New Braunfels Golf Association

By-Laws

Revised

1.      ASSOCIATION RULES:

1.1.   According to the Constitution and By‑Laws of the New Braunfels Golf Association, the following rules will govern all association tournaments.

1.2.   All tournaments will be conducted according to USGA and existing Landa Park Golf course rules unless modified by a vote of the membership.

1.3.   The Tournament Chairman should be responsible for ALL tournament activities and, with assistance from one or more members of the Board of Directors will be the sole authority on any rules dispute arising out of tournament play.

1.4.   In the event play is cancelled, regular Saturday tournaments will be declared complete if ALL players complete NINE holes. ADDED MONEY tournaments will be complete if ALL players complete EIGHTEEN holes.

1.5.   To participate in any New Braunfels Golf Association tournament, the individual must be a member of the Association, with the exception of out‑of‑town guests who are allowed to play once a quarter; however, members have priority over guests to play.

1.6.   In “pick your partner” tournaments, one partner must have an established Association handicap.

1.7.   Guests are allowed to play on Saturday tournaments using 80% of an established handicap but not to exceed a maximum of 36.4

1.8.   New members are eligible for team prize money and CTP prizes. Members become eligible for individual prizes upon completing five rounds of tournament play. New members are also eligible immediately for the individual LOW GROSS prize since this does not involve handicap All individual prizes requiring handicap will require playing a minimum of FIVE rounds and the establishment of a NBGA handicap.

1.9.   An individual joining the NBGA who has an established handicap with the Landa Park Legends will be eligible immediately for all tournament prizes and will given an adjusted initial handicap of their Legends handicap PLUS one stroke until an NBGA handicap has been established.

1.10.  New members joining the Association on tournament days will be allowed to play that day only if an opening is available. Current members have priority.

1.11.     If an individual "rejoins" the association after his membership has elapsed he will be eligible for individual prizes only if he was a member in the previous year with an established handicap or an official GHIN handicap. Otherwise he must regain his eligibility by playing in five tournaments.

1.12.     Handicaps will calculated using the USGA handicap method requiring a minimum of five tournament rounds to establish a handicap, using 100% of full differential and the lowest 10 scores out of the last 20. No plus handicaps will be assigned.

1.13.     Only NBGA tournament scores will be allowed for handicap calculations

1.14.     The Handicap Chairman will decide if members are to be dropped from the handicap list if annual dues are not paid.

1.15.     Maximum handicap index  allowed for Association tournaments is 36.4

1.16.     Members will sign up for each Saturday tournament by 9 AM Friday day morning with pairings to be complete on Friday morning.

1.17.     Members cannot play any hole on the course prior to the tournament on tournament days.

1.18.  Members age 65 and older may choose to play from the white or blue tees regardless of index. Members with index's greater than 10 may play from either blue or white tees. Members under the age of 65 with an index of 10.0 or less must play from thee blue tees. A change in tees must be done the first week  in January or July and is locked in for a period of six months, (January - June and July - December).

1.18.1 Anyone 70 years or older regardless of handicap would have the option of playing from the gold tees beginning January 19, 2013.

1.18.2. Ladies playing in an Association tournament will play from the White Tee Markers.

1.19.     Out of courtesy and smooth play be at the course 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tee time failure to do so may result in disqualification or replacement by an alternate player. Members failing call and cancel or show up for scheduled tee times on Saturday after pairings have been completed will be required to pay the $10 tournament entry fee This may be waived at the discretion‑of the Tournament Director

1.20.     Added Money Tournaments Each quarter the Tournament Director will schedule added money tournaments. To participate in an added money tournament, Each player will be assessed one dollar, ($2.00) for each round short of playing 100% of the tournaments conducted since the last added money tournament. Any ACTIVE member with an ESTABLISHED handicap who is currently eligible to compete for individual prizes in the regular Saturday Association tournaments and who has played in at least ONE Saturday tournament since the last added money tournament is eligible for the Added Money tournament. The number of places paid per flight will be based upon the number of players in the flight at the start of play on day one. (less than ten players, 3 places, 11‑ 12 players pays four places... 13‑15 players pays five places) The Tournament Director will make every attempt to limit the handicap difference between the lowest and highest handicap in each flight to a maximum of seven strokes.

1.21.     In the event of a tie the Tournament Chairman will determine the winner by applying the USGA tie breaker method. The winner of the #1 handicap hole will determine which team/individual has the lowest score. If that is also tied the #2 handicap hole will be used etc. until a winner was determined.

1.22.     Tournament payout schedule established. May 26, 2004 (Note: copy posted on bulletin board and in tournament results binder)

1.23.  The tournament director may:

1.23.1.  decide if Closest to the Pin prizes will be awarded during a tournament and who is eligible for the CTP prize on each par 3 hole. .

