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    Updated Tournament Policies & Procedures

On February 22nd, the Board of Directors approved the following changes to the Tournaments Policies and Procedures, effective March 1, 2019.

For the full list of updated policies and procedures, click here!

Dress Code: Male golf professionals are allowed to wear shorts year-round per the following guidelines:

  • Shorts may be worn at Pro-only tournaments
  • Shorts may be worn at Pro-am tournaments
  • Shorts must be bermuda length and not be made of denim or the like
  • Shorts shall not be worn if the sponsor is opposed to the policy
  • Shorts shall not be worn if the host site is opposed to the policy

Scorecard Requirements: Before play begins, it is the responsibility of the Committee to make sure the correct names and handicaps are on the card. If the card is incorrect, the Member or Associate must notify the Starter or a tournament official of the error before playing. Scorecards must be kept legibly and returned immediately upon completion of play. In a Pro-Am, the Member or Associate must keep the scorecard and return the scorecard.

Tees: If the following age groups are playing for the same purse from different tees or when playing in the same competition as partners or opponents:

  • Women’s yardage should play up to a maximum of 85% of the Men’s yardage (Course set up should be between 78-85%)
  • Senior Men’s yardage should play up to a maximum of 95% of the Men’s yardage (Course set up should be between 90-95%)
  • Senior Women’s yardage should play up to a maximum of 95% of the Women’s yardage (Course set up should be between 90-95%)

Golf Carts: Golf carts are allowed at all Section tournaments unless the host site is a walking only course. A maximum of two carts per group is allowed. A spectator may ride in a golf cart if there is a seat. Spectators are not allowed to drive a golf cart.

Spectator Carts: If the host site allows for spectator carts, they are always restricted to the cart path

Bushnell Player Ranking System: The Ranking System is a comprehensive standardized points system used by the North Florida PGA to track the various player standings.  The points allocation chart (Appendix C) shall be published on the Section website.  The Ranking System is used to determine the Omega Section Player of the Year, Omega Section Senior Player of the Year, Omega Section Women’s Player of the Year, Omega Chapter Player of the Year, Omega Chapter Senior Player of the Year, Challenge Cup and Senior Challenge Cup. (Global)  

  1. The annual ranking year shall begin the day after the Section Championship and end after the close of the next years Section Championship.
  1. Tournaments are assigned a Category for points
  1. Points are maintained using the Section tournament software
  1. Points are updated within 24 hours of the close of the competition
  1. A player with a tournament status of NC, WD, DQ does not receive points
  1. Point values in team competitions are per player
  1. Points earned in women’s or senior-only event shall not be awarded to the regular rankings
  1. 250 bonus points are earned when qualifying for a PGA Championship (regular, senior, women)
  1. PGA Championships (regular, senior, women) are Category 6 events. Points are based on the players finish against the field if they make the cut.
  1. U.S. Opens (regular, senior, women) are Category 6 events. Points are based on the players finish against the field if they make the cut.
  1. Tour Events (PGA TOUR, LPGA, and their affiliate tours) are Category 6 events. Events must be conducted within the Section boundaries.  Points are based on the players finish against the field if they make the cut.
  1. Tour Qualifiers (PGA TOUR, LPGA, and their affiliate tours) are Category 6 events. Qualifiers must be conducted within the Section boundaries.  Points are based on the players finish against the field.
  1. Florida Opens (regular, senior, and women) are Category 6 events. Points are based on the players finish against the field. Players not making the cut earn 50 points.

Challenge Cup: A total of 12 players shall be determined to represent the Section in the Challenge Cup Matches after the conclusion of the Section Championship based on the regular player rankings. The top ten players (regardless of age/gender) shall be first determined. Then the top two senior (regardless of gender) players shall be determined, and those 12 players comprise the team. Alternates will be filled by following the next player on the player rankings for their category.

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