"Lend a Heart and Lend a Hand" - excerpt from the St. Peter's College anthem


PGC 2015 - Rules & Instructions

Please read the following rules which will be used during the PGC tournament on Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Spirit of the Game
Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating honesty, courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.

The tournament will be conducted by the golf professional staff at Virginia Oaks Golf Club, Gainesville, Virginia.

In upholding the traditions of the game, proper golf etiquette and attire are expected of players and volunteers during the tournament. Virginia Oaks Golf Club requires all players to wear shirts with collars and appropriate shorts, pants or skirts. Jeans, tee shirts, sweat pants and tank tops are not considered acceptable attire. No coolers may be brought onto the course.  Virginia Oaks Golf Club prohibits the wearing of golf shoes with metal spikes and reserves the right to deny playing privileges to any player who does not display proper golf etiquette or violates the policies of Virginia Oaks Golf Club.

Registrations/Check in: Open at 11:30 a.m. for a Shotgun tee-off at 1:00 p.m.

Format: 18 Hole, team Scramble, where all play conforms to the USGA Rules.

Scramble: Each team player tees off on each hole. The best shot is decided by the team/captain and the spot marked with a tee. Other team members pick up their ball from the first shot. Each team member then plays their next shot from within a club length of the marked spot (no closer to the pin) without improving the lie (e.g. rough stays in rough and sand in sand etc.) This format is followed on all remaining shots onto the putting green. On the putting green, the ball closest to the hole is marked and the team putts from this spot. All putts must be made, no "gimmies" are allowed. If needed, additional putts are made in the same format and play ends as the first ball goes into the hole. The team score is counted and the players move to the next tee.

Speed of play: Under the scramble format, please DO NOT spend time looking for errant shots in the woods, tall grass or streams, when an alternate "best ball" is available for play. The scramble format for the  Virginia Oaks Golf Club course is about 4.5 – 5.0 hrs. Please be courteous and conscious of the team behind you, while playing at the pace of the team ahead of you – timely play is desirable.

Teams: Each team must use a minimum of two tee shots (drives) from each team member during the 18 hole tournament.

Gents teams will play from the white tees and Ladies teams will play from the red tees. The same applies for Gents and Ladies when teeing off on a combined team. If there are less than 4 members on any team, the remaining team members will "alternate" in taking the shots that would have been taken by the "missing" player. Please note: The only exception to this will be on the Competition holes, where only the first shot of the actual playing competitors will be considered for a hole-in-one prize, the longest drive, and the closest to the pin; although the "alternate" shot will be allowed and counted towards the team score for that hole.

Peoria Format: When all 18 holes have been completed, team captains should turn in their team score cards to the Head Golf Pro. who will use the Peoria format to tabulate the final team score.
The popular Peoria format is usually used when tournament players do not have an established handicap. Once all tournament players have teed off, the professional staff at Virginia Oaks Golf Club, selects six holes; two par-3’s, two par-4’s and two par-5’s and these "selected" holes will be kept confidential until all players have finished their round. From the completed scorecards, the  Virginia Oaks Golf Club staff totals the team’s scores for the six "selected" holes, multiply that score by 3, and then subtract the course par from the product to arrive at the team handicap, which is then subtracted from the gross team score on the scorecard to arrive at the "Peoria" score.

  • The three lowest Peoria score teams - Ladies & Gents PGC Open Champions
  • The three lowest Peoria score for school teams - Sri Lankan School Champions

Golf Etiquette: Some points to remember …
Please observe all course and cart rules operational on the tournament day.
Do not play until the players in front of you are out of range.
If a player’s ball is a danger of hitting someone, he/she should immediately shout a warning - "fore."
Please do not distract or disturb other players on the course by making unnecessary noise.
Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players.
Please replace divots if possible and rake/smooth all marks made in sand bunkers.
Balls may be cleaned on the green, and ball marks repaired prior to putting.
The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green.
Leave the putting green as soon as you have holed out and enter your score card as your drive away.

CONTEST– The organizers of the Peterite Golf Classic have made every effort to make your participation in the tournament a rewarding and entertaining experience. Please see below the competition prizes and offers available at the tournament.

