2019 St. Louis Junior Invitational
PACE OF PLAY POLICY
Rule 5.6 Unreasonable Delay; Prompt Pace of Play states, in part: “A player must not unreasonably delay play, either when playing a hole or between two holes.” Rule 5.6b (3) allows the Committee to adopt a Local Rule setting a Pace of Play Policy including maximum periods of time allowed to complete a round, a hole or a series of holes and a stroke, and set penalties for not following the Policy.
When play is in groups of three, groups will be expected to play at no more than 4-hours and 30-minutes on the East Course and 4-hours and 38 minutes on the West Course.
DEFINITION OF “OUT OF POSITION”
A group is Out of Position when it completes play on a hole (replaces the flagstick) later than the time scheduled (see attached time chart).
When a group completes play of a hole after its maximum allowable time, it will NOT be considered out of position IF it:
a. reaches a par-3 hole that is not open and free of play or that is open and free of play and the players in the preceding group have not all made their strokes from the teeing ground of the next hole, or
b. reaches a par-4 hole and at least one player in the group makes a stroke from the teeing ground before the hole is open and free of play, or
c. reaches a par-5 hole and all players in the group make their strokes from the teeing ground before the hole is open and free of play.
When the Committee determines that a group or individual player will be timed, all players or specified player(s) in the group will be notified by a Referee.
Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stroke will begin when it is the player’s turn to play and the player can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage and conditions including but not limited to wind will count as time taken for the next stroke.
On the putting green, the timing of a player’s stroke will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to mark, lift, clean and replace his/her ball, repair ball marks and remove loose impediments on his/her line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole, to the side of and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
A player is permitted a maximum of 40-seconds to play a stroke. (Note: This 40-second time-limit includes the first player to play from the Teeing Ground, from the Fairway and from around and on the Putting Green.)
Any player in a group being timed who exceeds the maximum allowable time to play a stroke will be informed as soon as practicable by the timing Referee.
A Referee will NOT advise a group or individual player that it or he/she has regained its or his/her proper position on the course, i.e., the group or individual player will NOT be told that it or he/she is no longer being timed. As previously noted, a player may inquire of the group’s or individual’s status at any time.
PACE OF PLAY PENALTIES
The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player (1) in a group being timed who takes more than the maximum allowable time to play a stroke or (2) whose group is out of position, if the player makes no effort to help his/her group get back in position as set forth in the Timing Section of this Pace of Play Policy:
1st bad timing- 1 stroke
2nd bad timing- General penalty
3rd bad timing- DISQUALIFICATION
RULINGS OR OTHER INCIDENTS
If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position within a reasonable time.