Valley Nine By Laws
Valley Nine Golf Associations By-Laws
Revised July 2017
I ............ NAME AND COLOR
The name shall be "SUN VALLEY NINE GOLF ASSOCIATION',
a non-profit organization.
B. COLORS: Red and White
ARTICLE II ............ OBJECT
A. To organize executive 9-hole players into an organization
with a list of six (6) clubs.
ARTICLE III ............
A. A member shall be a player who belongs to a participating
club and who has a current ten game handicap, or 5 game
B. Acceptance of membership obligates a player to abide
by and support the bylaws and the decisions of the executive
C. No more than twenty-five (25) players may compete from
each club in one competitive year.
D. Players must designate home course. The player shall
use the handicap index established at her home course
for all team play and tournaments. The player's current
month's handicap index must be used.
E. Team captains must decide the eligibility of a player.
F. Each new club shall be proposed for membership by officers
of participating clubs and shall be elected to membership
by two-thirds vote of a quorum of the executive committee.
ARTICLE IV ............ GOVERNMENT
Dues shall be $10.00 per team, on each team play day.
B. On the day of team play, each team shall consist of
ten (10) players and if they are short 10 players, they
still must pay $10.
C. Once a year, each player will
pay $1 towards the hole in one fund. Any hole
in one, during our competition, will be awarded the money
at the end of the year awards luncheon. If two players
get a hole in one in one year, then the money will be
C. A choice of whether to serve or not serve refreshments
shall be at the discretion of the hostess team.
D. The SUN VALLEY NINE GOLF ASSOCIATION shall be a separate
organization from any other association.
E. The control and management of the affairs and funds
shall be vested in the executive committee consisting
of: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer, Social
Chairman, Retiring Chairman and Team Captains.
F. Business may be conducted by a quorum of the executive
committee. A vote may be taken at either a meeting or
by a poll.
G. The term of office for officers shall be one year.
The duties of office are outlined in Article VI. Each
club shall provide a Chairman and Vice-Chairman by rotation
in the following order: (explanation: The captain of these
clubs will serve as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of
the SV9 for one year with this rotation:)
9 - 2017-2018...........Palo
Links @ Queen Creek - 2021-2022
Pines - 2018-2019......Shalimar
Hills - 2022-2023
H. Any vacancy in office shall move to last position on
the rotating list for the purpose of holding office.
I. New clubs must belong to the association for one competitive
year before any member can hold office.
J. An alternate Team Captain has the right to vote if
the team captain is absent from the spring luncheon,.
K. In case of inclement weather, the chairman or her designee
shall decide if the course is playable. This shall be
done by communicating with the host course's management.
If play is cancelled, an alternate day of play shall be
scheduled with the golf pro on the same course as soon
L. If for any reason the organization is dissolved, all
monies in the treasure shall be distributed equally between
the current member clubs.
M. The hostess team must be responsible for collecting
the $10.00 from each team, provide two scorekeepers, and
have local rules available for all players. Host
team will email all CAPTAINS with the results of the day.
ARTICLE V ............ TEAM
A. The competitive year shall run from November 1st to
May 31st. The last handicap Index of the season (May)
can be used for November team play.
(Rev. 6-10-13 ... 6-9-14 ... 5-22-17)
B. Team play shall be held on the THIRD Monday of each
month of the competitive year and will begin in November
due to heat and over-seeding. Extra Team Play matches
needed will be on the FIRST Monday of the month.
C. Championship, Second and Third shall be decided by
the cumulative score.
D. Play shall be governed at all times by USGA rules except
as amended by local rules of each club.
E. The executive committee shall act as rules committee
for the competitive year.
F. Team play shall be a MODIFIED FOUR BALL MATCH PLAY.
An extra incentive has been added and an award will be
given for low gross and low net each play day. A player
may win either low gross and low net, but not both on
the same day, and only once each year, in each category.
If a player has both low scores,
gross and net, then the gross comes first.
6-9-14 because we are 6 teams)
G. Six clubs are participating, team play shall be held
on each member club course. Each team will play another
club member team one time.
