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

Within 60 days of joining the tour and filling out the 2019 registration, each member will receive an email from USHandicap with instructions on how to sign into your account. You will not be able to access your Silver membership until you receive the confirmation email. Nothing will be mailed, everything will be done via email address.

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2019 Flight Movement

Flight Movement

The Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Louis Tours will implement the following LOCAL Rule for flight movement:

Player moving into a higher flight (From B Flight to A Flight)

When a players’ AGT index drops below the current flight index level, the player will automatically be advanced into the new flight. Once promoted, GWAT will transfer 75% of the points the player accumulated in their previous flight to the new flight as long as it does not exceed a tie for 5th place in the point standings in new flight. Once a player has been promoted to a new flight he must continue play in the new flight until his/her handicap becomes validated (see below)

Player moving into a lower flight (From A Flight to B Flight)

If a validated players’ index rises into the range of the next flight bracket they may choose to retreat a flight. Players who wish to move flights must request so by notifying their tour director. For all requests the following schedule will be in effect for flight movements:

  • May 31st
  • June 15th
  • June 30th
  • July 15th
  • July 31st

After July 31st players will not be able to move to a lower flight, no exceptions. Players will bring 100% of their points they have accumulated to their new flight, but will not exceed a tie for 5th place in the point standings.

Example: Rob's GWAT index after the May 11th tournament rises to 5. Rob requests to move to the A Flight immediately. In accordance with the schedule his movement request will be reviewed and if approved he will be placed in his new flight on May 31st.

Index Validation

New Member - A player’s AGT Tour Index is “validated” once 5 (five) tour rounds have been posted.

Existing Member - If a member is a prior year’s member, his handicap index will be validated with 15 (fifteen) tour rounds posted.

Un-validated players whose index rises into the range of a lower flight may request the local Tour Director review their placement. Tour Directors will consider whether sufficient performance data is available to determine that a player is currently in a flight above the level of his playing potential. Players should be aware that moving down a flight with fewer than seven scores in the system is a volatile position and a good round in their new “easier” flight could cause them to move back to their original flight with a reduction in points.

Local Tour: Scoring out of flight

Tour flighting is based on a performance index system that groups together players of roughly similar potential ability. To maintain the integrity of each flight, the tour director retains the right to promote a player into a higher flight should a member return a single round score that indicates their actual playing potential exceeds the general ability of their current flight. The probability of an A or B flight player scoring four strokes below his/her tour index is approximately 130 to 1. The same is true for a C or D flight player scoring five strokes below his/her tour index. Therefore, when players post “once in a lifetime” scores the result will be reviewed. This will happen for A & B flights when a single round score is 4 strokes or more below the flight bracket; for C & D flights 5 strokes or more (course rating plus low range of the flight index bracket). If warranted, Tour Directors must immediately promote the player to the next higher flight. Tour directors will consider player performance history on tour and off (if available) in deciding whether this round is truly a great personal achievement or an indication that the players’ potential warrants immediate movement to a more advanced flight. This promotion will be referred to as a “battlefield” promotion and will take place immediately at the tournament site.

Flights Frozen

Continuing in 2019, for Tour Cup purposes ONLY all flights will be frozen before the local tours playoff series begins. Players whose index drops below the current flight index level may remain in their respective flight to compete for the Local Tour Cup after the playoff series begins with the following exceptions will be applied:

1) A player will be promoted to a new flight, should that player’s index exceed the bottom end of the new flight range by more than 1 full stroke. 

For example, Tony’s index is 13.5 on August 10th, he can remain in the C flight. On August 24th his index is 12.8, he would then be promoted to the B Flight and his points will be adjusted.

2) Index Key for movement after the playoffs begin:

3) The Flight Frozen rule is a local rule and will not apply to any event the player will play outside of the Chicago, Milwaukee or St.Louis Tours after the playoff series begins. The rule also does not apply for National Tour Championship purposes.



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