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IELAC 2008 - von 27.8. bis 30.8.2008 im GC Schloss Schönborn

Information - Conditions of Competition

International European Ladies’ Amateur Championship

1. GENERAL

1.1 Form of Play

The Championship shall be decided by stroke play over four rounds of 18
holes each day, in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A
Rules Limited, the Local Rules approved by the Committee and the
Conditions herein.

1.2 Eligibility of Competitors

Competitors can be any lady amateur player with an exact handicap of 6.0 or
better. The exact handicap certified at the date of entry will be used for all
purposes.

Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification of player

1.3 Number of Competitors

144 competitors shall be eligible to compete. If the number of entries
exceeds 144, places in the starting field will be decided by handicap ballot
(see Sections 3.3 and 4.1).

1.4 Cut

The 50 lowest scores over the first 36 holes including ties shall qualify for the
final 36 holes. The remainder will be eliminated.

1.5 Time of Starting

Any competitor who arrives at her starting point, ready to play, within five
minutes after her starting time, shall incur a penalty of two strokes (see Note
to Rule 6-3a).

1.6 Caddies

A competitor is prohibited from having a professional golfer serve as her
caddie during any stipulated round.

Penalty for Breach of Condition: two strokes for each hole at which any
breach occurred; maximum penalty per round: four strokes. In the event of a
breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole. A
competitor having a caddie in breach of this condition must immediately upon
discovery that a breach has occurred ensure that she conforms with this
condition for the remainder of the stipulated round. Otherwise, the competitor
is disqualified.

1.7 Transportation

Competitors shall walk at all times during a stipulated round unless permitted
to ride by the Committee.

Penalty for Breach of Condition: two strokes for each hole at which any
breach occurred; maximum penalty per round: four strokes. In the event of a
breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.
Use of any unauthorised form of transportation shall be discontinued
immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. Otherwise, the
competitor shall be disqualified.

1.8 Pace of Play

In the absence of mitigating circumstances, a group is liable to be timed if it
is in excess of the time allowed and, in the case of second or subsequent
groups, out of position.
From the commencement of timing, if any competitor exceeds 50 seconds on
a first to play approach shot (including a Par 3 tee shot), chip or putt, or 40
seconds if it is a tee shot or second or third to play shot, she is deemed to
have a “bad time”.
The time allowed will be determined by the Committee and will be published
on the official notice board. Out of position is defined as being more than the
starting interval behind the group in front.
A competitor whose group is timed will have a bad time carried forward in the
round even if the group subsequently arrives back in position or within time.

Penalty for Breach of Condition:

One bad time Verbal warning from a Rules Official
Two bad times Two stroke penalty
Three bad times Disqualification
Notes: (1) Competitors may not be advised that they are being
timed.
(2) Timings will be taken from the moment it is deemed by a
Rules Official that it is the competitor's turn to play.

1.9 Golf Balls

The ball the competitor plays must be named on the current List of
Conforming Golf Balls issued by the R&A (see www.randa.org).

Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.

1.10 Driving Clubs

Any driver the competitor carries must have a clubhead, identified by model
and loft, which is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads
issued by the R&A (see www.randa.org).
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: Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred;
maximum penalty per round – Four strokes. Any club or clubs carried in
breach of this condition must be declared out of play by the player to his
opponent in match play or his marker or a fellow-competitor in stroke play
immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. If the player fails to
do so, he is disqualified.

Penalty for making stroke with club in breach of condition:
Disqualification.

1.11 Suspension of Play due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b)

The signal for the suspension of play due to a dangerous situation will be:
Discontinue Play Immediately: One prolonged note of siren.
Discontinue Play: Three consecutive notes of siren, repeated.
Resume Play: Two short notes of siren, repeated.

1.12 Anti-Doping

Competitors shall not make use of any drug to enhance their performance. In
this respect, competitors’ attention is drawn to the prescribed list of drugs
issued by the host country’s national sports council. Any competitor infringing
this Condition or refusing to take a test may be disqualified.

1.13 Mobile Telephones / Electronic Equipment

The use of a mobile telephone, paging device or any other form of electronic
equipment by a competitor or her caddie while on the golf course during a
stipulated round is distracting and inconsiderate. If the competitor or the
caddie is in possession of such a device, it should be turned off. Any use
may result in the Committee taking disciplinary action against the offending
person(s) in accordance with the concluding paragraph of Section 1:
Etiquette in the Rules of Golf and, ultimately, in a penalty being imposed
under Rule 33-7.

1.14 Return of Scorecards

Competitors must return their scorecards, in accordance with Rule 6-6b, to
an area designated by the Committee as the “Scoring or Recording Area”.
The scorecard is considered returned when the competitor has left the
Scoring or Recording Area.

Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.

1.15 Decision of Ties

In the event of a tie for first place after four rounds, the winner shall be
decided by a play-off by stroke play over three holes to be selected by the
Committee. The play-off shall start as soon as practicable after the last
competitors have finished their final round. The competitor with the lowest
aggregate score over the three extra holes shall be declared the winner. In
the event of a further tie, the winner shall be decided by hole by hole “sudden
death” over the same three holes.
In case of a tie for the silver or bronze medal, the places will be decided on
the basis of scores recorded for the final 36, 18, 9, 6, 3 holes or last hole, in
that order.

