Competition policies

Certification of handicap index

Your current handicap, reflecting a handicap index based on 18 holes, is required to complete your registration. The USGA handicap index is used to verify eligibility for the GCSAA Golf Championships.

All indexes will be verified approximately 45 days prior to the competition and the index at that time will be used. Players must have a verified handicap or declare as a professional to be eligible to compete in the competitions. For Canadian participants, The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) index will apply.

Tournament officials determine handicap ranges for the Golf Classic handicapped flights. Three senior flights are available: Senior I (age 50–56), Senior II (age 57–64) and Super Senior (age 65+). If you are eligible and wish to compete in a senior flight, you must indicate this on your form. Otherwise, you will be placed in the flight based on your handicap index. All affiliate members and student members will be placed in the affiliate flight, regardless of handicap index or age.

Repeat flight winners

If a contestant has won or been the runner-up for two consecutive years, the player will be subject to further handicap verification and review. The player will play in the current year to 80% of verified handicap, and be placed into the flight corresponding to the adjusted handicap.

If it is determined that the player knowingly submitted an incorrect handicap, he/she will be subject to disqualification and/or ineligibility to compete in the GCSAA Golf Championships. Tournament officials reserve the right to assign a player into any flight deemed appropriate.

Practice privileges

Practice rounds at the host facilities are available at the competitor’s expense on Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1. Tee time reservations will be available in January 2019.

Any competitor may play a practice round at any facility, regardless of flighting. Tee times are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Starting times and pairings

National Championship

Starting times and groupings for Round 1 will be available at check-in/registration at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Pairings will not be made available prior to the start of on-site check-in/registration. Round 2 (final round) starting times and groupings will be available at The 19th Hole on Sunday, Feb. 3, and will also be posted on the GCSAA Golf Championships Golf Genius website. Starting times and pairings will NOT be available prior to the event or distributed over the phone.

The player is solely responsible for knowing his/her starting time each day.

Golf Classic

Golf Classic participants will have a shotgun start each day, and times will vary based on course played each day. Groupings and hole assignments will be available at check-in/on-site registration at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. for the Golf Classic. Round 2 (final round) groupings and hole assignments will be available at The 19th Hole on Sunday, Feb. 3, and will also be posted on the GCSAA Golf Championships Golf Genius website. Starting times and pairings will NOT be available prior to the event or distributed over the phone.

The player is solely responsible for knowing his/her starting time each day.

Registration deadlines

The deadline for advanced registration is 5 p.m. (Central) Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Tournament registration will close Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Central). All deadlines will be strictly enforced. All players must complete the registration process and pay the appropriate fees. Only one entry may be submitted per player. 
The tournament officials reserve the right to disqualify anyone who submits more than one entry and/or falsifies information. A waiting list will be established if a full field of applications is received prior to the deadline. All wait listed applications, and all applications received after the close of entries, will be returned and the fee 
refunded after the deadline. 

Cancellation/refund policy

Full and/or partial cancellation requests must be received in writing by the entry deadline of 5 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, to receive a refund. After Jan. 3, entry fees will be refunded only in the event of injury or medical emergency, if requested in writing by the first day of competition.

No refunds can be given after the start of competition. Substitutions will not be accepted. Please note that a $50 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Written cancellations should be sent to:

GCSAA Golf Championship
Attn. Jessica Thompson
1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049
 jthompson@gcsaa.org

Official rules and regulations

Official rules and regulations for the GCSAA Golf Championships will be sent electronically to all registered competitors in January 2019 as part of the official competition package.

Contests

The following fun contests will be included in the Four-Ball, Scramble and Golf Classic event, earning the winners a $50 GCSAA gift certificate:

  • Closest-to-the-pin
  • Straight drive
  • Long drive

Hole-in-one prizes will be awarded on all par-3 holes in the Four-Ball, Scramble, Golf Classic and National Championship.