Certification of handicap index
A copy of your current handicap card, reflecting a handicap index based on 18 holes, must accompany your entry form (if submitting by mail) or should be mailed or faxed separately to GCSAA if you register online. 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 in the competitions. For Canadian participants, The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) index will apply.
Tournament officials determine handicap ranges for the Golf Classic handicapped flights. Three senior flights are available: Senior I (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 indicate this on your form. Otherwise, you will be placed in the flight based on your handicap index. All affiliate members and student members will be placed in the affiliate flight, regardless of handicap index or age.
Repeat flight winners
If a contestant has won or been the runner-up for two consecutive years, the player will be subject to further handicap verification and review. The player will play in the current year to 80% of verified handicap, and be placed into the flight corresponding to the adjusted handicap.
If it is determined that the player knowingly submitted an incorrect handicap, he/she 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 rounds at the host facilities are available at the competitor’s expense on Thursday, Jan. 30, and Friday, Jan. 31. Tee time reservations will be available in January 2014.
Any competitor may play a practice round at any facility, regardless of flighting. Tee times are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Starting times and pairings
National Championship. Starting times and groupings for Round 1 will be available at check-in/registration at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Pairings will not be made available prior to the start of on-site check-in/registration. Round 2 (final round) starting times and groupings will be available at The 19th Hole on Sunday, and will also be posted online in the tournament section of the conference website. Starting times and pairings will NOT be distributed over the phone.
Golf Classic. Golf Classic participants will have an 8 a.m. shotgun start each day. Groupings and hole assignments will be available at check-in/on-site registration at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for the Golf Classic. Round 2 (final round) groupings and hole assignments will be available at The 19th Hole on Sunday, and will also be posted online in the tournament section of the conference website. Starting times and pairings will NOT be available prior to the event or distributed over the phone.
The player is solely responsible for knowing his/her starting time each day.
The deadline for registrations and cancellations is 5 p.m. (Central) on Friday, Dec. 13. All deadlines will be strictly enforced. All players must complete the enclosed registration form or register online and pay the appropriate fees. Only one entry may be filed per player.
The tournament officials reserve the right to disqualify anyone who submits more than one entry and/or falsifies information. A waiting list will be established if a full field of applications is received prior to the deadline. All wait listed applications, and all applications received after the close of entries, will be returned and the fee refunded after the deadline.
Full and/or partial cancellation requests must have been received in writing by the entry deadline of 5 p.m. (Central) on Friday, Dec. 13, to receive a refund. After Dec. 13, 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. Please note that a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Written cancellations should be sent to:
GCSAA Golf Championship
Attn. Jessica Thompson
1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049
Official rules and regulations
Official rules and regulations for the GCSAA Golf Championships will be sent electronically to all registered competitors in January 2014 as part of the official competition package.