TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND RULES
The Lithia Pacific Amateur Golf Classic is a three-day, 54-hole, stroke-play tournament, culminating in playoff competition at Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Course.
All players in all divisions play 3 rounds of golf on 3 different courses daily (54 holes total) with players from their respective Flight. In the Competitive Divisions, the rules as defined by the USGA Rules of Golf will govern play. All disputes regarding any aspect of tournament play will be reviewed by the Rules Committee. All committee rulings are final.
The PacAm offers a Division for golfers of every skill level. Find the Division that works best for you and your group of friends.
Competitive Net Divisions Include:
- Men’s Division (ages 18-49)
- Senior Men’s Division (ages 50-59)
- Mid-Senior Men’s Division (60-69)
- Super-Senior Men’s Division (70+)
- Women’s Division (ages 18-59)
- Senior Women’s Division (ages 60+)
Tournament participants are separated by gender and age into divisions as listed above. Participants in each Division are divided into flights based upon a Tournament Handicap with each flight including approximately 20-25 golfers.
Participants will compete against other golfers within their respective flight on three different courses over the three-day period. In each flight — the four participants with the lowest three-day cumulative net score will advance to the Tournament of Champions.
Champions in the net divisions include:
- 1 Flight Champion for every flight in every division
- 1 Overall Champion from all flights.
The Gross/Open Division:
Leave the Handicap Behind
This Division is for the low handicap, high skilled golfer who wants to compete using gross scores. Unlike the competitors in the net field, golfers competing in the Open Division will not make any adjustments to their score based upon their handicap. The rounds are totaled as entered and the gross winner is the lowest scorer regardless of handicap.
This field will compete on a different course daily for 3 days totaling 54 holes. The four players with the lowest 3-day gross total will be invited to the Tournament of Champions.
One golfer will be crowned the PacAm Gross Champion.
The Weekend Warrior Division is for the golfer looking to play some world-class golf courses without the pressure of competition. Participants in this Division will play 3 rounds of golf on 3 different courses daily. Golfers will have the choice of playing with other golfers by request if all golfers are in the Weekend Warrior Division.
As there will be no official scoring in this Division, additional Daily Contests will be offered on-course including Closest-to-the-pin and Long Drive.
The Tournament of Champions
Crowning the 2015 Lithia PacAm Champions
The Championship Round takes place on Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Course. Crosswater spans 600 scenic acres of woodlands and carefully preserved wetlands with Mt. Bachelor as a backdrop and the Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers meandering through the heathland style design. It’s not hard to understand why the course was so named as the rivers come into play often – as many as seven times in a round depending on tee selection. Designed by Robert Cupp to be a true test of golf, each hole features five tee placements as well as bent grass fairways and greens.
Crosswater was honored by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” and hosted the JELD-WEN Tradition major championship of the Champions Tour from 2007 through 2010.
Qualification for the Championship Round
After three days of tournament play between players in each respective flight, the top-four (4) participants from each Flight in each of the Competitive Net and Gross flights have the opportunity to compete against the full field of Flight Finalists in an 18-Hole Championship Round for the Overall Lithia Pacific Amateur Champion Title. The four participants from each Flight will also be competing head to head for each individual Flight Championship.
The Overall PacAm Champion, Gross Champion, and all Flight Champions will be presented with trophies at the completion of play. The runner-up in each flight will also receive a commemorative item recognizing their great achievement.
Verifying Golf Handicaps
Over the past 18 years the Pacific Amateur Golf Classic has grown to be the premier amateur golf event in the West, where every participant has an equal and fair opportunity to be crowned the Lithia PacAm Champion.
Assigning Tournament Handicaps
Participants in the competitive net divisions will compete using an assigned Tournament Handicap. This handicap is calculated using one of two methods and may be adjusted by the Handicap Committee during the event at any time.
The lowest Handicap from recent history. The Handicap Committee may assign a handicap from a previous month if it deems the participants historical handicap is a better representation of scoring potential. This is the most commonly used method for Handicap assignment.
A calculated Tournament Handicap calculated by using past Pacific Amateur tournament scores and scores from other Tournaments. Tournament scores (especially those from the Pacific Amateur) are weighted more heavily in the calculations to help prevent golfers from having “repeat career rounds” during tournaments.
