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Florida Senior Open Championship

West Bay Golf Club - Estero
April 29 - May 1, 2019


 $52,000 Professional Purse
$10,000 Winner
$1,000 Minimum to Top-20 Finishers
**New Date - Late April - Great Weather**

The 43rd Florida Senior Open heads to West Bay Golf Club in Estero, just north of Naples and Bonita SpringsPlayers must be a Florida Resident and be 50 years old as of the first day of the Championship. For a look at the Past Championship Results, click here.

Exemptions may be earned through Florida State Golf Association and PGA Section Championships and Points Lists, USGA and PGA Championships. (See Exemptions listed at the bottom of this page)


Eligibility

  • Male amateur and professional golfers
  • Florida Resident
  • At least 50 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4 at time of entry (amateurs and amateurs awaiting reinstatement only)
  • Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA
  • PGA class A-3 members are ineligible
  • Playing Activity - Players that have played in more than 10 select professional tour events are ineligible

Championship Format

  • 54 holes of individual stroke play
  • The field is cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes
  • The lowest score for 54 holes is the Champion

Estimated Purse

  • $52,000 Professional Purse - Click here to see estimated payouts
  • Winner's Check - $10,000
  • Top 20 professionals, $1,000 minimum

Entry Fees

  Qualifying Fee Championship Fee  Exempt Fee
 Professional
 $125  $300  $375
 Amateur  $100  $200  $250
  • Qualifying Fee: Qualifying Fee includes entry fee and cart fee.
  • Championship Fee: Fee paid by those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying. Includes tee gifts and gift certificates, course and cart fees, and range balls.
  • Exempt Fee: Exempt Fee includes Championship Fee and Entry Fee for those individuals eligible for exemption.

Late entries will be subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the qualifying field. 

Pre-Registration

Those players who advance to the Championship through local qualifying must pre-register and remit the appropriate Championship Fee (see above) at www.fsga.org under the "My Account" section, located in the top right hand corner of the web-page. Payment must be received by Wednesday, April 24th by 3:30 PM or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship.

To Pre-Register:

  • Log on to the FSGA website at www.fsga.org using your email address and password
  • Click on "My Account" in the upper right hand corner of the homepage
  • Under "My Tournaments", click on the "Pre-Register" button to the right of the tournament name
  • Enter your credit card information and then click the "Charge My Card" button on the bottom right hand corner of the page

Refunds, Notice of Withdrawals

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

Requests for refunds of Exempt or Championship fees prior to the pre-registration deadline will be honored (less $20 per entry administrative fee). No requests will be honored after the pre-registration deadline.

Player Endorsements


Schedule of Events 

Monday, April 29th

  • 7:45 AM - 9:32 AM - Round One tee times off #1 and #10
  • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Complimentary Players' Lunch Buffet for before or after play
  • 12:15 PM - 2:03 PM - Round One tee times off #1 and #10

Tuesday, April 30th
  • 7:45 AM - 9:32 AM - Round One tee times off #1 and #10
  • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Complimentary Players' Lunch Buffet for before or after play
  • 12:15 PM - 2:03 PM - Round One tee times off #1 and #10
  • After 36 holes are complete, the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties 
Wednesday, May 1st
  • 7:45 AM - 9:32 AM - Final Round tee times off #1 and #10
  • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM - Complimentary Players' Lunch Buffet
  • Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play

Course Set-Up

The golf courses will be set-up at approximately 6,600 yards.

Local Qualifying

18 holes stroke play at 6 qualifying sites.

Transferring Qualifying Sites

Players may submit one entry for the Florida Senior Open and choose the site at which they will attempt to qualify.  However, if any site requires adjustment (including, but not limited to, the receipt of more entries than can be accommodated), players will be transferred to another site based on their preference listed on the entry application and date of receipt of entry application (i.e. later applicants will be subject to transfer).

Supporting Sponsors

The FSGA, PGA North Florida Section and PGA South Florida Section are please to welcome the following Supporting Sponsors of the 2019 Florida Senior Open Championship.

Global Golf Sales - Steve Sponder and his sales team are the top source for golf grips, club repair, and many pro shop needs in the state. Located in a Southeast Florida warehouse and with great inventory on hand. The team at Global Golf Sales can generally reach most golf shops in with next day shipping and will have the product you need in stock.

