Utah Golf Association Championship Information and Policies

 The following information is for all Utah Golf Association championship seasons and applies to all tournaments which are conducted by the UGA. 

The Utah Golf Association Championship program was created to offer all UGA members the opportunity to compete in state championships against players of the same ability.  As you enjoy the opportunity of competing in UGA events at various clubs throughout the state we ask that you take the time to thank the host clubs manager, professional staff and superintendent.  Without each host clubs efforts and generosities the UGA's extensive schedule would not be possible.


Player Responsibilities.  Rule 6-1 states "The player and his caddie are responsible for knowing the Rules and he conditions under which the competition is to be played." 

Eligibility. UGA Championships are open to all amateur members of the UGA in good standing who meet the tournament specific eligibility criteria.  The UGA board of governors reserves the right to reject an entry at any time (including during the competition). The Mary Lou Baker Open and Utah Senior Open are open to all UGA members regardless of amateur status. 

Tournament Registration.  All registrations must be received by the UGA with payment in full as of 4:00 pm on the date of the closing deadline (post marked registrations will not guarantee a players spot in the field). In the event of the field filling up before the entry deadline, players may be added to the wait list. The wait list will be in the order in which entries are received prior to the entry deadline. Late entries will not be accepted after the deadline.  Players will not be added to a waitlist after the deadline. Online entries are prefered as the player will be entered in the event immediately.

Oversubscribed field.  All UGA tournaments are filled in a first come first serve basis based upon the date which a registration accompanied with payment in full is received by the UGA.  If a field becomes oversubscribed a waitlist will be generated using the registration date.

Refunds and withdrawals.  If a player withdrawals prior to the registration deadline the player will receive a refund minus a $20 cancelation fee.  After the deadline the player will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be issued if a player withdraws/no-shows on the day of the event. A business day starts at 12:01 am of that day.   In team competitions, if a player needs a substitute for his original partner after the field has closed; he must arrange to get the substitute. Any substitute must meet all eligibility requirements of the specified competition. The UGA must be notified of any substitutions prior to the start of the tournament.

Age eligibility.  Senior - A player must be 50 years of age or older as of the first day of the tournament.  For those events with a super-senior category the player must be 65 years of age or older as of the first day of the tournament.  In team events, both partners must meet the meet age requirements to play in the senior division or the team must play in the open division.  A player may qualify for an event prior to his 50th birthday.  Mid-Amateur - A player must be 25 years of age or older as of the first day of the tournament.

Gender Policy -  The Utah Golf Association follows the USGA gender policy for its championships – Click Here

Handicaps.  The players USGA Handicap Index as determined through the USGA's GHIN System and will be used in the calculation of the player's course handicap for all UGA events.  If a player has multiple Handicap Indexes the lowest will be used for course handicap calculations and flight determinations.  Handicaps which are calculated using software other than the GHIN System will not be used for UGA tournament purposes.  The UGA uses the threshold limitation level for net events in section 9-2b in the USGA Handicap Manual.  All scores that are below either a -2 or -3 net differential will be reviewed by the UGA Rules Committee and be subject for modification for the remaining rounds of any UGA Championship.

Dress Code. Players and their caddies must abide by the UGA dress code for the event and by the dress code of the hosting facility. The UGA encourages neat and clean clothing, and prohibits jeans, levis, and denims. Each player is responsible to know the dress code.  Appropriate length shorts (shorts with an inseam of 5" to 13") are now acceptable for all competitors in the Utah State Amateur.

Shoes: Shall comply with the host course policy. Metal spikes are prohibited.

Students. High school or college golf team members should check with their coaches and/or their leagues governing body (UHSAA, NCAA, etc.) regarding participation and the effect, if any, on their eligibility.

Amateur Status. The UGA abides by all Rules of Amateur Status as set forth by the USGA.

Spectators. The following policies are in effect for any UGA Championship and/or qualifying events:

Spectators should maintain a reasonable distance from the players and their caddies to avoid the appearance of imparting advice or assisting the player in any way. Please walk ahead or with the group you are watching and stay in the rough or near the cart paths. Spectators must stay off the greens and out of the bunkers at all times. The use of electronic communication devices should be limited to areas where their use will not distract players on the course. Please be respectful of this policy for the benefit of ALL players. Everyone on the course must meet the dress code requirements for the course. Spectators attend UGA events at their own risk. Transportation: Generally, the use of golf carts by spectators is not permitted, please see UGA website for specific details. 

ADA Cart Requst Form Requests for a golf cart due to a permanent disability (as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which for these purposes is a permanent disability which substantially limits the ability to walk the course must follow the USGA process and procedure. All requests for a golf cart for a spectator, caddie or contestant must be submitted by the player for whom the spectator or caddie has relation in each and every championship to the UGA Director of Rules and Competitions, Jacob Miller. CLICK HERE to download the Disabilities/Cart Use Form which will guide you on the procedures for submitting all golf cart requests.

