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Updated: Feb. 17, 2017

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As a Golfweek Amateur Tour Member, you will receive membership into a -USGA compliant club through USHandicap.com and issued an official USGA index.

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EP / LC FAQ



          El Paso / Las Cruces FAQ
  1. What do I get for my membership to the GolfWeek Amateur Tour?
  2. What do I get for my tournament entry fee?
  3. Are Range Finders or GPS devices allowed to be used during the events?
  4. What is the event format?
  5. Can I try an event before I commit to becoming a member?
  6. Do I need a USGA handicap index?
  7. Do I have to play in every event?
  8. How long do I have to decide to play in an event?
  9. What time are the events?
  10. What are the breakdown of handicap indexes for each flight?
  11. How is the Tour Handicap Index calculated?
  12. What if I am playing in the wrong flight?
  13. What yardage is played for my flight?
  14. What are the prizes for the events?
  15. Can I play events on another GolfWeek Amateur Tour?
  16. How do I earn a spot to the Tour Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC
  17. What if the weather is bad?
  18. What is the Cancellation Policy for Events?
  19. What is the triple bogey max rule?
  20. What if I don't know the rules?
  21. What is the dress code?
  22. Are caddies permitted?
  23. Are spectators permitted?
  24. What are the cash games at the events?
  25. How are Ties for Placing and Prize Pay-Outs handled?
  26. Live Scoring System at All Events?

  1. What do I get for my membership to the GolfWeek Amateur Tour? 
    Your tour membership allows you to play in any tour event nationwide. Your membership comes with a welcome packet that includes a year subscription to GolfWeek magazine, 1 year membership to USHandicap.com, Tour Hat, bag tag, decal, rule book, discounted practice rounds, entry in season long Par 4 Challenge, entry into Golf Trip Raffles, and much more. 

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  2. What do I get for my tournament entry fee? 
    Your entry fee for each tournament gets you 18 holes (or 18 holes each day for a 2 day event), cart and range. Each flight winner gets an etched trophy at each event as well as their share of the pot. 

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  3. What is the event format? 
    All standard 1 and 2 day events are gross stroke play with USGA rules in effect. The Tour Championship at the end of the year in Hilton Head, SC is a 3 day, 56 hole gross stroke play event where members from all 45 tours come together to determine an overall Flight Winner for the season for the whole tour. 

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  4. Are Range Finders or GPS devices allowed to be used during the events? 
    Range finders and GPS are allowed as long as they conform to USGA rules and do not measure slope, wind or any other information other than distance. Cell phone range apps can also be used, provided the player does not use the phone for anything other than yardage information, no slope, wind, etc... 

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  5. Can I try an event before I commit to becoming a member? 
    Golfers who have not been on the tour before can attend 1 event as a visitor and would only have to pay the tournament entry fee. In order to play a second event, the membership would have to be paid for first. 

    In order to play as a visitor you must enter your player registration by filling out and submitting the first page on the "Join the Tour" tab (exit out when asked for member payment), then submit event payment and lastly email us at elpaso@amateurgolftour.net and let us know that you are planning to play as a visitor. Once those steps are complete, you will be set to play and try an event as a visitor. 


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  6. Do I need a USGA handicap index? 
    It is helpful to have an established index to place you in the correct flight, but the index is not necessary. If you do not have a USGA or Tour index, we will place you in a flight based on your average score and ability for the appropriate yardage. Your flight placement can always be adjusted later if the placement doesn’t fit your ability. Once on Tour, you will develop a Tour Index based strictly on your tournament results and will dictate all flight placements. Your Tour membership comes with a 1 year membership to USHandicap.com. Your tour scores will automatically be added to your account. 


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  7. Do I have to play in every event? 
    You can play in as many or as few events as you wish. The more events played, the more points you will earn towards the race to get to the Tour Championship at the end of the year at Hilton Head Island, SC. If you cannot make an event on your local tour, you may play any other event nationwide to make up for it. Make up events only earn 60-80% of the original value. Only a single day event can be used to make up a single day event and only a 2 day major can make up for a missed 2 day major. 2 day major can be used to make up a 1 day event but the points would first be divided in half and then would earn 60-80% of the remaining points. A single day event can NOT be doubled to make up for a missed 2 day event. 

