TOUR MEMBERSHIP Grey Goose Gateway Tour Membership: To become a member of the Grey Goose Gateway Tour, a player must submit an application and pay all required fees by dates set by the Grey Goose Gateway Tour. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour reserves the right to reject any application. Practice Rounds: Practice rounds will be available at all tournament sites, times and days may vary. Players are responsible for practice rounds including reserving tee times and any fees that may apply. Pairings: Pairings will be a random draw for the first two events for each series. All pairings for the remainder of the year will be based on the Official Money List. Official Tournament: 36 holes must be completed for an event to stand as a completed tournament; we will not play beyond the final scheduled day of the event. In the event an event cannot be completed due to weather the purse will be distributed evenly throughout the remainder of the events with a minimum of three events, If less than three events, the purse will be distributed evenly to the players. All tournaments will be cut after 36 holes to 36% of the field plus ties. If an event is cancelled for any reason, any refunded green fees and cart fees from that event will be refunded at the end of the series. Two-payment option: All players who choose the two-payment option must make the second payment on or before the deadline set forth by the tour. Any player failing to pay full balance on before the deadline will forfeit the first payment and will be ineligible to compete in any Grey Goose Gateway Tour events until the balance is paid in full providing space is available. United States Golf Association Rules govern all play. Local rules may apply. Amateur Policy: All amateurs participating in a Grey Goose Gateway Tour event must have a U.S.G.A. handicap of 2 or less as well as a letter from a P.G.A. professional verifying the handicap. CONDUCT Conduct Policy: The Grey Goose Gateway Tour will maintain a strict no tolerance policy on any behavior unbecoming a professional which includes but not limited to vulgar language, club throwing, damage to the golf course or golf course property. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour will not tolerate any use of illegal drugs or abuse of any prescription drugs. Any violation of the drug use policy will result in an automatic dismissal from the Grey Goose Gateway Tour. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour will not allow any alcohol or gambling at any tournament site during a stipulated round. Following completion of the stipulated round, consumption of alcohol should be limited to the clubhouse lounge and locker room areas only. First offense for violation of this policy is a $500.00 fine plus a two-stroke penalty, second offense is a $1,000.00 fine plus a two-stroke penalty and third offense is automatic dismissal from the Grey Goose Gateway Tour without refund, no exceptions. All fines must be paid in full before the start of the next scheduled event. All fines are cumulative for the entire Grey Goose Gateway Tour season. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the forfeiture of all following events until fine is paid in full. Any fines collected by the Grey Goose Gateway Tour will be donated to our charities. Any disputes will go before the tournament committee in which the decision of the tournament committee shall be final. APPEALS Any appeal of a penalty and fine must be referred to the on-site Tournament Director immediately upon completion of the player in question’s round. The Tournament Director’s decision shall be final. If the player in question does not appeal immediately upon conclusion of his round, any penalties and fines shall stand. Attire: Slacks or Bermuda length shorts are permitted. No denim is permitted. All shirts must reflect appropriate attire, and must be tucked in at all times. All caddies must abide by the same regulations as the players. Players are responsible for their caddies. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour is a soft spikes only tour; no metal spikes are permitted. Cellular Telephones: Use of cellular telephones is prohibited on golf course property except in the parking lot of the respective club. Use of your cellular phone is always prohibited in the clubhouse at any event. Any breach is subject to a fine up to $1,000.00 and/or a two-stroke penalty. Cell phone use is allowed during suspense of play in appropriate areas. Carts and Caddies: All players are permitted to use golf carts, no pull carts are allowed. Two carts per group and two people per cart allowed. Caddies may ride based on availability; players have priority on riding. If at any time there are more than two people per cart then each individual in or on the cart will receive a $100.00 fine. All carts must be kept on the path around tees and greens; failure to do so will be subject to a $100.00 fine. Please note that when play has been suspended and the golf course is being evacuated this rule does not apply. PACE OF PLAY Pace of Play: Rule 6-7 states, in part: The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid dawn by the Committee. The following pace of play guidelines, penalties and fines for stroke play competitions have been adopted Definition Of Out Of Position The first threesome or foursome to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they exceed the time allotted to play, as detailed on the applicable courses Pace of Play Chart. Any subsequent group will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they (a) exceed the allotted time to play or (b) reach a par-3 hole is open and free of play or reach a par-4 or par-5 hole and have not cleared the teeing ground before the hole is open and free of play. NOTE: The Rules Committee reserves the right to time a group when the Rules Committee deems it necessary. Monitoring Group When play is in threesomes, the first group in each segment to start will be informed by a Grey Goose Gateway Tour Rules Official of monitoring and timing. Any subsequent group out of position will not be informed of monitoring and timing unless asked by the player(s). When play is in twosomes, all groups will be informed by a Grey Goose Gateway Tour Rules Official of monitoring. Timing At the discretion of the Rules Committee, once a group is determined to be out of position, players in the group may be timed. Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stroke will begin when it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardages will count as time taken for the next stroke. On the putting green, timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to mark, lift, clean, and replace his ball, repair his ball mark and other ball marks on his line of putt and remove loose impediments on his line of putt. NOTE: A player is permitted 40 seconds to play a stroke, and an extra 20 seconds (for a total of 60 seconds) will be allowed for: (a) the first player to play a stroke on a par-3 hole; (b) the first player to play a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole; (c) the first player to play a third stroke on a par-5 hole; (d) the first player to play around the putting green; and (e) the first player to play on the putting green Any player in a group being timed, who exceeds the applicable time to play a stroke, will be informed as soon as practicable. Penalties During Round First Offense: One timing exceeding the applicable time to play a stroke, no penalty Second Offense: One more timing (total of two) exceeding the applicable time to play a stroke, a one (1) stroke penalty and a fine of $250.00. Third Offense: One more timing (total of three) exceeding the applicable time to play a stroke, a two (2) stroke penalty and a fine of $500.00. Fourth Offense: One more timing (total of four) exceeding the applicable time to play a stroke, disqualification from the event. NOTE: Any timing exceeding the applicable time to play will be carried over throughout the round. In the administration of these pace of play guidelines, a member of the Rules Committee shall not tolerate abuse, oral or otherwise, by a player. Such abuse may constitute conduct unbecoming a professional and possible termination from the Tour without refund. PARTNERSHIP BUYING – SELLING Partnership Program: The Grey Goose Gateway Tour will offer two players the opportunity to split a season. The two partners must be declared before the first event. Both players will be allowed to play in the Grey Goose Gateway Tour Championship. Spots may be divided in any manner. If an event is cancelled for any reason the player will receive a credit for an event played if he was registered to participate in that event. Buying/Selling of spots: A Grey Goose Gateway Tour member may sell an unlimited number of spots excluding the Tour Championship. There will be a $50.00 Transaction Fee assessed to the buyer by the Grey Goose Gateway Tour; all money collected will be donated directly to a local charity. If a player purchases two consecutive weeks then that will be considered one transaction. A non-member may buy a maximum of (2) two spots from Tour members. There will be a page on the website that will provide buyer’s and seller’s phone numbers. Please provide the Grey Goose Gateway Tour with any information you would like to have posted on the website. Please note that Official Money can only be earned by a registered Grey Goose Gateway Tour member. (Make checks payable to GGGT.) Selling of membership: A member may sell the remainder of his season provided there are at least five (5) events remaining. Once there are less than five (5) events, the member will be only selling spots. When anyone purchases the remainder of the season once the series starts, all monies won become unofficial earnings. REFUND POLICY Refund Policy: If a player is unable to participate due to medical reasons (subject to review by a Grey Goose Gateway Tour doctor), causing the field to be reduced, the purse will also be reduced. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour Director must be notified at least 24 hours in advance in order for a medical refund to be considered. If a player decides to leave the Grey Goose Gateway Tour, the tour has the right to hold the refund until a replacement has been found. Any refund is subject to a 20% administrative charge. Any reduction in the field will cause a reduction in the purse. A player has the right to sell his spot as well. • Sample Refund Formula: 85% of $18,500.00 = $15,725.00 divided by the number of play days in a series (including the Tour Championship) minus a 20% administration charge. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour is not responsible for items stolen, lost or damaged at any practice facility, host or secondary golf courses. Refunds: If a player participates in a P.G.A. Tour U.S. Open, Nationwide or European P.G.A. Tour event, then that player will receive a refund of the entry fee for that week’s Grey Goose Gateway Tour event. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour member will receive credit toward the number of events played with respect to Tour Championship eligibility if he plays in a P.G.A. Tour, Nationwide or European event instead of the Grey Goose Gateway Tour event. Fees for reissue of check: $50.00 per issue. TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP The top player from the Beach or the Desert Series, based on the Official Money List, will qualify to compete in the Grey Goose Gateway Tour Championship. The Grey Goose Gateway Tour Championship will be a 72 hole event with 40% of the field making the cut. TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATIONS TOTAL EARNINGS from Series A, Series B, and the Summer Series A player must be a member of the Tour prior to the first event of any of the above series. Partners must be declared prior to the first event of any series. Members and/or partners may buy a maximum of 2 events per series of which earnings will be unofficial money. This applies to both Florida and Arizona. Both players from a partnership may qualify for the Tour Championship. There is no minimum number of events a player is required to compete. The Beach and Desert Series will be allocated Tour Championship spots based on the total number of participants in all the Series (Winter-Spring-Summer). Total earnings may be a combination of the Beach and Desert Series. Example: A – Series in Desert B – Series in Beach C – Series in Desert Total Earnings The number of players qualifying for the Tour Championship from the Beach or Desert Series will be based on a percentage formula. Tour Championship Percentage Formula: Total number of members from the start of each Series in both Beach and Desert divided by the number of players in that section (Desert or Beach) times 120. Example: Players Beach: Series A 110 Series B 100 Summer 168 378 players from Beach Desert: Series A 90 Series B 120 Summer 130 340 players from Desert Total 718 players from both Series 378 ÷ 718 = 53% × 120 = 64 players from Beach Series 340 ÷ 718 = 47% × 120 = 56 players from Desert Series Total Players - 120 Non-Tour members who have substituted during the season are not eligible to compete in the Grey Goose Gateway Tour Championship. This includes event winners. Grey Goose Gateway Tour Policy for payment of prize money to players who make the cut but are unable to complete the tournament due to disqualification for a serious breach of the Rules of Golf or withdraw for any reason from any tournament during a series after making the cut shall be paid last place, which will be unofficial prize money.
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