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					                             LBM Invitational Golf Club Rules




                   LBM INVITATIONAL GOLF CLUB




LBM Invitational Golf Club
Fremont, Ohio 43420



First Issue 1996
First Revision 12/23/98
Second Revision 09/20/05




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ARTICLE I - NAME AND OBJECTIVE

Section 1.     Purpose

The purpose of this club is to provide recreation for its members and to promote the enjoyment of golf. The purpose
of team format is to socialize with other members and to have friendly competition.

Section 2.     Name
The name of this organization shall be the Lou Burkett Memorial Invitational Golf Club, hereafter referred to as the
LBMIGC. The name of the annual tournament administered by the LBMIGC is hereafter referred to as the LBM.




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ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

Section 1.       Eligibility
Membership in this club shall be open to the following relatives of Lou and Ethel Burkett:
a) brothers
b) sons
c) sons-in-law
d) grandsons
e) grandsons-in-law
f) great grandsons
g) great grandsons-in-law
Regular members are limited to seventy-two (72). If more than 72 individuals wish to be regulars, the members
who played in the LBM the previous year will have precedence over all other members. A minimum skill level
may be established by the club officers.

Section 2.       Membership fees
The membership fee for this club shall be set by the club officers and approved by the club members. These fees
will be due at the latest by the end of the annual business meeting. Members will not be considered to be entered in
the LBM until their fees have been received.

Section 3.       Members
Members must be a minimum of 18 years of age by the annual business meeting and must be proficient at golf.
Members must have graduated from an accredited high school or vocational school.




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ARTICLE III - MEETINGS

Section 1.     Regular Meetings
There is one annual business meeting scheduled for the club. This meeting will commence at 8:00PM on Friday of
the last full weekend in July. The last full weekend in July is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday being the last
Friday, Saturday and Sunday entirely in the month of July. The meeting shall take place at a site arranged by the
President of the LBMIGC.
Decisions to amend this meeting date must be made by a positive vote of all of the club members.

Section 2.     Special Meetings
Special meetings of the club may be called by the President or by written requests.




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ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1.      Principal officers
The principal officers of the club are the President, the Vice President, the Secretary and the Treasurer.

Section 2.      Election and term of office
Each officer shall be elected by the membership by proxy at the regular business meeting of each year and shall
serve until his successor has been duly elected. Each term is one year in length. The term begins after the closing
ceremonies are complete for the current year and ends when the golden gavel is given to the incoming President of
the club in the following year.
If the membership has difficulty in the process of electing officers the following default configuration shall be used:
a) President - Current host
b) Vice-President - Host after President
c) Secretary - Host after Vice-President
d) Treasurer - Host after Secretary
The great honor of hosting the LBM tournament is given on a rotating basis among all members of the club.
A special title of Sergeant-of-Arms may be given to a member willing to provide security, protect the LBMIGC
icons such as the LBM flag, and generally assist the officers in any matter of duty. This shall be an honorary
position only and not result in special privileges.

Section 3.      Duties of officers
The President shall preside at all regular meetings of the club, appoint special committees, assume active
leadership at all times, select the course, request tee times, arrange and/or host the awards banquet and perform all
other duties that properly pertain to the office.
The Vice President shall act as President in the absence of that official and will chair the Rules, Tournament and
Handicap committees.
The Secretary shall take minutes of all meetings and shall be the custodian of all club files and records.
The Treasurer shall receive all dues and fees, and shall make payment of all bills approved by the club. The
treasurer shall keep a detailed account of all receipts and disbursements, shall make an annual written report to the
club of the condition of the treasury, and shall keep a complete roster of members. The treasurer's records shall be
turned in to the LBM President on the last Friday of the last full weekend in July of each year.

Section 4.      Absence of Officers
Should any of the elected officers be unable to fulfill their duties for whatever reason, this officer shall inform the
President (or Vice President, in his absence). The remaining officers shall then select a replacement from among
those members willing to fill the vacant position. In such a situation, there will normally be no election, although
one may be called if deemed necessary.




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ARTICLE V - COMMITTEES

Section 1.     Rules Committee
The Vice-President shall chair this committee. Two other members are appointed by the President. Their
responsibility is to review and make decisions on all rules inquiries. The President will resolve all disputes.
Decisions will be made within three (3) hours of the conclusion of the tournament or prior to the awards banquet,
whichever is shorter. Final decisions will be attached to the original inquiry. Committee members shall not vote on
their own protest. The President will resolve any disputes. Appendix A contains a blank Inquiry Form.

