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Florida Women's Open & Senior Open

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club - Vero Beach
August 9-11, 2019
Entries Close: Wednesday, July 17th at 11:30 PM

$50,000 Total Purse

NO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
OPEN TO AMATEURS & PROFESSIONALS OF ALL AGES

The Florida Women's Open and Senior Open heads to Vero Beach in August of 2019 and will be played at two of the finest private club in the entire state, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club and co-host, John's Island Club. Players will play 18 holes on each course before a 36 hole cut is made. This Championship will give competitors a rare opportunity to play with some of the best professionals and amateurs from around the country, allowing great players from today and tomorrow to compete together on the same turf. Play with the best, learn from the best, and be the best. For a look at the 2018 Championship results click here.


Entry Fees

  Open Division
Senior Division
 Florida Amateur
 $200  $200
 Florida Professional  $300  $300
 Out-Of-State Amateur
 $400  $400
 Out-Of-State Professional  $500   $500 

*Click here to review residency guidelines*

Eligibility

  • Female amateur or professional golfer
  • Senior Division - At least 50 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4 (Open Division) or 9.4 (Senior Open Division)
  • Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA
  • Entrant is NOT required to be a Florida resident
  • Entries are subject to rejection, including during the event, if you falsify your residency upon entry

Championship Format

  • 54 holes of individual stroke play
  • The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes
  • All players play 18 holes each at Orchid Island and John's Island - North Course on Friday and Saturday
  • Each division will have a separate cut line. The number of players making the cut in each division will be based on the ratio of Open players to Senior Open players at the start of round one. Example - If 1/3 of the total field are Senior Open players, then 1/3 of the players making the cut will be Senior Open players.
  • The lowest score for 54-holes will determine the Champion for each division

Championship Field Size

  • Maximum of 144 players

How the Field is Determined

Prior to the close of general entries: July 17th 

  • EXEMPT entries will be guaranteed acceptance into the field upon receipt up until the Championship reaches capacity
  • During the general entry period, non-exempt entries may be accepted into the field based upon an applicant's exceptional playing resume

After the close of the general entry period: July 18th

  • NON-EXEMPT entries will be accepted into the field
  • Further entries received after July 17th will be accepted on the order of receipt

Qualifier

  • Should entries significantly exceed capacity, the FSGA reserves the right to conduct a one-day qualifier prior to the Championship to determine the final players in the field that have not already gained acceptance.

Alternates and Withdrawals

  • Alternates - Applicants not accepted through the entry process will be placed on an alternates list based upon the strength of their application. When a Division's alternates list is exhausted, an alternate from the other Division will be used to fill an open spot.
  • Withdrawals - Any withdrawals from either Division will be filled by an alternate from that Division's alternates list.

Exemptions

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

Professionals 

Open Division

  • Last 5 year's Florida Women's Open Champions
  • Top 15 and tied from last year's Florida Women's Open Championship
  • Priority A list members from the current Symetra Tour Priority Status list
  • Top 25 and tied from the current NWGA Money Leaders list
  • Top 10 and tied from last year's LPGA T&CP National Championship (Champ Division)
  • Top 10 and tied from last year's PGA Women's Stroke Play Championship
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
  • Active Legends Tour members at time of entry (may compete in either division if 50 years or older)

Senior Open Division - 50+ years of age

  • Last 5 year's Florida Women's Senior Open Champions
  • Top 3 and tied from last year's Florida Women's Senior Open Championship
  • Active Legends Tour members at time of entry
  • Top 10 and tied from last year's LPGA T&CP National Championship (Champ Division)
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship
Amateurs

Open Division

  • Last 5 year's Florida Open Champions
  • Top 15 and tied from last year's Florida Women's Open Championship
  • Last and current year's FSGA Women's Amateur Champion
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Amateur Stroke Play Champion
  • Current year's FSGA Women's Mid-Amateur Champion
  • Last year's FSGA Girls' Junior Champion (16-18 Division)
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Player of the Year
  • Last year's FSGA Girls' Junior Player of the Year
  • Top 25 and tied from last year's final Florida Women's Player of the Year points list
  • Top 20 and tied from last year's final Florida Girls' Junior Player of the Year points list
  • Top 200 and tied of the Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings as of the entry open date
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
  • Any player making the cut in last year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Senior Open Division

  • Last 5 year's Florida Senior Open Champions
  • Top 3 and tied from last year's Florida Women's Senior Open Championship
  • Current year's FSGA Women's Senior Amateur Champion (Championship Division)
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Senior Amateur Match Play Champion (Championship Division)
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Senior Player of the Year
  • Top 15 and tied from last year's Florida Women's Senior Player of the Year points list
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship
  • Any player making the cut in last year's U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship
  • Any player making the cut in last year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Note: Any player that earns an entry exemption through a Senior Open Division category may only apply that entry exemption to the Senior Open Division. Loss of Exemptions - If a player turns professional, she loses any exemption(s) she previously earned as an amateur player with the FSGA.

Professional Prize Purse

$50,000 - click here to view the 2018 Payout Schedule

The purse will be distributed between the Open and Senior Open divisions based on entries. Players who make the cut, but fail to finish 54-holes, will receive the minimum payout. Professionals eligible for the Senior Open Division, but choosing to compete in the Open Division, are only eligible for prize money in the Division selected upon entry. Amateurs will receive their payment in the form of gift certificates redeemable to Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 8th

  • Player Registration 

Friday, August 9th

  • 6:30 - 9:30 AM - Player Registration
  • 8:00 - 9:40 AM - Round One tee times off #1 and #10 on both courses

Saturday, August 10th

  • 8:00 - 9:40 AM - Round Two tee times off #1 and #10 on both courses
  • After 36 holes are complete, the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties

Sunday, August 11th

  • 8:00 - 9:30 AM - Final Round tee times off #1 and #10 at Orchid Island
  • Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play

Divisions and Approximate Yardages

  • Open Division - 6,300 yards 
  • Senior Open Division - 5,800 yards

Switching of divisions will not be permitted after pairings are posted

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available on a space available basis up until the first day of the Championship. The price for a practice round is $40.00 + tax and includes cart and range balls prior to the round. To schedule a practice round, call the Orchid Island golf shop at 772-388-2350 and the John's Island Club - NORTH COURSE at 772 231-8615. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

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 Champions

Symetra Tour and NWGA player Sandra Angulo Minarro played lights out posting a three day total of ten under-par with rounds of 70-68-68. Four birdies on her front nine on Sunday followed by pars on the remaining holes earned Sandra a victory. 

In the Senior Division, Sunday concluded in a three-way tie forcing a play-off between professional Susan Bond, and amateurs Kim Keyer-Scott and Mary Jane Hiestand. The players headed to to the par four 14th hole where Keyer-Scott and Hiestand advanced with pars. Keyer-Scott and Hiestand went on to make two more pars. After playing the 13th hole for a second time, Hiestand secured her victory!

Cart and Caddie Policy

Cart fees are included in the Championship Fee for all competitive rounds of the Championship. Players must utilize a golf cart for all competitive rounds. Caddies are permitted; however, the caddie may not ride and the player's bag must remain on the golf cart. All players that choose to employ a caddie must adhere to the established FSGA Pace of Play Policy.

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy -  Click here.
  • Caddies - Caddies are allowed in all FSGA Championships except Junior events. 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 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

Click here to view host hotel information

Publicity and Promotion

By participating in The Florida Women's Open 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.

Directions 

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club
1 Beachside Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
772-388-2350

Click here for directions

John's Island Club - North Course
3 John's Island Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
772-231-8615

Click here for directions

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