The Tour is not responsible for items stolen, lost or damaged at any
practice facility or host golf courses.
Any appeal of a penalty
must be referred to the Tour Director immediately upon completion of the
player in question's round. The Tour Director's decision shall be final.
Attire: Slacks or Bermuda length shorts are
permitted. No denim is permitted. All shirts must have a collar and
remain tucked in at all times.
The Tour is a soft spikes only tour, no metal spikes
are permitted. Players shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and
personal grooming. The Tour Director or Host Professional shall interpret this
for returned checks will be charged to the player.
Must be turned off during play unless calling for a ruling or emergency
Credit Cards may only be used as payment via The GOLFslinger.com
www.MinorLeagueGOLF.com. When payment is made at the Tournament
Site we are only able to accept cash or checks.
Host Club: Players
will be expected to treat the staff at each host club with respect.
Pairings: Pairings will be based on the Official
Money List and the discretion of the Tour Director.
Player Conduct Policy:
The GOLFslinger.com Tour will maintain a strict no tolerance
policy on any behavior unbecoming a professional for all tour members,
including amateurs. This includes
but is not limited to vulgar language, club throwing and damage to the golf
course or golf course property. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the
forfeiture of all tour membership rights. Conduct unbecoming a golf professional will not be tolerated and will be
dealt with as the tour sees fit given the circumstances.
balls are included in the entry fee for use prior to the round.
Practice Rounds: Practice rounds will be available at
all tournament sites on a case by case basis. Players are responsible
for practice rounds including reserving tee times and any fees that may
Official Tournament: The goal of The GOLFslinger.com Tour is to complete scheduled events.
The tournament committee and players will make their best effort to complete
each round and tournament as scheduled. If the entire field completes
at least 50% of the scheduled event (9 holes of an 18 hole event, 18 holes
of a 36 hole event) it will be considered an Official Tournament. The
total number of holes counted will be equal to the number that the final
After exhausting all feasible options, the tournament committee may suspend
or cancel a round (Rule 33-2d) in the event unplayable conditions occur.
In the event a tournament cannot be completed due to weather the purse
portion of the entry fee will be refunded/distributed evenly to all the
players in the field. Refunds of course costs will be decided on a
case by case basis by the host club.
Refund Policy: If a player leaves due to
reasons other than performance, causing the field to be reduced, the purse will also be
reduced. Refunds of course costs will be decided on a case by case
basis by the host club.
Playoffs and Ties:
The only ties which will be broken
by a playoff are those to decide first place when possible. All other ties will remain as
ties and the purse for those positions will be divided equally. A sudden
death playoff will immediately follow play on a hole or holes chosen by the
Prize Money Distribution:
Checks will be paid on site within 1 hour of completion of play
and available at all future events.
If a player chooses to have his check sent to an address in lieu of picking
it up, please notify the tour director and it will be mailed to the player
address on file. It is the players responsibility to keep their
address up to date with the tour. Checks are mailed twice monthly,
mid-month and at the end of the month. All players must
submit a W-9 with a US Social Security or Tax ID number on it or be subject to 30% withholding on all earnings.
1099-MISC will be sent in January for the previous years earnings to
players that earned over $600 during the year.
Prize Money Payout:
Checks for prizes will be paid on site within 1 hour of completion of play. Skins and "2nd day money" will be paid immediately after
the purse is
Starting times will be posted on The GOLFslinger.com Tour website
www.MinorLeagueGOLF.com and available at 561.398.9960 the evening
before the round after 7pm.
The responsibility of being ready to play at
the appointed time lies solely with the individual player.
Late to the Tee:
Rule 6-3 Provides: "The player
shall start at the time laid down by the Committee." The Tour
incorporates the Note under 6-3 that allows the player to be up to 5 minutes
late with a 2 stroke penalty. After 5 minutes, he shall be disqualified.
A player must be present
and ready to play (present on the teeing ground with a club and ball)
when the 1st player of the group is instructed to play. The
order of play is not relevant.
Suspension of Play Due To Dangerous Situation
The GOLFslinger.com Tour requests and encourages its players to seek safe
shelter in Lightning conditions. Each individual has the right to
determine the conditions are dangerous and suspend play. If the host course has ordered a
suspension of play and you are in the process of playing a hole, you
shall discontinue play and seek safe shelter immediately. Play shall
not thereafter be resumed until the course has ordered a resumption of play
and the players determine the conditions are acceptable for play. All practice areas shall be closed
during suspension for a dangerous situation until the host course has declared
them open for use.
