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Competition Policy

Your current handicap, reflecting a handicap index based on 18 holes, is required to complete your registration. The USGA handicap index is used to verify eligibility for the National Championship.

All indexes will be verified approximately 45 days prior to the competition and the index at that time will be used. Players must have a verified handicap or declare as a professional to be eligible to compete. For Canadian competitors, The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) will apply.

Tournament officials determine handicap ranges for the Golf Classic handicapped flights. Three senior flights are available: Senior 1 (age 50-56), Senior II (age 57-64) and Super Senior (age 65+). If you are eligible and wish to compete in a senior flight, you must include this on your registration form. Otherwise, you will be placed in the flight based on your handicap index. All affiliate and student members will be placed int the affiliate flight regardless of handicap index or age.

Repeat flight winners

If a competitor has won or been the runner-up for two consecutive years, the player will be subject to further handicap verification and review. The competitor will play in the current year to 85% of verified handicap and be placed into the flight corresponding to the adjusted handicap.

If it is determined that the competitor knowingly submitted an incorrect handicap, they competitor will be subject to disqualification and/or ineligibility to compete in the GCSAA Golf Championships. Tournament officials reserve the right to assign a player into any flight deemed appropriate.

Practice privileges

A group of practice rounds at each host facility has been blocked for GCSAA participants and available through Jan. 20, 2023. After this date any unclaimed times will be released to the general public.

Tee times are at competitors’ expense and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any competitor may play a practice round at any facility, regardless of flighting.

Starting times and pairings

National Championship. Starting times and groupings for Round 1 will be available in registration area for the GCSAA Golf Championships at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Pairings will not be made available prior to the opening of registration. Round 2 (final round) starting times and groupings will be sent via text during the 19th hole reception and posted on the GCSAA Golf Championship Golf Genius website.

Golf Classic. Competitors will have a shotgun start each day. Groupings and hole assignments will be available in registration area for the GCSAA Golf Championships at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Pairings will not be made available prior to opening of registration. Round 2 (final round) starting times and groupings will be sent via text during the 19th hole reception and posted on the GCSAA Golf Championship Golf Genius website.

Competitors are solely responsible for knowing his or her tee time each day.

 

Registration deadlines

The deadline for early bird pricing is Aug. 31, 2022. Those who secure their spot by this date will lock in the 2022 pricing. Standard pricing begins Sept. 1, 2022. All competitors must complete the registration process and submit appropriate fees beginning in October. Only one entry may be submitted per player. Registration for the 2023 GCSAA Golf Championships closes at midnight on Jan. 5, 2023. 

A waiting list will be established if a full field of registrations is received prior to the deadline. All wait listed registrations, and all applications received after the deadline, will be returned and fee refunded after the event.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Full or partial cancellation requests must have been received in writing by the entry deadline of midnight on Jan. 5, 2023, to receive a refund. After this date, entry fees will be refunded only in the event of injury or medical emergency, if requested in writing by the first day of competition.

No refunds can be given after the start of competition. Substitutions will not be accepted. A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds.

Official rules and regulations

Official rules and regulations for the GCSA Golf Championships will be sent electronically to all registered competitors in January 2023 as part of the official competition package.