Constitution of Island Springs Men's' Golf League

Last updated: April 2007

Section 1
Officers
1. The Island Springs Men’s Golf League (the League) shall have an elected President who is solely responsible for the operation of the League. 2. The League shall have a Board of Directors (BoD) consisting of the President, golf course professional, and all team Captains, or their appointed representatives, who are responsible for the Constitution.

Section 2
Eligibility
1. To be eligible for membership in the League individuals must meet the membership requirements. Membership requirements are: a. Members must be on a team that participates in the League. b. Members must be in good standing and have submitted Annual Dues, as determined by the BoD.

Section 3
The Committee
1. The "committee" referred to in the RCGA Rules of Golf (henceforth referred to as the Rules) shall be the BoD. However, if an immediate ruling is necessary during competition, the golf professional or his representative may co-opt a committee consisting of himself and at least two other League members, or the President and/or his assist and render a decision.

Section 4
Rules of Play
1. All play shall be in accordance with RCGA Rules of Golf (the Rules), as amended by the local rules of the course being played, except as provided in the League Rules of Play.

2. No players may disregard the Rules. If a rule is in question, ask your team-mates and opponents or nearby League members. If there is doubt about a Rule or its interpretation, play the ball as it lies and play a second “provisional” ball from the same spot. An interpretation of the Rule can then be obtained from the Committee and applied after the round has been completed, but before the scorecard is submitted. Moving or Lifting a Ball in Play 3. No ball may be touched or moved except as permitted under the Rules. 4. Players may change balls between holes without penalty. 5. All holes must be completed. A hole may not be conceded. However, a single putt of reasonable length may be conceded by either player, but not both. A conceded put may not be refused by the opponent. The opponent has now finished the hole and one stroke is added to the opponent’s total for the hole. Lost Ball and Ball out of Bounds 6. If a ball is determined to be lost or if the ball leaves the defined boundaries (white stakes) of the course, the ball must be replayed from point ball at which the ball was last hit. Add one penalty stroke to the player’s total for the hole. No more than five minutes, from the time the player reaches the likely location of his ball, shall be spent searching for the ball. No other options are permitted. 7. If a ball is known or thought to be out of bounds or lost, a player has the option to hit a provisional shot from the same spot and take a stroke-and-distance penalty instead of the two stroke penalty specified in 1) or one stroke penalty specified in 2). The provisional shot must be hit before advancing to look for the possibly lost or out-of-bounds ball. It must be clear before the player replays the ball that the shot is provisional. If the original ball is found and is in-bounds, the original ball is the ball in play and no penalty shall be incurred. 8. If a ball is found in play, it must be played as it lies, unless it can be lifted under the Rules. A ball deemed unplayable can only be lifted and dropped within two club-lengths, no closer to the hole, under penalty of one stroke.

Section 5
Conduct
1. The use of the course is a privilege. Conduct of League members must be beyond reproach and the Rules and Etiquette of the game and of the course must be fully observed. 2. Good care must be taken when playing the course. All divots must be replaced, all ball marks on the putting greens must be repaired, all sand traps must be raked, and the riding and pull carts must be kept well away from the putting greens, sand traps, and teeing areas.

3. The BoD may discipline any member or team for misconduct after an appropriate inquiry. This may include suspension for one or more competitions. 4. No guests are allowed.

Section 6
Handicaps
1. Official League handicaps shall be used for all matches. 2. Only League stroke-play scores shall be used in computing League handicap indexes. 3. The maximum League handicap is 18. The maximum score used for determining handicaps is 60 for a given round. 4. Handicaps are determined solely on the average of the five most recent rounds of League play in the current year. Players with fewer than five rounds will have their handicap determined as follows: a. If a member has less than three rounds and did not participated in the League the previous year, then he has no handicap and his handicap is determined for that night by subtracting his gross score from par. b. If a member as in a) has completed three or four rounds in the current year, his handicap will be determined by the average of the three or four most recent rounds of League play in the current year. c. If a member has less than three rounds and did participate in the League the previous year, then his handicap will be determined using his final handicap from the previous year in a weighted average with rounds completed in the current year.

