The SOS Tour Rules

The SOS Tour Rules:

Official SOS Golf Shirt for 2014 Season

An Official SOS Golf Shirt

These are the governing rules of the SOS Golf Tour:

  1. You must at all costs adhere to the R&A Rules of golf unless the Sultans of Swing Golf Tour requires you to do otherwise. The SOS Tour rules supersede those of the R&A.
  2. The Chairman’s decision is final regarding rules, regulation fines and SOS Tour dependent decisions.
  3. SOS Golf Shirts – You must wear an SOS official Golf shirt at all times, both during the round of play and at the fines meeting.
    1. If you do not have a SOS golf shirt, you must wear one of the same colour until you have one. Your fine is doubled for the wrong colour shirt.
    2. If you do not have an SOS Golf shirt, it is YOUR responsibility to order one from the chairman and pay for it up front.
    3. If you have ordered a golf shirt from the Chairman, but have not paid for it, YOU will take the fine
    4. If you have ordered the shirt from the Chairman, and paid for it, but the Chairman has not ordered it, the CHAIRMAN will have the fine.
    5. If you have ordered the SOS Golf shirt from the Chairman, and paid for it, and the chairman has ordered your shirt, then you will split the fine half and half between you and the Chairman
    6. The Nickname on your golf shirt will be chosen by the Tour and not by yourself
  4. You must give 2 weeks’ notice if you are not playing the next round of the SOS Golf Tour – cancelling during the week of tour will result in minus points – not zero points
  5. You must arrive at the time given by the Chairman and not just before your tee time.
    1. The Chairman is responsible for being there 5 minutes before the given arrival time and does not have to be there first, he just has to be there early.
    2. Arriving last is a yellow fine
    3. Arriving late, AND after Chip is a red fine, even if you are not last
    4. Arriving after the first person has gone off, is a black fine
    5. Arriving late for your scheduled tee time and missing your tee off is a Crumbler
    6. Not showing up at all is a FUBAR fine of the Tour’s choice and may result in a points deduction
  6. In the result of a tie of points on the leader board, the scores achieved will be added together and split evenly amongst all the people sharing that position.
    1. There is no sharing the winner’s points – see rule 7 for division
  7. If the leaders of a particular round tie at the top of the leader board, there will be a count out.
    1. Highest score on the BACK 9, holes (10 – 18)
    2. If back 9 scores are the same – a par 5 Count out
    3. If the par 5s are the same – a par 3 count out
    4. If they still cannot be divided – it is a tie and the points are combined and divided – each player takes the fine.
  8. Missing a Round:
    1. Your top 11 out of 12 scores will be given to accumulate your year’s total
    2. If a player wins a round, major or normal, and doesn’t attend the fines meeting, there will be no count out – the player attending the fines meeting will win the round.
    3. If you miss a round you get zero points
  9. Missing Fines – Should a player miss more than one fines session in a row, his points will be halved from the second fines session onwards
  10. Celphones are allowed on the course, but if using them infringes on your fellow player’s round, you will be fined accordingly
    1. Celphones must remain on silent at all times, both during the round and during fines
    2. Celphones may NOT be used during fines meeting
  11. Not completing a round due to bad weather or bad light will mean your score will be calculated according to average number of points you have gotten per hole you have completed. This will then be added to your total.
  12. Taking a cart when it is not essential is worthy of a yellow fine.
  13. Having a Pull Cart is allowed, but would require a Red Fine.
  14. Taking a caddie is allowed, however said caddie may not assist you in putting
    1. If your caddie gets an SOS fine, you must take it. (including all BOX fines)
  15. Other Fines:
    1. Anti-fines:
      1. If an individual disputes an anti-fine, the Tour votes on whether the fine must be taken.
      2. If the tour cannot be split, the Chairman’s vote breaks a tie
  • If the tour decides in favour of the fine, it must be taken by the accused
  1. If the tour finds in favour of the accused, the accuser must have the fine
  2. Once a decision is made, the person being fined will have 2 minutes to complete the fine or face another drink or payment penalty.
  1. The entire tour must wait around the 18th or last green until the last person has dropped his last putt.
  2. Fines are divided into five categories:
    1. Green Fines – These require the player to finish a quarter of a glass of beer for the offence
    2. Yellow Fines – These require the player to finish half a beer for the offence
    3. Red Fines – These require the player to finish a full beer for the offence
    4. Black Fines – These require the player to finish a Tour favourite Chunky Charlie for the offence
    5. Special Fines – these are fine dependant and require the player to take the nominated drink (OB, OJ)
    6. FUBAR Fines – These extremely serious fines require the player to finish a Rumbler, Cumbler or Strumbler for the offence
  3. Buying Fines:
    1. A green fine will cost R10, or you must take the fine
    2. A yellow fine will cost R15, or you must take the fine
    3. A Red fine will cost R25, or you must take the fine
    4. A Black Fine will cost R50, or you must take the fine
    5. A special fine will cost R75, or you must take the fine
    6. A FUBAR fine will cost:
      1. R100 for a rumbler
      2. R125 for a crumbler
  • R200 for a Strumbler
  1. If you cannot afford the buy-out, you MUST take the fine!
  1. What makes a fine:
    1. The beers of choice for the Tour are Hansa Pilsner and Castle Lite
    2. A Chunky Charlie is a full beer with a shot of Amarula
    3. A Rumbler is a full beer with a shot of Rum
    4. A Crumbler is a full beer with a shot of Amarula and rum
    5. A Strumbler is a full beer with a shot of Amarula and Stroh rum
    6. Smirnoff Spins for OJs
    7. Old Brown Sherry for OBs
  2. Interrupting the chairman/fines master during a fines meeting is a green fine.
    1. Multiple offences means the fine will double
  3. The Chairman/fines master relinquishes all authority during anti-fines and has to accept any fine unless 14 (a)(i) is enforced.
  4. Ladies Tees:
    1. Hitting a ball out of bounds off the tee will not constitute a ladies tee fine
    2. Hitting a ball into the hazard off the tee is ONLY a ladies fine if the drop zone is before the ladies tee
    3. A freshie on the tee box is a seniors tee for every freshie
  5. Golf is a gentlemen’s sport and as such any behaviour which badly reflects on the Tour’s name and/or good standing will result in an automatic suspension or expulsion depending on the severity of the offence.
    1. Suspensions can range from 1 game – 3 games
    2. Expulsion is permanent and will only be brought up for discussion at the AGM at the end of the year
    3. Offences like destruction of Golf Course Property, swearing at non-tour golfers, excessive “Gunters” that are witnessed by fellow course patrons (outside the Tour) or any offence which is relayed to us by the Pro Shop or Golf Course after a round may be punished by a points deduction.
  6. Golf on a SOS Tour scheduled course is not permitted within the week of play the SOS round scheduled to be played there. The weekend prior is permitted, just not the week of or including the scheduled round. The fine is a Chunky Charlie.
  7. Submission of work for the SOS Golf Tour Website

