Golf

1. GOVERNING RULES

1.1 All golf competition in the CIF Central Section, shall be conducted in accordance with the United States Golf Association (USGA) Rules along with local course rules, except where the rules conflict with CIF Central Section's Golf Advisory Committee and are approved by the Board of Managers.

1.2 The CIF-Central Section Golf Advisory Committee shall be composed of one representative from each league who shall be selected by their league president.

1.3 The Chairman of the Golf Advisory Committee is appointed by the CIF Central Section President.

Note: Any athlete who was not involved in the prior sports season must have ten (10) days practice before he/she can participate in an interschool contest. 
A. A Saturday may be counted as one of the ten (10) practice days.
B. The student athlete may not participate in an interschool contest until the eleventh calendar day (excluding Sundays).
Exception: An athlete competing in the prior sports season may waive the mandatory ten (10) days of practice, (excluding wrestling).

2. GENERAL RULE

2.1 Interscholastic competition in golf shall be conducted on a team basis as a league activity.

2.2 Participants must at all times be under the supervision of a certified employee of the Board of Education.

2.3 Entry fees for all meets must be in accordance with current rules. (See Awards and Entry Fees Chart).

2.4 Medals and other individual awards shall be given in accordance with CIF Central Section Rules. (See Awards Chart).

2.5 All invitational meets must be conducted in accordance with all Central Section Rules and Procedure.

2.6 All invitational meets must be sanctioned by CIF-Central Section.

2.7 The host school at each match shall ask the coaches concerned to serve as a rule interpretation committee in conjunction with the home course professional.

2.8 In league competition, both medal and match types of play may be used. 

2.9 Teams: For all competition on a dual match and league basis, teams shall be composed of no more than six players.

2.10 In qualifying meets above the league level, and in the Central Section finals, a team shall consist of six players, with the five best scores counting for team championship and place standing.

2.11 Golfers under school supervision, must so conduct themselves that they reflect credit to themselves, and to their school. Smoking, gambling, profanity, and the use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the course. "Club throwing" or any other un-sportsmanlike conduct as judged by marshals or tournament rules committee, is prohibited on the same course. Penalty for violation is: Disqualification.

3. CLASSIFICATION OF TEAMS

3.1 Competition up through the league championship tournament shall be limited to varsity and junior varsity.

3.2 Competition beyond the league level, shall be limited to varsity only.

4. SEASON OF SPORT

4.1 The season of the sport of golf is defined as that period which starts with the first interschool contest (interschool match, league contest, etc.) and ends with the last regularly scheduled league contest, except for those qualifying for the playoff contests.

4.2 The first day to start organized team practice for interschool competition will be specified by Central Section.

4.3 A school shall be limited to a maximum of twenty-four (24) matches per season (excluding playoffs).

4.3.1 Maximum contests per week is two, excluding tournaments.

4.3.2  NO TEAMS WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO TO THE MOUNTAINS; BEACHES; ETC., DURING THE "CONDITIONING TWO WEEK PERIOD" PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SEASON.

5. AREA QUALIFYING AND SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS

5.1 Competition shall be limited to varsity only.

5.2 The date of the Section Championship tournaments will be as prescribed by the CIF Central Section Board of Managers.

5.3 The date of the area qualifying tournament will be the Monday just prior to the Section tournaments.

5.4 The location  for the Section Championship tournament will be determined by the Section Office 

5.5 The host leagues for the area qualifying tournaments will be determined by the Section Commissioner, approved by the Board of Managers and league hosting responsibility should be rotated annually. The assignment of the host school will be made by the respective Area Supervisor.

5.6 Host Director's Responsibilities

5.6.1 The selection and assignment of marshals to accompany each group of players around the course. Possible sources of marshals could come from individuals who are members of the host golf club, coaches who attend the tournaments and other interested townspeople. A sheet noting the rules of play on the course should be prepared for all officials and entrants.