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  8. How long do I have to decide to play in an event? 
    All tournament entry fees are due no later than the end of the day on the Wednesday before the tournament. Any entries submitted after Wednesday will be subject to an $10 late fee. Courses cannot leave open tee times, therefore they need to know how many tee times the tournament requires well before the event. Late entries also delay the posting of tee times and pairings. 

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  9. What time are the events? 
    Most events are played on a Saturday, which are golf courses busiest day of the week. Due to this fact, most courses don't like the tour to take up the course too early in the day, therefore most courses will agree to tee times late morning/early afternoon. Secondly, in order to get a rate for play that stays within the tours budget, some tee times need to be scheduled closer to twilight. 

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  10. What are the breakdown of handicap indexes for each flight? 
    Championship Flight players have handicap 0 -3.9      A Flight players have handicap 4 – 8.9      B Flight players have handicap 9 – 13.9      C Flight players have handicap 14 – 18.9      D Flight players have handicap 19+ 

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  11. How is the Tour Handicap Index calculated? 
    The Tour Index Policy is intended to group players into flights of comparable potential ability to promote fair competition within the flight. Indexes are based solely on Amateur Golf Tour performance. The AGT index formula will closely mirror the published USGA handicap method (for a complete description see USGA Handicapping Manual at http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Handicap-System-Manual/Handicap-Manual/ ). The AGT formula differs from USGA handicap methodology in that it uses only rounds played on tour and substitutes the triple bogey rule in place of Equitable Stroke Control. 

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  12. What if I am playing in the wrong flight? 
    Flight adjustments are usually made after 2 events have been played. However, adjustments to a higher flight can be done at any time. If you are in the wrong flight and are shooting out of the flight range, a battlefield promotion will be done instantly. This would create a loss of winnings and points to balance and account for the adjustment to the higher flight. If you feel you are in too difficult of a flight, you may request to move down a flight (provided your index allows for the move). Flight adjustments to a lower flight does not warrant any loss of points. However, an adjustment to a higher flight warrants a adjustment of 20-40% reduction of current point earnings as that is approximately the amount of points you would have earned had you been in the proper flight all along, but cannot earn a spot higher than a tie for 5th when moving up a flight. 

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  13. What yardage is played for my flight? 
    Championship plays from roughly 6700+      A plays from roughly 6500 – 6800       B plays from roughly 6400 – 6600       C plays from roughly 6200 – 6500       D plays from roughly 6000 – 6300 

    **Yardage distances played can vary from this guide based on ease/difficulty of course slope and ratings.** 

    Women typically play 1 tee forward of their respective flight tees, or approximately 10-15% less than their male counterparts. 

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  14. What are the prizes for the events? 
    Prizes are in the form of a gift card. The prize pot amount is determined by how many players are in the flight.  First place winners of each flight also receive a glass trophy. 

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  15. Can I play events on another GolfWeek Amateur Tour? 
    You can play any event in the nation with GolfWeek. If you play a visiting Tour, you must first indicate the play to your local tour director and also let the visiting tour director know which tour you are a paid member. Event registration is then the same process as your local tour. Be sure to take note of any differences in the other tours local rules. 

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  16. How do I earn a spot to the Tour Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC at the end of the season? 
    You must play at least 4 rounds in the season, local tour or other, to qualify. 2 day Majors count as two rounds. The top 15 season long points winners from each flight earn a spot to enter the Tour Championship. Winners from any of the Majors automatically receive an invitation, regardless of point earnings (but still must play at least 4 rounds).    

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  17. What if the weather is bad? 
    We play rain or shine unless the course suspends play. If an event has to be cancelled due to dangerous weather, then a make-up event will be arranged for later in the season. 