1.16 Results of the Competition / Competition Closed

When the final results are placed on the official notice board and/or results
sheet, the results of the Championship shall be deemed to have been
officially announced. Any dispute must be referred to the Committee before
the conclusion of play on the final day and not later than 15 minutes after
play concludes on the preceding days.

2. COMMITTEE

2.1 Composition

The Committee comprises the EGA Championship Committee in consultation
with the host country’s national golf authority. The Committee may appoint a
Referee whose decisions on the Rules of Golf will be final.

2.2 Authority

The EGA Championship Committee will be responsible for organising and
running the Championship. The Committee reserves the right to amend the
Championship Conditions.

2.3 Competition Cancelled or Altered

The Committee reserves the right to reduce or cancel any stipulated round,
suspend or postpone play or to cancel or suspend the competition.

3. ENTRIES

3.1 Entry Form

Entries will only be accepted on the official entry form and shall reach the
EGA at the address stipulated on the entry form, with full entrance fee
payment, before the closing date. Partially completed or late entries will not
be accepted. An entrant’s form will not have been officially received until her
name has been posted at www.ega-golf.ch.

3.2 Unsuccessful Entrants

Unsuccessful entrants shall be informed without delay and given the
opportunity to compete if withdrawals subsequently occur. Entrance fees will
be refunded to entrants balloted out who do not subsequently compete.

3.3 Handicap Limit

Entries will be accepted from lady amateur golfers whose exact handicap does
not exceed 6.0 strokes under the handicapping scheme adopted by
Conditions of Competition

International European Ladies’ Amateur Championship
the recognised authority controlling golf in the country from which they enter.
The handicap must be certified by the secretary of the national golf authority
or entrant’s home club and must have been valid on the date of entry.

3.3 Ballot

In the event of applications exceeding the number of places available in the
Championship (144), the starting field shall be decided by a handicap ballot
while exempting those competitors as detailed in Section 4. Unsuccessful
entrants shall be informed without delay and given the opportunity to
compete if withdrawals subsequently occur. Entrance fees will be refunded
to entrants balloted out who do not subsequently compete.

3.4 Late Withdrawals

Competitors who withdraw less than three days prior to the start of the
Championship, other than for sickness or other special circumstances, may
have their future entries rejected.

3.5 Refunds Following Withdrawal

Entrance fees will only be refunded in the case of withdrawal being advised
before the closing time for entries, except for those entrants who may be
balloted out and who do not subsequently compete or those withdrawing for
medical reasons.

3.6 Committee Authorisation of Entries

All entries shall be subject to the approval of the Committee who reserves
the right to accept or refuse any entry without giving reason for its decision,
which shall be final. Entries from non-European entrants will be at the
discretion of the Committee.

4. EXEMPTIONS

4.1 Categories

The following will be exempt from the ballot provided they satisfy the
handicap requirements:
(a) the defending champion, whether she satisfies the handicap
requirements or not;
(b) competitors officially nominated by EGA member golf authorities
according to the final results of the previous European Ladies’ Team
Championship as follows:
Places 1-8: six competitors per country;
Places 9-14: four competitors per country.

In addition, the host country’s national golf authority may nominate
up to four additional competitors. All other EGA member
countries may nominate two competitors;
(c) competitors who competed in the Vagliano Trophy in 2007;
(d) any competitor who has qualified for the last eight places in the
2008 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship;
(e) any competitor who has qualified for the last eight places in the
2007 US Ladies’ Amateur Championship;
(f) competitors officially nominated by the non-European Golf
Authorities will be accepted according to the results of the 2006
Espirito Santo Trophy as follows:
Places 1 to 5: four competitors per country;
Places 6 to 10: two competitors per country.
Note: the number of competitors permitted to be nominated under
exemption category (c) is to be inclusive of and not in addition to the
number of competitors exempt under another category.

5. PRIZES

5.1 Title

The winner of the Championship shall be the International European Lady
Amateur Champion Golfer for a period of one year. The Championship
Trophy shall be held by her national golf authority, which will be responsible
for the cost of engraving, insuring and maintaining the trophy and should
return it, before the next Championship, to an address named by the EGA
Secretary.

5.2 Placings

The winner shall receive a gold medal, the runner up a silver medal and the
third-placed competitor a bronze medal.

6. REGISTRATION

6.1 Registration Deadline

Competitors are requested to register at the club house immediately on
arrival, but not later than 12h00 on the day preceding the championship. A
competitor’s failure to meet this deadline or to pre-notify the Committee of
their pending arrival time may result in the competitor losing her starting field
place to a reserve.

7. DISCLAIMER

7.1 All competitors agree that there are certain risks inherent in the game of golf
and accept personal and sole liability for all such risks.

EGA Championship Committee
February 2008

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