VGT Membership and Tournament Registration
Who Can Join VGT?
The Vancouver Golf Tour has been designed for
both male and female Professionals and Amateurs
with RCGA handicap factors 0-18. We have five
playing categories during our events:
Professional, Championship Amateur, Flight A, B
and C Amateur. Golfers can join VGT as Basic
Members or Preferred Members. Preferred Members
will get discounted rates on their entry fees
and priority registration for a majority of our
events. We will accept all Basic Member’s
entries to our tournaments if we are not full at
the time of an event’s registration deadline
(usually 10-14 days prior to event).
All Professional or Overall Winners of 2010 VGT
events must attend Official Prize Presentations
of the event they win. Failure to attend will
result in the following penalties: 1st offence –
$100 fine. Second offence– $300 fine. Third
offence - $500 fine and suspension from VGT
(length determined by VGT). A fourth offence
will lead to a $1,000 fine and termination of
membership in VGT for 2010.
Membership and Tournament qualifying
The only qualification to enter a majority of
VGT tournaments is to join membership and pay
the tournament fee associated with your category
(Basic Member or Preferred Member - PGA
Professional, Non-PGA Professional or Amateur).
In the case of Invitational events, there will
be a qualification process posted in the details
section of that event.
If new to VGT, non-PGA Professionals must submit
a playing resume accompanied by a letter from a
PGA Professional certifying their ability to
play professional golf. Order of Merit Rankings
will be compiled Basic members will be placed on
a priority wait list until the registration
Terms and Conditions
When registering for a tournament, you agree to
abide by all the terms and conditions of both
the Code of Conduct and Tournament Application
and Cancellation Procedures set in place by VGT.
Membership dues are non-refundable at time of
processing and expire on October 15, 2010.
Applications will be processed and confirmed by
email within 48 hours of receipt. If no
confirmation is received within this time,
please contact VGT by phone: (604) 980-GOLF or
email@example.com. You agree that
all photos taken of you by VGT or any of its
representatives may be used in any brochures,
posters, literature, announcements,
advertisements, or press releases. You also
agree to consent to release any information
concerning performance and status of membership
to the news media, other golf associations and
organizations interested in the game of golf.
You understand that VGT will levy a $20 service
charge for any NSF cheques or declined credit
cards and that a second NSF or declined credit
card offense will lead to a $20 service charge
and a suspension of membership.
Late Tournament Payment and Cancellation Policy
All tournament payments on the day of an event
will be subject to a $10 + GST admin fee.
Players who must withdraw from an event in which
they are registered must provide at least 7 days
notice by email (and receive confirmation of
their cancellation) to qualify for a full refund
less $10 + GST admin fee. Members who have
registered for the event through the Golfbox
Members’ section can withdraw from the event by
the registration deadline (usually 10-14 days
prior to the event)
without penalty. Players who provide
less than 7 days but more than 72 hours notice
of their withdrawal by email will qualify for a
refund less $50 +
GST admin fee. Players who do not provide 72
hours notice of their withdrawal will forfeit
their full entry fee.
Player Registration on Tournament Day
Players who have pre-paid for events must
register 15 minutes prior to their tee time, 20
minutes prior to a shotgun start. Players who
have not pre-paid with their registration must
register at least 30 minutes prior to their
Rule 6-3a provides: “The player must
start at the time established by the Committee.”
The penalty for breach of 6-3a is
disqualification. However, it is a condition of
the competition that, if the player arrives at
his starting point, ready to play, within five
minutes after his starting time, in the absence
of circumstances that warrant waiving the
penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule
33-7, the penalty for failure to start on time
is two strokes at the first hole in stroke play
instead of disqualification.
Lifting an embedded Ball
When applicable during play, the “Embedded Ball
Rule” as written in Appendix 1 is in effect
“through the green.”
Ties for 1st may be decided by a playoff when
time permits. In most cases, a sudden death
playoff over 3 holes will ensue. In the event of
a tie after 3 holes, players will split prize
moneys. In certain tournaments where time
permits (i.e.: Vancouver Open) a sudden death
playoff will ensue until a winner is
established. Ties for 1st during shotgun starts,
and ties for all other places will split the
place and prize amount.
