PGT Rules and Regulations
2017 Pittsburgh Golfers Tour, Rules of Play and Code of Conduct
For more information, always check the USGA website at www.usga.org/rules
We will use this page to list many of the important USGA rules changes and updates each year so players have a "heads up". We will also update any local PGT rules.
Although this is designed to just advise or guide the player,it is still everyone's responsibility to know and abide by the rules at all times.
PGT Local Rules Update----a modification of one of our local rules (distance measuring devices--A player may now verbalize the distance obtained provided that the use of this device does not impeed play) A range finder, or gps device, measuring distance only, may be used and the player using it may now announce the distance obtained to the rest of the group. This is nice on a par 3 or when players are near each other in the fairway, but we do not want the player who has the device to feel obligated to give everyone their own personal reading or run around the course for other players thus slowing down play.
Also, an 18 minute rule is now in place. All groups must turn in their official scorecard at the end of their round to the scorers table with 18 minutes of the group in front of them. A Player will receive a two stroke penalty for being longer than 18 minutes of the group in front of them unless they finish less than 4 1/2 hours. The PGT will review any special circumstances before penalizing. This rule is designed to keep all players aware of pace of play, and always keep up with the group ahead of you. If this happens, there is never an issue with slow play and long rounds would not be a PGT problem. To date, our average round per group is 4 hours 40 min, which is very acceptable for tournament golf.
USGA Rules Changes and Updates----The most significant change has to do with identifying a ball lying in a hazard and playing a wrong ball (rules 12-2 and 15-3). Players are now permitted, by rule 12-2 to lift a ball in a hazard in order to IDENTIFY it and will be in breach of 15-3 if a wrong ball is played from any part of the course with one exception to both rules; a ball that is moving in water in a water hazard. Breach of 15-3 is a 2 stroke penalty in stroke play or loss of hole in match play. Rule 24-1 amended to allow flagstick, whether attended, removed or held up, to be moved when a ball is in motion even if the act could influence the movement of the ball. ADVICE: Amended to allow the exchange of information on distance, as it is not considered to be "advice" (previously covered by a Decision). More details to follow.
For more info check www.usga.org/rules