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San Luis Obispo County Women's Golf Council
By Laws as Consolidated and Amended

I. Name:
San Luis Obispo County Women’s Golf Council
II. Purpose:
To promote golf, golf for women of all ages, improvement of golf for women, and friendship among women golfers of San Luis Obispo County.
III. Council:
A. Membership: 1. Maximum of 3 persons per club. Exception: Club organizing the tournament.

2. Members are appointed by each club’s board. The member must be an active member holding office or committee appointment for 2 years in a women’s golf club or association. A new member should be appointed each year with one retiring. This will achieve continuity.
B. Officers: The Council officers should consist of a Chairwoman or President, Secretary, Treasurer and Publicity officer.
C. Records: Cumulative records for the past 3 years are kept by the host club. The oldest records are to be returned to the club that hosted that years’ tournament.
D. Year: The Council year begins January 1. The first meeting should be held within the first 2 months.
E. Calendar: The calendar of club events and council activities should be done at the first meeting of the year.
F. Evaluation: An evaluation meeting should be held as soon as possible after the tournament.
G. Finances: Each member club will be asked for a donation for council expenses. There should be a separate accounting of those expenses in a financial statement.
H. Council Golf Game: The council members should schedule a golf date on the course to be played prior to the tournament. The purpose is to identify any course issues, have fun and get better acquainted.
IV. Tournament:
A. Format: 1. The tournament is a two day, 36 hole stroke play competition.

2. The tournament is played on succeeding days at the same golf course until such time as the tournament gets too large.

3. The time of year shall be determined by the host club and the County Council.

4. The tournament shall have a shotgun start both days.
B. Eligibility: 1. All women who are residents of San Luis Obispo County are eligible to enter the tournament.

2. Each player must have an Integrated Data Corporation (IDC) or a Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) handicap index.

3. The maximum index for women as described by the USGA handicap manual shall be allowed.
C. Pairings: 1. Parings are based strictly on handicaps.

2. On the second day pairings are based on the first days score.

4. The tee assignment of the first day is assigned by draw by the host club committee.

5. 4. Tee assignments on the second day will be based on the previous day’s score.
D. Flights: The number of flights depend on the size of the field. If possible, each flight should have the same number of contestants to create even flights.
E. Entries: 1.Any limits on entries will be the decision of the host club.

2. Refunds will be made until the pairings are completed.

3. After the deadline, refunds will only be made if the player is replaced by another player.

4. Entries made after the deadline will be at the discretion of the Chair of the tournament.
F. Practice Round: Green fees for the practice round are not included in the entry fee for the tournament. Green fees for the practice round are to be paid by the player directly to the golf course in the usual manner.
G.Trophies and Prizes 1. Traveling trophies go to the home club course of the over the field low gross and low net champions.

2. Prizes:

a. Over the field low gross and low net prizes will be equal.

b. Prizes in each flight will be paid for equal gross and net.

c. The number of places to be awarded will be determined by the size of the flight, but in any event, no less than one third of field.

d. Playoffs will be used to break ties for over the field low gross and low net only.

e. All other ties will be broken by USGA recommended card match procedures.

f. Individuals qualifying for more than one prize will be awarded the prize of greater value. The exception is the accuracy prizes.

g. Plaques or trophies to be presented by last year’s winners. The host club is in charge of ordering the plaques and trophies.
H. Caddies:Caddies may not be used.
I. Carts:Carts are mandatory.
J. Galleries:No visitors on course during the tournament.
K. Marshaling:The tournament shall be marshaled.
V. Rules Committee:
A. USGA rules and local rules shall govern play.

B. There shall be one representative from each club selected prior to the tournament to form the rules committee.

C. A second ball may be played if there is doubt as to procedures.

D. Foursomes will be cautioned by the marshal in the event of slow play. For continued slow play, offending player(s) will be penalized according to USGA Rule 6-5.
VI. Rules Committee:
A. Prizes shall not be solicited.

B. Donations will be accepted.

C. Green fees will be determined by the host club.

D. Entry fee should be kept as low as possible to encourage more players.

E. The tournament will be self supporting.

F. The Council By Laws may be amended by a two thirds majority vote of members present at any meeting of the Council.

G. The dress code of each club shall be adhered to and enforced.

H. Use of a Master Card is at the discretion of the host club. Only the tournament scorecard is to be turned in to the scoring committee each day.

I. Each club is asked to make a donation for a hole in one prize. In the event of a hole in one, a $50 cash prize plus a trophy valued at $20 will be given to the golfer. It is the policy of the Council that the winner buy drinks only for her foursome.

J. It is suggested that coffee be provided by the host club each morning of the competition.

K. If possible, the tournament is to be held on the Thursday and Friday following the first Monday in November.

Amended February, 2011.