Failure to complete. In stroke play, failure by a player to return his scorecard to the scoreboard official, or withdraws during play without notifying an official and surrendering his scorecard to that official, is considered a serious breach of etiquette and unbecoming conduct. This can result in the player being suspended from future UGA events. This also applies in match play if both players leave the course without notifying the scoreboard official of the match result.

Time of Starting. Players are responsible to arrive to the tee on time. Atomic clocks provided by the UGA will be the only clocks used for the tournament. All other clocks will have no bearing for tournament activities.

No Shows. If a player fails to show up for a starting time without first contacting the UGA or host course he/she will be considered a no show.  A player who is a habitual no-show will be suspended from all future UGA events until a letter of explanation is drafted to the UGA tournament committee.

Photos/Video. By submitting an application, the player agrees to allow the UGA to use the player's photographic/video image for any UGA media related use.

Liability. By submitting an entry form and subsequently playing in a UGA event, players agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the UGA and its respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, and assigns from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities and losses, including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees and costs and expenses of litigation, arising out of any act of God, negligent act or omission of the indemnifying party in connection with this competition. Contingent upon successful entry into this tournament the participant agrees to all conditions, policies, procedures and terms set forth in this booklet.

Rules of Golf and Conditions of Play.  The Rules of Golf 2016 govern play.  The Local Rules and Conditions of Competitions for Utah Golf Association Tournaments and Championships (UGA Hard Card) and any site specific notice to players will supplement the Rules of Golf.  Host course local rules are not applicable, unless they are specifically listed on the notice to players.  The committee, whose decision is final, shall settle any questions.

Group Pace of Play policy. The Utah Golf Association utilizes a group pace of play policy in all stroke play rounds of our championships as authorized by Rule 6-7, Undue Delay; Slow Play.  When group penalties are in effect for a qualifying or championship round each player will receive a course specific time sheet explaining the event's policy times and parameters.  The policy's goal is to reduce the average round time in all UGA events, thereby increasing the satisfaction level of all participants.  The UGA policy will closely model similar policies already in effect throughout the country including the one that is used by the USGA in their amateur championships. The UGA has put the Group Check Point Pace of Play Policy into effect. Each group has a predetermined amount of time to complete each 9 holes. Time for ball searches, rulings, and walking time between holes is included in the allotted time. When a group is out of position upon completion of its first 9 holes, each player in the group is subject to a one stroke penalty. When a group is out of position upon completion of its second 9 holes, each player in the group is subject to a penalty of one stroke for a first breach or a penalty of two strokes for a second breach (making a total of three penalty strokes after a second breach in the same round). Penalty strokes apply to the 9th or 18th hole or to both should there be a second breach. The Committee will have officials on the course to verify the times of the groups by using the atomic clocks provided by the UGA. Before returning his scorecard, a player may appeal pace of play penalties to the Committee. An appeal will be considered only if: (A) the player was delayed by the Committee; or (B) the player was delayed by a circumstance beyond control of the player or the group; or (C) the player was delayed by another player in the group.

UGA 40-Second Pace of Play Policy: CLICK HERE for an explanation of the UGA 40-Second Pace of Play Policy.

Electronic Measuring Devices. The UGA Rules and Tournament Committees have approved the use of distance-measuring devices by Local Rule in all UGA Championships.
UGA Local Rule for Distance-Measuring Devices: A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of rule 14-3.

UGA Championship Cart Policy. Carts are permitted in all UGA Championships, unless otherwise noted on the event's notice to competitors, and may be included in the entry fee for a selection of UGA tournaments. A limit of 2 carts per group will be enforced. Caddies may ride with competitors as long as caddies do not take the seat of another competitor. If a competitor and his/her caddie wish to ride alone, they may do so with permission of the host course as long as they do not exceed the 2 carts per group rule. Please note that a fee may be incurred for the additional seat in the cart at the course's discretion. Please note the definition of caddie and equipment when using carts. If a course's hosting agreement requires paying cart fees, players may still walk and/or use a caddie.  All drivers must have a valid driver's license. All players, both walkers and riders, are required to maintain the pace set for the competition. Spectators are not authorized to ride in a player's cart.

Score Posting. For handicap purposes, the UGA will post all applicable UGA tournament scores to the GHIN handicap service. In most match play or four-ball events, players are required to return a scorecard with actual or most likely scores for holes played (when a stroke or hole is conceded, or when a player picks up). Holes not played will be scored at par plus any handicap strokes. The computer will calculate this automatically, allowing the score to be posted.

Caddies. Players may bring their own caddie. UGA dress code and conduct requirements apply to caddies. Caddies are not necessarily extended all the courtesies of the host golf club.


Utah State Amateur Policies and Information

The following policies and information supplement the above UGA policies for the State Amateur.

State Amateur Qualifying.  A player may only register for and compete in one of the available qualifiers.  If a player fails to advance to the championship proper he will not be eligible to compete at another site.  Please note that all qualifying sites are limited to the first 84 players, if a players' desired site it full he may choose to be placed on the wait list (determined in registration date order) or he may register for another site on a space available basis.  Players will not be placed on a wait list if they are currently active in another qualifying field.

Qualifying ties:  There will be playoffs immediately following play at each site to determine the final qualifying spots.  Players must be present, ties will not be taken.

State Am alternate information.  Two alternates will be determined from each qualifying location.  Alternate order will be determined by 1) the playoff for the final spot, or 2) a playoff for the two alternate positions. If the alternates are not present for the playoff they will be determined by a scorecard playoff using the USGA recommended method (back 9 total score; if still tied total of last six holes; if still tied total of last three holes; if still tied last hole score; if still tied order will be determined by lot).  Please note that in the instance of a two tee start the back 9 means holes #10-18 regardless of the players starting hole.  Sites will also be ranked in random order for the championship allocation schedule in the event that an exempt player withdrawals from the championship.  Once the alternate order is selected players will be contacted by a UGA staff member if a spot becomes available.

How alternates will advance to the Championship:

1)       If a player qualifies for the State Amateur and subsequently withdrawals the next available alternate from that players qualifying location will be selected.  If the two alternates from the players qualifying location are unavailable or have already been placed in the field the next available alternate on the championship allocation will be selected.

2)       In the case that an exempt player withdrawals from the championship the first available alternate from the championship allocation schedule will be selected.

State Am Cart Policy. Carts are permitted to be used during play of both the Qualifying Event and the Tournament Proper through the Round of 16 matches.   All drivers must have a valid driver's license. All players, both walkers and riders, are required to maintain the pace set for the competition. Spectators are not authorized to ride in a player's cart. The Quarter-Final stage through the Final stage will be walking only for contestants and caddies.  * The UGA reserves the right to adjust this policy at any stage of the championship.

Stroke Play Qualifying through the Round of 16 in Match Play:  Automotive transportation is permissible for players and caddies during these rounds of the competition.  Each pairing group will be limited to no more than two carts per group.  Players will have priority over caddies in regards to use of the golf cart.

Match Play Quarterfinals through the Final Match:  Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round starting unless authorized by the Committee during these rounds of the competition. The optional condition prescribed in Appendix I of The Rules of Golf will be in effect. Requests for a golf cart due to a permanent disability (as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which for these purposes is a permanent disability which substantially limits the ability to walk the course must follow the USGA process and procedure. All requests for a golf cart for a caddie must be submitted by the player for whom the caddie is working in each and every championship.  Requests directly from a caddie will not be accepted.  CLICK HERE to download the Disabilities/Cart Use Form which will guide you on the procedures for submitting all golf cart requests. All required information must be submitted in writing to UGA Director of Rules and Competitions Jacob Miller within five business days of submitting your entry application. Phone submissions not accepted. Requests due to temporary injuries or impairments will not be granted.  In the event of a change in your medical condition or your caddie's, which occurs subsequent to submission of the entry application, written submission of all documentation must be received by the UGA no later than 7 days before the qualifier or championship proper as applicable. At certain qualifying sites, there may be carts available only for caddies on a first-come, first-served basis (See schedule). Except as noted in the preceding sentence, cart availability for caddies and/or for players at any stage are available only for those who have complied with the USGA process and the procedures noted in the above referenced link, and have met all of the USGA requirements to demonstrate a permanent disability that prevents the person from walking the course.

State Am Dress Code. Golf shirts (including mock neck) are required.  Players may wear golf shorts of the appropriate length.  No tank-tops, t-shirts, denim, levis, or sandal style golf shoes are allowed.  All other dress codes which have been dictated by the club must be adhered to.  These rules apply to all levels of the state amateur including regional qualifying.





 The Spirit of the Game

Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.

The Utah Golf Association’s conduct policy is in force before, during and after (prior to the time the competitor leaves the site of the competition) a competition conducted by the Utah Golf Association.  This policy is also in force whenever and wherever a competitor is representing or sponsored by the UGA at a state, regional, national or international championship.

Conduct that is detrimental to the spirit of the game and its overriding principle that consideration should be shown to others during the defined times and at the defined places is in violation of this policy.  Such detrimental conduct includes but is not limited to: 

  • Cheating
  • Destruction, abuse, or theft of host site or host organization property
  • Abusive language or conduct toward the UGA, host association staff, competition volunteers, or other players
  • Club throwing
  • Physical endangerment of others, including spectators
  • Alcohol or substance impaired behavior
  • Other conduct of in violation of the spirit of the game

 A player is responsible for the conduct of his or her caddie.  One or more of the following sanctions may be imposed for a violation of this policy: 

  • Oral warning
  • Written warning
  • Disqualification from the competition pursuant to Rule 33-7
  • Suspension from UGA Championships with duration of the suspension to be determined by the UGA Board of Directors
  • Revocation of UGA Membership to be determined by UGA Board of Directors
  • Prohibition representing the UGA at any traveling team event as determined by the UGA Board of Directors
  • Report to the USGA for any action it deems appropriate.