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109th Texas Amateur Information

109th Texas Amateur Information

Date: June 14th-17th, 2018
Host Club: Whispering Pines Golf Club
Address: 1532 Whispering Pines Drive, Trinity, TX 75862
Phone: (936) 594-4980         

TGA Staff Contact: Manager, South Texas - John Cochran IV
 

Entry & Eligibility Information

 
Entries Open: January 30th, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Entries Close: March 28th, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
Exempt Deadline: March 28th, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
 
Weekday Qualifying Fee: $130
Weekend Qualifying Fee: $160
Exempt Entry Fee: $130
 
Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers with a GHIN Handicap index of 6.4 or less.  Please reference Texas Golf Association 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:
  1. Last five (5) Texas Amateur Champions;
  2. Top 15 finishers (and ties) in the previous year’s Texas Amateur;
  3. Last five (5) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions;
  4. Top five (5) finishers (and ties) in the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur;
  5. Previous year’s Mid-Amateur Match Play Winner & Runner-Up;
  6. Previous year’s TGA Senior Amateur Champion;
  7. Top 10 finisher’s (and ties) on the previous year’s TGA Statewide Player of the Year Points List;
  8. Top three (3) finisher’s (and ties) on the previous year’s Regional Player of the Year Points List;
  9. Three (3) Host Club Selections;
  10. Top three (3) finishers (and ties) in the previous year’s TGA Regional Amateur, not already exempt, within the top ten (10) finishers;
  11. Winner and Runner-Up in the current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs;
  12. 2017 Byron Nelson Junior Invitational Champion;
  13. Current year’s Byron Nelson Junior Invitational Champion;
  14. Previous year’s Texas Boys Junior Championship;
  15. Previous year’s Texas Legends Junior Tour Player of the Year;
  16. Winner & Runner-Up in previous year’s West Texas Amateur Championship;
  17. Top 700 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 reference Texas Golf Association Policies and ProceduresExempt 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 starting times, pairings and additional information, including practice rounds, will be posted under Qualifying Sites & Results by Wednesday, April 4th.

What’s Included:  The qualifying entry fee includes a qualifying round green fee and discounted practice round green fee at the qualifying site.  Please see the 109th Texas Amateur Qualifying Homepage for additional information on specific qualifying sites.
 
For additional information pertaining to 109th Texas Amateur Qualifying, including Policies and Procedures, Transferring Qualifying Sites, Practice Round Details and more, please click here.
 

Last Chance Qualifier – Entry & Eligibility Information

Date: June 4th, 2018
Host Club: Riverbend Country Club
Address: 1214 Dulles Avenue, Sugar Land, TX   77478
Phone: (281) 269-2527
 
Entries Open: Friday, May 25th 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Entries Close: Friday, June 1st 2018 @ 5:00 PM (or once the field has reached capacity)
 
Last Chance Qualifying Fee: $130
 
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:  Play will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play.  The field is limited to 144 players; at the completion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties. 

What's Included:  The championship entry fee includes greens, and range fees for all championship rounds including the championship practice round.  The entry fee also includes championship gifts, breakfast and lunch during all competitive rounds, and food/beverage at the Player Dinner.
 
Host Hotel:  TGA Membership Partner, Affinity Travel Benefits, provides TGA Members with exclusive pricing on hotels for TGA compeitions, personal travel and more.  Players and their families may utilize the player's GHIN Number to create and activate their account, gaining access to a wide variety of properties.  It is suggested that players utilize hotel options in nearby Huntsville, TX, which boasts several properties.  Please click here for more information and to access discounted hotel rates exclusive to TGA Members.

Please note that on-site lodgings at Whispering Pines will not be available to players during the 109th Texas Amateur.  Players and their families are asked to refrain from contacting the club to inquire about lodging at the club.
 
Registration Information:  Player registration will be held on Wednesday, June 13th 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 on Wednesday, June 13th are subject to forfeiting their playing position.
 
Practice Round Information:  Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on Wednesday, June 13th, only.  Players must contact the Whispering Pines Golf Shop on or after Wednesday, June 6th to schedule a practice round tee time.   

Pairings/Starting Time Information: Pairings/starting times for the first and second rounds will be made available no later than Monday, June 11th online at www.txga.org.  Third and 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 Whispering Pines Golf Shop.  Third and Final round starting times will be re-drawn based on total score following the previous 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 the Texas Amateur 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.
Transportation:  Players and their caddies must walk at all times during the practice round and all stipulated rounds of the Texas Amateur. There are no spectator carts permitted during TGA Championships.
“One Ball” Condition: As a reminder to players, the “One Ball” Condition is in effect for the championship (see Appendix I, Section I, Part c, 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 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.
 

Schedule of Events

All events will take place at Whispering Pines Golf Club, unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions; players who are exempt or successfully qualify will receive additional information in advance of the championship.
 
Wednesday, June 13th
8:00 - 5:00 PM             Registration & Practice Rounds
8:00 AM                       Practice Round Starting Times - #1 Tee
6:00 PM                       Golf Course Closes
6:30 PM                       Cocktail Reception & Player Dinner
 
Thursday, June 14th
6:30 - 10:00 AM           Player Breakfast
7:30 AM                       Round 1, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 - 3:00 PM           Player Lunch
12:30 PM                     Round 1, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
 
Friday, June 15th
6:30 - 10:00 AM          Player Breakfast
7:30 AM                      Round 2, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 - 3:00 PM          Player Lunch
12:30 PM                    Round 2, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
Following Play            Field Reduced to the Low 54 Players & Ties
 
Saturday, June 16th
6:30 – 10:00 AM         Player Breakfast
7:30 AM                      Round 3 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 - 3:00 PM          Player Lunch

Sunday, June 17th
6:30 – 10:00 AM         Player Breakfast
7:30 AM                      Round 4 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 - 3:00 PM          Player Lunch
Following Play            Awards Presentation
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