The 74th PAL Men’s Regular Interclub Golf Tournament shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as adopted by the R&A Rules Limited and any Local Rules as approved by the Tournament Committee.
2.1. TEAM REQUIREMENTS – A team must fulfil the following requirements to be able to join the PAL Seniors Interclub:
2.2. TEAM ELIGIBILITY – Participation in the tournament shall be limited to:
2.3. INDIVIDUAL PLAYER’S ELIGIBILITY – To be eligible to play in the PAL Seniors Interclub, a player must fulfil the following requirements:
2.4. REJECTION OF ENTRIES – The Tournament Committee reserves the right to reject the application of any team or any member of a team seeking entry into the Seniors Interclub.
2.5. DISQUALIFICATION/SUSPENSION FROM THE INTERCLUB – At any time, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to disqualify and/or suspend any team or individual from their participation in the Interclub. Reasons for dismissal/suspension may include gross disrespect to the sponsors and tournament officials and staff, unbecoming conduct and gross violations of the Rules of Golf and golf etiquette by team member/s during the current or past Interclubs.
3.1. DESIGNATION – Each team must have a designated Team Captain who will represent his team in meetings, press conferences and all dealings with the Tournament Committee.
3.1. DESIGNATION – Each team must have a designated Team Captain who will represent his team in meetings, press conferences and all dealings with the Tournament Committee.
3.2. RESPONSIBILITIES – The Team Captain shall be responsible for the following:
3.3. ADVICE – The Team Captain is not allowed to give advice to any member of his team while they are playing their stipulated rounds. Penalty for each breach: Two (2) points deduction from the team score for the day.
3.4. A Team Captain is not allowed to act as team captain for one team then play for another. Penalty for breach: Disqualification of player
4.1. FORMAT – The PAL Men’s Regular Interclub is a 36-hole Stroke Play, Stableford, Team Competition played over four (4) consecutive days among teams representing golf clubs/teams. Individual awards will also be given.
4.2. POINT SYSTEM – The player’s gross scores shall be converted to the following corresponding Points:
4.3. TEAM COMPETITION
4.4. INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION
5.1. The PAL Men’s Regular Interclub is a golf competition for Amateur Male golfers.
5.2. Professional golfers whether Touring or Teaching Professionals are not allowed to play in the tournament.
5.3. A team may consist of 8, 9 or 10 players.
5.4. ROSTER OF MEMBERS – All participating clubs will be required to submit their Roster of Members on or before January 31, 2023.
5.5. At the discretion of the Tournament Executive Committee, a club may field more than one team following the restrictions:
* Disqualification of both teams
** Disqualification of the succeeding team/s the player has played for.
5.6. REPLACEMENT OF PLAYERS – Members of the team who have already played a round CANNOT BE REPLACED. The team may be disqualified for fielding more than 10 players if it replaces a player who has already played a round.
6.1. TEAM DISQUALIFICATION – – Disqualification of a team shall mean the disqualification of all its members and their scores will no longer be counted in the determination of team and individual standings. Grounds for disqualification of a team shall be the following:
6.2. INDIVIDUAL DISQUALIFICATION – Disqualification of any player under the Rules of Golf in the first round he has played shall not be effective for the second round unless the Tournament Committee determines otherwise.
6.3. SUSPENSION OF DISQUALIFIED TEAMS – A team that has been disqualified for violation of Interclub Rules shall be suspended from participation in the next PAL Interclub and must reapply to be accepted to join succeeding Interclubs. However, the Tournament Committee may waive the suspension for reasons it may deem proper.
7.1. Pairings and Starting times for the first two days of play shall be based on team’s average handicap index. Pairings and Starting times for the third and final days of play shall be based on scores which will reflect team standings.
7.2. Pairings shall indicate team names only. Team Captains should provide the starters with the names of their players within 30 minutes before the scheduled tee time of his first player to tee-off. Changes may still be made before the player’s tee-off except when Rule 1.3 below is being implemented.
7.3. At the option of the Committee, it may require team captains to submit their tee-time assignments in sealed envelopes. Tee-time assignments will be deemed final once these sealed envelopes have been submitted to the starters.
7.4. The Committee reserves the right to alter the pairings and tee-times if it feels that such actions are for the best interest of the tournament. Teams and their respective who refuse to follow such changes will be disqualified for the tournament.
The Tournament Committee will not entertain any requests for tee times or playing dates. Players who join the tournament should be ready to play on any of the dates and tee-times assigned to them by the Committee.
A player is late to tee if he is not on the tee, ready to play, when the starter calls the first player in his flight to the tee. The late player is not disqualified. He will score zero (0) points on the hole/s that he failed to play and he will be allowed to join his assigned group on the tee of the next hole to be played.
10.1. All players must maintain the proper Pace of Play at all times. If a group falls behind by having an open hole in front of them, they will be warned by a rules official and asked to speed up play and keep pace with the group ahead.
10.2. If they do not, in the opinion of the official, make a conscious effort to speed up play in the next few holes, the rules official will time all members of the group.