Section 2.     Tournament Committee
The President shall chair this committee. Two other members are appointed by the President. Their responsibility
is to organize the preliminary meeting, run the LBM tournament, and preside over the awards presentation
ceremony.

Section 3.     Handicap Committee
The Vice President shall chair this committee. Two other members are appointed by the President. Their
responsibility is to maintain LBMIGC Handicap Indexes for and issue LBMIGC Handicap Indexes to the members,
in accordance with the LBMIGC Handicap System.




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ARTICLE VI - VOTING

Section 1.     Eligibility
Each member will have one (1) vote on all business matters before the club.

Section 2.     Quorum
At all meetings of the club, sixty (60) percent of the regular membership or fifteen (15) members present, whichever
is smaller, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business.

Section 3.     Amendments
Amendments to the rules will require a majority vote of the club members.




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ARTICLE VII - RULES AND PROVISIONS

Section 1.     Authority
Course and/or local rules take precedence. Local rules are rules posted by the course or printed rules on the back of
score cards. LBMIGC rules are next in level of authority. Otherwise USGA rules apply. Organizational details for
the LBM play (e.g. course to play, start of play, tees to play from, etc.) will be announced by the President at the
end of the regular business meeting.

Decisions to cancel or suspend play due to inclement weather will be made by either the course manager or club
officers. A thirty-minute waiting period will be required before cancellation of the round after play is suspended. A
round started but not finished due to inclement weather conditions will be considered official whenever the last
foursome has completed fourteen holes.

Section 2.     Local Rules - Host Course
The host course varies year to year. The following are generic examples of local rules for a fictional course.
a)     The ball must be moved two club lengths, not nearer the hole, from any new trees which are supported by a
       stake, without penalty.
b)     Practice range is out of bounds as indicated by white markers on holes #1 and #10.
c)     White markers on #1 and #9 indicate out of bounds for players on #1 only.
d)     Left boundary of #3 and #4 (cypress fence) is out of bounds.
e)     Right boundary of #18 (metal fence) is out of bounds.
Note: All other places where the ball may leave the course are lateral water hazards.

Section 3.     LBMIGC Rules
a)     A player can not generally improve his lie. The ball is played from where it rests, which also means, putt
       all putts (no gimmies). The following cases are the only exceptions when a player may move their ball and
       not incur any penalty, other than those cases cited in the USGA Rules, see section 4.
       - If a ball rests through the green (Note: through the green is defined as anywhere on the course except in
         a hazard or on the green), then the player can improve his lie within 6 inches from where the ball rests no
         closer to the hole. If the ball is in a hazard or on the green, the ball can not be moved.
       - If a ball comes to rest in a footprint in a sand trap, the ball may be lifted without penalty and the sand
         smoothed. Then the ball must be replaced as near as possible to its original location.
       - When a ball is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, anywhere through the green, except in a
         hazard, the ball may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where
         it lay, not nearer the hole. Note: USGA Rules permit this only if the ball is embedded in its own pitch
         mark in the player’s fairway.




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b)    When a ball is hit out-of-bounds, a player must:
      - play another ball from the same spot from which the ball which was hit out-of-bounds was hit, with a
        penalty of one stroke (USGA rule)
      Should it thought but not be known that the ball played has gone out-of-bounds, a player may elect to play a
      provisional ball from the same spot, provisionally taking a one stroke penalty. The playing of a provisional
      ball must be declared before it is played. Should the original ball then be found to be in play, the player
      must continue with this original ball. Once a ball has been declared out-of-bounds and a second (not
      provisional) ball is put into play, the second ball must be played.
      Note: there will be no going back to the tee in LBM play, due to the limited time available. If a ball
            may be out of bounds play a provisional ball. If a player makes a dishonorable decision not to hit a
            provisional ball he must drop for a two-stroke penalty at the point of exit.
      Examples:       Let us assume the fourth hole of a fictional course, a par three with out-of-bounds on the left.
      1) Player hits ball clearly out of bounds with first shot (played 1). He must play again from the tee
         (replace ball for 2, play 3). This lands on the green and is 2-putted for a five.
      2) Player hits ball left, but is not sure that the ball has gone out-of-bounds. Elects to play a provisional ball
         (as 3). If the first ball is found (by anyone) to be still on the course, the player must play that ball,
         however good or bad its position/lie is. If the first ball is out-of-bounds, then the player continues
         with the provisional ball.
c)    A ball will be considered lost when three minutes have elapsed while searching for it. Another ball will be
      dropped at the closest estimate to the location of the loss with a penalty of one stroke. Once the ball has
      been declared lost and a second ball is put into play, the second ball must be played.
d)    When a maximum of 2 balls enter a water hazard that a player must go over to reach the green, a player
      may drop on the green side of the hazard (within 2 club lengths of the water) with a one stroke penalty for
      each time a ball has entered the water.
      Example:        a player plays the first shot from the tee (1st shot) into the water immediately ahead, elects to
                      play again from the tee and does the same again (3rd shot). The player may then drop on the
                      green side of the water hazard and play from there (playing 5th shot).
e)    When a rule is in question, the player shall play a second provisional ball for the remainder of the hole with
      scores for both balls recorded. An inquiry shall be submitted at the completion of the round to determine
      which score is used, see Appendix A.

