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Entries are open to amateur golfers who must have an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index®. A Handicap Index must either be issued from an IGA District I, II, or III member “golf club” (as defined in the “USGA Handicap System Manual”) which is licensed to use the USGA Handicap SystemTM . Or, for bona fide residents of the State of Idaho, Panhandle District have an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index® issued from a WSGA licensed member “golf club.”Players requesting permission to use items on the List of Equipment Permitted Conditionally for Medical Reasons under Exception 1 to Rule 14-3, please refer to www.usga.org/equipment/medical/general_guidelines.html for details.

Each competitor must complete an entry application. Golfers are encouraged to file online at the IGA website.

Entry fee must be paid by each competitor. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if the IGA (208-342-4442) is notified before the close of entries. A $25 service fee charge will be deducted from all refunds. After the close of entries, fee will not be refunded.

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Players are allowed to use devices that measure or gauge distance only.

A player may obtain distance information by using a hand-held device that measures distance only. 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 function is actually used.

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Players must abide by the IGA dress code during practice and championship rounds:  Players attire and personal grooming must be neat in appearance: golf attire, no blue jeans or tank tops. Dress code will also apply to caddies. Caddies must wear flat soled shoes (no golf shoes with spikes or alternative spikes). Penalty for breach of IGA dress code – player may be expelled from the Championship and/or suspended from future IGA championships.

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A player may provide her own caddie, but is not required to employ a caddie for the Championship. Caddies must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorized by the Committee. The optional condition prescribed in “Appendix I” of “The Rules of Golf will be in effect for caddies, but not for players. A player using a golf cart (automotive transportation) during the stipulated round must not permit a spectator to ride in her cart.


Stroke play – Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round: Four strokes.

In the event of a beach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole. Players permitting use of any unauthorized form of transportation must be discontinued immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. Otherwise the player is disqualified.

Any caddie seeking a golf cart due to a permanent disability as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the IGA at (208) 342-4442 to obtain information on procedures for submitting such requests. All required information must be submitted to the IGA and be received by the IGA at the time the player’s entry is received. Requests due to temporary injuries or impairments will not be granted.

Only caddies who have complied with the above procedures and met all of the IGA requirements to demonstrate a permanent disability that prevents the caddie from walking the course will be permitted the use of a golf cart.

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Competitors may ride during a stipulated round. Cart rental fees will be paid by the player at the host club golf shop, payable to the host club. No more than two (2) carts per group will be allowed.


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Rule 6-7 states, in part:  “The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish” and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play. 


When a group is out of position at any check-point the players in the group are liable to penalty under these guidelines.  Players in a group that has missed one or more check-points will be liable to penalty according to the following schedule of penalties pending final determination on completion of round as to whether a breach or breaches of these guidelines have occurred:

Check-points will be on completion (flagstick in the hole) of the 4th, 9th, 13th and 18th holes.

  • 1st missed check-point*– warning
  • 2nd missed check-point – liable to a one stroke penalty
  • 3rd missed check-point – liable to an additional two stroke penalty (three total)
  • 4th missed check-point – liable to disqualification

* If a group clears the first three check-points, but is out of position at the 4th check-point, each player in the group is liable for a one stroke penalty if in the Committee’s view a reasonable effort was not made by the players to complete their round within the allotted time for the final check-point.

Allotted Time

Ex: When play is in groups of three, each group is allotted 4 hours and 12 minutes to complete 18 holes at a pace in accordance with the attached time chart. When a group falls behind – regardless of the reason – it must regain its position. Time for ball searches, rulings, and walking time between holes is included in the allotted time.

Definition of “Out of Position” – Stroke Play

FIRST GROUP: The first group is out of position if takes more than the allotted time to finish a check-point hole (see below check-point time table).

FOLLOWING GROUPS:  A following group is out of position if it

(a) takes more than the allotted time to finish a check-point hole and

(b) completes play of a check-point hole more than 14 minutes after the preceding group completed play of that hole.

Time charts outlining the time per hole, including the finish times for the check-point holes, for the 1st tee start.

 Check-Points: Play of the hole must be completed in the following amount of time (groups of 3):

Group Out of Position

When a group is out of position at a check-point, it will be notified by a Check-Point Official. When a group has been notified of a missed check-point, that group is expected to regain its position before reaching the next check-point. If that group reaches the next check-point out of position each player in the group may incur the applicable penalty for a breach of these guidelines.

Any group that is out of position may be monitored by a Rules Rover.

A player concerned about a non-responsive (slow) fellow-competitor in his group, who is delaying play, should request a Rules Rover to monitor the group in case the group is or becomes liable to penalty under these guidelines.

Final Determination Regarding Breach / Review Process

Before returning his score card, a player who is liable for penalty during the round may consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine if he has incurred a penalty under these guidelines.  The Pace of Play Committee will determine that a player who has been found to be out of position is not in breach of these guidelines only if:

(a) the player was delayed by the Committee; or

(b) the player was delayed by a circumstance beyond control of the player or the group; or

(c) the player was delayed by another player in the group.

A player who was out of position during his round and who elects not to consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine whether he was in breach of these guidelines is deemed to be in breach of these guidelines and incurs a penalty or penalties according to the above schedule of penalties.

If a player or group incurs a penalty, penalties are to be applied to the check-point hole where the breach occurred.                                                                                                      

Rulings or Other Incidents

If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position before reaching the next check-point.

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