10.3. The rules official doing the timing shall be the sole judge of when it is the players turn to play and he is able to play without interference or distraction. Any player who takes more than forty (40) seconds to play his shot from the time it is his turn to play shall incur a BAD TIME and be subject to the following penalties:
First BAD TIME Warning
Second BAD TIME One-Stroke Penalty
Third BAD TIME Two-Strokes Penalty
Fourth BAD TIME Disqualification
10.4. The group will be timed until they have regained their proper position on the course.
10.5. A player will carry his bad time for the rest of the round in case their flight falls out of position again.
Players are not allowed to unduly delay play by stopping at the clubhouse/tee houses to sit down, order food and have refreshments. Penalty for Breach: 2 points deduction from the team score for the day for each infraction.
Cellular phones should be placed on silent mode and should not be used during play of a hole. Penalty for Breach: Two strokes penalty per Breach (Maximum of Four strokes per round).
13.1. Only caddies and umbrella boys/girls accredited by the host clubs may be employed.
13.2. Players are not allowed to caddy for other players. Penalty for breach of 13.1 & Disqualification of player.
Only golf balls and golf clubs which conform to the Rules of Golf shall be used during the tournament. Penalty for breach: Disqualification of player.
To promote faster play, a player who no longer has any chance to score a point on a hole MUST pick-up his ball and discontinue play of the hole. He shall score zero (0) points for the hole and MUST mark his score on that hole with an “X” to indicate a pick-up.
Penalty for Breach: 2 points deduction from the team score for the day for each infraction.
However, the team penalty will not apply if:
16.1. MARKER – Each player shall be assigned by the Committee as a marker to record the scores of another player in the same flight. It is highly recommended that before they start play of the next hole, the MARKER verifies with the player he is scoring on how many strokes he had played from the previously played hole.
16.2. SCORING – The marker shall record the GROSS SCORE of the player and mark pick-ups with an “X”
16.3. MARKERS DISQUALIFICATION – The Committee may disqualify the marker if it is shown that he has deliberately violated Rule 16-1.2 above and/or deliberately performed actions so another player may be disqualified.
16.4. SUBMISSION –The scorecard is deemed to have been submitted when the player leaves the scoring recording area with both feet.
16.5. TO AVOID PENALTIES, PLAYERS ARE REMINDED TO:
17.1. The Champion Team shall take possession of the permanent PAL Trophy for one year while the members of the team shall receive medals. A team that wins the permanent trophy for three (3) consecutive years shall be allowed to keep the championship trophy.
17.2. The Champions of the Championship, Founders Aviator, Sportswriters and Friendship Divisions as well as the First and Second Runners-up shall be awarded trophies while the members of the teams shall receive medals.
17.3. INTERNATIONAL TROPHY – The International trophy shall be given to the international team that scores the highest points among the overseas teams entered in the tournament regardless of what division they are playing in.
18.1. Trophies will be awarded to the Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-up of each of the Flights.
18.2. SPECIAL AWARDS – The following Special Awards will be given:
• Highest 18-hole Points Scored on each course
19.1. TEAM COMPETITION – Ties in the team competition shall be settled by comparing scores and determining the winner on the basis of:
19.2. INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION – Ties in the individual competition shall be settled by com-paring scores and determining the winner on the basis of:
19.3. SPECIAL AWARDS – Ties in the Special Awards shall be settled by the USGA Tiebreak System.
The competition shall be deemed closed when the Championship Trophy of the division concerned has been awarded to the winner.
These Tournament Local Rules shall be in effect for all venues of the PAL Seniors Interclub:
21.1. GOLF CARTS – Mandatory use of golf carts on cart sharing for both courses.
21.2. TIME OF STARTING – The five (5) minute allowance for late to tee is NOT IN EFFECT. The player gets zero (0) points for the holes he missed and may join his assigned group on the tee of the next hole to be played.
21.3. PRACTICE ON COURSE NOT PLAYED – Once the first round of the tournament has started, players may not practice on any course.
21.4. RULES ISSUES IN STROKE PLAY – A player who is uncertain about the right procedure while playing a hole may complete the hole with two balls without penalty.
21.5. PREFERRED LIES – In the event that the tournament is to be played under preferred lies, the following rule shall be in effect:
When any part of a player’s ball touches part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball within one scorecard length from the reference point (spot of the original ball) and playing it from this relief area:
• Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
• Must be in the general area.
22.1. ROSTER OF MEMBERS – The Roster of Members is a list of all the members of the Club.
22.2. TEAM LINE-UP – The Team Line-up is the final list of 8, 9 or 10 members of the Club who will play in the tournament. The Team Line-up MUST be derived from the Roster of Members of the Club.
22.3. HANDICAP INDEX – a player’s January 1, 2023 handicap index (WHS, GHIN, Club Certified Handicap Index).
22.4. TEAM HANDICAP INDEX – The team’s lowest eight (8) handicap index average. It is used for classification purposes.
Rule 10.3b What a Caddie May Do
These are examples of what caddie is allowed and not allowed to do:
(1) Actions always allowed. A caddie may always take these actions when allowed under the Rules:
• Carry, transport and handle the player’s clubs and other equipment (including driving a cart of pulling a trolley).
