One-Day Events

About One-Day Events

FSGA One Day's is an individual traveling amateur game focused on fun and competition. Men who have a 24.0 index or less and Women who have a 34.0 index or less Florida GHIN handicap are eligible to compete in a friendly competition on great courses around the state.

Men's Format

  • 18 holes of individual net stroke play within flights
  • Players will play to 100% of their course handicap
  • Gross Divisions - No strokes given, must have under a 10.0 GHIN handicap index

Women's Format

  • 18 holes of individual net and gross stroke play
  • Players will play to 100% of their course handicap
  • Payout will be NET, then Gross. Gross payout begins when 4 players or teams are in the flight. 

Regions

There are five regions around the state. Players may play in multiple regions.

Entry Fee

  • Varies based on host facility.
  • Includes cart, golf, range balls and prizes ($10 of each player's entry fee goes towards gift certificate prizes)

Age Divisions and Approximate Yardages

  • Men's Gross Division - 6,500 yards (Gross Only, 10.0 FL GHIN handicap or less)
  • Men's Gross 50 & Over Division - 6,200 yards (Gross Only, 10.0 FL GHIN handicap or less)

  • Men's Net - Under 50 Age Division - 6,500 yards (Net Only)
  • Men's Net - 50-64 Age Division - 6,200 yards (Net Only)
  • Men's Net - 65 & Over Age Division - 5,700 - 5,800 yards (Net Only)

  • Women's Division - 5,100 yards (Gross & Net)

Playing With Friends

Pairing requests are encouraged; play with your friends! Email pairing requests to onedays@fsga.org (specify the date, location and full names of the players you would like to paired with). Pairing requests must be emailed five or more days before the event to guarantee pairing.

 Eligibility

  • Amateur golfers (18 years of age or older) with a Florida GHIN handicap index of 24.0 or less for men and 34.0 for women. All players MUST have a FL GHIN handicap
  • Players who do not have a Florida GHIN handicap may purchase a handicap online for $40. Click here for more information on purchasing an on-line GHIN handicap.
  • Players without an established GHIN handicap index will be eligible to compete, but are not eligible for prizes, unless they would like to play in the gross division until their handicap is established.

Tie Breaking Procedures

Tie-Breaks will be done by USGA scorecard match. The last 9 holes will be considered holes 10-18, the last 6 holes will be holes 13-18, the last 3 holes will be holes 16-18 and the last hole will be hole 18. In the case that players are still tied after the 18th hole, the winner will be determined by lot. The Women's division will pay net first then gross, since these are net competitions.

Entries, Tee Times and Results

  • All entries must be submitted through the FSGA website with appropriate payment by 11:30 pm of the closing date
  • Late entries will be accepted based on availability. Any late entrant that gains acceptance into the field will be subject to a $10 late entry fee
  • Groupings and hole assignment are posted approximately three days before the event
  • Four-Ball Events - Partners must be of the same sex, unless otherwise posted. FSGA does not pair up players for Four-Ball events.
  • Results will be posted on the FSGA website
  • The FSGA will post each players' score to their GHIN account for individual events only.

"Stay & Play" Events

"Stay and Play" events are back-to-back one-days at a golf facility. The entry fee may include, and require a hotel stay. If the hotel is not included in the entry fee then a special hotel rate will be provided to the players (if available).

Exceptional Performance

The FSGA is extremely proactive in making sure net competitions are fair for all players competing. Everyone in golf has experienced problems with players who have handicaps that are “less than representative of that player’s true playing ability”. An occasional exceptional round that is 3-4 strokes better than your handicap is not out of the ordinary. However, two or more exceptional performances, or an individual performance of 8 or more strokes better than your handicap defies the odds of handicapping statistics and defeats the very purpose of net competitions.

Accordingly, if a player scores significantly better than his handicap index, his/her course handicap may be subject to reduction, and in exceptional cases, the Committee may elect to not accept the player's score for that event. The Committee will take into account, the condition of the golf course, weather conditions and other factors that logically may effect scoring on any given day.

The Committee reserves the right to refuse future entries from a person suspected of competing in events with an illegitimate handicap.


To view the USGA's Handicap Manual, Appendix E, which outlines the probabilities of shooting exceptional scores, click here.

Handicap Reduction Policy

As the governing body of golf in Florida, it is our responsibility to monitor the results posted in each one-day event around the state. The Committee constantly reviews player performance in relation to their handicap as well as where each player finishes in their respective one-day division.

Posting multiple rounds well below your handicap and/or consistently winning gift certificates at events will often result in a handicap reduction. It is statistically improbable for players to win or finish "in the money" more than 30 percent of the time.

Any player subject to handicap reduction will be reduced using the following policy guidelines:

  • All handicap differentials from the current year's event results will be recorded and organized from the lowest differential to the highest differential.
  • In order to determine the player's new handicap index, only the lowest half (50 percent) of the player's scores will be used and averaged together to find a new number.
    • Example: If a player has played in 13 events, only the lowest 6 differentials will be used (remainders of .5 will always be rounded down to the nearest whole number).
  • The average differential will then be reduced an extra 20 percent to find the player's new handicap index.

This handicap index will be the competitor's playing index in all net events until the end of the calendar year. This index will not be higher, but may go lower based on the player's performance for the remainder of the season. At the end of the year, the Committee will review the player's overall performance and determine if an adjustment is necessary for the following year. 

The FSGA reserves the right to modify the handicap reduction policy referenced above.

Withdraw & Refund Policy

Withdrawals received prior to the entry closing date will receive a full refund, less a $20 per entry administration fee. Withdrawals received after the closing date will receive a 50% refund. Withdrawals received within 2 days prior to the event will not receive a refund. Players will not be able to Transfer Sites.

Pace of Play

A group is considered out of position when the group is (a) taking more than the allotted time to play and (b) finishes any hole more than fifteen minutes behind the group ahead.

First breach - Warning
Second breach - One stroke penalty
Third breach - Two stroke penalty

Weather Shortened Events

When inclement weather causes a round to be shortened, the FSGA will do what is most fair to determine who wins prizes. Nine holes played may constitute an official event, even if all players did not play the same nine holes.

The FSGA will do everything possible to complete the round that day. Entry fees will generally not be refunded, but if only a few holes are played, rain checks, refunds or rescheduling the event will all be considered.

Please note that events are being held during the rainy season in Florida and conditions may dictate cart paths only.

Spectator Cart Policy

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

Fun times on great golf courses is the main purpose of the One-Day Events; the competition aspect is secondary.

  

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