5.6.2 Appointment of a committee of three to serve to interpret disputes and course rulings. ( Avoid using participating team coaches for this committee to eliminate any potential prejudice or bias in decision making). This committee should confer with the club professional prior to beginning of the tournament, but rulings during that course of play must come from the committee.

5.6.3 See that scores and tournament results are posted in a convenient area for observation by spectators and entrants after they finish play. Also, final results are to be sent to participating schools and the CIF Central Section.

5.6.4 Directors of the area qualifying tournaments shall telephone, fax or e-mail tournament results to the director of the section championship Tournament immediately after scores and places are determined.

5.7 Coaches are not permitted to play during area qualifying or Section Final tournaments.

5.8 At private Country Clubs, there will be no practice rounds allowed 14 days prior to the Section Area or Section Championship Tournaments. All players, including members of the private club must abide by this rule. The penalty for violation is disqualification from the tournament. (Note:- The driving range and putting green may be used during the 14 day time period.) (Approved, Board of Managers, Apr. 2007)

5.9

Players may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device.  If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.  Any questions about such devices should be resolved before the start of the stipulated round.

The penalty for breach of this rule is a 2 stroke penalty, any subsequent offense is disqualification.

The use of wireless handheld devices (smart phones) on the golf course is prohibited by players.  Coaches and Spectators will be allowed to text, email or view scoring (if available). Talking on cell phones is prohibited.

5.10 Area Qualifying Tournament Play

 THE LEAGUE CHAMPION WILL AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY FOR THE AREA CHAMPIONSHIP. ADDITIONALLY, A TEAM MAY QUALIFY IF THAT TEAM SHOOTS THE FOLLOWING SCORE OR BETTER IN THE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TO QUALIFY: BOYS DIVISION 1 —415.... GIRLS DIVISION 1 --475; BOYS D-2   430....GIRLS DIVISION 2---525... .In addition, the ten low medalists will also qualify, IF THEY SHOOT 85 FOR THE BOYS AND 95 FOR THE GIRLS. Each league will determine how the medalists shall be qualified.

5.11. Central Section Championship Tournament Play

5.11.1 There shall be two tournaments; the first to determine a team championship and the second to determine the low medalist or individual championship. These two tournaments will be played on the same course on the same day, with Teams starting on the front nine, and Individuals starting on the back nine. The top two teams, no matter which division they are in qualify for the Southern California Regional tournament. The top twelve, who are not on a team that has qualified for the Southern California Regional tournament, will qualify for the Southern California Regional Individual Championships.

5.11.2 The  top THREE teams and TEN individuals and ties not on a qualifying team, IF THEY SHOOT 85 FOR THE BOYS AND 95 FOR THE GIRLS ,from each qualifying area tournament shall be entered in the section final tournaments. IF A DIVISION 2 TEAM DOES NOT QUALIFY AS ONE OF THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM AN AREA, THE TOP SCORING D-2 TEAM IN THE AREA TOURNAMENT WILL ADVANCE TO THE SECTION FINALS. NOTE—NON-QUALIFYING D-2 TEAM INTO THE SECTION FINALS, WILL PLAY FOR THE D-2 CHAMPIONSHIP ONLY.  Team members' scores at the area qualifying tournament will be tabulated in selecting the TEN(10) low medalists.

