January 17, 2013

Our 100th Year Brings Changes

Celebrating our Centennial

The FSGA and its members are celebrating our 100th birthday this year. The FSGA was formed in 1913 and has grown to become the largest state or regional golf association in the country. Currently, over 210,000 golfers keep their handicap through the FSGA's GHIN Handicap System and over 800 golf clubs in the state are full member clubs of the association. With over 470 days of competition at some of Florida's top venues, 2013 promises to be one of our best years yet. This year we invite all Florida golfers to join our staff, our members and our member golf clubs in celebrating this centennial year.

New for 2013

Each year brings changes, and this year is no different. Below is summary of the changes to FSGA events you can expect in 2013.

Men's Championships

  • Players must walk at the Mid-Amateur Championship due to Mountain Lake Golf Course not having carts. Carts are required during qualifying rounds.
  • A $10 late fee is being added to any entries received after the entry deadline
  • A dinner is being held at the Senior Amateur the evening before the first round
  • The Senior Four-Ball date moved to October 1-2
  • The Parent-Child is using the Magnolia, Lake Buena Vista and Osprey Ridge Course. The Palm course will be closed during the championship.
  • Men's Net Championship will be played at Grand Cypress Resort, September 28-29.

Women's Championships

  • FSGA now running the historical and prestigious Women's International Four-Ball Championship which is part of the Orange Blossom Tour (SALLY, Harder Hall, Jones/Doherty)
  • New Championships:  Women's Mid-Amateur, Women's Field Championship, and the Women's Florida Cup
  • Format changes were made to the Women's Amateur and Women's Stroke Play
  • Date changes to the following championships: Women's International Four-Ball (Feb. 16-17), Senior (Apr. 8-9), Amateur (June 8-12), and Women's Stroke Play (July 12-14)
  • A $10 late fee is being added to any entries received after the entry deadline

Junior Golf

  • Range finders (electronic measuring devices) are allowed in all junior competitions
  • Entry deadline was moved from 4:30 PM to midnight on the entry closing date
  • Amount of exemptions earned by girls slightly lowered (click here for the table)
  • Girls' Junior change to a 54-hole championship and moved back to July 1-3
  • New format to the Junior Match Play. 36-holes of stroke play to determine seeds. Ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard.
  • A $10 late fee is being added to any entries received after the entry deadline
  • Projected field breakdown at the Tour Championship modified (more boys in the 16-18 division)

One-Day Events (Net Events)

  • More "Stay & Plays" booked
  • Four-Ball events added (two person best ball format)
  • 65 & Over division approximate yardage changed to 5,700 - 5,800 yards
  • Two yardages for women to select from: Women's Short Division (5,200 yards) or Women's Long Division (5,700 - 5,800 yards)


  • The matches are now being hosted on the USGA GHIN's Team Play Module
  • Match scores are automatically posted to each player's GHIN handicap
  • Low Index is now calculated from the previous 12 months as of each match date


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