It is the players responsibility to make sure their contact information is
current and they understand the rules of play and policies and procedures of
the GOLFslinger.com Tour.
The GOLFslinger.com Tour reserves the right to evaluate and modify policies,
procedures, rules of play, player
requirements and tournament scheduling. The GOLFslinger.com
the memberships best
interest will be considered before modifications of any kind will be made. Players will be notified of changes.
The most current version of each is available on The GOLFslinger.com
Tour website www.MinorLeageGOLF.com.
Rules of Play
Golf, for the most part, is played without supervision of an umpire or
referee. It is each players responsibility to abide by and enforce the
rules to protect the integrity of the game and of the competition.
United States Golf Association (USGA) Rules Govern All Play:
play is governed by the 2012-2015 USGA Rules of Golf and its decisions AND
where applicable, by local rules. Range Finders and GPS devices are
allowed for the 2012 season as long as the slope feature is not used.
Rules Interpretation: If there is any question of how to proceed
during tournament play, please invoke rule 3-3 and play two balls.
The One Ball Rule Is In Effect:
During a stipulated round,
the balls a player uses must be of the name brand and type as detailed by
a single entry on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls.
The Committee: The committee is comprised of the
Tournament Director and the designated host professional where applicable.
Amateur Policy: All amateurs participating in a
GOLFslinger.com Tour event must have a USGA handicap no higher than 6.0 or
3.0 respectively or a letter from a
PGA Professional verifying their ability.
Water Hazard Boundaries: In the absence of stakes or painted
lines the change in cut of grass will be used as the hazard line. If
this is not apparent, the waters edge will be used
Out of Bounds Boundaries: In the absence of
stakes or painted lines the change in cut of grass will be used as the
Player Conduct Policy: The GOLFslinger.com Tour will maintain a
strict no tolerance policy on any behavior unbecoming a professional for
all tour members, including amateurs. This includes but is not limited to
vulgar language, club throwing and damage to the golf course or golf
course property. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the
forfeiture of all tour membership rights. Conduct unbecoming a golf
professional will not be tolerated and will be dealt with as the tour sees
fit given the circumstances.
The Pace of Play / Slow Play:
Rule 6-7 states, in part: "The player shall play without undue delay and
in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by
the Committee." The following pace of play guidelines and slow play
penalties have been adopted.
Pace of Play:
The GOLFslinger.com Tour is a developmental tour for those looking to gain competitive
Pace of play is an issue at all levels of competition and needs to be
enforced to maintain good relationships with our host courses and to prepare
players for what they will most certainly experience in higher levels of
Rule 6-7 states, in part: "The player shall play without undue delay and in
accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the
Committee." The following pace of play guidelines have been
Every 39 minutes
+ 3 Min at the Turn
Every 42 minutes
+ 3 Min at the Turn
Definition of "Out of
A group will be considered out of position if at any
time during the round there is an open hole in front of them and they are
exceeding the allotted time based upon the pace of play chart.
Monitoring Groups: It is the responsibility of each player
to be aware of his groups position on the golf course.
Timing will only occur when a group is out of position
and has failed to keep pace with the pace of play chart or a
specific player is blatantly slow. Timing of a player's stroke will begin
when it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or
distraction. Any time spent determining yardages will count as time taken
for the next stroke.
On the putting green, timing will begin after a player has been allowed a
reasonable amount of time to mark, lift, clean and replace his ball,
repair his ball mark and other ball marks on his line of putt and remove
loose impediments on his line of putt.
A player will have 40 seconds to play a stroke when being timed.
An extra 10 seconds will be allowed for the first player to play:
- a stroke on a
- a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole
- a third stroke on a par-5 hole
on or around the putting green
timing exceeding the allotted time to play a stroke = notification
of a bad timing
a total of 2 timings exceeding the allotted time to play a stroke = 1
3rd Offense, a total of 3 timings exceeding the allotted time to play a
stroke = disqualification
Any player in a group being timed, who exceeds the applicable time to play
a stroke, will be informed as soon as practical.
In the administration of these pace of play guidelines, a member of the
Rules Committee shall not tolerate abuse, oral or otherwise, by a player.
Such abuse may constitute conduct unbecoming a professional.
APPEALS: Any appeal of a penalty must be referred to the on-site
Tournament Director immediately upon completion of the player in
question’s round. The Tournament Director’s decision shall be final.