Cart and Caddie Policy

During qualifying and the Championship proper, each player must use a golf cart which is included in the qualifying and Championship entry fees. Caddies are allowed, however, a player must not use a parent, step-parent or guardian as a caddie. The caddie MUST walk and the player's clubs must remain on the golf cart. 

Championship Practice Round and  Practice Facility Information

Practice rounds will be available to the competitors one week prior of the competition on a space available basis and after 12:00 PM on the weekends. The cost of a practice round is $30 plus tax. Players will be responsible for direct payment of any fees for the practice rounds. To schedule a practice round, call the pro shop at 239-948-3482. 

Practice Before & Between Rounds

A player may not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty for first breach: General Penalty. Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.

Defending Champion

Gene Fieger, of Naples earned his second Florida Senior Open crown in 2018. Fieger followed up an opening 70 (-2) on Mission Inn's El Campeon Course, with an impressive 64 (-8) to take a commanding four stroke lead into the final round. His closing 71 and 11 under-par total was good enough to earn him a seven stroke victory.

Exemptions

Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption provided they meet all entry and eligibility requirements.

PROFESSIONALS
  • Last five year's Florida Senior Open Champions
  • Professionals finishing top ten and tied from last year's Florida Senior Open Championship
  • Championship & Qualifying Host Clubs' Representative (may be an amateur)
  • Professionals finishing top three and tied from last year's South Florida Senior Open Championship
  • Professionals qualifying for the current year's PGA Senior Championship
  • Professionals qualifying for any one of last year's USGA Individual Championships
  • Top three and tied from last year's AL-NWFLPGA, NFPGA and SFPGA Section Senior (Regular Division) Championship
  • Top five and tied from last year's final AL-NWFLPGA, NFPGA and SFPGA Section Senior Player of the Year Points List
  • Last year's NFPGA Senior Match Play Champion
AMATEURS
  • Last five year's Florida Senior Open Champions
  • Amateurs finishing top ten and tied from last year's Florida Senior Open Championship 
  • Low Amateur from last year's Florida Senior Open Championship
  • Current year's Senior Amateur Champion
  • Last year's Senior Amateur Match Play Champion
  • Amateurs qualifying for any one of last year's USGA Individual Championships 
  • Low Amateur from last year's South Florida Senior Open Championship
  • Top five and tied from last year's Senior Amateur Championship
  • Top five and tied from last year's final FSGA Senior Player of the Year Points List

Exemptions Earned from this Tournament

Winner

  • Next five Florida Senior Open Championships
  • Current year's Florida Open Championship

Players finishing in the top ten and tied

  • Next year's Florida Senior Open Championship
  • Next year's Senior Amateur Championship

Low Amateur

  • Current year's Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Next year's Florida Senior Open Championship

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here
  • Caddies - Caddies are allowed in all FSGA Championships except Junior events. However, a player must not use a parent, step-parent or guardian as a caddie. The caddie MUST walk and the player's clubs must remain on the golf cart. 
  • Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
  • Local Rules and Terms of the Competition - Click here.
  • Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
  • Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
  • Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.

Host Hotel and Accommodations

Gulf Coast Town Center

Courtyard by Marriott
10500 Gulf Center Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33913
239-332-4747

Residence Inn by Marriott
10054 Gulf Center Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33913
239-332-7001

Click here to view booking information

Dress Code

  • Proper attire for competitors and caddies is required at all times at the golf facility. Failure to comply may result in withdrawal of entry. 
  • Golf Shorts are permitted
  • All hats must be worn properly.
  • Collared shirts or shirts specifically designed for golf must be worn and tucked in at all times.
  • This code supplements any course or club guidelines, which shall take precedence.

Publicity and Promotion; Broadcasting

By participating in The Florida Senior Open you grant the FSGA/SFPGA and those acting with the FSGA/SFPGA, 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/SFPGA. Participants in FSGA/SFPGA events waive their rights to inspect or approve all media produced by the FSGA/SFPGA 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/SFPGA.

Directions

West Bay Golf Club
4606 West Bay Boulevard
Estero, FL 33928

Click here for directions

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