5.11. 2a  A DIVISION 3 TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD SEPARATELY. TO QUALIFY FOR THE D-3 CHAMPIONSHIP, A BOY'S TEAM MUST SHOOT 475 OR BETTER IN THE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT AND A GIRL'S TEAM MUST SHOOT  575 OR BETTER IN THE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TO QUALIFY.THE TOP D-3 TEAM FROM EACH AREA WILL ADVANCE TO THE D-3 CHAMPIONSHIPS REGARDLESS OF THE TEAM SCORE AT THE AREA LEAGUE TOURNAMENT. ( IF NO TEAM SHOOTS  575 OR BETTER IN A LEAGUE TOURNAMENT FOR GIRLS, OR 475 FOR THE BOYS THE BEST SCORE IN THE SOUTH/CENTRAL/ NORTH WILL ADVANCE). TEAM MEMBERS' SCORES AT THE D-3 CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE TABULATED IN SELECTING THE EIGHT (8) LOW MEDALISTS.  If a player shots (85 for Boys/95 for Girls) at the League Tournament and their team doesn't qualify for the D-3 Championships, they may enter their respective Area Tournament. If an individual in the D-3 tournament matches the highest qualifying score from any of the area tournaments, 85 Boys/95 Girls,that player(s) will advance to the Individual Section Finals.

5.11.3  Stroke play should be based on Par 72.

a.We play qualifying rounds on golf courses that are all not par 72's.

b.To equal out qualifying scores throughout the valley we need to adjust scores to par 72.

Ex.Courses with a Par 70= Players need to add 2 to their score.

Courses with Par 73= Players need to subtract 1 from their score.( Approved Board of Managers 2010)

5.11.4 Tie Breaking Procedure: Host course consenting, individual ties for 1st place will be decided by a sudden death playoff beginning on Hole #1. All other place ties will be broken by using the guidelines established by the USGA in Rule 33.6. Cards will be matched to determine the winner on the basis of the best score for the last 9 holes. If the tying players have the same score for the last 9 holes, determine the winner on the basis of the last 6 holes, the last 3 holes and finally, the 18th hole. If this method does not produce a winner, the same procedure should be applied to the 1st nine holes.

To break team ties, the score made by the sixth team member (worst score) shall be added to the other five to determine the team placement. If this does not break the tie, then the addition of the scores of the six team members using the method established in USGA Rules pertaining to how to decide ties, as stated above, shall be used to determine the team placement.

5.11.5 Medal play over 18 holes.

5.11.6 Tee-off from #1 and #10 tees provided the tournament director can obtain permission from the course professional. If not, the tee-off will be from #1 tee. A shotgun start may be used, if deemed necessary by the host golf professional.

5.11.7 In team play, the total of the best five scores of a six-player team will count toward team standing. (See 5.9.2 regarding use of the 6th player in breaking team ties).

5.11.8 Spectator rule---Parents/ spectators may not communicate with players. when ever possible, spectators must be not closer than 100 feet from players and at no time should they be in front of the group they are following. Spectators must not follow groups from the fairway, but must follow via the rough whenever possible. Violation of the spectator rule will cause disqualification of the player. For the purpose of this rule, a golfer who finishes his/her round and returns to the course will be considered a spectator. An initial warning will be given to all spectators at the beginning of the tournament and with every group that tees off.

5.11.9 Each competitor MUST attest and sigh his/her score card prior to the score being officially posted.

To break team ties, the score made by the 6th team member shall be added to the other five to determine the team placement. If this does not break the tie, then the total of the scores of the six team members using the method established in USGA Rule 33.6 as stated above, shall be used to determine the team placement.

5.11.11 Spectator use of golf carts is strictly up to the management of the golf course.

5.12 

COACHING:

 

            A SINGLE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL'S COACHING STAFF SHALL BE IDENTIFIED AS THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN HAVE CONTACT WITH A PLAYER DURING COMPETITION. THAT PERSON SHALL WEAR AN IDENTIFYING BADGE SIGNIFYING THAT PRESON IS THE COACH. THE COACH MAY PROVIDE INSTRUCTION, ENCOURAGEMENT AND INFORMATION TO HIS/HER GOLFERS WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH PLAY OR THE CONDUCT OF THE EVENT UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

  1. COACH MAY COMMUNICATE WITH PLAYERS BETWEEN HOLES…between holes is defined as when the entire group has left the green and before the first person tees off on the next hole.

