December 27, 2017

New Tournaments for 2018!

New championships, formats, and modified policies are just a few things coming in 2018

The FSGA had an amazing 2017 season and we hope to make 2018 even better. Below you will new tournaments for golfers of all ages and skills.

New Championships

Women's Shoot-Out

May 19-20, 2018
Piper's Landing CC - Palm City

Two-person teams playing 18 holes of scramble and 18 holes of four-ball (two-person, best ball) stroke play. Championship Division is gross only while the Middle Division plays both gross and net and a shorter yardage.

Super-Senior Match Play

June 4-7, 2018
Sugar Mill CC - New Smyrna Beach

The Men's Super-Senior Division will no longer be a part of the Senior Match Play Championship and is becoming a separate Championship. This addition allows more players into both the Super-Senior Match Play and the Senior Match Play which is held a week later. Plus, players over 65 years of age now have the option to play in both tournaments.

Futures Championship (11-12 & 9-10 Age Divisions)

June 9-10, 2018
The Oaks Club (Heron Course) - Sarasota

Now that these two age divisions are included in the Florida Junior Tour, it is only fitting to have a state championship for them. Introduced in early 2017, the 9-12 age division of the Florida Junior Tour has been growing with each event. The Championship will consist of thirty-six holes of stroke play splitting the field in to four total divisions (boys 11-12 & 9-10 and girls 11-12 & 9-10).

Senior Two-Man Shoot-Out

November 2-3, 2018
ChampionsGate CC - ChampionsGate

The regular Two-Man Shoot-Out is such a success that we created one for senior golfers. Two-person teams will play three formats over three rounds with each round being a separate tournament with prizes. Teams will play a modified alternate shot Saturday morning followed by a scramble Saturday afternoon. Sunday's round is a four-ball (two-person, best ball).

Foursomes Championship

December 7-8, 2018
Grand Cypress GC, New Course - Orlando

A new men's championship for the best amateurs in the state. No handicaps, regular and senior division. The challenging foursomes format ("pure" alternate shot) is being held at the "New" Course at Grand Cypress in Orlando. The New Course (that's its name) is a Nicklaus, Links style design built in 1988.  The links style course is ideal for alternate shot as it allows for a bit more room off the tee, which you and your partner might enjoy! Find a good (and tolerant) friend to be your partner and sign up!

New Policies & Rules

  • New Caddie Policy (Opens Only) - There is no longer a restriction on who may caddie in the Florida Open, Florida Senior Open and Florida Women's Open and Senior Open. Restrictions still apply in most other competitions.
  • Local Rules - Some minor changes are being made to the FSGA Hard Card (Local Rules in effect at all FSGA events). The final changes are not yet finalized and until it is released the current Hard Card remains in effect.

Modified Formats

  • Florida Women's Open and Senior Open - Florida residency is no longer a requirement although out-of-state players pay a different entry fee.
  • Women's Amateur - Extended from a four to five-day event, allowing a larger match-play bracket. The top 64 players will advance to match play.
  • Mixed Shoot-Out - Teams have the option between the Middle Division (6,300 for men and 5,500 for women) or they Forward Division (5,800 for men and 5,000 for women).

Points & Rankings

The number of points earned at several USGA and FSGA championships has been adjusted. Some have increased while some others have decreased based on the historical strength of field and other factors. Also, points will be awarded for the new championships being held in 2018.

Points are being awarded to the 11-12 and 9-10 age divisions at Florida Junior Tour events and the Futures Championship.

Rules of Golf Workshops

Rules of Golf Workshops will not be conducted in the winter of 2018. A major moderiziation of the Rules is in process and those changes will take effect on January 1, 2019. Once we receive the final changes from the USGA we will produce new workshops and begin teaching them to FSGA volunteers, our member clubs and golfers in Florida. The new Rules Workshops should begin in October.

Happy New Year and Best Luck in 2018!

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