The BPGT Tour was founded in 2018 to provide quality golf events for Amateurs and Professionals in the Bahamas. While most events are operated at the national level, all events will strive to provide a unique golf experience for the amateur participants, in a professional atmosphere in compliance with USGA and R&A regulations, which allows players of all skill levels to compete. The BPG Tour’s pro-am structured events will provide competitive pro payouts that are at least equal to the professional entry fees, allow for professional and amateur friendly formats, and be conducted in a professional and exemplary manner.
A. CODE OF CONDUCT
- The BPG Tour will maintain a strict no-tolerance policy on any behavior unbecoming of a professional. Professionals are expected to treat all amateurs and fellow professionals with courtesy and respect at all times.
- This is a Pro-Am based tour that relies on the amateur’s participation and enjoyment as well as the professional’s skill and conduct.
- Conduct such as verbal abuse of any players, volunteers, or staff; vulgar language, club throwing, or damage to the golf course or golf course property is considered a violation. Violations also include the use of any alcohol on the course during competition, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs, cheating, withdrawing without good cause, improper dress, not maintaining financial responsibility, and any other unprofessional behavior. Violations could result in penalty shots, fines, and/or disqualification from one or all events conducted by the BPGT Tour.
- Any serious violations, as determined by the Executive Director and/or the Executive Committee can result in automatic suspension and fines at any time. The length of any suspension shall be determined by the BPG Tour Executive Director. If a course(s) has been damaged due to a violation the cost of repairing the damage must be paid in addition to any fines. Any disputes will be decided by the Executive Director in which his/her decision will be final.
- The BPG Tour will honor the suspension of any professional by BPGT, USGA and R&A governing body.
- Players are expected to adhere to the Rules of Golf at all times and protect the field from those who do not.
B. DRESS CODE
Slacks are required, however, on a site-by-site basis, Bermuda length shorts may be allowed. In the case of extreme heat or humidity the Tournament Director has the option to allow shorts at his/her discretion. No denim is permitted. All shirts must reflect appropriate attire, preferably collar shirts or mock turtleneck golf shirts, and must be tucked in at all times. Tee-shirts are not permitted. All hats must be worn forward.
C. ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The use of cell phones is prohibited on the golf course except for emergencies or to contact the host golf shop. I-Pods or other like devices will only be permitted on the practice areas before and after tournament rounds. They are not allowed during competition.
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a competition round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), all of those features must be turned off. If a player does not turn those features off the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
D. ENTRY FEE POLICY
Players may enter events on-line through the BPG Tour website (www BPGT.org when available) or in person. All players wishing to play any event on the BPG Tour must register to do so. Membership to the tour is voluntary and shall offer discounted entry fees along with other benefits.
It is a Code of Conduct violation to not maintain financial responsibility including the payment of entry fees.
E. PROFESSIONAL REFUND POLICY
Any professional withdrawing from an event outside 5 days prior to the official start of the event will be refunded his entire entry fee for that event. The Tour handling fee will not be refunded. Tour handling fee is $20.00
Any professional withdrawing from an event from 5 days to 48 hours prior to the official start of the event will be subject to a $50 minimum administration fee plus the Tour handling fee.
Any professional withdrawing inside the 48 hour window prior to the official start of the event will forfeit his entire entry fee.
Refunds will be made after the event is concluded.
A player will be subject to a possible Code of Conduct violation if he withdraws from an event without good cause within 48 hours of the event’s start. A player no-showing for an event is subject to a Code of Conduct violation and may not be refunded any of his entry fees.
F. EXEMPT PROFESSIONAL POLICY
The top-3 players from the previous year’s Bonus Points List will be exempt players. This allows them special exemptions from qualifying at events with qualifiers. Each event’s exempt list will include the top 3 players from the previous year’s Bonus Points List, the top 3 place winners from the previous year, all previous winners from that event., and the top 3 from current points list.
Other sponsor exemptions are extended at the discretion of each tournament.
G. CARTS AND CADDIES
All players are permitted to use golf carts or pull/push carts. Two carts per foursome and two people per cart are allowed. Caddies may ride based on availability; players have priority on riding. All carts must be kept on the path around all tees and greens and will abide by the golf course’s cart policy; failure to do so will subject the professional to a possible fine. Walking is allowed as long as the event’s pace of play guidelines are being followed.
