pro Shop. There are several other types of tournaments as well. How to sign up is explained appropriately under “Signups” below.

Member Etiquette

  • Course behavior should be exemplary, free from rudeness, throwing clubs, and the like. Disciplinary measures may be imposed for improper conduct, falsification of score, or flagrant violation of the rules.
  • Help keep the course beautiful by observing the cart path rules. They are posted inside the carts. Please read them.
  • Repair divots and ball marks on greens, please.
  • Generally the MGA plays “ready golf”. Hit when you are ready.
  • Plan ahead and ready your next shot before it’s your turn.
  • Always play a “provisional ball” if there’s a chance your ball may be lost.

Posting Your Scores

Any round of golf you play during our active season must be posted. If it’s an official MGA score (Wednesday play, for example), your score will be posted by the Tournament Director. ALL other golf scores are to be posted by you for handicap determination, Remember, you don’t get to decide which casual scores to post and which not to post. You’re supposed to post them all! Rounds may be posted at the computer in the clubhouse or at GHIN.com.

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)

Since all scores must be posted. It is important to know how to post accurately. For handicapping purposes, ESC sets a maximum number (below) that a player can post on any hole depending on his handicap. Remember that this table determines only the score a player can post on a hole; it has nothing to do with the actual round score, which may be higher than the posting score.

Handicap     Score You Post 

9 or less        double bogey

10-19                      7

20-29                      8

30-39                          9

40 or more               10

General MGA Rules and Regulations

All play is governed by USGA Rules, except as modified by these Local Rules:

  • For flower beds, barked areas, and boom chains: Determine the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole, and drop within one club length. No penalty. Green staked areas must be played as flower beds.
  • If a ball comes to rest within two club lengths of a sprinkler head, which is within two club lengths of the green, the player may take the nearest point of relief without penalty.
  • French drains should be played as “ground under repair.”
  • Stones in bunkers may be removed without penalty.
  • Embedded ball rule may be applied through the green.

The following is an abbreviated version of the MGA adopted rules and regulations. The full version is available on the MGA website [plmga.org].

 Eligibility: Participation in weekly and annual events requires that you are a member in good standing in the MGA and have a valid handicap.

 Tournaments: Weekly tournaments are generally held on Wednesdays between mid March and late October.

 Signups: Signing up for a weekly event must be completed by 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, and is done by email. Tee times will be released by Tuesday. Late signups might not be accepted.

 Cancellations: If an emergency arises and you must cancel, please notify the Tournament Director or golf shop immediately. There are penalties for habitual offenders.

 Cancellation of Tournament: The Tournament Director has the independent authority to cancel weekly events due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Essentially the Tournament Director may cancel an event 30 minutes before the first tee time and will email members. If play is officially canceled during the round, those who paid get their money back.

 Giving Putts: Unless otherwise informed, do not offer or accept a “Gimmie” putt.  Penalty is disqualification of all involved.

 X outs: “X-ing  out” (not completing the hole with a score) in any individual Medal play competition, disqualifies the competitor. You must complete all holes regardless how high your score.

 Score Card: Each player is responsible for his score.

 Slow Play: Eliminate this bothersome problem by being fully aware on the course. Get to your ball and set up your shot while others are hitting. Target times for a foursome are 4:45. Keep up with the group in front of you or let them play through.

 Handicap: A player must use his current handicap.

Distance-measuring device: For all play in MGA events, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device.

 Summer or Winter Rules? The Tournament Director will determine whether conditions warrant “summer rules” or “winter rules” play. Winter rules (preferred lies) allow for “lift, clean, and place” of the ball.

 Winter Rules: If the ball is in a closely mown area (fairway), it must be marked first, then may be moved one club length, no closer to the hole. If the ball is in the rough, the distance allowed is 6”, no closer to the hole. “Embedded balls” in their own pitch marks may be lifted and cleaned. A ball may not be moved from the rough to the fairway or from off the green to the green. A ball in casual water may be moved to the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole. A ball in a sand trap may be lifted and placed after the sand has been raked. A ball in the water in the bunker may be moved within the bunker, but a ball dropped outside the bunker incurs a one-stroke penalty.

