Advancement to the SHSAA provincial golf championships occur through district competitions. Both school teams and individual golfers may be advanced from the district competition to compete in the team competition as well as the individual competition at the provincial championship. All team members advancing to the provincial championship are also eligible to compete for the individual championship.
Districts advance the members of the team that wins their district competition and any other eligible individuals who finish in the top three of the individual competition, excluding ties, who are not on the winning team (or the provincial host team).
Those who are eligible to advance are defined as follows:
1) members on a school team competing at the district team competition or
2) member of a school team that was eliminated at a pre-district competition but the individual placed high enough in the previous individual competition to advance to the district competition or
3) individuals from a school that did not have enough students to enter into the team competition at the initial stage of the district playoff. The student has placed high enough in the individual portion in each of the previous competitions to reach the district level.
The following is required for a school to enter into the team competition:
Schools which cannot field a team for the team competition may still have golfers that can compete as individuals with the ability to advance to the provincial championship if they continue to place in the top three of each competition.
Example: Only two males sign up for golf, consequently that school is not entering into the team competition, but the two who are representing the school will participate in the individual competition and may advance to the next level.
Districts which allow schools to send additional students which are not a part of the team representing the school in the team competition must note that based on the above these non-team individuals are not eligible to advance to the provincial championship even though they may finish in the top three at their respective district competition.
Example: Golfer A, B, C, and D are representing the school in the team competition. The district allows the school to also send Golfer E to compete in the district competition. Golfer E is not eligible to advance to the provincial championship even though they may end up finishing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the District individual competition. Golfer E was eliminated at the school level when the school was identifying the golfers that would represent the school in the team competition.
A local rule will be implemented allowing the use of distance measuring devices.
“Distance-Measuring Devices: [Specify as appropriate, e.g., In this competition, or For all play at this course, etc.], a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.”
Any device that is being used for communication with other team members or individuals will be removed from the player until the completion of the round.