H. PROFESSIONAL PAYOUT GUIDELINES
Each event may distribute the professional purse using a fair and equitable payout distribution. The following guidelines will be adhered to by all events when determining the distribution:
- Due to the quantity of professional players in the Bahamas, the 3rd place finish will receive at least 100% of the Professional entry fee which will be paid back. Any additional sponsor’s money may be added to the purse and distributed as the tournament director and sponsors see fit.
- Last place money must equal 1% of the professional purse or the professional entry fee, whichever is greater. In the event of a tie for the last place check, the overall total paid to all who tied for that place must at least be equal to one of the above options.
- Only the top three (3) of the professional starting field will be paid. (See item 3 in Tournament Guidelines below).
- The posted professional purse may be reduced due to late tournament withdrawals that are not filled, unless the purse is guaranteed.
I. REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALIFYING FOR THE BONUS POOL
- Players must participate in 80% of the major events (2 and/or 3 day events) during the current season to qualify for the bonus pool.
J. TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES
The following guidelines are to ensure consistency from tournament to tournament and shall be followed by each event:
- USGA/R&A Rules of Golf govern all play except where modified by the Local Rules. An events’ Local Rules should be
posted/published before the start of the event.
- The USGA 2017 CONFORMING CLUB rule WILL be enforced. For a list of conforming equipment please check the USGA
website data base at: www.usga.org/InfoClubsDB/index.asp
- Hole locations sheets are available at the Tournament Directors’ option.
- Multi-day events shall ensure that players have at least one morning and one afternoon starting time during the first two days (unless using a single shotgun). If using multi-tee waves each player shall start at least once on #1 tee and once on #10 tee during the first two days.
- A method for breaking 1st place ties will be by playoff.
- A policy for weather delays and round cancellations should be posted/published before the start of the event. Rain-out Policy: In the event of a rain suspension, subsequent play – whether on that day or a following day – will be decided by the Tournament Committee. If a complete rain-out occurs on the final day of the event, all of that day’s play will be cancelled and the payout will be distributed according to the standings prior to the round.
- The golf course will be marked appropriately prior to the start of the event, including water hazards, ground-under-repair, out-of-bounds, ball drops, etc. These areas should be marked with stakes and/or appropriately colored lines and be clearly visible to eliminate any potential Rules problems.
- Any purses to be paid should be posted/published with a breakdown of the payment to each place. This can be done after the final field has been determined.
- Pace of Play policy, Rules committee members, and how Rules appeals will be handled should be posted/published.
- Committee of each event will prepare its own pairings for professionals and amateurs. Professionals should be paired with amateurs based on their ability to interact positively with the amateurs, as well as their potential playing ability. Tournament Directors do not have to put a “veteran” or “highly skilled” professional with an amateur team if the Director does not feel that the professional can interact positively with the amateurs and help them to have an enjoyable experience.
- Scoring should be done in a timely manner and be posted in a public place for all participants to view.
- Scoring should be published via the BPGT Golf website during or immediately after each players’ round.
- A final list of all participants must be sent to the Executive Director with the final results.
- The fees to be paid to the BPGT Tour are as follows;
- Major Events (2 and/or 3 day tournaments): $350.00 plus $20 (tour Handling Fee) for each professional
- One-Day tournaments: $200.00 for each professional.
- This fee should be paid within 7 days of the close of each tournament.
- The professional players BPG Tour Membership fee is $200 for the season. A membership fee of $100.00 is available for
those professionals that are going to play only one event. Playing in a second event will require the payment of the full membership fee.
- A universal sign-up cutoff date for exempt players will be used. That date will be 15 days prior to the 1st day of the event.
Exempt players will be guaranteed a spot in the field if they are in good standing with the tour and the tournament, and register and pay by this date. If they register after this date they lose the exempt privilege for that event.
- On-line registration for 2018 exempt status players will begin on January 1, 2019. On-line registration for all others will open on January 15, 2019.