It is requested that SOS Tour members submit a golf related article in their birthday month. Players who are born in December must submit articles by the end of January.

  1. A late submission is not punishable if the webmaster is notified that the submission will be late, provided there is good reason.
  2. A late submission (under 1 week) without letting the webmaster know is punishable with a red fine. (Full Beer)
  3. A submission that is more than 1 week is punishable with a black fine. (Chunky Charlie)
  4. Any submission that is more than 2 weeks late is punishable by a FUBAR fine. (Strumbler)
  5. It is an additional shot of Stoh for every week after 2 weeks we are made to wait.
  6. If you let the webmaster know you will be late, but have missed any one of the above deadlines without notice, you are still liable for the fines earned, but you are capped at the level you reached by the time of notice.
  1. Guests and non-SOS members who do not have an official handicap will play off an elected handicap within reason, or a tour allocated one of no greater than 24 – depending on skill level
    1. Guests are not eligible to put their name down for longest drive or closest to the pin
  2. Handicaps
    1. The maximum non-official handicap allowed is 24
    2. The maximum official handicap is 27
    3. Player who cancels their golf membership during the year, will play off their best previous handicap
    4. Handicap cuts – these cuts are off your handicap from the round you played, or the new lower handicap (never a higher handicap)
      1. A one point cut for 37 points scored in the previous round
      2. A two point cut for 38 or 39 points scored in the previous round
  • A three point cut for 40 points or more scored in the previous round
  1. The SOS Fines Master
    1. Since the 2014 Season, a Fine’s Master will be appointed for every round
    2. The Fine’s Master will take the Chairman’s responsibility from each fines meeting
    3. The player that finishes 13th in a round will be Fine’s Master for the following round
    4. Should more than one player be tied for 13th, then a count out similar to that for winner will be done to determine the Fine’s Master
    5. The Chairman will be Fine’s Master for the SOS Major Championship as well as the final round on Year End Tour
    6. If a tournament is hosted by someone in specific (Richard Gaugeler – Gaugeler Cup) (Chris Williams – Beagle Cup), then the host is Fine’s Master by default

Fine’s Master is responsible for taking any and all fines in accordance with the rules of the SOS Golf Tour