Section 7
Teams
1. All teams in the League shall be made up of not less than 4 persons and not more than 7 eligible persons. When all teams are up to maximum strength, the Board of Directors may increase the upper limit above 7. 2. New teams which apply to the League prior to the scheduling of the season shall be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. 3. No new player may compete unless he is certified by the President or his designate as a member in good standing of the team for which he plays. 4. Team numbers will be designated as a result of their finish from the previous season.

Section 8

Schedules
1. Official League Schedules and Rules shall be provided to each Captain prior to the start of each season and shall be displayed at the Course and on the official League website. 2. All scheduled matches shall be played as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless cancelled or re-scheduled by the League or a course official.

Section 9
Competitions
1. Competitions are between four members of each team in an individual stroke play format. The rules of golf for stroke play must be observed. Extra players not competing for their own team can become spares. 2. Opponents from different teams play match play with handicaps. Opponents match up based on handicap, with the lowest handicaps competing, and so on. 3. Up to one stroke per hole handicap is given to the higher handicap player on the hardest holes based on the handicap differential of the two opponents. 4. Team stroke play is based on the total net strokes of all four players on the team. a. The team with the lowest total net receives a bonus 10 points. If both teams tie they each receive 5 points. b. If a team fails to field a full team of four players then they have defaulted and their opponents receive the 10 points for low total net strokes. c. If both teams default, the team with the most players receives the 10 points for low total net strokes. If both teams default and have the same number of players, then the determination of low net will include one, two, or three players instead of four players, and the team stroke play points shall be awarded as in 5). 5. Teams and players are also awarded match points. Scoring is one point for the lowest net score on the hole. If the hole is halved then each player receives 0.5 points. The player who scores the most points also receives a bonus of 2 points. If both players tie they each receive 1 point. (There are 11 points that are being competed for.) 6. If a player does not have an opponent to play he will play the course. Players receive their full number of strokes (up to two per hole) and play the course as par. 7. Spares may substitute for another team as determined by the order on the Substitute List. Substitutes accumulate individual points and team points for the team that they are substituting for. 8. A team’s point total for a competition is the sum of its player’s individual match play points and its team stroke play points. (There are 54 points that are being competed for.) 9. If a spare has no team to substitute for then he may play another spare or the course for individual stroke play points only.

Section 10
League Championship
1. The League Champion shall be determined in a match played between the first and second place teams following the end of the League schedule. 2. The match shall be played as described in Section 9 – Competitions. The winner shall be the team obtaining the most points.

Section 11
Annual Awards
3. Trophies shall be awarded to the eligible members of the teams who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd to a maximum of 6 trophies per team. 4. Trophies shall be awarded to the Individual Points Champion and Runner-up Points Champion.

Section 12
Protests
1. All protests shall be forwarded in writing to the chairman of the rules committee within five workdays of the match in question. A copy of the protest will be simultaneously sent to the opposing team Captain. The chairman shall then contact the opposing team Captain and invite him to submit a written rebuttal within three working days. The chairman shall then either convene the rules committee and reach a decision on the basis of the written statements alone or convene the committee and both parties to the dispute to solicit verbal testimony in order to reach a decision. No verbal testimony shall be sought or considered unless both parties to the dispute are present at the time of the testimony. The committee must, by majority vote, reach a decision within three weeks of receipt of the protest. No member of the rules committee shall render any judgement pertaining to his own team. In such cases, or when absence of a member of the committee would cause undue delay, the chairman shall appoint an ad hoc member who is agreeable to both parties. If the chairman's team is involved, or if his absence would cause undue delay, the President shall appoint an ad hoc member who is agreeable to both parties and shall designate an ad hoc chairman. 2. Any decision of the rules committee may be appealed to the board of directors if petitioned in writing by at least five officers of the BoD. The appeal must be filed within five workdays of the receipt of the rules committee's decision, and the president must convene the board within five workdays of receipt of the appeal, and a final decision must be rendered at that meeting. In such cases, no member of the rules committee nor involved party is eligible to vote and a two-thirds majority of all the members (exclusive

of those ineligible to vote as noted above) is required to overturn the decisions of the rules committee.