The Tour Championship event will award 25% more points than a standard Major event. IE: 500 point to win becomes 625, etc.
2018-19 Bonus Point Table
- FORMAT: Each tournament is a 18-hole stroke play event. There will be separate divisions for Professionals and Amateur levels. USGA/R&A Rules will apply.
- TEES: Each participant will play from the tees designated on their individual scorecard.
- Pros play from the BEAR (back) Tees
- Amateurs play from the ROYAL BLUE (Forward) tees
- THE ONE BALL RULE IS IN EFFECT: Rules 15-1 and 15-2 explain that the player must complete play of the hole with the ball with which he began the hole unless he is proceeding under a Rule 5-3 that permits him to substitute a ball. The player may change balls between the play of two holes as well. The ball must appear on the USGA Conforming Ball List
- All Players must have an identification or mark on their ball. Must be showed to all other players in the group.
- Rule 3-3 Doubt as to procedure: In stroke play only, when during play of a hole a competitor is doubtful of his rights or procedure, he/she may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. After the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action, the competitor must 1) announce to his marker or a fellow-competitor that he intends to play two balls and 2) which ball he wishes to count if the Rules permit. The player MUST report the facts of the situation to the Rules Committee before returning his score card. If he/she fails to do so he/she is disqualified.
- STARTING TIME: The player must start at the time established by the Committee. … if the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after his starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play instead of disqualification.” (Rule 6-3a) 03.
- SCORECARDS must be exchanged with the other cart for tournament scoring purposes. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
- PACE OF PLAY: Players are expected to keep up with the group in front of them and should play in 4 hours and 15 minutes. The BGPT Slow Play policy will be in effect.
- EMBEDDED BALL: “Through the green”, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole.
- IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Paved cart paths, irrigation control boxes, rock drainage areas, and restrooms are immovable obstructions. The competitor is entitled to free relief from these areas.
- CELL PHONES: Except for emergencies, cell phone use during a stipulated round is prohibited. First offense- Warning; Second Offense- Disqualification.
- ELECTRONIC MEASURING DEVICES: Electronic Measuring Devices are permitted for this competition. Those devices that measure wind and/or slope are not permitted even with those functions turned off. Penalty for breach is disqualification.
- OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by a) nearest inside points of fenced lines (no white stakes) ground level b) any and c) the inside edge of all public roads. The player must proceed under Rule 27-1.
Rule 27-1. If a ball is lost as a result of not being found or identified as his by the player within five minutes after the player’s side or his or their caddies have begun to search for it, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played.Exception: If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball, that has not been found, has been moved by an outside agency, is in an obstruction, is in an abnormal ground condition, or is in a water hazard, the player may proceed under the applicable rule.
- SCORING: Each players Scorecards must be signed, attested, and returned to the official scoring area immediately following the completion of the player’s round. Scores are official when the player leaves the designated scoring area.
- SUSPENSION OF PLAY: Signaled by a long air horn blasts. Players in the process of playing a hole may complete the hole. Players in between the play of two holes must stop play immediately.
- SUSPENSION OF PLAY OF DANGEROUS SITUATION: Signaled by a long air horn blast. In addition, all players are informed of the suspension through cart’s GPS. All play must cease immediately. All practice areas are closed during a suspension of play, until the Committee has declared them open again.
- RESUMPTION OF PLAY: Signaled by two short consecutive air horn blasts.
Local rules and Conditions of Competition
TEES: See scorecard for designated tee and hole assignment.
STROKE LIMIT: No stroke limit, Players picking up ball must make corrections before the next shot. If the next shot is hit without correction made, the player is disqualified.
BUNKERS: If a player’s ball comes to rest in a washout or casual water area in the bunker, the player is allowed free relief inside the bunker no closer to the hole. If there is no option to drop the ball, the player is allowed to drop outside of the bunker under penalty of one stroke no closer to the hole.
TIES: In the event of a stroke play tie for first place in each division, there will be a playoff starting at hole #10. Also, if there is a tie for first in the “Team Score” the tie will be broken by a count back of team aggregate score.
RULES COMMITTEE: – Dr. Cornel Collins, Dion Godet, Andy Deiro