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The full text of the following Conditions of Competition and Local Rules may be found in the current edition (2016-2019) of the Rules of Golf as published by R&A Rules Limited at the page numbers noted.

In the event of a dispute arising as to the meaning of any Rule of Golf, TLPGA Tour Condition of Competition or Local Rules, the Rule shall be interpreted according to the English Edition of the Rules of Golf.

The following Conditions shall apply under Rule 33-1.Unless otherwise stated by Rules Committee.
1、 Specification of the Clubs
a. Driving club:
Any driver the player carries must have a club head, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the R&A Rules Limited
  b. Groove and Punch Mark Specifications – (Decision 4-1/1):
The player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from 1 January 2010.

2、 Specification of the Ball (Note to Rule 5-1)
a. List of Conforming Golf Balls – Page 155.
  b. One Ball Condition – Page 156.
(Exception: This condition does not apply to Amateur players in any pre-tournament Pro-Am.)

3、 Pace of Play (Note 2 to Rule 6-7) -Page 158
In the absence of mitigating circumstances, a group is liable to be timed if it is in excess of the time allowed, and in the case of second or subsequent groups, out of position. The time allowed will be determined by the Committee and will be published on the official notice board. Out of position is defined as being more than the starting interval behind the group in front.

From the commencement of timing, if any player exceeds 50 seconds on a “first to play approach shot (including Par 3 tee shot), chip or putt”, or 40 seconds if it is a tee shot or “second or third to play shot”, she is deemed to have had a “bad time”.   A player whose group is timed will have a bad time carried forward in the round even if the group subsequently arrives back in position or within time.

Penalty for Breach of Condition:
First offence – Verbal warning from Official
Second offence – One stroke penalty
Third offence – Two stroke penalty
Forth ofence– Disqualification

Note: players may or may not be advised that they are being timed. Timings will be taken from the moment it is deemed by the Official that it is the player’s turn to play.

4、Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b) – Page 158.
During a dangerous situation the play will be suspended and players must not continue play until the Committee has declared to resume the play.
Penalty for breach of Condition: Disqualification

5、Practice Between Holes (Note 2 to Rule 7)Page 159.
(Exception: This condition does not apply to pre-tournament Pro-Ams or Match Play tournaments.) Note:This prohibition includes rolling a ball on the putting green of the hole last played.

6、TransportationPage 159.
(Exception: When permitted to ride by the Rules Committee).

7、Recording Area, Scorecard returned
The recording area may include but is not limited to temporary buildings, tents or permanent rooms. Others may be defined on the official notice board. A scorecard will be deemed returned when a player has completely left the recording area.

8、How to Decide Ties

In the event of a tie for first place, a “sudden death”play-off will take place over hole(s) which is decided by the Committee.

9、When Competition is Closed
A competition is closed when the result has been officially announced or posted.

1.Out of Bounds (Rule 27)
Beyond any wall, fence or white stakes defining the boundary of the course.
Note: a. Where out of bounds is defined by white stakes or fence posts (excluding angled supports) the line joining the nearest inside points at ground level of such stakes or posts defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies on or over such a line.
  b. Where any continuing or adjoining white line is in existence it defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies on or over such a line.
  c. A ball which crosses a road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds even though it may lie on another part of the course.

2.Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards) (Rule 26)
Water Hazards are defined by yellow stakes or lines. Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red stakes and lines. Where both stakes and lines are in existence, the lines define the margin.

Note: Dropping Zones for Water Hazards; Where there are dropping zones for water hazards, a ball may be played under Rule 26, or a ball may be dropped in the dropping zone nearest to where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard under penalty of one stroke. When dropping a ball in a dropping zone, the dropped ball must not be re-dropped if it comes to rest within two club-lengths of the spot where it first struck part of the course even though it may finish outside the boundaries of the dropping zone or nearer the hole.

3. Ground Under Repair (Rule 25)

a. All areas indicated by blue stakes and/or GUR notice.
b. All areas bounded by white lines including spectator crossing points where bounded by white lines.
c. Grass covered cable trenches.
d. Through the green seams of new turf interfering with the lie of ball or area of intended swing. All seams forming part of the condition are to be treated as the same seam for the purposes of Rule 20-2c (re-dropping).
e. French drains (small stone filled drainage trench). 。

4.Abnormal Ground Conditions – Rule 25-1 Note
a. Relief will be denied for interference to stance from a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird. b. Relief is available for lie of ball or area of intended swing from any painted yardage spot situated in any closely mown area through the green.

5.Embedded Ball
Relief extended to “through the green”. Page 142.

6.Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)
a. White lined areas adjoining any areas defined as immovable obstructions are to be regarded as part of the obstruction and not ground under repair.
b. Decorative landscaped areas (flowerbeds/shrubberies and the like) surrounded by an obstruction are part of the obstruction.
c. Secured mats and plastic cable ramps covering cables are immovable obstructions.

7.Stones in Bunkers
are movable obstructions. Page 145.

8.Turf Plugs on Putting Green
On any putting green, turf plugs of any size have the same status as old hole plugs and may be repaired under Rule 16-1c.

9.Integral Parts of the Course
a. Wires, cables, wrapping or other objects where they are closely attached to trees or other permanent objects.
b. Retaining artificial walls and pilings when located within water hazards.

10.Permanent Elevated Cables
If a ball strikes an elevated power line or cable, the stroke MUST be replayed without penalty (see Rule 20-5). If the ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.
(Exception: A ball striking an elevated junction section of a cable rising from the ground shall not be replayed).

11. Temporary Immovable Obstructions – Pages 147-150
Through the green, when a player’s ball lies in, on or under a Temporary Immovable Obstruction (TIO) or so close to that obstruction that it interferes with her stance or area of intended swing and relief is required, she may proceed under any of the options available under the Rule, or if dropping zones have been marked, as an additional option, she MAY drop the ball without penalty, in the nearest dropping zone.

NOTE: Advertising board situated away from teeing ground are MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match Play – Loss of Hole, Stroke Play – Two Strokes
TLPGA Rules Committee January 2017

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