If the player in question does not appeal immediately upon conclusion of
his round all penalties shall stand.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the tour requre new grooves? We have been surveying
players at our events to determine what percentage own a set of conforming
grooved clubs. Based upon the information available at this time The
GOLFslinger.com Tour will not make a decision to add the groove condition of
competition until at least 75% of our fields own conforming clubs OR at a time
when we deem it to be beneficial for the MAJORITY of our players. We will provide players
with at least 90 days notice when we decide on the proper time to
implement this change.
Am I eligible to play?
If you are a professional or a skilled amateur with a USGA handicap of 6.0 or
How do I register?
Pay online, Email or Call 561-398-9960 and give us your name, phone number,
status (amateur or professional) and tell us what event(s) you would like to
register for. At the bottom of the Event Info screen is a registered player list
that is updated at least once every 24 hours.
How do I pay?
If you want to use a credit card, you need to pay online at least one day prior
to the event. Otherwise you can pay
by check or with cash when you check in on the day of the event.
How do I get my tee time?
Tee times are available after 7pm the day before the event. Click on the
Tee Times link on the menu bar or on the Event Info screen or call 561-398-9960.
Do I have to join the tour to play in an event?
Yes. Because each player has
their own situation we offer memberships in varying lengths.
Memberships are available to
Annual memberships are $250 per year and Seasonal memberships (5 months) are $180.
For visiting or
occasional players we have a Single Event membership fee of $50 or a
$100 monthly membership option.
What does the Entry Fee include?
The Entry Fee includes everything: Cart and Greens Fees, Range Balls, Pinsheet, Tournament
Administration and Purse
Are Taxes taken out of my
earnings? Only if you do
not have a current W-9 on file. All
players must submit a W-9 with a US Social Security or Tax ID number on it or be subject to 30% withholding on all earnings. A
1099-MISC will be sent in January for the previous years earnings to
players that earned over $600 during the year.
Can I wear shorts?
YES Do we take carts?
How much does it cost to play in an event?
Our Events are lower cost $200* per
day tournaments that provide you an opportunity to sharpen your competitive
skills. For special single and
multiple day events the entry fee may be higher. The top 50% of the field always earns a check.
* Entry fees vary depending
on the venue and time of year. Course costs are composed of cart fees, greens
fees, range balls and tax. Course costs can be more than twice the summer rate
from November through April. Entry fees and purse contribution will be
How much of the Entry Fee goes towards the purse?
As much as possible. The GOLFslinger.com Tour has a formula to
determine how much to charge for each event based upon the cost to run
the event and our Guaranteed First Place and 50% of
the Field Payouts.
How much can I make?
$1,000 for all
1-Day Events and $2,000 for all 2-Day Events in 2012. Last place in the top quarter of the field earns at least their entry
fee, and last place money is equal to 1/3 of your entry fee. Here are our
Guaranteed First Place and 50% of the Field Payouts
in more detail.
Can I play a practice round?
Practice rounds will be available at all tournament sites on a case by case
basis. Players are responsible for practice rounds including reserving tee
times and any fees that may apply.
How long are the courses?
The purpose of The GOLFslinger.com Tour is to help golfers learn to compete at
the highest levels, therefore we play from the back tees whenever reasonable.
Our host courses range in yardage from 6500-7350 yards. Ladies will play no less than 94% of the yardage and will
compete in the same event.
Does everyone play the same
All men play from the same tees, including seniors, juniors and
amateurs. Ladies will play no less than 94% of the yardage and
will compete in the same event.
Is the one ball rule in effect?
What is the one ball rule?
During a stipulated round, the balls a player plays must be of the same brand
and type as detailed by a single entry on the current List of Conforming Golf
Balls. Note: If a ball of a different brand and/or type is dropped or
placed, it may be lifted, without penalty, and the player must then proceed by
dropping or placing a proper ball (Rule 20-6).
Can we use
distance measuring devices? We have decided
to implement the United States Golf Associations decision 14-3/0.5 which
permits the use of distance measuring devices as a local rule for the
2012 season. We feel that the implementation of this local rule
gives a player on The Minor League Golf Tour access to the same type of
information a PGA Tour player gets from his caddie during a tournament
You may use Range Finders, Cart GPS Systems when available, Sky
Caddie and any other distance measuring
Where are the events played?
All events on the GOLFslinger.com Tour are currently
played in southeast Florida. We play as far north as Vero
Beach and as far south as Miami.
The tour is based in Jupiter, Florida and all tournaments are
within 90 miles of this point. The most central location to
all events is West Palm Beach.