December 14, 2006

FSGA Allows Electronic Measuring Devices & Uses Two Checkpoint Pace of Play System

Distance measuring devices are now allowed in FSGA non-junior events and a two checkpoint system will be used to monitor pace of play.

For the upcoming season, the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) has instituted two new policies. Distance measuring devices are now allowed in FSGA non-junior events and a two checkpoint system will be used to monitor pace of play.  

With the exception of Junior competitions, distance measuring devices will be permitted in FSGA Championships and qualifiers. The policy states that a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, 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, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used. 

The FSGA will also utilize a two checkpoint system which allows groups to monitor their own pace and position with the group ahead.  This new policy was instituted as a result of successful test runs in Florida Junior Tour events, the State High School Championships and in USGA National Championships.  

Checkpoints will be used on holes 9 and 18 and groups must complete each checkpoint within 15 minutes of the group ahead or under the allotted time. Players will not receive warnings and all the players in the group in breach of the policy are subject to penalty. At each checkpoint, a Checkpoint Official will either signal a color-coded card or verbally advise the players indicating the group’s status. If the group is more than 15 minutes behind the groups ahead and over the allotted time, a breach has occurred and a penalty will be applied.  The first breach will mean a 1 stroke penalty to each player in the group. The second breach is an additional 2 stroke penalty to each player in the group. Penalties are to be added to the checkpoint hole where the breach occurred (#9 or #18). Players may, before or after penalties are assessed, request an Official to monitor the group. Appeals for exceptional situations will be considered only in the scoring area after the completion of the round and prior to the return of a player’s scorecard. 

Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 24 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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