Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship

 


DATE: September 11th-14th, 2017
HOST CLUB: Bayonet Black Horse Golf Club - Bayonet Course
ADDRESS: 1 McClure Way, Seaside, CA 93955
PHONE: (831) 899-7271

 

ENTRIES OPEN: June 20th at 9:00 AM CST
ENTRIES CLOSE: September 6th at 5:00 PM CST
EXEMPT PLAYER DEADLINE: August 2nd at 5:00 PM CST
ENTRY FEE: $1,600

ENTRY ELIGIBILITY, PROCEDURE & INFORMATION

Entries are open to male amateur golfers who have reached their 25th birthday on or before September 12th.  Teams must have a combined USGA handicap index of 10.0 or less.  The Senior division is open to male amateur golfers aged 55 or older as of September 12th.  Senior teams must have a combined USGA handicap index of 14.0 or less.  The Super Senior division is open to male amateur golfers age 65 or older as of September 12th.  Super Senior teams must have a combined USGA handicap index of 16.0 or less. Each team member must be a member of a Trans-Mississippi Golf Association member club. If either partner’s club chooses not to become a member club, they may make a minimum $100 contribution in lieu of club membership as part of the entry process, in addition to the championship Entry Fee ($1,600).

Entries will be accepted in the order they are received at the discretion of the Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship Committee; preference will be given to past participants in Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Championships, competitive record in prior Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Championships, competitive record of each team member in competitive championships and contributions made to the Turf Scholarship Fund. If a particular division is not full by Wednesday, August 2nd and there is a wait list in another division, spots in the field may be filled by those teams on the wait list.  For more information, see the applicable Policies and Procedures.  Tournament entries will open on Tuesday, June 20th at 9:00 am (CST) and will close on Wednesday, August 30th at 5:00 pm (CST).

EXEMPTIONS

All exempt players who meet the criteria outlined below are required to register before Wednesday, August 2nd at 5:00 pm (CST).

  1. Past Champions in the Championship (Mid-Amateur) Division for the previous five (5) championships.
  2. Past Champions in the Senior Division for the previous five (5) championships.
  3. Past Champion in the Super Senior division in the previous year’s championship.
  4. Top five (5) Finishers (and ties) in the previous year’s Championship (Mid-Amateur) Division.
  5. Top three (3) Finishers (and ties) in the previous year’s Senior Division.
  6. Trans-Mississippi Golf Association/Host Club Selections.

FORMAT, FIELD SIZE & DIVISIONS

The championship will be contested over 54 holes of four-ball stroke play with three (3) divisions; Championship, Senior and Super Senior.  Each division will play from separate tees/yardages and separate champions will be recognized in each division.

The field is comprised of the following teams, as outlined below:

Championship (Mid-Amateur)    25 & Over (42 teams)
Senior                                         55 & Over (30 teams)
Super Senior                               65 & Over (24 teams)


CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION

All competitors must register with Trans-Mississippi staff prior to the start of the championship. Players that do not register may be subject to disqualification. Official tournament registration will be held at Bayonet & Black Horse on Monday, September 11th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Competitors who are unable to register on the date and time listed above must contact Trans-Mississippi staff in advance of the Championship.

OFFICIAL PRACTICE ROUND

All confirmed competitors should contact the golf shop at Bayonet & Black Horse at (831) 899-7271, no earlier than Wednesday, August 30th, to schedule a practice round for Monday, September 11th. Players are limited to one (1) complementary practice round on the designated practice round date.

STARTING TIMES/PAIRINGS       

Starting times/pairings for the first and second rounds will be made available no later than Friday, September 8th.  Copies will also be distributed at registration, in the Trans-Mississippi Tournament Office and in the Golf Shop on Monday, September 11th. Final round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play at approximately 7:00 pm online at www.trans-miss.org, in the Trans-Mississippi Tournament Office and the Golf Shop.  Final round starting times will be re-drawn based on total score following the second round of play.

HOST HOTEL

Discounted rates have been established at the following host hotel; players must contact the host hotel directly to make their own reservations.

The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa (1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA 93940) is the host hotel for the championship.  Players are asked to reference ‘Trans-Mississippi Golf Association’ when making their room reservations by phone to get the applicable discounts, based on occupancy: $189 per night (single/double), $214 (triple) and $239 (quadruple).  Quoted discounts do not include taxes, however the negotiated room rate waives the hotel resort services fee and includes the following complimentary services: valet and self-parking, wifi in guest rooms and access to other resort amenities.  Guests are also eligible to receive discounted access to the Del Monte Golf Course and its practice facilities.