1.23.2.  decide for an individual tournaments, how the ball is to be played.

1.23.3.  use discretion in assigning early or late tee times if requested by a member.

1.23.4.  place any cash not claimed within sixty days in the ADDED MONEY fund.

1.24.  During all tournaments unless otherwise announced by the Tournament Chairman:

1.24.1.  players may change balls on the putting green.

1.24.2.  players will play the ball as it lies everywhere.

1.24.3.  in the event of bad weather or course conditions the Tournament Director may override rule 1.24.2 through the green with the exception of hazards

1.25.  Score cards will be dated, signed by the scorekeeper and one other person for verification. Failure may result in disqualification.

1.26.  Low gross will be paid for each Saturday tournament ($ 10) with 30 or more players.

1.27.  Hole In One prize will be capped at $500. If two more individuals Is have a hole‑in‑one on the same Saturday, they will each receive $300 or share equally the amount of the hole‑in‑one fund if less than $1000. Any member making a hole‑in‑one on either a temporary green OR from a temporary tee box will not be eligible for the Association's. Only Association members are eligible for the Hole In One prize.

1.28. Any member not completing a tournament round in team play with out just cause will forfeit all moneys for that round and the right to play in the next added money tournament. The affected team will be allowed a blind draw to complete their card. The NBGA Officers will determine just cause.

 

 

2.      LOCAL COURSE RULES

2.1.   The fourteen-club rule is waived for all Association tournaments.

2.2.   Distance measuring devices may be used in accordance with USGA decision 14-3/0.5 (adopted 10/15/05)

2.3.   Out‑of‑bounds. When out‑of‑bounds is fixed by stakes, fence, wall or street curbing, the out‑of‑bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points of the stakes, fence posts. Wall or curb at ground level: The line is deemed to extend vertically upwards. A ball is out‑of‑bounds when all of it lies out‑of‑bounds.

2.4.   Relief from cart path Cart path relief is from a designated path only, one club length.

2.5.   Relief from wire cages  Stance, swing and line of sight relief from wire cages used to protect small trees will be granted, one club length

2.6.   Ball striking elevated wires A ball striking power/telephone poles, lines or guy wires must be replayed.

2.7. Relief from an out of bounds cable, no greater than one club lengths not nearer the hole, is granted during all Association tournaments.

2.8.   Interference by obstruction Moveable obstruction may be removed. Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction or so close that the obstruction interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing. The fact that an immovable obstruction (with the exception of power poles on 7, 13, & 18) is in the line of play is not, of itself, interference and line of sight relief is not granted. Swing and stance relief from an obstruction is obtained by lifting or dropping within one club length of the point, no nearer the hole which avoids the obstruction.

2.9.   Hole # 2 When hitting into water behind #2 green a two club length drop will be made left or right of point of entry, no closer than the two club lengths to the hole. All the area outside the fringe of the green is considered rough. Free drop from casual water behind green. (casual water is located on right side of large trees at left rear of the green.) If your  ball enters the water hazard between the fairway and the green either from the front or from hitting the bank or some other object and rolling back into the hazard and can not be played as it lies. Under penalty of one stroke the ball can (a) be replayed from point from which the original ball was last hit or (b) be dropped behind the water hazard keeping the point where the ball last entered the hazard directly between the hole and the drop point. (reference USGA rule 26‑1.).

2.10. Hole #2 and 4  The retaining walls bordering the water hazard on holes 2 and 4 are considered an Immovable Obstruction. Swing and stance relief from an obstruction is obtained by lifting or dropping within one club length of the nearest point of relief , no nearer the hole which avoids the obstruction.

2.11.  Hole #4 When hitting into water behind #4 green a two club length drop will be made left or right of point of entry, no closer than the two club lengths to the hole. All the area outside the fringe of the green is considered rough. If ball enters the water hazard between the fairway and the green either from the front or from hitting the bank or some other object and rolling back into the hazard; see the applicable paragraph set forth under hole #2 above.

2.12.  Hole #5  Fence posts on left are out‑of‑bounds markers.

2.13.  Hole #6  Fence posts on left are out‑of‑bounds markers.

2.14.  Hole #7 Power poles in right fairway are immovable obstructions, relief for stance is granted and line of sight is granted, (two club lengths)

2.15.  Hole #9 Relief from cart path left and behind #9 green is permitted, no closer to the hole. Exception: when ball is on cart path      and next to out‑of‑bounds wall, no relief is permitted. Out‑of‑bounds is defined by white stakes behind #10 tee and by the rock wall between the cart path and either the parking lot, the cart path or the rock garden across the cart path.

2.16.  Hole #10 If a ball lie or be lost in the water hazard, the player may drop a ball under penalty of one, stroke either; (a) behind the hazard keeping the spot where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard between himself and the hole; or (b) in the designated drop area (located to the right side of the ladies' tee or (c) as near as possible to the spot from which the original ball was played.

