TOURNAMENT HANDICAP REQUIREMENTS
All competitors in the Las Vegas World Amateur shall have Course Handicaps calculated using their 12-month low Handicap Index (March 1, 2016 to February 1, 2017).
The Las Vegas World Amateur will be conducted using the USGA Rules of Golf. All participants MUST have an established USGA Handicap Index (or equivalent for international players) prior to January 15, 2017 to remain eligible for the tournament. Players who do not have an established USGA Handicap Index should contact their state/regional golf association for assistance. In order to obtain a USGA Handicap Index, a golfer must join a golf club that is licensed by a State/Regional Golf Association or the USGA and post adjusted gross scores. These scores are subject to peer review. After at least five scores have been posted, the club will issue a USGA Handicap Index. If, for some reason, a player has two Indexes, the lower USGA Handicap Index MUST be used.
All participants are required to notify the Las Vegas World Amateur tournament officials prior to on-site registration if there has been a change in their Handicap. A valid USGA Handicap reflects all golf scores regardless of the course or conditions, and must be formulated according to the guidelines established by the USGA. Any unusual posting procedures, such as not posting scores for a period of time leading up to the Las Vegas World Amateur, may be grounds for disqualification. Any participant found using a fraudulent Handicap will be expelled from the Las Vegas World Amateur and all the fees for the event will be forfeited.
To guarantee the integrity of the Las Vegas World Amateur, the event requires ALL participants to submit a full score and Handicap history. This information should clearly show each participant’s current Handicap Index and their handicap history for the current year.
The Las Vegas World Amateur will be conducted using the USGA Handicap System. Based on the USGA Handicap Index, each participant will play their tournament rounds with a daily Course Handicap determined by the USGA Slope Rating of that participant’s assigned golf course.
The Las Vegas World Amateur will use this information to help in assessing each participants USGA Handicap Index. All decisions of the Las Vegas World Amateur Rules Committee are final.
INTERNATIONAL HANDICAP REQUIREMENTS
All participants of the Las Vegas World Amateur who are playing in the event from an international destination will have their handicap reviewed on an individual basis. Typically, there is a corresponding USGA Handicap Index that may be calculated for the participant to use in the Las Vegas World Amateur. The participant will need to provide a complete scoring history to the Handicap Committee and the participant’s score history must include the last twenty (20) rounds of golf played. The Handicap Committee will use the score history in connection with your current international Handicap Index to determine the participant’s Tournament Handicap. If adequate score history can not be provided, the participant’s handicap will be considered invalid and will not be accepted for tournament play.
The Handicap Committee will aggressively monitor scores for possible inaccuracies in a competitors handicap. The following is an overview of the steps taken to ensure an equitable stroke tournament.
Past players have gone through our score history program comparing a player’s incoming index with past performances. New players have gone through a rigorous screening process analyzing their incoming index.
During the tournament, scores are also adjusted when exceptional rounds are posted. Players with a handicap adjustment during the event are noted by a “ADJ” next to their name on the flight score sheets.
The Las Vegas World Amateur Tournament Committee reserves the right to adjust the Course Handicap of any competitor during the Las Vegas Wold Amateur Tournament.
1) During the course of tournament play, after every round, players that shoot a score with a negative differential will be subject to additional review by the Las Vegas World Amateur Tournament Committee. Players who have a single round score with a net differential in excess of 125:1 odds as per Appendix E: Exceptional Score Probability Table of the USGA Handicap System Manuel, shall have their course handicap (and therefore Net Differential) adjusted to a level that falls below 125:1 odds.
2) Should a player have a second consecutive round score with a negative differential, that a second adjustment, applied to ALL prior tournament rounds shall be made so that the adjustment falls below the 125:1 threshold and/or shall be subject to disqualification.
Golf Tournament Index
In many cases, the submitted USGA Handicap Index will also act as their tournament handicap. However, The Handicap Committee may assign a Handicap Index that is lower than the submitted USGA Handicap Index if:
- The entrant played in the previous years in major amateur events such as the Myrtle Beach, Mesquite or Pac Am and has an established “World Am Index” that is lower than what has been submitted in the current year. The “World Am Index” is calculated by averaging the lowest two tournament differentials from the previous year.
- The entrant has played in any of the previous four recognized World Amateurs and has accumulated “performance points” based on top finishes. Any entrant with “performance points” will have their submitted Handicap Index reduced as follows:
a. When total points accumulated reach seven, submitted handicap index reduced by 1 stroke
b. When total points accumulated reach nine, submitted handicap index reduced by 2 strokes
c. When total points accumulated reach eleven, submitted handicap index reduced by 3 strokes
NOTE: Performance Points can only affect those participants that have finished in the top five of their flight in both of the previous two years. However, finishing in the top five both years does not guarantee that the participant will be affected. This system is a variation of Dean Knuth’s Tournament Points System.
- The entrant is a new player and or has not played in the previous World Amateur. In which case, the submitted Handicap Index will be evaluated and reduced if any of the following criteria are not met:
a. Entrant does not have twenty (20) scores posted for the calendar year
b. Entrant does not have one (1) tournament round posted in the last 12 months
c. Entrant does not have any scores posted after December 1, 2016 (unless they live in a region that is out-of-season)
d. Entrant does not provided Handicap Committee with their Handicap Chairman contact information
Entrant Prize Eligible
The Handicap Committee will deem an entrant ineligible to compete for any awards or prizes if:
- The entrant either submits no Handicap Index or a Handicap Index that has a revision date other than the date requested
- The entrant does not agree to the terms & conditions of the Las Vegas World Amateur
- If a participant’s Handicap Index for any reason is not an accurate reflection of the participants playing ability, it is THEIR responsibility to notify tournament officials prior to the event. A valid USGA Handicap Index is a record of all golf scores regardless of the course or conditions (as long as the round was played under the Rules of Golf), and must be formulated according to the guidelines established by the USGA. Any unusual posting procedures, such as ceasing to post scores for a period leading up to the event, may be grounds for adjustments or disqualification.
- The Handicap Committee reserves the right to adjust a participant’s index prior to or during the event.
- All participants are required to notify a tournament official of any handicap changes prior to the event and after verification forms are returned.
- A difference of .1 in your index can result in one more or less strokes on a given day. Please ensure that the handicap provided is accurate to the decimal place.
- Women will be allowed a handicap index up to 40.4 and men up to 36.4 as per the USGA policy.
When competing in a Net Tournament, it is important to be as familiar with the USGA Handicapping System (or the rules regarding the CONGU System or any other handicapping system rules adopted by your Golf Federation), just as you are with the Rules of Golf.