Rules of the RIPT

These rules were last updated on August 10, 2009.

A: Organization of the Tournament
  1. Upon arriving, putters are requested to walk the course extensively; thereby enabling a tamping-down of the greens to prepare them for the tournament.
  2. For the first round of play, names will be randomly drawn from the pool of all players and formed into groups of 4 or less; for the second round, all players will be ordered according to their score from the first round. 
    1. Groups of 5 or less will be formed starting from the highest score from the first round. 
    2. Substitutions in these groups are allowed; pending approval of the Tournament Director.
  3. Each player shall complete all 18 holes or their scores are deemed ineligible.
B: Play during the Tournament
  1. Ball Placement and Lie
    1. A ball held up by the edge of the actual physical golf hole shall be considered to have gone in the hole.
    2. When a club is blocked by an object, hence it cannot make a full swing, a player is allowed to move the ball to a place where a full swing can be made, while staying the same distance from the hole if reasonably possible.
    3. A ball shot into the viewing gallery shall be playable provided no person and no object is required to move to make the shot. 
    4. All balls coming to rest in or on the places listed below shall take a one-stroke penalty and place their ball in play where it last exited from play.  If the ball is more than 10 feet away from the hole, the player is allowed to place the ball in the middle of a fairway.
      1. The garden
      2. The pavement 
      3. The deck 
      4. The sidewalk or road
      5. The stones
      6. The mulch 
      7. And any other non-grass area
    5. At no time is a player permitted to putt off anything other than grass.
  2. Tie Game
    1. In the event of a tie, a sudden death hole-by-hole playoff shall ensue with all players in that tie. 
      1. The first person to win a hole individually, wins the tournament. 
      2. All players in the playoff continue until it is won. 
      3. Play commences on the 1st hole.
C: Awards
  1. The Official Trophy of the Royston Invitational Putting Tournament shall be awarded to the player (male or female) achieving the lowest score after all 18 holes and any necessary playoff holes in the event of a tie. (Please see Rule B:2) 
    1. The Official Trophy is engraved with the year, player's name and score (par 54).
    2. The player is permitted to keep the Official Trophy until the next years RIPT.
    3. The player is required to keep the Official Trophy in pristine condition and to dust it delicately on a regular basis.
    4. Official recognition at the awards ceremony.
    5. Posting of recognition on the RIPT site.
  2. The Margarida Dyck Royston Memorial Trophy (est. 2009) shall be given to the lowest scoring female(s).  In a tradition of comraderie and co-operation, no playoff is required to determine the winners. 
    1. The winner(s) of the Margarida Memorial Trophy are fully eligible to also win the Official Trophy.
    2. The Margarida Memorial Trophy is engraved with the year, player'(s) name and score (par 54).
    3. The player is permitted to keep the Margarida Memorial Trophy until the next years RIPT
    4. Official recognition at the awards ceremony.
    5. Posting of recognition on www.ript.ca
  3. The Under 16 Award (est. 2009) is given to the lowest score by a person under the age of 16. 
    1. The player is permitted to keep the Under 16 Award until the next years RIPT.
    2. Official recognition at the Awards ceremony.
    3. Posting of recognition on www.ript.ca
  4. The 1st Hole-In-One of the tournament (based on hole number) shall be honoured and awarded with appropriate accolades.
    1. Official recognition at the Awards ceremony.
    2. Posting of recognition on www.ript.ca
  5. The Super Person Awards (male and female) shall be given to the highest scoring players of each gender.
    1. The player is permitted to keep the Super Person Award until the next years RIPT.
    2. Official recognition at the Awards ceremony.
    3. Posting of recognition on www.ript.ca
D: Ultimate Decisions on all Rules and Regulations pertaining to all aspects of the RIPT
  1. All questions and all rules will be answered by the Tournament Director.
E: Reference to the RIPT in all written and spoken communications
  1. All reference to the event shall use the full name; Royston Invitational Putting Tournament.  The only approved exception is the use of RIPT as an acronym.
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