• Search for the player’s ball (Rule 7.1).
• Give information, advice and other help before the stroke is made (Rules 10.2a and 10.2b).
• Smooth bunkers or take other actions to care for the course (Rules 8.2 Exception, 8.3 Exception and 12.2b (2) and (3).
• Remove sand and loose soil and repair damage on the putting green (Rule 13.1c).
• Remove or attend the flagstick (rule 13.2b).
• Mark the spot of the player’s ball and lift and replace the ball on the putting green (rules 14.1b Exception and 14.2b).
• Clean the player’s ball (Rule 14.1c).
• Remove loose impediments and movable obstructions (Rules 15.1 and 15.2).
(2) Actions Allowed Only With Player’s Authorization. A caddie may take these actions only when the Rules allow the player to take them and only with the player’s authorization (which must be given specially each time rather than given generally for a round).
• Restore conditions that were worsened after the player’s ball came to rest (Rule 8.1d).
• When the player’s ball is anywhere except on the putting green, lift the player’s ball under a Rule requiring it to be replaced or after the player has decided to take relief under a Rule (Rule 14.1b).
(3) Actions Not Allowed. A caddie is not allowed to take these actions for the player:
• Deliberately stand on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the player’s ball when the player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made (Rule 10.2b (4)) or take other action prohibited by Rule 10.2b.
• Replace a ball, unless the caddie had lifted or moved the ball (Rule 14.2b).
• Drop or place a ball in a relief area (Rule 14.3).
• Decide to take a relief under a Rule, the caddie may advise the player to do so but the player must decide.
These Rules shall be effective on the 74th PAL Seniors Interclub in Cebu.
Classification of club/teams in the PAL Seniors Interclub shall be based on the lowest six (6) handicap index of the team members. The classification shall be done in the following manner:
ONLINE REGISTRATION – On or before February 24, 2023, all team captains are required to register online their final team line-up listing the names of the players who will compose their team as well as the January 1, 2023 handicap index of the players in his team. Teams failing to register after the set deadline will be automatically assigned to the Championship Division.
The Committee computes the team average by taking into consideration the lowest eight (8) handicap indexes of the members of the team.
Teams will be ranked according to their team’s handicap average and grouped according to the following distribution:
Top 4 Teams + Teams within 1 team handicap average of the 4th ranked Team.
Next 12 Teams + Teams within 1 team handicap average of the 16th ranked Team.
Next 20 Teams + Teams within 1 team handicap average of the 28th ranked Team.
Next 20 Teams + Teams within 1 team handicap average of the 28th ranked team.
Rest of the teams
The Tournament Committee has the discretion to change the format of team distribution in the best interest of the Tournament.
PLAYERS WITHOUT HANDICAP INDEX – If a player has no January 1, 2023 Handicap Index, he will be assigned a zero (0) handicap index.
SUBMITTING WRONG HANDICAPS – A Team that submits incorrect or falsified handicaps of their players shall be disqualified from the tournament.
HANDICAP INDEXES DO NOT MATCH ABILITIES – At any time during the competition, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to reclassify the division of a team if the submitted handicap index of any team member does not match the abilities they have shown on the course.
CHANGES IN LINE-UP – Team classification may change whenever a team makes any changes in its line-up and the Tournament Committee has evaluated such changes. However, no team shall be reclassified to a lower division as a result of changes in the line-up of a team.
COMMITTEE PREROGATIVE – The Tournament Committee reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team/s at any time or in any manner it deems fit if it thinks that such actions are for the good of the tournament.
Next 28 Teams + Teams within 1 team handicap average of the 28 th ranked Team.
Travel Requirements / Privileges
Rules on Complimentary Ticket Privilege for Team Captains
Special Excess Baggage Charge / Allowance for Golfing Equipment of Registered Players
PAL Interclub Guidelines allows provision for Special Excess Baggage Charge/Allowance for golfing equipment of the registered players on top of the normal baggage allowance on PAL and PAL Express
Special baggage allowance shall be applied at PAL Check-in counter.
Rule on Surface Travel
Local Teams who are based close to the venue of the tournament are allowed to travel by land or sea ferry. However, team members are required to purchase round-trip discounted tickets on PAL to any one local destination during the tournament period. These tickets will be valid for travel within the travel period defined by PAL with block-out periods.
Travel Privileges of the Host Club Teams
The registered members of the teams of the host clubs may avail of special discounted fares on Philippine Airlines from their point of origin to Manila or vice versa. The discounted ticket should be purchased during the tournament period and the tickets will be valid for travel within the travel period defined by PAL with block-out periods, if applicable.
The first rebooking fee of Interclub ticket is waived. Subsequent changes will be charged the normal rebooking fees. Passengers will be asked to pay for the FARE DIFFERENCE if the original fare of the purchased ticket is no longer available.
*Subject to update and changes without prior notice as deemed necessary by Philippine Airlines.