When we have an odd # of
teams, the host team will have no opponent and will play
themselves and receive half of the points as long as they
have at least five players playing that day. A Fund-Raising
Day event will be held in one of the months during the
(Rev. 6-9-14 because of 6 teams now) Baskets will
always be raffled in December at Shalimar. (Rev. 6-29-2015)
H. PLAYOFFS. On the last monthly play day (April), the
two leading teams will compete, followed by all teams
in order of team standing (Playoffs).
When and if we
have 7 teams, the team in seventh place shall have no
opponent and will play themselves and be given half of
the points as long as they have at least 5 players playing
on that day. The day's scores in April will be added
to the cumulative scores.
I. The SUN VALLEY NINE AWARDS Luncheon will be held the
following month in May.
J. FUND-RAISING DAY. The Chairman will determine which
month Fund-Raising Day will occur and can host the event
at any of the seven clubs during regular competition in
coordination with golf course personnel. The monthly $10.00
collected from each club will go to the Association's
Treasury. The Fund-Raising Day money collected will be
used for prizes for that tournament and the end of the
DAY ROTATION since we have 6 teams (Added 6-9-2014)
... The Fun Day shall always be regular
competition between teams with proxy events
on 5 to 6 holes.
Pines - 2017-2018......Union
9 - 2018-2019..........The
Links @ Queen Creek
K. Each player must play to a maximum of a 15 handicap.
L. Low handicappers shall play scratch, giving the other
three players strokes to compensate, with
a maximum allowance of four (4) strokes (also called dots
or pops) per player. Strokes shall be given
as indicated on the score card.
M. If a partner is late, the other player shall play alone
until her partner arrives. An absent partner may join
a match between holes, but not during play of a hole (Rule
30-3a USGA Rules). However she will be disqualified for
Low Gross and Low Net Tournament for that day.
N. Ties shall be played off on the cards, starting with
the #1 handicap hole for that course.
O. In the event a team does not
have either competing players in a flight, the opposing
team shall be awarded 5 ½ points in that flight,
on that day's play. The absent team will be allowed zero
points in that flight only. (See U below)
P. If a player is replaced, the substitute must play with
the same or higher handicap as the original player. The
substitute's handicap may not be lower than the original
player's handicap. Substitution shall be allowed up to
the time of play in case of an emergency.
Q. Only participating team members are allowed on the
course during play. An infringement of this rule shall
result in disqualification of the persons involved.
R. Official score cards must be signed by a member of
each team, preferably the persons keeping score.
S. A ball may be marked on the green by a player or partner,
when asked. The ball may be replaced by either person.
T. Distance range finders are allowed during league play.
If you do not have a range finder and your playing opponent
does, it is permissible to ask them for measurements of
your shots and they must oblige.
U. If a team does not have 10 players, then the captain
will decide who plays alone. It does not have to be the
1st player or the last player. The same applies if a team
only has 8 players. The captain will decide who plays
alone or where they may have an opening. (See O above)
ARTICLE VI ............ DUTIES
1. Presides at all meetings.
2. Sees that each member of the executive committee has
a copy of the By-Laws.
3. Appoints a Secretary/Treasurer and Social Chairman
from a club other than the one on which the Chairman plays
B. VICE CHAIRMAN:
1. Assists chairman and presides in her absence.
2. Arranges and supervises all details of the Fund-Raising
Day event with the assistance and approval of the chairman.
1. Records minutes of all meetings.
2. Keeps an accurate account of all monies received and
deposits said money in the name of SUN VALLEY NINE GOLF
ASSOCIATION in a depository suitable to her and approved
by the executive committee.
3. Reimburses expenditures with proper documentation.
D. SOCIAL CHAIRMAN:
1. Arranges all details of the awards luncheon, conforming
to the wishes of the chairman. The Social Chairman has
authority to sign contracts on behalf of the Sun Valley
Nine Golf Association for the luncheon at the direction
of the Chairman.
