Winter Series Information
The Winter Series is for players 25 years and older, and runs from late November through early March. There are seven events scheduled for the 2016-2017 season: six individual events and one four-ball event *Gross scoring only**.
Generally, day one tee times will be late morning to early afternoon starting from the 1st and 10th tees or by shotgun. Day two will be a shotgun start at approximately 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM. After the first round, each age division may be flighted based on the number of competitors and/or the range of scores.
Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are age 25 or older as of March 1, 2017. A Regular or Foundation membership level is required.
The 2016-2017 Winter Series will conduct each event with 36-holes of gross only scoring.
Tie Breaking Procedures
There will be a hole by hole playoff to determine the Champion only of each age division. All other places to determine gift certificates will be decided by the following tie break method:
- The best score for the last 18 holes
- The best score for the last 9 holes
- The best score for the last 6 holes
- The best score for the last 3 holes
- The best score for the 18th hole
- By lot
For purposes of a tie break, 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.
Individual Age Divisions and Course Set-Up
- Mid-Amateur (25-54) plays approximately 6,700 yards
- Senior (55-64) plays approximately 6,400 yards
- Super-Senior (65 & above) plays approximately 6,100 yards
Each player must compete in the age division commensurate with their age as of March 1, 2017. Competitors may not elect to play in a different age division or from a different tee than designated.
Four-Ball Age Divisions
A player and his partner can be of any age, but the team will compete in the division of youngest player's age as of March 1, 2017. Points earned by each competitor will remain in their actual age group. Both team members must play from the same tee.
Age group champions at each event will receive a commemorative award. Gift certificates will be awarded to the top finishers in each of the age groups.
Throughout the series, the FSGA will maintain a “points list” that will determine which competitors win their age division. At the conclusion of the series, each series age division winner will receive a commemorative award.
See "Exemptions Into State Championships" below to see how players earn exemptions from the Winter Series into state championships.
During the Winter Series of competition, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is two strokes for the first breach and disqualification for a subsequent offense regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
Groupings, Starting Times & Player
Information about practice rounds, directions, lodging etc. will be published on the FSGA website at www.fsga.org before the event. Starting times will be posted on the website two days after the close of entries for each event.
Practice Rounds & Cost
We are attempting to play golf during the busiest time of the golf season in Florida, and rounds cost more than during the summer months, including practice rounds. Accordingly, practice rounds will cost approximately $50 and times will be limited.
If you maintain your handicap at a Florida club on the GHIN Handicap system, you will pay a reduced entry fee of $10 per person per entry. All Foundation members will pay the Regular (GHIN) member rate regardless of club handicap affiliation.
& Foundation Members
Fortunately, we are playing at very fine courses at significantly discounted rates and we appreciate these clubs’ cooperation. Playing during “the season” comes at a significantly higher price and we are doing everything possible (including depressed entry fees) to make competition available to you during the season.
Requests for refunds received prior to the entry closing date will be honored (less $20 per entry administration fee). Requests received after the closing date will be honored (less 50% of the entry fee). No requests will be honored within two days of the scheduled start date.
Exemptions Into State Championships
Amateur Championship Exemption
The individual with the most points in the Mid-Amateur (25-54) age division at the conclusion of the Winter Series season will receive an exemption into the 2017 (100th) Amateur Championship at The Bear's Club in Jupiter.
Mid-Amateur Championship Exemption
The individual with the most points in the Senior (55-64) age division at the conclusion of the Winter Series season will receive an exemption into the 2017 Mid-Amateur Championship at John's Island Club in Vero Beach.
Senior Amateur Championship Exemption
The following individuals will receive an exemption into the 2017 Senior Amateur Championship at Bradenton Country Club in Bradenton.
- Top 20 and tied from the Winter Series (55-64 Age Division) current points list as of the close of entries
- Top 3 and tied from the Winter Series (65 and Over Age Division) current points list as of the close of entries
- Winners of the current season’s (55-64 Age Division) Individual Winter Series Events
- Points Champion of the previous season's Winter Series (55-64) points list
- Points Champion of the previous season's Winter Series (65 and Over) points list