PGA Member Guidelines

PGA Member Guidelines

PGA Golf Professionals are responsible for the knowledge of USGA Rules and of the rules, policies and regulations contained herein.

By registering for an Indiana PGA event you are agreeing to have read these Indiana PGA Rules and regulations.

INDIANA SECTION PGA SANCTION / CONFLICTING EVENTS

Championship events conducted by the Indiana Section PGA are sanctioned by the Section. During the play of an Indiana Section PGA event, another tournament not scheduled or sanctioned by the Section, where prize money or compensation is awarded to the golf professional, may not be participated in nor hosted by Indiana PGA Members, Approved Players, or Apprentice Head Professionals unless such non-Indiana PGA Section event is being played outside the established boundaries of the Section.

Special permission permitting play in or hosting a conflicting event may be granted only at the discretion of the Indiana Section PGA Tournament Committee. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Chairman at least 30 days prior to the date of conflict.

A player who participates in or hosts a conflicting event, without prior consent, will automatically be disciplined as follows:

  • Second Offense $200.00 fine and suspension of playing privileges for one year from the date of the offense.
  • Additional offenses, failure to pay fine or abide by the terms of the suspension will constitute a violation of the PGA Code of Ethics and therefore subject the offender to suspension from the PGA.

PGA Tour, USGA, National PGA, Indiana Golf Association events played opposite Indiana Section PGA events are not considered to be in conflict.

INDIANA SECTION NON-EXEMPT EVENTS POLICY

Any Indiana Section PGA member or apprentice who participates in an event outside Indiana (non-exempt event) from April 1 to October 31 which is not included on the exempt tournament list must report such participation to the Indiana Section office.

Written notice of participation must be received at the Section office no later than 14 days for the event’s completion. Such written notification must be submitted via email to the Indiana Section PGA Membership Director.

  • Failure to give notice of participation in such events will result in a suspension of playing privileges from the Indiana Section for one tournament season (see below) month. Any subsequent instances of failing to provide notification will result in additional suspensions.

Once a Section professional has played in six (6) non-exempt events during the Indiana Section tournament season he/she will forfeit their Indiana Section playing privileges for the next three (3) “tournament season” months.

  • Any Member or apprentice may appeal his/her suspension of playing privileges to the Indiana Section Officers.

Indiana Tournament Season: is defined as being April 1 to October 31.

Non-Exempt Events: are defined as any event outside the boarders of the Indiana Section.

Exempt Events: include any event conducted or sanctioned by the Indiana PGA, events conducted by the PGA of America or the United States Golf Association Pro Am’s that involve taking the Professional’s club members and the Argosy Casino Pro VIP Tournament.

  • The Indiana PGA Tournament Committee will have the discretion to determine which events will be exempt, with final approval of the Indiana PGA Board.
  • Additional events may be added to either category by the Board.
  • Indiana PGA members may submit requests for exemptions to the Tournament Committee.

POLICY ON CARD PLAYING

It is felt that card playing is a matter of individual responsibility and its propriety may vary from club to club. In general the Tournament Committee frowns on card playing at the site of any competition and feels that abusing a privilege such as this can injure the Association and cause embarrassment to the host golf professional. For this reason, card playing by groups of golf professionals on the premises of a tournament site shall only be allowed when authorized by the host golf professional. Warnings shall be given to those who abuse this policy and if the warning goes unheeded, violators shall be subject to disciplinary action.

SECTION TOURNAMENT POLICY

Discipline, Penalties, and Appeals

Each PGA of America Member or Apprentice Participant (“Participant”) in a Section golf tournament acknowledges the right and authority of the Section to (i) fine and suspend from tournament play; and/or to (ii) fine and permanently bar the Participant from Section tournaments. Any Participant in a Section event hereby releases the PGA of America Section, the PGA of America, the PGA Tournament Corporation, Inc., rules officials, each director, officer, member, employee, agent or representative of any of the foregoing jointly and severally, individually and in their official capacity, of and from any and all claims, demands, damages and causes of action whatsoever, in law or equity, arising out of or in connection with any such decision or action by the Section, PGA of America or any appellate body.

Fines are due and payable within thirty (30) days unless the Participant has made a written appeal. Should the appeal be denied, the fine will be due and payable within thirty (30) days of such denial of appeal; and the Participant will be ineligible to participate in any Section tournament and any other PGA of America tournaments and the tournaments of any other PGA Section until said fine is paid in full.

A. Advance Notification of Proposed Disciplinary Action Except for penalties under the Rules of Golf and for “Minor Penalties” (as hereafter defined), any Participant subject to disciplinary action or penalty defined as a “Major Penalty” shall first be notified of such proposed action in writing. Such notice may be presented to the Participant by a tournament official. Within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the notice, the Participant shall submit to the Section Tournament Director or the Section Executive Director such facts or evidence of mitigating circumstances as may apply. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of such information from the Participant, the Section Tournament Director or the Section Executive Director shall notify the Participant in writing of the imposition of the proposed disciplinary action or penalty, or that the proposed action has been dismissed. After the imposition of any penalty hereunder, the Participant shall have the right to appeal to the Section Board of Inquiry as set forth in Section E herein.

B. Rules of Golf - Any Participant in a Section tournament who breaches the Rules of Golf of the United States Golf Association or Local Rules in effect for the conduct of such event shall be subject to the penalties provided in such Rules as well as any other penalties imposed by the Section consistent with this policy. The decision of the Section Rules Officials/ and/or the Section Tournament Committee with respect to such Rules breach shall be final and conclusive.

