Terms of Competition – NSW Open Regional Qualifying Series

Terms of Competition – NSW Open Regional Qualifying Series

Terms of Competition – NSW Open Regional Qualifying Series

These are to be read in conjunction with the Golf NSW Standard Conditions for Events Run by Golf NSW, the Golf NSW Code of Conduct and the Golf NSW Hard Card. 

These Terms of Competition apply to the following tournaments:

  • South Coast Open – 29-31 August 2020
  • Queanbeyan Open – 2-4 September 2020
  • Dubbo Region Open – 7-9 September 2020
  • Tweed Region Open – 13-15 September 2020
  • North Coast Open – 16-18 September 2020
  • Albury Region Open – Dates TBC

COVID-19

Players are at all times to adhere to the Health Directives as outlined by the NSW Government which includes (but not limited to) Social Distancing of at least 1.5m apart from another individual and no less than 4 sqm of space per individual when indoors.

The PGA, at is ultimate discretion may refuse entry into the tournament or withdraw a player from the tournament should circumstances exist whereby there is a risk of COVID-19 infection or transmission.

Individuals who have been linked to active cases within the past 14 days, or are showing symptoms, or are awaiting COVID-19 test result must not attend the venue and must withdraw as soon as practically known.

COVID 19 PLAYER REQUIREMENTS

All players Professionals and Amateurs must complete the “COVID 19 Health and Safety Procedures, Player Declaration” before arriving at the event.

Caddies or partners will also need to complete the “COVID 19 Health and Safety Procedures, Player Declaration” which will be available at the venue with the PGA staff.

Please note all players/caddies and partners names/emails & phone numbers will be provided to the club and held confidentially for 28 days as per NSW Health Guidelines.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Day 1 – Tournament Pro Am & Practice Rounds times TBC

Day 2 – Round One – Random Draw

Day 3 – Final Round – Seeded Draw

TOURNAMENT PRO AM & PRACTICE ROUNDS

As a condition of entry all players must make themselves available for the Tournament Pro Am on Day 1.

The PGA will post the list of players participating in the Pro Am including reserves not less than 5 days prior to the event.

FIELD CAPACITY

The tournament field with be made up of a maximum 80 professional and 40 amateur players. In the event of amateur entry applications exceeding the number of places available in the Tournament, applications from those higher handicap competitors will be decided by a handicap ballot.  Unsuccessful applicants will be informed without delay and given the opportunity to compete if withdrawals subsequently occur.  Monies received from balloted entrants, who do not subsequently compete, will be refunded in entirety.

ENTRY FEE

The entry fee for amateurs is $100.

HANDICAP LIMIT

Eligible players are male and female amateurs whose GA Handicap (or overseas equivalent) does not exceed 4.4 strokes at the time of entry.

CLOSING OF ENTRIES

Amateur entries will close at the following times:

  • South Coast Open – 8pm, Sunday 16 August
  • Queanbeyan Open – 8pm, Thursday 20 August
  • Dubbo Region Open – 8pm, Tuesday 25 August
  • Tweed Region Open – 8pm, Monday 31 August
  • North Coast Open – 8pm, Thursday 3 September
  • Albury Region Open – TBC

QUALIFYING INFORMATION

The leading three players, not otherwise exempt in Category 6 or higher of the PGA Tour of Australasia exemption categories shall qualify for the 2020 NSW Open. Should ties exist, a count back system will be used to determine final positions based on (i) final round score, then (ii) back nine of round two, (iii) back six of round two, (iii) back three of round two and finally (iv) hole by hole backwards from the 18th.

LIVE SCORING

It is a compulsory requirement of the NSW Regional Open Series that live scoring is conducted via the PGA App for all groups. This scoring method is for public viewing and does not replace the Score Card for competition purposes.

FEMALE PARTICIPATION

Female players may enter the Regional Open series under the conditions and eligibility outlined for PGA Pro-Am Tournaments and eligible amateurs. Female players may play off the ladies tees (which will be approximately 85% of the length of the men’s course) for the amateur prizes only or alternatively play off the Tournament tees for the NSW Open exemption positions and amateur prizes.

DRESS REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with minimum standard of dress during a tournament as per the PGA Membership Regulation, i.e. neat casual/golf attire, no denim, Standard of Dress and Appearance 10.3.1.