Caddies are permitted, provided that they do not
wear spiked shoes. Caddies will be required to
register with VGT prior to tee-off and are
obligated to wear a VGT caddy bib when
Power Carts are not permitted for players in the
Professional and Championship Flight in ‘Open
events’ in 2010. Carts will be permitted for
play in Pro-am events where players are asked to
share a cart with Pro-am partners.
All professionals are required to present a neat
appearance in both clothing and personal
grooming. You are required at all times to
maintain an acceptable standard of dress both on
the golf course and in the clubhouse, including
golf slacks and a collared golf shirt or mock
neck golf shirt. Shorts or jeans are not
permitted in any VGT Tour events, unless
specified by the tour in a local rule.
Players must attempt to be competitive and must
conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Failure to do so, or acting out of order on or
off the golf course – including throwing club,
burying club, or abusive language, results in
these penalties: 1st offence – warning…..2nd
offence– warning….3rd offence - $300 fine….4th
offence - $500 fine and DQ….5th offence - $1,000
fine , DQ and suspension (length determined by
VGT). Penalties are cumulative throughout the
NO ALCOHOL is to be consumed during the course
of play during our Open Events.
1st offence: Official Warning
2nd offence: Disqualification from event
3rd offence: Player will be suspended from
competing in VANCOUVER GOLF TOUR events for the
remainder of the year.
*Additional discipline may be administered if a
serious violation of professional code of
conduct has occurred.
Pace of Play
The following rules will apply to players
throughout the year. If an individual or group
is determined by VGT to be behind ‘Time Par’:
1st offence: Warning. Player(s) are expected to
move back into position with group ahead of
them. Failure to do so will result in individual
or group being put on the clock.
2nd offence: 2 stroke penalty
3rd offence: 2 stroke penalty and $300 fine.
4th offence: Disqualification from event and
$500 fine. Player will be suspended from
competing in VANCOUVER GOLF TOUR events for an
indefinite period to be determined by VGT.
In the case where individuals causing a group to
be slow cannot be singled out, the entire group
will receive a group warning. A player who is
involved in this situation a 2nd time (usually
if no rules official present) will be issued a 2
stroke penalty for that tournament. A third
similar offence will result in a 2 stroke
penalty and $300 fine. A fourth offence of this
kind will result in a disqualification of the
event and a $500 fine. This player will also be
suspended from play indefinitely by VGT.
Return of Scorecards
Upon completion of play, failure to return
scorecards in a timely manner may result in
disqualification. For the purpose of applying
Rule 6-6c, a competitor is considered to have
returned his scorecard when he has first left
the scoring area.
Any player failing to return a scorecard (DNF):
1st offence: Player will be omitted from the VGT
Order of Merit and Scoring Average standings.
2nd offence: Player will be suspended from
competing in TOUR events for the remainder of
Conforming Balls and Non-conforming clubs
The ball the player plays must be named on the
current “List of Conforming Golf Balls”
recognized by the
RCGA. Penalty for playing a
non-conforming ball is disqualification.
The one ball rule is in effect for all players
in the Professional and Championship Flight of
Vancouver Golf Tour events, unless a local rule
is in effect.
All clubs used by the player must not be named
on the current “List of Non-Conforming Golf
Clubs” recognized by the
RCGA. Penalty for
playing a non-conforming golf club is
VGT’s Groove Rule for 2010
For 2010, all players will be allowed to
continue playing their existing equipment as
long as it conforms to the Groove rule in place
in 2009 and is not on the RCGA ‘List of
Non-Conforming Golf Clubs’ for 2009.
Between the play of two holes, a player must not
play a practice stroke or roll a ball on or near
the putting green of the hole last played. Any
practice of this nature will result in a two
shot penalty. In the case of a two-round
tournament, practice on the course (being used
in round two) in between rounds is prohibited.
Practice of this nature between rounds will
result in disqualification.
Order of Merit
Vancouver Golf Tour will use a year-long Point
System to determine 2010 Order of Merit Winners
in both Professional and Amateur Divisions.