Section 4.    Some USGA Rules
a)    A player can not generally improve his lie. The following cases are the only exceptions when a player
      may move their ball and not incur any penalty.
      - Those cases in sections 2 & 3, above.
      - When a ball rests on ground-under-repair, it may be moved, but not nearer the hole. If a ball lies in the
        rough, it must remain in the rough.
      - A ball coming to rest in casual water may be dropped at the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole,
        with no penalty stroke. However, a ball coming to rest in casual water within a sand trap must be
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     - When a ball is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, anywhere through the green except loose
       sand, the ball may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it
       lay, not nearer the hole.
     - A player may drop without penalty two club lengths from any man-made obstacle such as a cart path.
       The drop shall be made at the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole.
b)   A swing and a miss is one stroke.
c)   When a ball enters a water hazard that a player must go over to reach the green, it must either be dropped
     behind the water hazard, keeping the pin and point of entry in line, or played again from the same spot, with
     a one stroke penalty. However, see (d) in section 3, above.
d)   When the ball enters a lateral water hazard, it may be dropped two club lengths from the point of entry, not
     nearer the hole, or played again from the same spot, with a one stroke penalty. A player may not go in front
     of a lateral water hazard.
e)   When a player is in a sand trap, touching the sand is allowed only on the down swing. Touching the sand on
     the back swing or on a practice swing is a one stroke penalty, same as grounding the club.
f)   Moving the ball while in the rough, while either addressing the ball or clearing any loose debris around it, is
     a one stroke penalty unless the ball is embedded in its own pitchmark, see section 3, above.
g)   When a ball needs to be dropped to continue play, the player holds the ball at arm's length, no nearer to the
     hole, and releases the ball.
h)   When a player is on the putting surface and strikes an opponent’s ball after failing to ask the opponent to
     mark the ball prior to the putt, the player will incur a two stroke penalty.
i)   If a player is on the putting surface and strikes the flagstick or the flag (when unattended, removed, held-up
     or laid-down by another player or partner), a club or other equipment belonging to the player or to the
     player’s partner or the player’s partner at anytime during a putt, the player will incur a two stroke penalty.
j)   Switching balls is not permitted, except on the tee.




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ARTICLE VIII - LBMIGC HANDICAPS

Section 1.     Definition
The LBMIGC Handicap is the eighteen-hole handicap established for a player for playing golf in the LBM. It is not
a USGA Handicap Index, nor can it be converted to a USGA Handicap Index. There is no maximum LBMIGC
Handicap.

Section 2.     Establishing Initial LBMIGC Handicap
A LBMIGC Handicap is established for each player using the total gross strokes averaged over the previous five
years. 1997 Amendment -- the previous five years has been modified to the player’s previous 5 LBM
tournament scores. The result is the starting handicap. Should a round not be completed whilst establishing a
handicap, then so long as the minimum of fourteen (14) holes have been played, the score for eighteen holes will be
based upon the player’s average score so far in the round.
For example, player A shoots 95, 108, 99, 112 and 102 in the previous 5 LBM tournaments. The average gross
strokes for player A is 103.2 rounded down to 103 (round down if < or = .50). The LBMIGC Handicap in this
example is 103. If player A (and the rest of the LBM participants) only completed 14 holes due to inclement
weather or other acts of God, and the score was 85 after 14 holes, his average strokes per hole for that tournament
would be (85/14) = 6.7 His adjusted gross strokes for that tournament would be 85 + (6.7 x 4) = 111.8 rounded
up to 112.
New players to the LBMIGC will provide 3 attested eighteen hole scorecards to the Vice-President. The rounds
must have been played within one year of the tournament. The Vice-President will determine a fair handicap, and a
majority vote of the members will be required to establish it.
If a player has not completed 5 LBM tournaments but at least one (1), an average of the previous tournament
score(s) will be used.


