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About One-Day Events

FSGA One Day's is a 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. Although these are designed to be fun competitions for players of all skill levels, basic knowledge of the rules is required.

Men's Format

  • 18 holes of net or gross stroke play within flights
  • Each player will use their playing handicap for the day (see below for handicap allowances and calculation)
  • Handicap Indexes will be taken from the close of entry date
  • Payout will be NET, then Gross. Payouts will vary based on division size.
  • Maximum score of 10 per hole is in effect
  • Local Rule: E-5 Alternative to Stroke & Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds is in effect

Women's Format

  • 18 holes of net and gross stroke play
  • Each player will use their playing handicap for the day (see below for handicap allowances and calculation)
  • Handicap Indexes will be taken from the close of entry date
  • Payout will be NET, then Gross. Payouts will vary based on division size.
  • Maximum score of 10 per hole is in effect
  • Local Rule: E-5 Alternative to Stroke & Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds is in effect

Course Handicap & Playing Handicap Calculation

  • Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating / 113) + (Course Rating – Par)
  • Playing Handicap = Course Handicap x Handicap Allowance
    • Handicap Allowance (Individual Stroke Play) = 95% of players course handicap
    • Handicap Allowance (Four-Ball Stroke Play) = 85% of players course handicap
    • Handicap Allowance (Two-Person Scramble) = 35% of Low Course Handicap, 15% of High Course Handicap


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 & Approximate Yardages

**All players must compete in the age division commensurate with their age as of the event day. No players are allowed to play out of their age division **

  • Men's Under 50 Age Division - 6,300 - 6,500 yards (Gross & Net)
  • Men's 50-59 Age Division - 6,000 yards - 6,200 yards (Gross & Net)
  • Men's 60-69 Age Division - 5,600 - 5,800 yards (Gross & Net)
  • Men's 70 & Over Age Division - 5,500 - 5,700 yards (Net & Gross)

  • Women's Division - 4,900 yards - 5,100 yards (Gross & Net)

Playing With Friends

Pairing requests are encouraged; play with your friends! Email pairing requests to (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.


  • 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 index
  • Players who do not have a Florida GHIN handicap index may purchase a handicap online. Click here for more information on purchasing an on-line GHIN handicap.

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. The FSGA does not pair up players.
  • Results will be posted on the FSGA website
  • The FSGA will post each players' score to their GHIN account for individual events only.

Alternate Status & Full Events

When we reach are maximum allotted field size, the FSGA office will place *FULL* in the title of the upcoming event. All new entries after that point will be placed on an alternates list, where their entry will not be charged until a spot actually becomes availabile. Your status on the alternates list is strictly based on date of entry, and alternates will be contacted via email and/or phone call when we receive a withdrawal from the event.

Live Scoring Requirements

For all One-Day events, live scoring will be required through the Golf Genius mobile app. Only one person per group will need to type in the gross scores for each player, and more communication will be sent to the field a few days prior to the event. For convenience purposes, please download the Golf Genius mobile app before arriving to the course.

"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).

Four-Ball & Scramble Events

Players participating in a Four-Ball or Scramble event: Partners must be of the same sex, unless otherwise posted. The FSGA does not pair up players for team events.

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 7 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 submits a score with a differential of 7.0 to 9.9 strokes below their current handicap index, an automatic reduction of -1.0 is applied to the most recent 20 score differentials. Additionally, if a player shoots 10.0 or more strokes below their current index, a -2.0 reduction is applied to the most recent 20 score differentials. These automatic reductions have been put in place by the World Handicapping System, and will be in effect for all One-Day competitions.

The FSGA will not accept a score with a differential of 7.0 or higher, unless there is undeniable evidence that the score was legitimate from the player's previous One-Day score history. For a score to be reviewed, a player will have played in at least 10 One-Day events in the previous two years. Scores that are not accepted will be listed as a WD for the round in your player profile and your score will be posted for handicap purposes.

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

To view more information on the new exceptional score policy, please view Rule 5 in the World Handicap System manual by clicking 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, 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.