Hole-In-One: Prizes will be given to hole-in-one winners on all the par-3 holes at the tournament.

The grand prize on the signature xxx  yard par-3 hole will be a car. In addition, other hole-in-one winners get a Sharp LCD flat screen TV, a set of Calloway Diablo irons, and two roundtrip domestic airline tickets on the remaining three par-3 holes.

The use of mulligans are not allowed when teeing off on any of the par 3 holes of the Peterite Golf Classic, due to the high value prizes offered for the hole-in-one winners.

Officials will be present at each of the par-3 holes, to witness the single stroke hole-in-one attempt.

Shootout- $100,000.00 prize winner. This will be an individual competition that will be conducted after the tournament is completed and before the awards ceremony. PGC raffle tickets will be on sale for $5.00 and the winner of the raffle will be given a single attempt to get a hole-in-one on the signature par-3 hole. If the tee shot stays on the green a prize will be awarded and if a successful hole-in-one is made, the prize of $100,000.00 will be made available to the winner.
All players at the tournament are encouraged to witness this event which will be video taped and any winning shot should be certified by a PGA Professional or a Police Officer at the tee box and officials at the hole.

Longest Drive: This individual competition is open for ladies and gents on a hole selected by the professional staff of Virginia Oaks Golf Club. If your drive is the longest, over 150 yards in length, and is on the fairway, write your name on the available marker board and place the marker in the ground on the exact spot where your ball came to rest. Once the marker has been placed in the ground, the team plays on. The marker will remain at that spot, until someone else makes a drive longer than yours. Then, that person should repeat the process of writing their name on the board below the other name(s) and place the marker at the spot their ball came to rest.

Longest Drive: Seniors over 50 - Ladies and Gents.  This year the organizers have added yet another prize competition to make it an interesting and entertaining tournament.

Closest to the Pin: This individual competition is open for ladies and gents on a hole selected by the professional staff of Virginia Oaks Golf Club. If your tee shot is closest to the Pin/Hole, write your name on the marker board, place the marker in the ground on the spot where your ball came to rest, and the team plays on. Once the marker has been placed in the ground, it should stay there until someone else hits a shot closer to the Pin/Hole. Use the flagstick as a measuring rod if it is a close call. Then, that person should repeat the process of writing their name on the marker board below the other name(s) and place the marker at that spot.

Free golf club certificate: The organizers want every golfer at the tournament to feel like a winner. So we have made arrangements for every golfer to receive a certificate for a new Warrior golf club sponsored by Upswing Golf. Golfers will receive the certificate on the day of the tournament and will be given the choice of a 17-degree hybrid club or a wedge. Registered players at the tournament will only bear the shipping cost.

All rules interpretations will be handled and resolved by the PGC Organizing Committee.

Cut-Off dates: Tournament fees have to be paid in full along with the completed application form by May 9,2014. There will be a surcharge of $ 10.00 per player who registers after the May 9, 2014 cut-off date. There will be no refunds for "No-shows" on the day of the event. All players are expected to complete the tournament once they tee off. Once the tournament commences no refunds will be granted to players withdrawing or pulling out of the tournament

Rain Policy: In case the tournament needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather that makes play impossible, a "make up" date will be decided upon in agreement with Virginia Oaks Golf Club and communicated to all players.

General: General: Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. on July 18, 2014 at , Virginia Oaks Golf Club, 950 Virginia Oaks Drive,Gainesville,VA 20155.

Telephone 703.754.7977

Stop at the registration tables for a quick check-in, collect your name tag, pick up your complimentary certificate for a free golf club, enjoy the complimentary breakfast if you wish, and then proceed to the range or putting green.

An announcement will be made around 12:45 a.m. by the Virginia Oaks Golf Club tournament staff, alerting all players of the 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Please have your golf bags in the assigned carts and ready for tee-off. Final instructions will be given by the Virginia Oaks Golf Club Head Professional.

Have fun! Enjoy a great game. The organizers wish to thank all players of the 3rd. Annual Peterite Golf Classic as you "Lend a Heart and Lend a Hand" in helping the SPCOBUWDC raise funds for two worthy causes.