Section 3.     Maintaining LBMIGC Handicap
Once a handicap has been established for a player, the gross strokes played in the sixth score previous is removed.
The best and worst scores are not removed for averaging; the average must include all strokes attempted for a
period of 5 LBM tournaments.




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Years Played                Handicap                      Years Played        Handicap
     0         Member submits 3 -18 hole scorecards            8          (Ave. of Years 4-8)
     1               (Year No. 1 Gross Score)                  9          (Ave. of Years 5-9)
     2               (Ave. of Year1 and Year2)                10         (Ave. of Years 6-10)
     3                  (Ave. of Years1-3)                    11         (Ave. of Years 7-11)
     4                  (Ave. of Years1-4)                    12         (Ave. of Years 8-12)
     5                  (Ave. of Years 1-5)                   13         (Ave. of Years 9-13)
     6                  (Ave. of Years 2-6)                   14         (Ave. of Years 10-14)
     7                  (Ave. of Years 3-7)                   15         (Ave. of Years 11-15)




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ARTICLE IX - TEAM FORMAT

Section 1.      Choosing Teams

The LBM is a team event. Each team is composed of two or three golfers. Each team shall be composed of valid
members of the LBM Invitational Golf Club. The method for choosing teams is as follows:

All names of participants will be placed in a hat or otherwise suitable container. One person will be chosen to draw
the names. The first 2 players selected will form the first team and be in the first flight. The second 2 players
selected will the second team in the first flight. The selections continue until all names are drawn unless there are an
odd number of players. In this case a threesome will be formed from the last 3 names drawn from the hat.


ARTICLE X - TEAM SCORING
Section 1.      Scoring
Gross score per each team will be determined. The LBMIGC handicap for that team will be deducted from the
score. The lowest adjusted team score will be declared the winner.
In the event of a tie for 1st place, 2 options are permitted:
Option A)       The tying teams may play an extra playoff hole. Handicaps for that particular hole are calculated.
                The team with the lowest adjusted score for the hole is declared the winner.
Option B)       The most difficult hole on the golf course is given a ranking of "1" and the least difficult is given a
                ranking of "18". Handicap strokes are given on the most difficult handicap hole first, the second
                most difficult handicap hole next and so on. The team with the best adjusted score on the most
                difficult hole on the course is declared the winner. In the event of a tie on this hole, the next most
                difficult hole is checked and so on, until a winner is determined.
The option for the playoff must be decided before competition begins, in consultation with the course manager.
At least fourteen (14) holes must be played for a team champion to be determined.

Section 2.      Score Cards
The score will be kept on the course cards in the following manner
a)      Keep all four (or three if threesome) scores on one card.
b)      Write players’ first name initial and full last name - legibly. Example: L. Eagle
c)      The score cards should be turned in to the LBM Secretary immediately following play.
d)      2005 Amendment – Each team must sign their card and attest their score. The wrong score will
        disqualify the team. Once the winner is declared by the President and Secretary, no changes are
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Section 3.     Awards
Team awards include:
a) Individual plaques commemorating the previous tournaments and their champions
b) Green T-shirts passed year to year representing excellence in shot-making
c) Gold medals representing honor and glory
Individual awards are low gross, low net, the Broken Club Award for the most unusual shot, and the Big Duffer
boxer shorts for highest score.




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ARTICLE XI - ADMINISTRATIVE

Section 1.     Reports
Results from the previous year’s tournament will be announced at the regular business meeting.

Section 2.     Etiquette
Divots must be replaced, ball marks repaired, sand traps raked, etc. No shouting, profuse swearing or throwing of
clubs. Do not play until the group in front is out of the way. Always play without delay. Leave the putting green
as soon as all players in your group have holed out. Mark score cards at the next tee.