  2. THE COMMUNICATION OF ADVICE MAY NOT IMPEDE THE PACE OF PLAY

  3. COACH IS NOT ALLOWED TO COMMUNICATE (VERBAL OR NON-VERBALLY) WITH A PLAYER DURING THE PLAY OF A HOLE.

 

PENALTY FOR VIOLATION BY A COACH:

  1. LIMITED COACHING TIME FOR THE REMAIDER OF THE TOURNAMENT

  2. REMOVAL FROM GOLF COURSE (COACH MAY REMAIN IN CLUBHOUSE/PRACTICE AREA.)

     

 

ELECTRONIC MEASURING DEVISES:

            GOLFERS MAY USE ELECTRONIC MEASURING DEVISES/RANGE FINDERS THAT ARE LIMITED TO DISTANCE ONLY. DEVICES THAT INCLUDE SLOPE, WIND, ETC., ARE NOT ALLOWED. CELL PHONES, TABLETS, I-PADS AND OTHER SIMILAR DEVICES ARE ALSO PROHIBITED. PLAYERS FOUND TO HAVE THOSE TYPE OF DEVISES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

 THE CIF CENTRAL SECTION HIGHLY ENCOURAGES THE SHARING OF YARDAGE (PUBLIC INFORMATION) INFORMATION GAINED WITH ALL MEMBERS OF THE GROUP IF NOT EVERYONE IN THE GROUP HAS A MEASURING DEVISE. 

 

 

 

 

6. AWARDS

6.1 A school trophy will be awarded to the winning team in the area qualifying and to the winner and runner up teams in the section Team Championship tournament, Division 1 and Division 2.

6.2 Individual medals will be awarded to the top fifteen low medalists in both the area qualifying and the top twelve medalists at theSection Championship tournaments 1st place - Gold, 2nd place - Silver and 3rd place through 10th place - Bronze.

7. FINANCES

7.1 Entry fees for both the area qualifying and Section Championship tournaments, shall be as prescribed by Central Section, $10.00 per player. Additionally, some golf courses may charge addition fees for use of the facility. Fees generally range between $15 & $20 per player and may include a lunch.

7.2 Entry fees should be reserved for tournament costs to the host school and CIF for medals, marshal carts, and other incidentals.

7.3 Losses are to be prorated back to the participating schools based on the number of entries.

7.4 Host schools must submit financial statements, and tournament results to the CIF Central Section office within two weeks after tournament date.

8. EJECTIONS

8.1

APPEALS PROCEDURE – First and Second Ejection

All appeals MUST come from the school Principal or his/her designee. Only misidentification and misapplication of a rule may be appealed. NO JUDGMENT DECISIONS by officials may be appealed.

First ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next CIF contest. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

Second ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next two CIF contests. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

Third ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next 365 days. Any appeal must go to the Section Commissioner

9.0   FORFEITS

NEW FORFEIT RULE PENALTY

 

 If an ineligible student participates in a contest, or contests, the school must forfeit

the contest, or contests, and the ineligible student shall not compete in any sport until

his/her eligibility is attained.

 

     If it is determined that an ineligible student competed due to the failure of the School 

Administration to properly notify those responsible for playing the student, an appeal by 

the Principal may be directed to the Section Commissioner regarding the forfeiture of

the game, or games.  The appeal must be in writing, stating specifically the circumstances surrounding the oversight in playing the student.  The final decision regarding the appeal will be determined by the Section Commissioner. 

 

Criteria for consideration of appeal:

 

  1. What caused the ineligible player to participate in the contests(s)

  2. Score of contest(s)

  3. Amount of participation in contest(s) by ineligible participant

  4. What part of did the ineligible student have on the outcome of the contest(s)

 

Notification of the use of an ineligible player MUST be reported IMMEDIATELY, and appealed within in 5 days of the infraction.

 

Notification of an alleged infraction by another school, MUST also be reported IMMEDIATELY, to allow the offending school an opportunity to respond.