2. Collects all the baskets from all the teams for the
December Fund Raising Event @ Shalimar. (Rev. 5-22-17)
E. TEAM CAPTAINS:
1. Keeps a record of all players from her club and posts
local rules at her home course.
2. Provides names of team players to the CAPTAINS, in
order, lowest handicap first and who wants a riding cart.
Give handicap indexes only for each golfer competing.
This is to be done no later than 12:00 noon on Friday
before team play on Monday.
(Rev. 6-04-07 ... Rev. 5-22-17)
3. Monthly she collects $10.00 dues from her team and
presents it to the scorekeepers at the hostess course
and picks up the score cards from the scorers table.
4. Adjusts her team to be sure that there is a player
competing in all flights of the ten player schedule, if
5. Become familiar with the rules and sees that her team
members are familiar with the rules.
6. Arranges for two persons for scorekeepers when team
play is on her home course.
7. Collect Hole in One money
from her team and turns in a list of names (only
done once a year). Rev. 5-22-17
8. Have 2 baskets ready (valued at $25 each) and bring
them to the November match play.
9. When the meet is at your site, set up all the scorecards
and master sheets and pro club sheet for the meet. Then
send the results to all Captains.
VII ............ HANDICAPS
Handicap Index for members shall be figured according
to the rules established by the USGA.
(Including ESC - Equitable Stroke Control)
B. All handicap indexes must be figured from their course
rating as shown in our organization.
C. If there are any questions on handicaps or ESC, the
executive committee has the right to check the club scores.
D. After a handicap is established, a player must play
5 times, during the competitive year of September thru
E. The handicap program system that each club uses shall
be noted on the course slope, rating and handicaps page.
ARTICLE VIII ............
TROPHIES AND AWARDS
6-10-13 ... 6-29-15)
Trophies, plaques and awards shall be presented at the
annual awards luncheon, to be held soon after the last
B. The Championship, Second, and Third place teams shall
receive a plaque with the name of their club inscribed
C. The championship team shall have custody of the traveling
trophy for one year.
D. Monthly award of Low Gross and Low Net will receive
monies at the annual awards luncheon.
E. A "hole in one" fund to be established whereby
each player will pay one dollar on the first day she plays.
Winner(s) will be paid at the end of the year in case
more than one person should win. If money is not won,
it will be carried over until next year. If a person does
not pay in, she will not be eligible to win. All players
pay into this fund $1 each year. Records of participants
will be kept by each team captain and the treasurer.
F. On Fund-Raising Day the monthly $10.00 collected from
each club will go to the Association Treasury and all
of the other money collected will go for prizes and the
end of the year awards-luncheon.
IX ........PACE of PLAY and
ETIQUETTE (added 5-22-2017)
We play ready golf to speed up our play and the following
are used to help speed up play:
B. Teeing off may not follow honors because if you are
ready and they are not, tee off anyway.
C. Lighten up and enjoy yourself when you are playing.
Stop announcing infringement of rules that are not infringements.
D. If you are behind a hole, and especially if warned
by the ranger, you will skip a hole and advance to the
next hole to catch up with the rest of the field and you
will each take 1/2 point and share the hole you skipped
E. You will be hitting out of turn for pace of play. Someone
on the left may be ready to hit. While someone on the
right is not at their ball yet.
F. Putt out instead of marking your ball and this will
speed up our play.
G. If asked, you will give distance from your range finder.
H. If you have a rules question, play two balls and ask
after you get inside.
I. .Help by watching all
golfers in your group hit so you can find the ball quicker
and pick up pace of play.
J. Write down your scores
at the next tee box so the golfers behind you can tee
off as soon as you are off the green.
K. Remember to sign both
score cards and do all the scoring, including team points
on your cards before turning them in and make sure that
both cards are exactly alike..
L. Consideration and kindness is our number one goal and
please pick up your pace of play.
X ............ BYLAWS
These bylaws may be repealed, amended or new bylaws adopted
by a two-thirds vote of a quorum of the executive committee.
B. Changes may be proposed by any member of the executive