Guest rooms will be held until Monday, August 7th, after which date they will be subject to availability and at market rates (group rate will apply until 2 days prior to the start of the event). To reserve a room please utilize the online booking link provided here, or contact the hotel directly (831) 372-1234, prior to the applicable deadlines.   After the cut-off date, please contact the hotel directly or utilize the online booking link provided here.  Please note when making reservations that the property has a 48-hour cancellation policy; early departure fee is applicable and is equal to one night room and tax.

TRANSPORTATION

Teams are encouraged to ride.  Cart fees for the tournament are included in the entry fee. Carts are limited to two (2) riders at a time, and a maximum of two (2) carts per group.

PLAYER RECEPTION

All competitors and a guest are invited to attend a reception on Monday, September 11th at Bayonet & Black Horse. All reception costs, including hors d’oeuvres and beverages are included in the entry fee. The reception will begin at 6:30 pm following the Official Practice Round. Dress code for the reception is, at minimum, golf attire (shorts are permitted).

CLUBHOUSE FACILITIES

The Clubhouse facilities at Bayonet & Black Horse will be open daily at 6:30 am. Player’s will be responsible for breakfast/lunch purchased during the Practice Round.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, at no cost to players, for all three days of the championship. Guests may dine with players, but will be charged the appropriate cost for the same meal.

PRACTICE FACILITIES

Practice Facilities at Bayonet & Black Horse will be available to all competitors for the duration of the Championship. The practice facilities will open Monday, September 11th at 7:30 am and throughout each championship round, beginning one hour prior to the first starting time.  The practice range will close at dusk for maintenance each evening.

LOCKERS & CLUB STORAGE

There will be limited lockers and club storage available at Bayonet & Black Horse during the championship.  Players interested in these services should inquire at registration with a member of the Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Shop Staff.

CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

The Trans-Mississippi Code of Conduct and Dress Code are in effect during the throughout the championship. Violations will be dealt with based on the severity of the misconduct.  All competitors should be familiar with all Trans-Mississippi Conditions of Competitions and Policies.  If you have any questions, please click here for additional information or consult with Trans-Mississippi Tournament Staff.

WITHDRAWAL/NO SHOW POLICY          

If you find you cannot compete in the championship, you must officially withdraw from the event by contacting Trans-Mississippi Staff at (214) 468-8942, ext. 126 or by emailing ccrawford@trans-miss.org. If you do not officially withdraw, you may be subject to DISQUALIFICATION from future Trans-Mississippi Championships.

Any team withdrawing prior to Wednesday, August 30th at 5:00 pm will receive a full refund, less a $50.00 administrative fee. Any withdrawals after the August 30th deadline will not receive a refund unless a spot is filled by a team on the wait list.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, September 11th
7:30 am                                                 Practice Facilities Open
8:00 – 1:00 pm                                      Practice Round Starting Times - #1 Tee
8:00 – 5:00 pm                                      Player Registration
6:00 pm                                                Golf Course Closes
6:30 pm                                                Player Reception (Clubhouse)
 
Tuesday, September 12th
6:30 – 9:30 am                                      Player Breakfast (Banquet Room)
8:00 am                                                Round 1 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
12:00 – 3:00 pm                                    Player Lunch (Banquet Room)
 
Wednesday, September 13th
6:30 – 9:30 am                                      Player Breakfast (Banquet Room)
8:00 am                                                Round 2 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
12:00 – 3:00 pm                                    Player Lunch (Banquet Room)
 
Thursday, September 14th
6:30 – 9:30 am                                      Player Breakfast (Banquet Room)
8:00                                                      Final Round Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tees
12:00 – 3:00 pm                                    Player Lunch (Banquet Room)
Immediately Following Play                      Awards Ceremony & Trophy Presentations


Schedule subject to change based on size of the championship field and each division.  All events will take place at Bayonet & Black Horse, unless otherwise noted.

TRANS-MISSISSIPPI GOLF ASSOCIATION CONTACTS

Executive Director Rob Addingtonraddington@trans-miss.org
Tournament ChairmanRobert McDonald, III 
Tournament Director Cameron Crawfordccrawford@trans-miss.org
Tournament Coordinator Amanda Kolbakolb@trans-miss.org
CommunicationsMark Buttonmbutton@txga.org

 

 


 

THANK YOU NOTES

The success of the Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship is not possible without the contributions of our board, partners and host club.  We strongly encourage you to show your appreciation for their support by directing your thank you notes to the following contacts below.

Host Club:
Bayonet Black Horse Golf Club
Pat Jones, Director of Golf
1 McClure Way
Seaside, CA     93955
Or by email at pjones@bbhgolf.com
Trans-Miss:
Trans-Mississippi Golf Association
Rob Addington, Executive Director
16200 Addison Road, Suite 150
Addison, TX      75001
Or by email at raddington@trans-miss.org
 

 


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Upon completion and confirmation of entry, all players have agreed to abide by all Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) Policies and Procedures (including Code of Conduct, Dress Code, and any special guidelines for specific events), Conditions of Competition and Standard Local Rules.
 

CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and the R&A govern play. See applicable championship or qualifying round Notice to Players and Tournament Information for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the Rules of Golf, effective January 2016.

The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) Tournament Rules Committee shall have the final decision on all claims and disputes.  The following Conditions of Competition apply for all TMGA events.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Condition is:

Match play – Loss of hole  •  Stroke play – Two strokes

Upon completion and confirmation of entry, all players have agreed to abide by all Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Policies and Procedures – including Conditions of Competition, Code of Conduct, Dress Code, and any special guidelines for specific events.

SPECIFICATION OF CLUBS AND THE BALL:  

a. List of Conforming Driver Heads

Any driver the player carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the USGA.

Exception: A driver with a clubhead that was manufactured prior to 1999 is exempt from this condition.

PENALTY FOR CARRYING, BUT NOT MAKING STROKE WITH, CLUB OR CLUBS IN BREACH OF CONDITION:

See Penalty Statement in Appendix I, Part B, pages 154-155.

PENALTY FOR MAKING STROKE WITH CLUB IN BREACH OF CONDITION: Disqualification.

b. List of Conforming Golf Balls

The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the USGA.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION: Disqualification.

PACE OF PLAY (Note 2 to Rule 6-7): See separate memorandum to players and official TMGA scorecard for pace of play guidelines and tournament-specific time charts.

Out of Position – A group is out of position when it (A) completes play on a hole (replaces the flagstick) later than the time scheduled in the time chart provided and (B) reaches a par 3 hole and the preceding group has left the next tee or fails to clear the tee of the par 4 hole before the preceding group has left the putting green, or arrives at the tee of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (A) and (B) must occur for a group to be out of position.

Timing – When the Committee determines that a group (or individual) will be timed, all players (or a specified individual) in the group will be notified by a Referee. Players will have 40 seconds to play a stroke. The 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 the player has been allowed reasonable 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.

Penalty for Exceeding 40 Seconds:

  • FIRST OFFENSE – Informed of “Bad Time”;
  • SECOND OFFENSE – One Stroke Penalty;
  • THIRD OFFENSE – Two Stroke Penalty;
  • FOURTH OFFENSE – Disqualification.

Rulings/Other Incidents – Should a ruling or other legitimate delay cause a group to lose its position, the group is obligated to regain its position within a reasonable time.

DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY (Note to Rule 6-8b):  When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

All practice areas are closed during suspension during a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Note: Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in a violation of the TMGA Code of Conduct.

The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren.

  • Discontinue Play Immediately: One prolonged airhorn note.
  • Discontinue Play: Three consecutive airhorn notes, repeated.
  • Resume Play: Two short airhorn notes, repeated.

PRACTICE: Prior to and after his round in stroke play, a player may practice on the designated practice areas. Rule 7-1b applies to other practice in stroke play, and Rule 7-1a covers practice before the round in match play.

CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.

The result of a match is considered to have been “officially announced” when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.

