Women's Championships

Women's Championship Policies

Conditions of Play

Entries are subject to rejection at any time (including during the event) by the FSGA. The reason for rejection may include false statement of handicap index, improper attire and/or unbecoming conduct. Any person whose entry is accepted shall be subject to the Rules and Conditions of Competitions set forth by the FSGA. In all FSGA championships, an official event may be constituted by reverting to the results of an earlier round. Eighteen holes may constitute an official event.

Eligibility

In order to participate in an FSGA tournament, you must:

a)      be a female
b)     
be an amateur golfer
c)     
be an individual member of the FSGA for the current year
d)     
have a valid USGA GHIN Handicap Index of 18.4 or less for the Women's Amateur and Women's Stroke Play, or 34.0 or less for all other championships
e)     
meet the specific eligibility requirements of the tournament involved

Exceptions – Membership is not required for the Women's International Four-Ball and Girls' Junior Championship

Residency – Contestants in the Women’s Amateur and Girls' Junior Championships must meet one of the residency conditions below:

1)      a person who maintains her permanent legal place of abode, where physical presence and possessions are maintained, for a period of not less than four consecutive months prior to last day of the Championship; or

2)      a student who physically attends a high school or college in Florida at any time during the four months prior to the last day of the Championship; or

3)      a student who graduated from a Florida high school and who attends an out-of-state college but remains a legal dependent of a parent or guardian who meets the Florida residency requirement; or

4)      military personnel based in Florida on active duty, their spouse, and dependent children as of the date of close of entries.

Entry Forms

Entry forms for all Championships are available online at www.FSGA.org. There are no paper entries.

Entry Priority

In order to accommodate online entries, ALL COMPLETE ENTRIES for ALL EVENTS (whether online, mailed, or otherwise) will be accepted based upon the order of receipt. Entries received after the competitive field is full or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list.

In the event an FSGA Championship (non-qualifying required) receives a number of entries that exceeds maximum capacity, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to hold open one spot for the defending Champion provided the defending Champion submits a complete entry on time. Should the defending Champion not submit a complete timely valid entry, the spot will be filled by an alternate. 

Entry Procedures

Entries will be received by the Florida State Golf Association prior to 11:30 p.m. on the deadline date indicated. Telephone and fax entries will not be accepted.

Late Entries and Fees

After the entry deadline, entries will be placed on an alternates list in order to fill spots should they become available. Any late entrant that gains acceptance into the field will be subject to a $10 late entry fee.

Loss of Exemptions

If a player turns professional, she loses any exemption(s) she previously earned as an amateur player with the FSGA.  

Handicap Verification

All players must have a valid USGA GHIN Handicap Index of 34.0 or less, and will be ineligible if their handicap index cannot be verified.

Tournament Information

Information concerning practice rounds, course assignment, pairings, starting times, etc. will be mailed or emailed no later than one week prior to the event for those players opting for the paper or electronic option. Information will be posted at the FSGA website, www.fsga.org. If you have not received your information within five days of the event, it is YOUR responsibility to contact the FSGA Tournament Office. Do not call more than five days prior to the event. 

Scoreboard Designations - Withdrawals, No Shows, No Cards and Disqualification

  • WD - A player who withdraws before or between rounds prior to his tee time by notifying the Club, the FSGA or a representative of the FSGA, will be listed as a withdrawal (WD) on the scoreboard, website and in press releases.
  • NS - A player who fails to appear for his/her starting time without prior notification to the Club, the FSGA or a representative of the FSGA, will be listed as a No Show (NS)
  • NC - A player who begins his round and does not return a completed score card for any reason including injury, will be listed as a No Card (NC).  Players who do not finish their round due to weather delays (leaving during the suspension) are also listed as NC's.
  • DQ - A player whose breach of a Rule of Golf results in disqualification or who is at the course and is late to the tee by more than 5 minutes, will be listed as Disqualified (DQ) 

Withdrawals

Players who have applied to participate in a FSGA event and wish to withdraw for any reason MUST withdraw through the FSGA website or notify the FSGA Office by email at championships@fsga.org or by telephone at (813) 632-3742 prior to the event. Players who fail to follow this procedure will be listed as a NO SHOW.

No Shows

A player who does not show up and does not notify the FSGA may, at the election of the Tournament Committee, have their entry rejected for any FSGA event for up to one calendar year.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds received prior to the entry closing date will be honored (less $20 per entry administration fee). Requests received after the closing date will be honored (less 50% of the entry fee). No requests will be honored within two days of the scheduled start date of the Championship.

All refunds will be applied to the credit card account used for the initial entry fee purchase. If the initial credit card is no longer active (lost or stolen, etc), please contact the FSGA directly by telephone.

Carts, Cart Fees and Spectators

The cost of cart fees for Championships is included in the entry fee. Only players may ride in carts. Neither caddies nor spectators may ride in a cart regardless of the availability of seating. There will be a maximum of two carts per group and a maximum of two people in a cart at one time. Each player’s golf bag must be on the cart and players should ride.

Exception - Girls' Junior Championship: All players must walk and carry their own clubs. Pull carts are permitted if the course policy allows. Use of a caddie is prohibited. Based upon availability, spectators may be authorized to rent carts, but must follow the published policy (available on site).

Spectator Cart Policy

Based upon availability, spectators may be authorized to rent carts, but must follow the published policy (Click here).  

Spikeless Policy

It is a condition of the Florida State Golf Association that shoes with traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal (when such metal comes in contact with the surface of the putting green) are prohibited. Penalty for breach of this condition: Disqualification.

Attire

Proper attire for competitors and caddies is required at all times at the golf facility. Failure to comply may result in withdrawal of entry. The dress code prohibits tank tops, T-shirts, denim shorts, jeans, and short shorts. Bottom of shorts must be no higher than five inches above the knee (as a measuring rule, shorts must come below the finger tips when arms are held to the side). All hats must be worn properly. Collared shirts or shirts specifically designed for golf must be worn and tucked in at all times. Girls may wear shirts with sleeves and no collar, but not sleeveless and no collar. This code supplements any course or club guidelines, which shall take precedence.

Publicity and Promotion; Broadcasting

By participating in FSGA Events you grant the FSGA and those acting with the FSGA, permission, authority and the permanent rights to use your name or likeness for publicity and promotional purposes.  Participants understand that all media, including film, photographic prints, audio or digital files are the exclusive property of the FSGA.  Participants in FSGA events waive their rights to inspect or approve all media produced by the FSGA and those acting on the FSGA's behalf.  Participants waive their permanent rights to compensation for use of their name and likeness by the FSGA.

Spectator Attire

Proper attire for spectators is requested at all times at the golf facility.

Flighting

If a flighted round is not completed by the entire flight, the flighting will be ignored for the purposes of prize distribution. 

Official Time

The official time will be maintained at the starting tee(s) only.

Return Checks

All checks returned due to insufficient funds will carry a $30.00 service charge.

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