SNGA CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
This policy applies to all SNGA‐administered competitions, USGA qualifying competitions, NSGA competitions, and any other competition administered by the SNGA.
By submitting an entry for any SNGA‐administered competition, the player understands that their participation is at the sole discretion of the SNGA. A player may be removed from any competition at the discretion of the SNGA staff or the rules and competitions committee at any time before or during the competition. Incidents of unbecoming conduct or actions deemed to be detrimental to the image of the SNGA or the spirit of the game are grounds for such removal and suspension from future SNGA administered competitions.
These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Cursing or berating any SNGA staff/rules officials/fellow golfers
- Throwing clubs
- Any action that may damage the host golf course or its property
- Potential endangerment of others
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Any other conduct deemed unbecoming
First offense is either a warning, or if a severe enough violation, immediate disqualification. Second offense if the first offense results in a warning is immediate disqualification. Any code of conduct violation will be automatically reviewed by the SNGA Tournament Committee. The SNGA will not stand for disruptive behavior to other players or creating an unfavorable image of the association. A player that performs an act considered to be unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the SNGA Tournament Commitee to determine if further action is warranted.
DRESS CODE – All players and caddies must adhere to the SNGA and Host Club Dress Code through the Close of Competition. Any player or their caddie in violation of this Dress Code will not be permitted to start the competition. Violation of the Dress Code during the competition may result in revocation of the player’s entry, if the violation is not corrected without undue delay. A caddie may be prohibited from acting as the player’s caddie if the violation is not corrected without undue delay.
The Southern Nevada Golf Association has established the following minimum dress code for the SNGA sponsored events, and encourage competitors to wear golfing attire that generally meets accepted standards for golfing competitions
- Players must wear shirts with collars and sleeves (no tank tops)
- Denim shorts or slacks are not allowed
Additionally many of our host courses have dress codes that include the following restrictions:
- Spike-less shoes
- Shorts may be no higher than five inches above the knee
- Spandex style shorts are not permitted
- Sweatshirts/pants are not to be worn as cold weather gear
MISSED TEE TIME/NO CARD/PLAYER CANCELLATION RESPONSIBILITY:
In the event a player must cancel from the event due to illness, injury or family emergency the player must notify SNGA staff prior to the start of the event and/or round. Cancellation is the sole responsibility of the player and refunds will be processed per the SNGA refund policy. Any player that no-shows for any round of an SNGA event, for any reason, may be suspended from SNGA competition for up 2 months. The player has the ability to appeal this suspension to the tournament committee.
OUTSIDE ALCOHOL AND/OR ILLEGAL DRUGS
Under no circumstances are players allowed to bring outside alcohol or illegal drugs onto the property. If a player is caught with outside alcohol or illegal drugs the player will be disqualified from the event and may face further sanctions.
A player who is disqualified from a tournament is not permitted to continue play. That player must leave the golf course in a timely manner. If a player is disqualified during or after the first round of a multiple round tournament, they may not play in any of the upcoming rounds. Players who are disqualified for conduct reasons may be subject to further disciplinary action.
SNGA DISCIPLINARY & APPEAL PROCESS
By submitting an entry for any SNGA administered competition, the player understands that their participation is at the sole discretion of the SNGA.
A player may be removed from any competition at the discretion of the SNGA Director of Competitions, Rules and/or Tournament Committee at any time before or during the competition. Incidents of unbecoming conduct or actions deemed to be detrimental to the image of the SNGA or the spirit of the game are grounds for such removal and suspension from future SNGA administered competitions.
In all cases of SNGA violations, a hearing will be scheduled by the Tournament Committee Chairman no later than 15 days after the incident and shall notify the person(s) of the scheduled time, date and place of the hearing.
Hearings for disciplinary purposes shall be conducted by the Tournament Committee and person(s) have the right to call witnesses in their defense and that person(s) shall be responsible to notify their witnesses of the time, place and date of the hearing.
After all information regarding the violation is reviewed, the Tournament Committee shall make a decision based on all evidence and make that decision on that hearing date, unless more information needs to be acquired. The Tournament Committee Chairman will call the person(s) in and notify the person(s) of their ruling on the matter.
At that time the person(s) shall be notified of their appeal process to the next and final SNGA level which will be to the Executive Committee at a future normally scheduled monthly meeting, but no longer than 30 days after the Tournament Committee’s ruling. The person(s) will need to request an appeal within 5 (five) working days to the Tournament Committee Chairman by e-mail and the Chairman will then notify the SNGA President of the appeal request.
A HEARING BEFORE THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SHALL BE THE FINAL LEVEL OF APPEAL WITHIN THE SNGA
The Tournament Chairman or designee shall be present at the SNGA Executive Committee appeal hearing and present all evidence to the Executive Committee. The person(s) may then present their case and a final decision will be made by the SNGA Executive Committee.
The SNGA Executive Committee reserves the right to alter the disciplinary ruling by the Tournament Committee, or drop all charges in its entirety. The SNGA President or designee will call the person(s) in and notify the person(s) of their ruling on the matter on the date of the hearing unless other evidence needs to be acquired.
On matters regarding decisions made by the Handicap Committee for any player handicap adjustments, score posting violations, or matters within their jurisdiction, the Handicap Committee shall follow the same disciplinary and appeal procedure above and as approved by the SNGA.