Host Club:  Bayonet Black Horse Golf Club
Address:  1 McClure Way, Seaside, CA 93955
Phone Number:  (831) 899-7271
Club Website:  www.bayonetblackhorse.com
Year Opened:  1954
Architect:  General Robert McClure; Renovated by Gene Bates
Par:  72
Yardage:  7,104
 
In the heart of the City of Seaside, the U.S. Army purchased a tract of land to be used as a training facility, which was named Fort Ord in honor of General Edward Ord - a famed Civil War Veteran. It was upon this great land that General Robert B. McClure constructed the Bayonet Golf Course in 1954. Bayonet was named after the 7th Infantry "Light Fighter" Division (nicknamed the "Bayonet Division"), which was the first major unit to occupy Fort Ord, as well as the last. Due to Bayonet's initial acclaim, Fort Ord decided to expand the course and in 1964 a second 18-hole championship course was officially opened - Black Horse. On January 16, 1997, the City of Seaside officially purchased the courses and hired BSL Golf Corporation to manage the day-to-day activities of the Bayonet Black Horse properties. Both courses are steeped in rich tradition, and have played host to PGA Tour greats such as Palmer, Nicklaus, and Watson, as well as several U.S. Presidents and foreign dignitaries.
 
Critical Acclaim:
  • Top 15 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in California (2015)
  • Top 100 Golf Now Top Courses in the United States (2013)
Championships Hosted:
  • 45th PGA Professional National Championship (2012)
  • 26th Sr. PGA Professional National Championship (2015)
  • 2nd Stage PGA Tour Qualifying School (2010 – 2012)
  • U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur & U.S. MidAmateur Sectional Qualifying (2010 – 2015)
  • PGA Section Northern California Open (2012, 2015 and 2017)
  • PGA Section Team Match Play (2010 – 2015)

STANDARD LOCAL RULES (Hard Card)

The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and the R&A govern play. See applicable championship or qualifying round Notice to Players and Tournament Information for additional Local Rules and Conditions. The following Local Rules apply for all Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) championships; Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the Rules of Golf, effective January 2016.

 
The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) Tournament Rules Committee shall have the final decision on all claims and disputes.  The following Local Rules and Conditions of Competition apply for all TMGA events.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is:

Match play – Loss of hole • Stroke play – Two strokes

OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts. Rule 27-1b.

WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARD STAKES AND LINES: When both stakes and lines are present, stakes identify the hazard and lines define the hazard margin. When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by white lines. Sod-covered trenching for temporary cables and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair. Rule 25-1.

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN: Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.  The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

Note: A ball is “embedded” when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground.  A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g., grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).

Exceptions:

  1. A player may not take relief under the Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely-mown.
  2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

SEAMS OF CUT TURF: Through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed to be ground under repair.  However, interference by a seam with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1.  If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1.  All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.

ANT HILLS:  Ant hills are loose impediments – see Decision 23/5.  For the presence of fire ants (i.e. a dangerous situation), see Decision 1-4/10.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN: Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

TURF PLUGS ON THE PUTTING GREEN: On the putting green, in addition to actions permitted under Rule 16-1c, the player may repair turf plugs even if they are not 4 ¼ inches.  Note: Aeration holes on the putting green are not turf plugs.

WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH: Are loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS:

A) White lined areas tying into immovable obstructions have the same status as the obstruction and are not ground under repair.
B) Landscaped or garden areas (flower beds, shrubberies, or the like) completely encircled by an obstruction are part of the obstruction.
C) Exposed liners in bunkers.
D) Where the outside edge (non-golf course side) of a road or path defines out of bounds, the road or path is an immovable obstruction.
 

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE:

A) Includes cables, rods, wires and wrappings when closely attached to trees.
B) Artificial walls and pilings when located within water hazards, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.
C) Artificial walls and pilings when used to define the margin of bunkers are integral parts of the course and deemed to be through the green.
 

STONES IN BUNKERS: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).

PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES: If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable, the stroke must be canceled and replayed without penalty (Rule 20-5 applies). If the ball is not immediately recoverable another ball may be substituted. (For temporary power lines or cables see Temporary Immovable Obstructions).

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: A temporary immovable obstruction (TIO) is a non-permanent artificial object that is often erected in conjunction with a competition and is fixed or not readily movable.  Examples of TIOs include, but are not limited to, tents, scoreboards, grandstands, television towers, circulation fans and lavatories.  Relief is available as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, pages 147-151 of the USGA Rules of Golf.

STAKED TREES: If the lie of the ball, stance, and/or area of intended swing is interfered with by a stake that is attached to a tree, the stake/rope/wire is treated as an obstruction. Relief without penalty from the tree itself is not allowed.

DISTANCE-MEASURING DEVICES:  A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device.  If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.      

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.  For subsequent offense – Disqualification.

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