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2016 UGA Tournament Changes

The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the grass is visible. In other words, tournament season is nigh! As the governing body of amateur golf in Utah, it is our duty as an association to conduct elite, championship-level competitions to preserve traditions and grow the game of golf in Utah. In doing so, seasonal improvements are key elements to ensuring your happiness as UGA members. The UGA Competitions Committee has voted for the following changes to be implemented during the 2016 season:

Cell Phone Policy

In the past, the UGA Hard Card prohibited the use of cell phones except in emergency or otherwise provided in the Notice to Competitors. This restriction is no longer in effect on the Hard Card. The use of cell phones will now be allowed and guided by the rules and etiquette sections of the USGA Rules of Golf.   CLICK HERE to see the updated hard card.

Utah State Amateur Champion

The 2016 champions of the Utah State Amateur, Utah Women’s State Amateur, Utah Senior Match Play Championship, and Super Senior Match Play Championship will no longer receive an exemption into match play for the following year. The 2015 champions’ match play exemptions will stand for this season.  Those who have earned lifetime exemptions for the Utah State Amateur will need to earn their positions in match play.

Utah State Amateur Exemptions

The UGA has expanded its exemptions into the championship for the Utah State Amateur in 2016. CLICK HERE to see the added exemptions. 

Tournament of Champions

The Tournament of Champions has been re-worked to become the UGA Invitational. Rather than being a two-day event, the UGA Invitational is a one-day event but will remain a tier 1 Player Performance Rankings (PPR) event. The UGA has added an additional category for eligibility for this event; a player can now become eligible through their standing on the appropriate player performance rankings list. CLICK HERE for details regarding how players are eligible for the UGA Invitational.

PPR Changes

The UGA will make the following PPR Changes for 2016:

USGA Mid-Amateur – Make a tier 2 for SPPR
Seniors will earn bonus points for making match play at the Utah State Amateur Championship.  Points will be awarded in a bonus structure similar to USGA championships.  The exact bonus chart is located on the SPPR page.
Shortened Events – If it is known before an event that it will be shortened by a round, its status will be dropped. If an event is shortened during the event for reasons such as weather, the event will keep its status. 

Senior Cup Match

The UGA Senior Cup Match will be a 36-hole, one-day event similar to the Governor’s Cup. The top two players on the SPPR will be the captains and select their teams from the pool of eligible players. The top 12 players on the SPPR list and four super seniors will be selected from UGA championships.  Full details can be found on the “Traveling Team Information” page of the UGA website listed under the tournaments tab.

Utah Four-Ball/Southwest Team

The UGA is excited to announce that starting in 2016, the champions and senior champions at the Utah Four-Ball will get an automatic spot in that years Southwest Team Challenge.  The two winning teams will combine to make one of the UGA’s three teams in the event.  The UGA will fill the other two teams via the PPR and SPPR rankings as has been done in the past. 

 

By: Megan Terry