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  18. What is the Cancellation Policy for Events 
    We know life happens and we do our best to accommodate cancelations for events. There are some courses that will lock us in to pay a certain amount after we submit the numbers after Wednesday Evening. If the event that you need to withdraw from is one of those courses then we will issue you a 50 percent refund otherwise we will issue you a 100 percent refund up until the time that the tee times are posted on our site which is typically the Thursday Evening prior to the event. If you need to cancel after the tee times are posted and before the day of the event then we will issue you a 50 percent refund. Any cancelations the day of the event or no shows will result in no refund at all. This also includes a 2 Day Major. If you play on Day 1 and do not play Day 2 then you will not receive any level of refund. The refunds are all based on how the course charges us for the number of players. We will do our best to get you the maximum level of refund but no guarantees can be made as each course is a little different on their policies. 

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  19. What is the triple bogey max rule? 
    To promote a good pace of play, the AGT implemented the triple bogey max rule for all flights except the Championship flight. All players must pick up their ball and discontinue their play on any hole where they have reached a score of triple bogey. (If you are at double bogey, and are not in the hole yet, pick up as triple is the best you will get. Do not hit for the triple as the whole purpose of this rule is for a faster pace of play). 

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  20. What if I don't know the rules? 
    Players are responsible for knowing the rules. Other players can help with the rules if in doubt or unsure. Always play 2 balls if a rule or play is in dispute. The director can determine the proper play when discussed at the end of the round. Penalties can, and will be, assessed for rules infractions, so be sure to know the rules to the best of your ability. 

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  21. What is the dress code? 
    Collared shirts and soft spikes are required. (Mocks are considered Collared Shirts at most locations). No jeans, denims, jogging outfits, tank tops, workout wear or sweat pants are permitted. Shorts may be worn. 

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  22. Are caddies permitted? 
    Caddies are not permitted for any flight.    

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  23. Are spectators permitted? 
    Spectators are usually welcome but it is to the discretion of the course. Spectators may be required to ride and rent a cart, whereas some courses do not have enough carts and spectators will have to walk. We try to refrain from having spectators ride with the players. It is up to each course in regards to their spectator policy, so be sure to contact the course to inquire as to their policy. 

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  24. What are the cash games at the events? 
    At each event, players are able to enter into the optional CASH games. Games MUST be entered with cash as the money gets paid to the winners in cash the same day. 

    Players can pay $10 to get into the closest to the pin contest for the par 3's for that day ($1 of every $10 entry goes into the tour hole-in-one pot and continues to accumulate until a player gets a hole-in-one). Only players in the days closest to the pin are eligible for the hole-in-one pot, otherwise the hole-in-one winner will only receive $100). 

    Players can also pay $20 for their respective flight skins. Outright low score on a hole, amongst the players in the skins game, will win their share of the flight skins pot. (champ and A are 1 group, B has it's own group and C and D are the 3rd group). 

    Any player can enter in as many, as few, or none of these events as they wish. In the case of a 2 day event, players must enter the games each day. 1st day entries go towards day 1 results and 2nd day entries go towards day 2 results. 

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  25. How are Ties for Placing and Prize Pay-Outs handled  
    All ties for placing and prize pay-outs are broken by a scorecard playoff with the exception of 1st place. 1st place is handled by a Sudden Death playoff.  

    All other ties are broken by handicap hole play-offs all the way through 18 holes if required.  

    For 2 day tournaments, the final days total score will be used first to break the tie and then it will fall to day 2 handicap hole scores to figure out the tie breaker from there.  

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  26. Live Scoring System at All Events  
    Live scoring page can be found by clicking the corresponding link from your tour homepage under Live Scoring System button or by going to www.USLiveScore.com/gwmi/  

    Family and friends can follow along in real time at home by clicking on the Live Leaderboard tab.  

    This process is a welcome change, but can really only be most benefited if each group participates, so it is mandatory to have 1 person in your group enter scores into live scoring. 1 other person in the group can keep score on the scorecard. Entering scores throughout the round will also make the scoring and results at the end of the round as we won't have to take the time to enter the scores, but rather just verify them. The system will do the rest, so results will be quickly calculated, but again, can only be done if players participate.  

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