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NEW HAMPSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION

81st State Open Championship

July 27th-29th, 2016

Owl’s Nest Golf Club
Campton, New Hampshire

Stroke Play 
54-holes

Entries close on July 22, 2016
OR
 after the first 144 applications are received

Amateur entries close after first 20 applications are received
 

Post entries will be taken at the tournament site
* Extra amateur entries will be entered if Pro field is not filled by July 22nd  

CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION

NEW HAMPSHIRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP


ELIGIBILITY: Entries are open to any professional golfers and to those amateurs whose USGA Handicap index is 4.0 or less. Amateur entrants must have an up-to-date USGA GHIN Handicap Index. The amateur field will be limited to the first 20 entries, with amateurs on the waiting list being added to the field after the professional entry deadline, space permitting. Entries are subject to approval or rejection at any time by the NHGA. Entries close after the July 22nd deadline or when a field of 144 is reached.

SCHEDULE: Competition will be held at Owl’s Nest Golf Club on July 27-29 2016.

 
FORMAT: Tournament is 54 holes stroke play. Following round two, the field will be cut to the low 40 scores, plus ties (based on a full field). One Round of stroke play will be played on July 29th following the cut. Any ties for overall first place or for low amateur will result in a hole-by-hole playoff at stroke play immediately after regulation play has finished, on a hole or holes to be determined by the Committee.

ENTRY PROCEDURES: Entrants shall apply online or by printing out an entry form and mailing it to the NHGA office with the entry fee. Entry fee of $350 for pros ($250 for NHC/NEPGA members) or $125 for amateurs shall be paid by every player. Entry forms received after the first 144 applicants will be held by the NHGA office in the event of withdrawals. Entry forms received after the July 22nd deadline will be entered into the field on a first-come first-served basis. Replacements will be taken at the tournament site based on the order that the late entries were received. To maintain their waiting list position, the player must be at the site prior to first starting time, otherwise they will be placed at the end of the waiting list. Other post entries will be taken at the tournament site and placed at end of the replacement list. Entries by telephone, telegraph, e-mail, or fax will not be accepted.

REFUND POLICY: Entry fee, less $10.00 service charge, will be refunded regardless of reason if the NHGA is notified by phone (603-219-0371) or email prior to close of entries. After the close of entries, fees will only be refunded if a replacement is available. In the event of injury or illness after the close of entries, refund will require written confirmation and will still be subject to a $10.00 service charge. No refunds will be made after the tournament date for any reason.

RULES OF COMPETITION: Play will be governed by the 2016-2020 Rules of Golf and current Decisions as approved by the USGA, by the NHGA Rules of Play (Hard Card – available at the starting tee and NHGA Web Site), and by any Rules Addendums handed out at the respective site. Questions will be settled by the tournament director in charge of the competition as assigned by the NHGA and the tournament director’s decision shall be final. 

Consuming alcoholic beverages during play of the stipulated round will result in disqualification. Possession of alcoholic beverages, or use of cell phones and/or pagers by player or caddy during play of the stipulated round, may result in disqualification. The use of Distance Measuring Devices is allowed, and shall include cell phones when used exclusively for this purpose. Possession of any device capable of providing any information other than course layouts and straight distance (i.e. elevation corrections, club selections, etc.) will result in disqualification. Competition shall be deemed to have closed when the results have been officially announced. 


PACE OF PLAY: In addition to any Pace of Play guidelines set forth by the Committee, the following provision will be in force at this event: Note: The Committee reserves the right, at any time, to time a group when the Committee deems it necessary. Further, if a player is determined by the Committee to be unreasonably slow, he may be timed individually at the Committee’s discretion, regardless of whether his group is out of position. Players should also be aware that the Committee may assess a “bad time” to a player in a group that is out of position if the player makes no effort to help his group to get back into position. Examples of this would be a player who unduly delays play between strokes or holes. Penalty: 1st Bad Time=Warning; 2nd Bad Time=1 stroke penalty; 3rd Bad Time=2 stoke penalty/loss of hole; 4th Bad Time=Disqualification. 

PLAYER’S ACTIONS: Any player whose actions during any NHGA tournament are deemed by the Committee to be detrimental to the NHGA, to the tournament, or to the Host Club will be subject to penalties as determined by the Committee, such possible penalties to include removal from the tournament, and suspension from future NHGA events for a period of time to be determined by the NHGA Board of Directors. 

SCORE POLICY: Any player who shoots a score of 18 strokes or higher than the course rating may be denied entry into the tournament the following year.

STARTING TIMES: The player shall start at the time laid down by the Committee. Rule 6-3 will be in effect with regards to starting times. Starting times will be posted on our web-site and be posted in local newspapers.

CADDIES & CART TRANSPORTATION: Players may use caddies and/or cart transportation during play. Those players who wish to use carts are responsible for making their own arrangements with the host club. Golf carts are to be used by players and caddies only; any other person riding in the cart may be asked to leave the golf course at once.

DRESS CODE & GOLF SHOE POLICY: Proper dress code of host club for all stages of the competition will be observed; professionals may wear shorts. Host clubs’ policies may prohibit the use of certain golf shoe spikes. In such cases, it will be a condition of the competition that such spikes will not be permitted for use at such clubs. The penalty for breach of this condition will be disqualification. The NHGA assumes no liability to players for this condition of the competition. 

LEGAL WAIVER: By submitting this entry form and subsequently playing in the competition, players agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the NHGA and its respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, and losses, including without limitations reasonable attorney’s fees and costs and expenses of litigation, arising out of any negligent act or mission of the indemnifying party in connection with the tournament. Pictures of players may be displayed on the NHGA web-site; those players not wishing their picture to be used should notify the NHGA office at the time of application.

PRIZES: Total Professional Money based on a full professional field of 124 is $37,500 with the top 40+ ties receiving money based on a full field. First place Professional prize is $8,500 based on a full field. Awards for low NHC/NEPGA pros will also be given. Merchandise awards in the pro shop will be given for low amateurs.

THE COMMITTEE: The NHGA Tournament Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions and schedules herein for this event/championship due to weather or other conditions warranting such action. The decision of the Tournament Committee in any matter shall be final. The Committee in charge of the tournament will consist of the officials of the New Hampshire Golf Association in attendance.