Section 3.     Forfeits
If a given player or team is late, unable to play or does not finish the required number of holes to make the
tournament official, special considerations apply.
The tee time is procured by the LBMIGC President or a person designated by the President. At this time, the teams
proceed to the starting tee and begin play. If a team or team member does not show before the last flight completes
the first hole, the team is disqualified. If the team or team member arrives by that time, they would play as soon as
possible as directed by the course starter. Given the average of 12 minutes per foursome tee times, this would give
the offending parties 60 minutes after the first tee off for a 10 team tournament.
If a player on a team does not complete the full number of holes to make the tournament official, for any reason,
and the player has:
a) Completed less than the number of holes to make the tournament official (14 holes)
  - Then the team forfeits any awards.
b) Completed at least the number of holes to make the tournament official (14 holes)
  - Then the player’s score is averaged for the number of holes completed. Either the greater of net par or this
    averaged score is used to determine the final adjusted score for the team. For example, if a player completes 14
    holes and at that time has a score of 89 with a handicap of 120, the final gross score would be (89/14) x 18 =
    114.4 rounded down to 114. (Note: round down if < or = .50) However, if 114 is less than the player was
    expected to score, (handicap = 120) then the final gross score would be 89 + (net par for the remaining 4
    holes). Net par is 120/18 = 6.7. So the final gross score in this example would be 89 + (6.7 x 4) = 115.8
    rounded up to 116. Note: For calculating the handicap in this situation see Article VIII Section 2.
If one team member determines he can not participate after the regular business meeting completes, but before the
first member of the first flight attempts his first stroke, the team member must contact a club officer and the other
team player must either:
a) Join the last twosome if the new number of participants is odd, and form a threesome.
b) Join the last golfer selected from the hat to form a twosome, if the new number of golfers is even. In this case the
threesome would be broken into two (2) twosomes.




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If inclement weather occurs, all teams must play a minimum of fourteen holes to make the tournament official.
However, a full eighteen holes must be played if the round is not shortened due to bad weather, darkness, etc. Start
of play on any hole is considered to be when the first team golfer has teed off. End of play is considered to be when
the last golfer has holed out.
If the members wish to reschedule due to inclement weather or any other act of God, all members must agree on a
date to hold the scheduled event (not majority vote). A member may wish to regretfully decline to participate if
extraneous circumstances will prevent his ability to attend.

Section 4.     Gifts
A small token of appreciation is usually given by the LBMIGC President to the members of the club in recognition
of friendship and camaraderie. Although this is not mandatory, breaking the tradition is deemed undesirable.




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ARTICLE XII - LBMIGC RULES CONCERNING SLOW PLAY
Slow play is a problem common to most clubs and a concern of all Golf Committees. In attempting to cope with
slow play, the LBMIGC Rules Committee is recommending that all members read, understand and adhere to the
following guidelines:
1)     Before leaving the regular business meeting, arrange with your partner the liquid logistics, alarm time and
       transportation requirements. Try to get to the course no later than 30 minutes before the first
       scheduled tee time.
2)     While watching your shot (and your partner's shot), line up the landing location with objects in that area to
       avoid spending time looking for your ball.
3)     Play "ready golf". Size up your shot (and take your practice swings) while other players are playing their
       shots so that you are ready to play your shot when it is your turn. Be aware of the other players, so that you
       know when it’s your turn to play.
4)     There are no "honors" in the LBM after the tee shots. If you are closer to the green and ready to hit before
       one of your playing partners, then hit your shot. Don't wait.
5)     If your shot is near the green or in a green-side sand trap, take your putter along with your other club.
6)     Save your scorekeeping until the next tee, do not mark your score(s) on the putting green.
7)     Park the golf cart at a point between the putting green and the access to the next tee. Never park the golf
       cart in front of the green unless the access to the next tee is from the front of the green.
8)     Do not distract and delay other players with idle chatter in a manner unforthcoming of an LBMIGC
       member.
9)     Always keep within a hole of the group you are following. If you are in the last LBMIGC group and lose
       touch with the group in front and you notice that the following group is always waiting for you to move
       before playing their shots, then don’t wave them through. Make them wait because this is the LBM!




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APPENDIX A


                                    INQUIRY SHEET

                            LBM INVITATIONAL GOLF CLUB
PLAYER SUBMITTING INQUIRY                                             DATE

FOURSOME INVOLVED IN INQUIRY:1.                                DATE OF PLAY
                               2.
                               3.
                               4.

NAME OF PLAYER OR PLAYERS INVOLVED IN INQUIRY:



STATEMENT:




               SIGNATURE OF PLAYER
               SUBMITTING INQUIRY
               SIGNATURE OF
               LBMIGC SECRETARY




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                                   REPLY SHEET

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PLAYER SUBMITTING INQUIRY                                  DATE SUBMITTED

DECISION:
            UPHELD
            DISALLOWED

REASON:




ACTION TO BE TAKEN:




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