SSMGA Bylaws

                                                                                                   THE LADY BIRD JOHNSON

SUPER SENIOR MEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

GUIDELINES AND RULES OF PLAY

Guidelines

(Effective January 2012 w/clarifications)

1. Officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, Immediate Past President.  The office of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined to read Secretary/Treasurer.

2. The term of office shall be a minimum of one year which shall be from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

3. ANNUAL DUES. The annual Membership Dues for the Super Senior Men’s Golf Association are $10.00 and shall not be prorated.

4. If needed, the President may appoint committees to perform certain functions for the organization. The Committee could be an individual or group, consisting of a Chairman and two or more members selected by the Chairman. A Committee Chairman may not serve as a member of other committees.

5. Proposed Guidelines & Rules changes may be presented to members prior to the end of the year. They will be voted on at a January meeting, and will be in effect until the end of the year or longer.

6. The Association shall have a general membership meeting prior to the end of the year to nominate and elect officers for the next term.

7. The President may conduct additional meetings during the year at his discretion or by request of a majority of the membership for matters other than rule changes.

8. Members of the Super Senior Men’s Golf Association (SSMGA) shall be any male 55 years or older.

9. Members of the Association must have a legitimate LBJ Golf Club Handicap and must be a paid member of the SSMGA prior to competing in any of the Association’s competitions.

10. The Association and its members shall abide by the USGA Rules of Golf and Local Rules that have been adopted by the membership.

11. Regular play-day and Tournament play – members will use the WHITE TEES. Players who reach the age of 80 or older may, at their choosing, play from the RED TEES. This rule also applies to CLOSEST TO THE PIN. If a person chooses to play from the red tees, he must re-establish his handicap from the red tees before playing in a SSMGA competition. Those who wish to play from the BLUE TEES may do so as long as they note this on the score card.

12. Tournaments and play days will have tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. from October 1 until May 1. 8:30 a.m. will be the tee times from May 1 until October 1.

13. Entry fee for tournaments will be $10.00 paid at registration. Six dollars of the entry will be prize money to be used at the course and maintained by the pro-shop. $4.00 will be “skin” monies to be paid in cash.

13A. For tournaments and playdays there will be two “closest to the pin” for $1.00 each. This is an optional fee.

14. Tournaments will be flighted when feasible.

15. The format for the mid-season Championship will be stroke play. It will be flighted using 100% of handicaps to determine net winners. The entry fee will be $20.00 for the two day tournament with an additional $4.00 for “Closest to the Pin”. $12.00 of the entry fee will be prize money and $8.00 for skins. ($4.00 each day) Winners will be determined by two day net scores and the prize distribution will be the same percentages as other tournaments. A two day Gross Champion and a two day Low Net Champion can come from any flight and will receive a special award.

16. In order to participate in the Mid-Year Club Championship Tournament, a player must have an established handicap at The LBJ Golf Club and have played a minimum of four (4) SSMGA Tournaments during the preceding twelve (12) month period.

17.  All tournaments and playdays will use 100% of the handicaps.

18. All putts must be holed on all play-days and tournaments unless the format is match play when they may be conceded by the opponents. (No gimmes or inside the leather!)

19. There will be no mulligans!

20. All scorecards must be SIGNED, by the Official Scorer. After the scorecard is surrendered to the TOURNAMENT or PLAY-DAY Scorer for posting and an error is discovered, the affected player shall be notified to correct the error and re-submit the score card for posting.

21. If at the cut off time for signing up for a two man tournament, there are an odd number of players, the last person on the signup sheet may play against the field if the tournament format allows. In addition, if a playing partner cancels after teams have been set, the remaining player may play against the field, if the tournament format allows. The affected player can also opt for a blind draw, if the format allows. If these fail, he may play regular golf and not be a part of the tournament.

  1. Blind Draw

When we have a team tournament and one of the players fails to show-up, the remaining player(s) may choose to play in the tournament using a blind draw. The blind draw is performed by selecting at least 3 score cards at the finish of the tournament from players with a like handicap of the missing player. The player will blindly select one of these score cards as his partner. The final score of the player and blind draw partner will be totaled for a tournament score.

The prize moneys won on a blind draw will be divided between the player(s) and the SSMGA. The blind draw partner is NOT eligible for prize money on a blind draw. The remaining portion on any prize money will be added to the skin’s money and shared accordingly with the winners of any skins. The player(s) will be eligible to win the full amount of any skin money. Should there be some issue at the time of a blind draw, the final decision will be determined by the SSMGA officers.

22. Score Card Playoffs shall be conducted in accordance with Appendix 1 sub paragraph (c) on page 124 or the USGA Rules of Golf. “If a play-off of any type is not feasible, matching score cards should be announced in advance and should also provide what will happen if this procedure does not produce a winner. An acceptable method of matching the cards is to determine the winner on the basis of the best score for the last nine holes. If the tying players have the same score for the last nine, determine the winner on the basis of the last nine, last three holes and finally the 18th hole. If this method is used in a competition with a multiple tee start, it is recommended that the “last nine holes, last six holes, etc.” is considered to be holes 10-18 13-18 etc.”

23. Prize distribution will be based on the number of entrants:

Less than 20 players/team: Three places, 50%, 30%, and 20%

21 to 24 players/team: Four places, 44%, 26%, 18%, and 12%

25 to 30 players/team: Five places, 35%, 23%, 18%, 14%, and 10%

31 to 35 players/team: Six places: 30%, 20%, 17%, 14%, 11% and 8%

36+ players: Seven places: 25%, 18%, 16%, 14%, 11%, 9% and 7%

  1. Flighted Tournament Prize Distribution

The prize money on flighted tournaments will be divided between the flights based on the number of teams or players in each flight. If there are 10 teams or players in each flight, the awards will be 50/50. If there are an unequal number of players in each flight, the prize moneys will be divided on a percentage basis, 60/40, etc.

                                                                                             SSMGA Local Rules

2012

1. During all events, (regular play-day or tournaments), a SSMGA player shall get relief from a ball lying in “rocks” (other than a marked hazard), after receiving concurrence from his playing competitor.

2. If a player’s tee shot from the #3 Tee fails to clear the hazard, he may, at his discretion, hit his next shot from the 250 Yard Marker. He will be considered lying (3) and hitting his fourth (4th) shot.

2A. Number 3 now has a “Drop Area” marked across the hazard. If the player chooses he may use the designated drop area and be laying (2) and hitting (3).

3. When course conditions warrant a change, the president can declare “Lift, clean, & place” or winter rules. “One club length” will be the accepted measure for these and other situations such as in a scramble, select drive, etc.

3A (lift, clean, & place” or winter rules) USGA lists this action as “Preferred Lies” and “Winter Rules”. In the description the same USGA rules apply. In part, the USGA rule reads, “Before lifting the ball, player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on the putting green.”

3B SSMGA “Winter Rules” would apply to mown areas through to Green.

4. If a ball hit into the “Primitive Area” between hole number 3 or 5 (up by the windmill and the pickup cab) cannot be found, the affected player may take a drop as he would in hitting into a hazard with a 1 stroke penalty. NOTE: (Refer to Local LBJ rules for this area.)

4A. Delete “cannot be found” and change to the word “may” to “must”.

5. If a ball comes to rest in the roped area on the left side of #5 fairway, (the drainage culvert), a free drop is afforded as this is considered ground under repair.

6. Abide by other local rules as posted by the Director of Golf at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course.

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