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Team Competitions
Purpose: Rule 24 covers team competitions (played in either match play or stroke play), where multiple players or sides compete as a team with the results of their rounds or matches combined to produce an overall team score.
Team Competitions

Terms of Team Competition

Disqualification May Apply to One or All Rounds in Team Play
If a player is disqualified from a round in a team competition in which not all scores count towards the team's total score, the disqualification applies only to that round of the competition. However, if a player is disqualified for failing to meet the Code of Conduct standards under Rule 1.2b, it is up to the Committee to determine whether that disqualification is for that round only or the duration of the competition.

Advice Allowed in Team Competition

Committee May Establish Limits for Team Captains and Advice Givers
The Committee may adopt a Local Rule limiting who may serve as a team captain or advice giver and also limit the conduct of a team captain or advice giver. Examples of limitations include:
  • Permitting only an amateur golfer to serve as a team captain and/or advice giver.
  • Stating that team captains and/or advice givers are not permitted on putting greens.
  • That advice must be given in person and not via radio, telephone or other electronic means.
Clarification: Advice Giver Must Not Deliberately Stand Behind Player:
If an advice giver deliberately stands behind a player from when he or she starts to take a stance, if the player asks or authorizes the advice giver to do this, he or she gets the general penalty under Rule 10.2b(4) - see Rule 1.3c(1), first bullet point. If the player did not ask or authorize the advice giver to stand in that location but knows that this is not allowed and does not take reasonable steps to object or stop it from happening, the player gets the general penalty under Rule 10.2b(4) - see Rule 1.3c(1), second bullet point. (Clarification added 12/2018)