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2017 Preliminary Schedule

PACE OF PLAY POLICY

1. A label will be affixed to at least one of the official scorecards in each group. Each group will be responsible to write in the time they start (first shot hit off the 1st tee), and the time they finish (last putt holed on the 18th hole played).
2. Each group is required to complete their round in 5 hours or less (to be reduced to 4:45 minutes in the future). If the pace of play of the non-BAGS group in front of the first group out is such that the first group out is unable to complete their round within the 5 hour time frame, their actual time will be the standard for subsequent groups.
3. Groups not submitting their start and end time accurately on the label will be subject to penalties (see below).
4. Groups subsequent to the first group will be required to complete their round in an elapsed time within the 5 hour limit or within 10 minutes of the time recorded by the group in front of them. In shotgun starts, all groups must complete their round either within the 5 hour time frame, or within 15 minutes of the fastest group to finish, if that time is over 5 hours.

Penalties:

1. Penalties will be assessed to each member of the offending group (s).
2. The first and second instances in a season will result in slow play warnings
3. The third instance in a season will result in a one stroke slow play penalty
4. Fourth and subsequent instances in a season will result in a two stroke slow play penalty.
5. Penalties strokes will be added to the posted gross score and deducted from the posted stableford point score. Penalties will effect sweep side bets, but will not effect skins and zero's side bets.
6. Slow play penalties will be posted as part of the tournament results.
7. If there is a dispute or extenuating circumstance, penalties will be decided by the on-site BAGS official.

Policies to speed play:
1. Lateral drop on all lost balls & out of bounds will be in effect at all tournaments
2. Time allowed to search for balls is limited to 3 minutes.
3. Players are required to pick up if they have not holed out before the greater of net bogey or handicap (ESC) allowable gross score (except those that have a reasonable chance to win a gross score prize.).
4. All players are expected to play “ready golf” and are expected to be ready to play when it is their turn to hit.

Lateral Drop on lost balls and Out of Bounds rule:

To speed play, this rule prohibits players from returning to their prior shot to rehit.

The Lateral drop rule only effects balls either lost NOT in a lateral or water hazard and all balls hit out of bounds. Balls hit in a lateral hazard (Red stakes or lines) or water hazard (yellow stakes or lines) are to be played according to the rules of golf, with the exception that going back to rehit the prior shot is not permitted. A provisional may be played prior to leaving the point where the original ball was hit. If the provisional ball is used to play out the hole, the penalty is “stroke and distance”.
Rules for a ball lost, but not in a marked lateral or water hazard –

The player is allowed to drop a ball (under the penalty of one stroke) ….

1. (In the case of balls lost in open area's ie: fairway or rough): At the closest point (not nearer the hole) from the point that the ball is deemed to have been lost, or
2. (In the case of balls hit into wooded areas or areas with tall grass) – laterally within two club lengths of the point the original ball entered the area where it was deemed to have been lost. The two club length drop area begins at the tree line where the ball entered, or at the edge of the tall grass area where the ball entered. or
3. (In the case of balls hit out of bounds) – laterally within two club lengths of the point the original ball crossed the out of bounds line or stake.

If the original ball is found (Not in a hazard, and not out of bounds), it must be played under the normal rules of golf.