It is advisable for the Committee to set up a registration procedure for players. When players register they can be given all necessary information concerning the competition and can be advised of any amendments to previously published information.
In addition, the registration procedure will give the Committee an early indication if a player is not going to appear. If a player has failed to register, the likelihood is that he will fail to appear for his starting time and the Committee can make the necessary provisions, e.g. by contacting an alternate player and asking him to be on stand-by. While a player cannot be penalised under the Rules of Golf for failing to register, a Committee may introduce a Condition of Entry in this respect. For example, the PGA European Tour require a player to register by 1800 hours on the day prior to the competition. If a player fails to do this he is removed from the draw and replaced by the first alternate.