C. Conduct Unbecoming a Professional Any Participant deemed guilty of conduct unbecoming a professional while participating in a Section tournament or in activities related thereto (e.g. practice rounds, hospitality events, etc.) shall be subject to fine, suspension and/or permanent disbarment from Section tournament play as provided in this policy. A fine of $100 shall be levied for the first offense. A fine of $150 shall be levied for the second offense, and a prohibition from participating in Section events for one year shall be levied for the third offense. Any Participant that is found guilty of more than three offenses for conduct unbecoming a professional charge may, at the sole discretion of the Section, be permanently prohibited from participating in all Section and PGA of America tournaments and also may be subject to PGA of America Code of Ethics charges.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Section reserves the right to pursue Code of Ethics charges against any PGA Member/Apprentice for conduct charges related to the conduct of any Participant at Section golf tournaments and related events at the sole discretion of the Section in compliance with the procedures for Code of Ethics hearings as set forth in this Article II of the Bylaws.

D. Classes of Penalties for Section Tournament Offenses

  • Minor Penalties - A Minor Penalty is a fine of not more than $150 and/or suspension from tournament play for two or less tournaments. A Minor Penalty may be imposed by the Section tournament officials responsible for the conduct of the tournament.
  • Major Penalties - A Major Penalty is a fine in excess of $150, suspension from tournament play for more than three tournaments, and/or permanent disbarment from Section tournament play.

E. Appeals

  • Minor Penalties - Appeals from Minor Penalties shall be to the Tournament Committee Chairperson (or his/her designee). Such appeal may be in writing or oral. Such appeal shall be received by the Tournament Committee Chair no later than thirty (30) days subsequent to the infraction. The Tournament Committee Chair shall render the decision on appeal in writing within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the appeal and submit a final report to the Section Executive Director. The Section Executive Director shall submit this final report to the Association General Counsel. Such decision shall be final. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the Section determines that it would prefer that a Minor Penalty shall be submitted to the Board of Control for a hearing in lieu of action by the Section, then the Section Board of Inquiry will follow the same procedures set forth herein for all matters submitted to the Board of Control for Code of Ethics procedures.

  • Major Penalties - Within thirty days from the date of notification of a Major Penalty, the Participant may submit a written appeal to the Section Board of Inquiry. Failure to file such an appeal shall be deemed conclusively to be an admission of the charges specified in the notification. Thereafter, the Section Board of Inquiry will prepare a report of the matter to the Board of Control and the matter will be set for a hearing before the Board of Control in accordance with all applicable procedures set forth herein for ethics appeals heard by the Board of Control. The Board of Control shall hear the appeal either at the next regularly scheduled Board of Control hearing or at an expedited meeting that may be held in person or via conference call at the discretion of the Chair of the Board of Control. The decision of the Board of Control shall be final. An appeal shall operate to stay the effective date of any penalty, except suspension from a Section tournament then in progress or scheduled for the calendar week in which the alleged violation occurred, until after a final decision on the appeal.

All fines must be paid within thirty (30) days from the imposition of the fine, or in the event of an appeal, within (30) days from the decision rendered by the Board of Control in the event the Board of Control upholds the findings of the Tournament Committee Chair.

RAIN OUT POLICY

INDIANA OPEN:

  • Day One: If day one is rained out, everything moves back one day and a 36-hole final is to be played Thursday.
  • Day Two: If day two is rained out, everything moves back one day and a 36-hole final is to be played Thursday.
  • Day Three: If day three is rained out, a 36-hole final is to be played Thursday.
  • Day Four: If more than half the field finishes play then the remainder of the round is completed Friday morning. Should less than half of the field finish play then the 54-hole results stand as a completed tournament.

NORTHERN OPEN, SOUTHERN OPEN, MONTICELLO OPEN, TOURNAMENT SERIES EVENTS, PRO-AM, 4-MAN TEAM:

Should half the field finish play then the event is completed the following day. Should less than half the field finish play then the event is declared a rainout and the tournament is rescheduled.

INDIANAPOLIS OPEN, SENIOR OPEN, PGA INDIANA CHAMPIONSHIPS, SENIOR PRO-AM, TEAM:

  • Day One: If day one is rained out the event is an 18-hole event.
  • Day Two: Should less than ˝ the field complete the round then the first 18 holes stand as a completed event. Should ˝ the field complete the round then the event is completed the following day if course availability permits. Should day one rain out and ˝ the field doesn’t complete play on day two, the tournament is a rainout and the tournament is rescheduled.

PRO-ASSISTANT:

Should one of the two rounds be cancelled then the event will be an 18-hole event with the purse split between the two golf courses. Should both rounds be cancelled then the event will be rescheduled.

INDIANA SECTION PGA MEMBERS, excluding A-3s, ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING INDIANASECTION PGA TOURNAMENTS:

  • Indiana Section PGA Professional Championship
  • *Indiana Open
  • *4-Man Team
  • PGA Indiana Championships
  • *Indianapolis Open
  • *Pro-Assistant
  • *Southern Open
  • *Pro-Lady
  • *Northern Open
  • *Monticello Open
  • *Team Championship
  • *Tournament Series
  • Pro-Junior
  • Women's Open
  • Pro-Ams
  • Assistant's Championship
  • *Indiana PGA Pro-Am
  • Senior Open
  • Senior Professional Championship

*Events that require the Indiana PGA Player's Fee

Eligibility for the Indiana Open may be found on the tournament information page in the 2012 schedule of events, and is open to A-3's and Indiana resident non-amateurs.

Some events have additional eligibility requirements,such as PGA membership, age, etc.

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