Tampa Bay Chapter
Chapter Policies
    

LPGA AMATEUR GOLF ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT

It is the shared privilege of LPGA Amateur Golf Association, members and tournament competitors to be welcomed by private clubs and courses for social events and tournament play. As guests, all members share the responsibility of demonstrating exemplary conduct, sportsmanship, and courtesy at all times. Further, members are reminded that we represent the LPGA, its tour players, teachers, girls’ golf members and fellow amateurs’ members. The game of golf is centered around integrity and proper etiquette. Behavior contrary to this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Any breach to the code of contact related to the following:

  • Fellow member
  • Competitor
  • TOPS Team Member
  • Official
  • Spectators
  • Employees of the host facility
  • LPG Amateur Golf Association staff
  • Other persons conducting or attending an LPGA Amateur Golf Association event

If a breach occurs it can be grounds for a warning, penalty, disqualification, suspension or termination of membership based off the severity of the situation. Such abuse may be verbal or physical or threat thereof and includes but is not limited to; the use of obscene language, extreme disrespect to a fellow member or physical damage to property or equipment including that of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association or the host facility.

Examples of a breach in the Code of Conduct directed at entity and may result in consequence include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Use of profanity, either in frustration or directed toward another individual
  • Inappropriate, derogatory, or abusive language/gestures
  • Disruptive or distracting behavior
  • Throwing of equipment
  • Intentionally causing damage to the golf course or objects on course property
  • Use of cell phone / electronic device for purposes other than those permitted by the Rules
  • Other unbecoming or inappropriate conduct as determined by the LPGA Amateur Golf Association

Code of Conduct Steps at Chapter Level:

  • First breach = Verbal warning by the Chapter President
  • Second breach = Written warning from Chapter President (Notify National office that a written warning has been given)
  • Third breach = Member is put on probation for a 3-month period
  • Fourth breach or any serious misconduct = Suspension of membership for 6 months (no participation at social or golf events allowed at Local or National level)
    Note: Members record will be reset to first level after 6 months with no further breach
  • Fifth breach = Termination of membership

Code of Conduct Steps at Events:

  • First breach = warning
  • Second breach = one-stroke penalty
  • Third breach = general penalty (two penalty strokes or loss of hole in match play)
  • Fourth breach or any serious misconduct = disqualification

*The LPGA Amateur Golf Association has the authority to revoke a membership at anytime if any serious misconduct occurs.

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LEAGUE POLICIES:

Waiver: All members (and guests) play and participate at their own risk and adhere to local, state and government advisories.

League Coordinators: Click on the Events tab on the Chapter website www.lpgaamateurstampabay.com for a current list of the leagues and League Coordinators.

Registration: Tampa Bay Chapter members must contact the League Coordinator and request that they be added to the league roster. Each week the League Coordinator will send out a message (either via evite or email) to their distribution list to determine who is playing that week. You only need to reply if you plan to play. There will be no Sunday league play on dates that conflict with the monthly golf events. Participation in the leagues is one of the major benefits of membership in the Chapter; priority will be given to members of the Chapter, should the maximum headcount be exceeded.

Guest Policy: A guest (including an LPGA Amateurs member from other Chapters) is welcome to play TWICE in a season in the Chapter leagues. (For example: twice at Westchase; or once at Westchase and once at Countryside). Further league participation requires membership in the LPGA Amateur Golf Association Tampa Bay Chapter. Note, leagues generally have limited tee times at their respective golf courses, but may be able to accommodate all guest requests given sufficient advance notice. It is recommended that members contact the League Coordinator in advance if they plan to invite a guest.

Payments: Players are responsible for paying the golf course directly on the day of play. League rates cover golf with a cart assuming 2 riders per cart. Single rider carts may be available for an upcharge, depending upon the golf facility policy.

Pairings: League Coordinator will schedule pairings. Pairing requests will be taken into consideration, but cannot always be guaranteed.

Cancellations: Members should contact the League Coordinator if they have to cancel so that adjustments to the pairings can be made, if possible. Note that at Westchase, each week the names of the players have to be submitted to the Director of Golf 48 hours in advance. If a player needs to cancel within the 48-hour window, in addition to contacting the League Coordinator, they need to call the Pro Shop to have their name removed from the tee sheet.


Updated January 19, 2021

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EVENT POLICIES:

Waiver: All members play and participate at their own risk and adhere to local, state and government advisories.

Registration: All members must register for events online (via 123Signup or evite). 123Signup is used for all events where payment is required; evite is used for complimentary events. Please contact the Event Coordinator for problems with online registration. If the event is full, contact the Event Coordinator to be placed on the waiting list. Registration will open approximately 3 weeks prior to the event and close 4 to 6 days prior to the event. An e-blast is sent out to Members when registration for an event opens; access to the registration link in 123Signup can be found on the chapter website home page www.lpgaamateurstampabay.com and in the e-blast sent out to Members when registration opens.

Guest Policy: Guests are welcome to those events that include a non-member option. Guest fee is typically higher than the member fee because they are not eligible for any member discount. Guests are required to sign a Release and Indemnification Agreement prior to participation in a Chapter Event.

Payments: Members and guests must pay by credit card during 123Signup registration. Event registration via evite is complimentary.

Cancellations/Refunds: In 123Signup, refunds are subject to a 6% administrative charge to cover the transaction fees. Typically, no refunds will be given after the registration deadline. Contact the Event Coordinator if you are not able to attend an event that you have registered for.

Rain Out Policy: If a golf event is canceled due to inclement weather, the rain check policy for the golf course applies. The Event Coordinator will work with the golf course to determine if rain checks will be given or if the event will be canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled, or if members are not able to play on a rescheduled date, refunds will be issued.

 

Updated January 19, 2021