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REGISTRATION AND START OF PLAY: Players are requested to check in upon their arrival at the course.

CONFORMING DRIVER HEADS / GOLF BALLS: Optional Conditions as prescribed in Appendix I, Part B, 1.a., and1.b. are in effect. The groove and punch mark specifications adopted by the USGA on January 1, 2010 are not in effect.

PACE OF PLAY: Players shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any Pace of Play guidelines that the Committee may establish.

DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY: Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I, Part B.4. is in effect. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in revocation of entry. NOTE: A suspension for a dangerous situation shall be signaled by one continuous blast. Play must be suspended immediately. All other suspensions of play shall be signaled by three consecutive blasts. Resumption of play shall be signaled by two short blasts.

PRACTICE: Prior to and after a round in stroke play, a player may practice on the designated practice areas unless notice to the contrary is given. Rule 7-1.b. applies to other practice in stroke play, and Rule 7-1.a. covers practice before the round in match play.

SPIKED GOLF SHOES: The use of metal golf spikes is prohibited. The penalty for violation of this condition is Disqualification.

TRANSPORTATION: Optional Condition prescribed in Appendix I, Part in effect.

TIES AND PLAYOFFS: When qualifying, competitors are reminded of their responsibility to keep informed regarding the possibility of playoffs due to ties.

SCORECARD COLLECTION: Immediately upon completion of a round the Competitor shall return their card to the Committee. A scorecard is considered “returned” when the Competitor has left the designated scorecard collection area.  The Competitor shall not leave the scoring table until the scoring official gives permission to do so.

CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to be closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner. In the absence of a prize ceremony, it is deemed closed when all scores have been approved by the Committee. The result of a match is considered to have been officially announced when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scorecard.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Entries are subject to rejection at any time (including during the competition and at the scoring table) by the LIGA. The LIGA reserves the right to reject an entry for unbecoming conduct, dress and the use of a cell phone or other electronic device. The decision of the LIGA to reject an entry is final.

CELLULAR PHONES: The use of any phone for communications during a stipulated round is prohibited and may subject the player to disqualification. Host course guidelines should be strictly followed with regard to use in locker rooms and parking lots. 

LOCAL RULES: Local Rules will be provided at the starter’s table and should be reviewed prior to the start of play. Players should not refer to the host club score card for Local Rules as they may not be in effect.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN: Rules 18-2, 18-3, and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player's ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.  The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3, and 20-1.  Note: If it is determined that the player's ball on the putting green was moved by a gust of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played from its new location.  A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced. 

OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by nearest inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts. When designated by a line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. Where stone walls are used the wall is deemed an integral part of the course and a ball is considered Out of Bounds when it comes to rest outside the wall. A ball that crosses a road defined as Out of Bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is Out of Bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.

WATER HAZARDS: When a Lateral Water Hazard is defined on only one side it is deemed to extend to infinity. When bounded by Out of Bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the Out of Bounds line. Water Hazards are defined by yellow stakes and/or lines. Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red stakes and/or lines.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by white lines. Sod covered trenching and French drains are deemed to be Ground Under Repair.

PRESERVATION OF COURSE: Decorative flower beds and turf nurseries shall be considered Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited. See Rule 25-1.b. Stakes and cables supporting trees are considered Immovable Obstructions.

SEAMS OF CUT TURF: Except in a Hazard, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed to be Ground Under Repair. Interference by a seam with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, in itself, interference under Rule 25-1. If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1. All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.

AERATION HOLES: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, 3.d. is in effect.

WHITE LINES TIED INTO OBSTRUCTIONS: White lines tied into an obstruction are part of that obstruction and not Ground Under Repair.

WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH: Are Loose Impediments. EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, 3.a. is in effect.

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE: Cables, rods, wires and wrappings when closely attached to trees and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards are integral parts of the course.

ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES: If a ball strikes such a line or cable the stroke shall be cancelled and a ball must be replayed without penalty.

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, 4.b. is in effect.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, 7. is in effect. Smartphones may be used as distance measuring devices.