2.17.  Hole #11 White stakes, right side of fairway, are immovable obstructions. Free relief when they interfere with stance or swing.

2.18.   Power poles in right rough are immovable obstructions, relief for stance is granted and line of sight is granted, (two club lengths)

2.19.  Hole #14 Ball in ditches and crevices in left rough will be played as it lies. The brush piles in the left rough are considered “ground under repair” . A free drop will be granted in a drop zone at the 150 yard marker and left of the wire cage. Power poles in left rough are immovable obstructions, relief for stance is granted and line of sight is granted, (two club lengths)

2.20.  Hole #16 Out‑of‑bounds is in play to street behind the green right of the large oak tree left of the tree is a lateral hazard.

2.21.  Hole #17 Out‑of‑bounds stakes and cable on left side of fairway are out‑of‑bounds; one club lenght relief.

2.22.  Hole #18 Out‑of‑bounds stakes and cable on left side of fairway and behind the green; no relief. Water in front of green is played as water hazard. Water left of the large sycamore tree on left front of the green is played as lateral water hazard drop ball left or right of point of entry, no closer to the hole. Power poles in right rough are immovable obstructions, relief for stance is granted and line of sight is granted, (two club lengths)

 

3.      ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

3.1.   Officers shall be elected annually at the fall meeting.

3.2.   The nominating committee shall present a slate of officers for the coming year and additional nominations will be accepted from the floor.

3.3.   Voting shall be by open ballot. The winning candidates will be those who receive the largest number of votes cast for each office. A secret ballet will be used.

3.4.   Newly elected officers will assume office on January 1 of the succeeding year.

 

4.      VACANCIES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

4.1.   The Vice‑President will fill any vacancy occurring in the office of President until the next election of officers.

4.2.   Vacancies of any other office(s) will be filled by election at the next regular meeting of the membership or at a special meeting of the membership, if so called, under the provisions of Article V, Section 3 of the Constitution.

 

5.      DUES:

5.1.   Dues shall be $25.00 annually and are due on January 1 for the calendar year. Dues not paid by February 1st shall be considered delinquent.

5.2.   Any member delinquent in the payment of dues and does not pay within sixty (60) days will be removed as a member of the Association.

5.3.   Anyone who has been removed as a member of the Association for non‑payment of dues may rejoin the Association by paying $25.00 annual dues.

 

6.      MISCELLANEOUS:

6.1.   The fiscal year of the New Braunfels Golf Association shall be from January 1 through December 31.

6.2.   The President, Treasurer and one other officer shall have their signature on the bank records and be approved to sign NBGA checks. At least two of those approved signatures will be required on each NBGA check written.

6.3.   The Secretary shall have copies of the Constitution and By-Laws available for members who request a copy.

6.4.   Once an issue has been presented to the membership and a vote cast, issues that DO NOT PASS cannot be reintroduced for a vote for a twelve month period.

6.5.   The Association will no longer give merchandise as prizes for Saturday tournaments.

6.6.   The June Added Money tournament will be known as the, "George Lancaster Memorial Tournament”.

6.7.   The September Club Championship/Added Money tournament will known as the, "The Charlie Smith Club Championship Tournament”.

6.8.   The December Added MoneyTournament will be known as the, "John Fox Memorial Tournament”.

6.9 The March Added Money Tournament will be known as the, "Leonard Tuch Memorial Tournament".

 

January 14, 2012 para 1.18

April 7, 2012 para

 

Revisions:

4/7/12 - 2nd Quarter Meeting - 1.18.2.- 75 an older gold tees option.

1/14/12 - 1st Quarter Meeting - 1.18.1 - 65 an older white tee opnion

4/8/11 - 2nd Quarter Meeting -  6.9 - Leonard Tuch Memorial Tournament

4/8/11 - 2nd Quarter Meeting - 1.24.2 - Playing the ball down.

4/8/11 - 2nd Quarter Meeting - 1.18 - Blue and White tee qualifications.

12/4/10 - 4th Quarter meeting - 1.15 -   Maximum handicap allowed for Association tournaments is 36.4

7/30/10 - 3rd  Quarter Meeting - 1.28 - Player quitting during a team round

12/8/07 - 4th Quarter meeting rule changes voted on and reflected in the minutes.

1/28/06 - 1st Quarter meeting rule changes voted on and reflected in the minutes

11/12/05 - Special meeting to repeal rule 1.24.3 playing the ball down voted on and reflected in the minutes

10/15/05 - 4th Quarter Meeting - issues voted on and reflected in the minutes.

2/19/05 - 1st Quarter Meeting - issues voted on and reflected in the minutes.

1/12/2013 - 1st Quarter Meeting - 70 years old may play the gold tees.
1/21/15 - GHIN Handicaps Qualiy