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IMG Junior Golf Tour ParticipantCondition of Competition and Local Rules (Hard Card) - 2017

The Rules of the United States Golf Association govern play. See applicable Tournament Notice to Competitors, Tournament Information and tour Code of Conduct and Pace of Play Policies for additional Local Rules. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the current “Rules of Golf.” Unless otherwise provided, penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play. In the Rules of Golf, the gender used in relation to any person is understood to include both genders.


GOLF BALLS:  It is a condition of the competition that players must use a brand of ball on the current USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls. 

  • Penalty for breach of this condition is disqualification.
  • The one ball rule is NOT in effect.

DRIVER:  It is a condition of the competition that any driver the player carries must have a clubhead identified by model and loft that is named on the current USGA list of Conforming Driver Heads.

  • Penalty for carrying a non-conforming club is two strokes per hole for a maximum of four strokes per round. In match play, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a beach occurred; maximum deduction per round is two holes.
  • Penalty for using a non-conforming club is disqualification.

SUSPENDING AND RESUMING PLAY: Reference Rule 6-8, 6-8b and its note.

  • Suspension for a dangerous situation: One long prolonged siren or airhorn note.
  • All other types of suspensions (i.e. for darkness): Three consecutive airhorn notes.
  • Resumption of play: Two airhorn notes.
  • When play has been suspended for a dangerous situation, all practice facilities are deemed to be closed until declared open by the Committee.

PRACTICE BETWEEN HOLES: Practice between holes is NOT authorized in stroke play competitions. Reference Rule 7-2 and note 2.

CADDIES/GOLF CARS/PUSH CARTS:  Except when permitted by the IMG Junior Golf Tour tournament committee, players are prohibited from using caddies or golf cars without prior medical approval. Push carts (non-motorized) may be allowed with prior approval from the tour for the event and as permitted by the host facility. Players are responsible for carrying their own bag during the competitive round. In stroke play, penalty for breach of this rule is two strokes per hole, maximum of four strokes per round. In stroke play, use of any unauthorized caddie, golf car or push cart shall be discontinued immediately upon discovering that a breach has occurred. Otherwise, the player shall be disqualified. 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS:  Shoes with metal or traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition) are PROHIBITED during the stipulated round. Penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.  

RESULTS OF COMPETITION:  The competition is deemed to have closed when all scores have been approved by the Committee or a winner has been announced.

  • In stroke play, scorecards must be signed and attested before leaving the scoring area.
  • In match play, the result of a match is considered to have been “officially announced” when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.


DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN:  Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

  • Anywhere “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. 

WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH:  Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments (unless otherwise provided in the Notice to Competitors).

STONES IN BUNKERS: Stones in bunkers are deemed to be movable obstructions.

UNDUE DELAY: Reference Rule 6-7 and separate IMG Junior Golf Tour Pace of Play Policy.


  • Defined by inside edge of white stakes and/or property fence posts at ground level.  When defined by a white line, the line itself is out of bounds. 
  • The inside edge of a paved road or curb defines out of bounds. A ball that is on or beyond the road or curb is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the golf course.

ROADS AND PATHS:  Curbing and artificial materials bordering cart paths are considered part of the obstruction. White-lined areas tying into roads and paths are part of the obstruction.

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS:  Temporary Immovable Obstructions include any temporary obstruction installed for the competition including ropes and stakes surrounding any tent or structure.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Ground under repair is defined by white lines. Other areas of ground under repair, even when not marked, include:

  • French drains, which are trenches filled with rocks or stones.
  • Fire ant beds or mounds. (Note: For a player whose ball is in a water hazard and is affected by a fire ant bed or mound, see decision 1-4/10).

SOD SEAMS: Except in a hazard, sod seams (not the sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 25-1 if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams within the sodded area are considered the same seam. 

INTEGRAL PART OF THE COURSE:  Integral parts of the course are areas on the course from which relief is not granted. Integral parts of the golf course include (unless otherwise provided in the Notice to Competitors):

  • Cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees.
  • Liners in bunkers.
  • Artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF BALL ON PUTTING GREEN: Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

USGA Equipment Lists

The United States Golf Association has compiled a list of driving clubs that do not conform and golf balls that do conform. These clubs are prohibited from use in any round of golf conducted under the USGA Rules. This includes competitions conducted by the IMG Junior Golf Tour. They have also added a Conforming Driver Head list.

The IMG Junior Golf Tour will have an updated list on non-conforming drivers, conforming golf balls and conforming driver heads at the starting tee at all tournament rounds and at the registration table for shotgun rounds. It is recommended that all players check the status of their driver, golf ball and driver head prior to their round. The penalty for playing a shot with equipment not allowed by the USGA is disqualification.

Please visit the links below to make sure your equipment is within USGA standards: