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Texas Mid-Amateur Information

Texas Mid-Amateur Information

Date: September 22nd-24th, 2017
Host Club: The Club at Comanche Trace
Address: 2801 Comanche Trace Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone: (830) 895-8505         
 
 
Entry & Eligibility Information
 
Entries Open: May 23rd, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Entries Close: July 12th, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Exempt Deadline: July 12th, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
TGA Staff Contact: Manager, South Texas - John Cochran
 
Weekday Qualifying Fee: $110
Weekend Qualifying Fee: $140
Tournament Fee: $150
Exempt Entry Fee: $260
 
Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers with a GHIN Handicap index of 8.4 or less, and who are 25 years of age or older by the first round of the Championship. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Conditions of Competition.
 
Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:
a) Last five (5) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions;
b) Top 15 finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Texas Amateur;
c) Last five (5) Texas Amateur Champions;
d) Top 20 Finishers in the previous year’s Mid-Amateur;
e) Current year Mid-Amateur Match Play Winner & Runner Up;
f) Three (3) Host Club selections;
g) Top three (3) finishers and ties in current year’s TGA Regional Mid-Amateurs, not already exempt, within the top ten (10) finishers;
h) Winner & Runner Up in Current year’s TGA Regional Amateurs;
i) Previous year and current year Texas Senior Amateur Champion;
j)  Previous year’s TGA North and South Region Player of the Year;
k) Top five (5) players on the previous year’s TGA State Player of the Year Points list;
l) Low Mid-Amateur finisher in the current year’s West Texas Amateur;
m) Current year’s TGA Medalist North, TGA Medalist Hill Country and Medalist Golf Association (Houston) Player of the Year as of September 1st, not otherwise exempt.
n) Previous year's Senior Player of the Year
o) Top 1500 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at time of entry.
 
The TGA reserves the right to select players to be in the field.  For exemption request details, please view TGA Policies and Procedures. Exempt players must enter by the published deadline or they will lose their exempt status and spot in the final field.

 
Qualifying Information
 
Format: All players who are not exempt under the categories listed below must participate in an 18 hole sectional qualifier.
 
Qualifying Round tee times, pairings and additional information, including practice rounds, will be posted under Qualifying Sites & Results at www.txga.org by July 17th.

What’s Included: The qualifying entry fee includes a qualifying round green fee and discounted practice round green fee at the qualifying site.
 
Transportation/Caddies: Players may walk or ride at their discretion during qualifying rounds and the Championship rounds. During qualifying rounds, caddies are not guaranteed a cart seat; carts are limited to two players per cart and a maximum of two carts per group. 
 
Score Posting: At the conclusion of the qualifying rounds and the Championship each player’s score will be automatically posted as a "T” or tournament score to the GHIN handicap system. Please do not enter your own scores from the competitive rounds, as this will result in a double post.
 
Transferring Qualifying Site: Changing a qualifying site is permissible, only before the tournament entry deadline. Or, if a player is entered in a Mid-Amateur qualifier and the entry deadline has passed and circumstances arise that would cause him to miss his assigned qualifier, he may follow the "Walk Up Procedure”, outlined in the State Polices & Procedures, at another qualifier. Any waitlisted player at a qualifying site will be drawn by lot to replace players in the field that fail to show up at his designated starting time.
 
Walk-Up Procedure for Qualifying Rounds: If a player is entered in a Texas Mid-Amateur qualifier and the entry deadline has passed and circumstances arise that would cause him to miss his assigned qualifier, he may follow the "Walk Up Procedure”, outlined in the State Polices & Procedures, at another qualifier. Any wait listed player at a qualifying site will be drawn by lot to replace players in the field that fail to show up at their designated starting time.

To be a part of the Walk-Up procedure you must be either registered at another qualifying site or a wait listed player. Players wishing to Walk-Up are required to check in with the TGA official at the 1st tee 30 minutes prior to the start of the qualifying round. Players attempting to transfer qualifying sites or wait listed players who are late to check in will be placed at the bottom of the Walk-Up list. Once play begins, if a player who is in the starting field fails to show up at the tee at the designated time, an alternate or wait listed player will be called. If the player does not show within five minutes, the alternate or wait listed player’s ball will be in play.
 
Any wait listed player at a qualifying site will be drawn by lot to replace players in the field that fail to show up at his designated starting time. Wait listed players at a specific site will take priority over players following the Walk-Up Procedure who were originally registered at another site.
 
Wait List: Entries received after the field limit has been reached will be placed on a "wait list” for that event. Applicants will be ranked on the wait list in the order their application was received by the TGA, unless otherwise specified in tournament eligibility. Any spots in the field that become available will then be filled in accordance with the ranked wait list. The TGA will use the wait list up until 6:00 PM of the night prior to Qualifying. After that time, any player on the wait list may exercise their right to walk up on site. Please see "Walk-Up Procedure” for further details below. Note: Wait list rankings only apply to Texas Mid-Amateur qualifiers when a qualifying site reaches capacity; players must register before the entry deadline to be considered as a wait listed player for that site.

Qualifying Places: The number of qualifying spots allocated to each site will be determined by the TGA after the entry deadline has closed and all eligible entries are confirmed. This number of spots available is based on the field size at each site. Each qualifying site will have a predetermined field limit and may fill up. Each qualifying site must have at least 6 players or it will be canceled. If the requested qualifying site is full or cancelled, applicants will be reassigned by the TGA to the nearest qualifying site available. If reassignment is unacceptable, a full refund will be granted.

Ties: The last qualifying position or an alternate position shall be decided by a sudden death hole-by-hole playoff immediately after the last score has been approved and posted by a TGA Tournament Director.

Last Chance Qualifier – Entry & Eligibility Information
 
Entries Open: Friday, September 1st, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Entries Close: Friday, September 8th, 2017 @ 5:00 PM (or once the field has reached capacity)
 
Last Chance Qualifying Fee: $110
 
Field Limit: 84 players
Available Qualifying Spots (Applies to Last Chance Qualifying Only): The number of players to qualify will be as follows: Field size of 40 or less players, 4 will qualify; Field size of 41-60 players, 6 will qualify; Field size of 61-84, 8 will qualify. Under no circumstances will the percentage of qualifying spots at the Last Chance Qualifier be greater than the lowest percentage of any other sectional qualifier.
 
Last Chance Qualifying is open to all eligible player(s) including unsuccessful qualifiers or any players missing the original entry deadline.  Entries are accepted on a first-in basis and a limited wait list will be established. For more information on the host site, date and online registration, please visit Qualifying Sites & Results.

 
Championship Information

Format/Field Size: 54 holes of stroke play.  At the completion of 36 holes the field is cut to the low 54 players and ties. The field is limited to 132 players. 

Mid-Master Recognition: In addition to the overall champion, an award will be given to the low Mid-Master finisher. (Mid-Master – any player 40+ years of age

What's Included: The championship entry fee includes greens, cart and range fees for all championship rounds including the championship practice round. The entry fee also includes championship gifts, lunch during all championship rounds, and food/beverage at the Welcome Reception.
 
Host Hotel: The Texas Golf Association has partnered with area hotels for this year's Championship. When making reservations, please reference "Texas Golf Association" to receive the group rate.

Holiday Inn - Kerrville
2114 Sidney Baker Street
Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 895-9500
Double Queen or King
Thursday, September 21 - $109
Friday, September 22 - $142
Saturday, September 23 - $142

La Quinta - Kerrville
1940 Sidney Baker Highway 16
Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 896-9200
Double Queen or King
Thursday, September 21 - $95
Friday, September 22 - $129
Saturday, September 23 - $129

 
Registration Information: Player registration will be held on Thursday, September 21st between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If a player cannot make registration, he must notify a TGA official at the host club that he is unable to make the registration deadline, but will be competing in the championship. Those players not contacting a TGA official by 5:00 PM are subject to forfeiting their playing position.
 
Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on Thursday, September 21st, only. Players must contact the host club golf shop on or after September 13th to schedule a practice round tee time.   

Pairings/Tee Time Information: Pairings/tee times for the first and second rounds will be made available no later than Monday, September 18th online at www.txga.org. Copies will also be distributed at Registration, in the Texas Golf Association Tournament Office and in the Golf Shop on Thursday, September 21st. Final round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.txga.org, in the Texas Golf Association Tournament Office and the Golf Shop. Final round starting times will be re-drawn based on total score following the first and second rounds of play.
 
 
Policies & Procedures
 
To ensure that competitors have the best possible experience when competing in the championship, it is helpful to be knowledgeable of Texas Golf Association (TGA) Policies and Procedures, Conditions of Competition and Local Rules (Hard Card), as established by the association. For more information, please click here. For information specific to Conditions of Competition applicable to this championship, please see below:
 
Caddies: Caddies are permitted during the championship. Players are responsible for supplying their own caddie for the competition. Caddies must abide by the host facility dress code. Caddies are not guaranteed a seat on any cart.
Transportation: Players may walk or ride at their discretion. Cart fees for all championship rounds are included in the entry fee. Carts are limited to two (2) riders at a time and two (2) carts per group. There are no spectator carts allowed for this Championship.
One Ball Condition: As a reminder to players, the “One Ball Condition” is in effect for the championship (see Appendix I, Pages 154-156 of the Rules of Golf) and only brands on the current USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls shall be used.
USGA Groove Condition of Competition (Condition NOT in Effect): The USGA Groove Rules effective January 1st, 2010 are NOT in effect for this competition.
 
Score Posting:  At the conclusion of the championship each players score will be automatically posted as a "T” or tournament score to the GHIN handicap system.  Please do not enter your own scores from the competitive rounds, as this will result in a double post.


Schedule of Events
 
All events will take place at Comanche Trace, unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.
 
Thursday, September 21st  
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM                   Registration & Practice Rounds
8:00 AM                                   Practice Round Starting Times - #1 Tee
6:30 PM                                   Golf Course Closes
6:30 PM                                   Player Welcome Reception
 
Friday, September 22nd  
8:00 AM                                   Round 1, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM                  Player Lunch
1:00 PM                                   Round 1, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
 
Saturday, September 23rd  
8:00 AM                                   Round 2, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM                  Player Lunch
1:00 PM                                   Round 2, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
Following Play                           Field Reduced to the Low 54 Players & Ties
 
Sunday, September 24th  
8:00 AM                                   Final Round Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
12:00 – 2:30 PM                       Player Lunch
Following Play                          Awards Presentation
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