 Green Stakes, Barked Areas, and Boom Chains:

“Green staked,” “barked areas,” and “boom chained” areas are immovable obstructions. If they interfere with your ball, stance, or swing, find the nearest point of relief and drop within one club length, no nearer the hole, no penalty. A player’s ball landing in an area that does not allow relief can be played as it lies.  Or alternatively, the player can take relief and, with a one-stroke penalty, drop the ball within two club lengths of the original spot, no nearer to the hole.

 Cart Path: If a golf ball comes to rest on the cart path, or if the cart path inhibits the player’s stance or swing, the player is allowed to find the nearest point of relief and drop within one club length.

 Sprinklers and drain covers near the green: If a golf ball comes to rest in a sprinkler or drain, or a sprinkler or drain is in a putting line to the cup, and within a club length of the green, the player may move the ball up to one club length, but no nearer to the pin or green.

 

Wednesday Play Protocol

Players check in early at the clubhouse and pay the appropriate entry fee before play. Return the signed and attested scorecards to the clubhouse after play.

Please communicate. If you must drop out for the day, call the clubhouse early at 437-0272.

Players are due at tee box five minutes before their tee time.

Players may not agree to waive or disregard any rule of golf, the penalty for which is disqualification.

The lowest handicap player will be group “Captain” and is assigned these Responsibilities:

Designate a scorekeeper.

Review the daily game format with all players.

Enforce the rules for the day.

Ensure pace of play to stay with the group ahead.

Ensure accuracy of scores with each player and the scorecard, then attest card.

 

In stroke play, if a competitor is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during play of

a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls.  The dispute should be

taken to the golf professional or Tournament Director for a ruling after the round.

Special MGA Events

 Ludlow Cup Tournament

Players qualify to play in this tournament by accumulating points throughout the season from various other kinds of MGA play. Season participation is also a qualifying criterion. Two 12-person teams compete in a Ryder Cup format over 27 holes.

 Season Long Eclectic Tournament

Players track the best scores recorded on each of the 18 holes throughout the season to produce both a gross and net overall score. Players are flighted by lowest seasonal handicap. Eligible scores include only those shot on days when all MGA members are playing the same game (home/away, match play, and alternate shot type games do not qualify.)

 President’s Cup

Normally played at the beginning of June, this is a match play tournament, played in flights established by using players’ full handicaps.  The Board sets entry fee and pairings.

 MGA Championship

Normally played in August, the Club Championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play over a three-day period. Flights are established by using players’ full handicaps. The entry fee is set by the Board. The Club Champion is he with the best gross score.

 President’s Cup

Normally played at the beginning of June, this is a match play, double elimination tournament, played in flights established by using players’ full handicaps.  The Board sets entry fee and pairings.

MGA Expenses

Annual Membership: ———- $ 60.00

Eclectic Tournament ———- $ 10.00

Weekly Wednesday Play—— $        $ 10.00

President’s Cup        ———– $ 30.00

Club Championship  ———– $ 30.00

Ludlow Cup———————- $ 30.00

Special Golf Awards

Any player making a hole-in-one during an MGA event earns $100, and any player shooting his age during an MGA event earns $100 for the first such occurrence. The MGA also recognizes the most improved golfer based on handicap reduction. Finally, the Len Hunton Award is given to a member who has contributed extensively to the MGA, supported the game of golf, and has displayed exemplary sportsmanship.

Special Events Calendar 2016

 

4/21/16        Spring Social (Yacht Club)

4/27/16        Ludlow Cup #1 Team Seasonal Event

6/1/16           President’s Cup Begins

6/22/16        Ludlow Cup #2 Team Seasonal Event

7/27/16        Ludlow Cup #3 Team Seasonal Event

8/15/16        MGA Championship Week

8/24/16        Ludlow Cup #4 Team Seasonal Event

9/14/16        Ludlow Cup Final

10/26/16      Fall Banquet (Beach Club)

MGA Board of Directors and Event Chairs 2016

President: John Germain

Vice President and Tournament Director: Roger Haskin

Secretary: Joe Kelly

Treasurer: Roger Reighard

Handicap Director: Jim Watson

Social Chairman: James Selby

Director (Greens Committee Representative): Steve Hendrick

Past President: Jack McKay

Past President: Dan Holtz

Home & Home Chair: Tom Jones

Head Golf Professional: Darren Posey

 

2016 Members

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