*The tournament committee reserves the right to adjust Handicaps at any time during the event.
All entrants must have an established USGA Handicap Index prior to September 1, 2015. Players should contact their local PGA professional for assistance in establishing a USGA Handicap Index. If a player maintains two Handicaps, the lower USGA Handicap must be used.
All participants are required to notify 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 ceasing to post scores for a period leading up to the event, may be grounds for disqualification. Any participant found using a fraudulent Handicap will be expelled from the tournament and all fees will be forfeited.
To ensure that the integrity of the event remains unblemished, we require 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 PacAm Handicap Committee will use this information to help in assigning each participant a Tournament Handicap Index.
The tournament will be conducted using the USGA Handicap System. Based on an assigned Tournament Handicap Index, each entrant will play their tournament rounds with a daily Handicap determined by the USGA Slope Rating of that entrant’s assigned golf course.
International Participant Handicaps
International handicaps are reviewed on an individual basis. In most cases, a corresponding USGA Handicap is calculated for the individual to use in the Pacific Amateur. The participant will need to provide a complete scoring history to the Handicap Committee. The committee will use this score history to determine the participant’s Tournament Handicap for the Pacific Amateur Golf Classic. 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 USGA Rules of Golf will govern play. Local Rules sheets will be provided at each golf facility. All disputes regarding any aspect of tournament play will be reviewed by the Tournament Committee. All rules decisions are final.
The Use of Distance Measuring Devices (DMD’s)
The Lithia Pacific Amateur Golf Classic will allow for all tournament rounds players to obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc,), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
The USGA has provided the verbiage above so that tournaments could allow participants to use DMD’s during play. The USGA and R&A released a joint statement on electronic devices, including distance-measuring devices. The Oregon Golf Association has also created a flow chart (download the flow chart pdf file) and DMD Clarification Document (download the OGA DMD clarification document) to help participants determine whether the device they have is legal for use.
Spectators and Guests
The tournament entry fee includes cost of cart (2 participants per cart) for three rounds. Spectators are allowed during tournament play, but are prohibited from riding in the participant carts or interfering with play in any way. Spectators must check in with the golf staff prior to tournament rounds to receive any special instructions or restrictions. The use of caddies or the receiving of advice is prohibited.
The Caldera Short Game Contest
The Lithia Pacific Amateur Golf Classic is offering a “Par 3″ Short Game Contest at the Caldera Springs Resort Golf Course at Sunriver Resort.
The Contest will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015. This will be an optional event for participants with prizing awarded for skills contests. Mark your calendars for this day as this is going to be an experience well worth your time.
To register for the Caldera Short Game Challenge, call the PacAm Tournament Office at 888-425-3976. Tee times are limited.
About the Caldera Short Game Challenge
Who: The first 240 participants who sign up and pay. Only registered participants from the 2015 Pacific Amateur Golf Classic are eligible to compete.
What: A 9-hole short game contest with prizing for both gross, net and closest-to-pin for 5 different Divisions.
Where: The Caldera Springs Golf Course at Sunriver Resort. Caldera Springs is a family-friendly 9-hole course that makes the great game of golf approachable and enjoyable. Developed by renowned architect Bob Cupp along with Sunriver’s own Jim Ramey, Caldera Links includes tour quality bent grass greens and bluegrass tees. Hole yardages may range from 60 to 185 yards.
When: The event will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with tee times starting every 9 minutes. When registering you can request one of three tee time periods (prior to 11 AM, between 11 AM and 2 PM, and after 2 PM). The tournament staff will contact participants as the tournament approaches to assign final tee times.
Why: The Caldera Short Game Challenge is designed to provide a fun and challenging contest during tournament week.
Cost of Entry:Entry Fee for this 9-hole contest is $35.00.
Please note: Caldera is a walking course, with limited pull carts available. The PacAm staff highly recommend removing unnecessary clubs from your bag.
Scoring will be done using a modified Stableford scoring system.
-1 Point Double bogey or worse
0 Points Bogey
1 Point Par
2 Points Birdie
5 Points Eagle (hole-in-one)
**Players will be advised to pick up their ball if they can’t score better than Double Bogey.
Net scores will be calculated using 50% of the participants PacAm Tournament Handicap Index, with a maximum course handicap of 9. The tournament staff will calculate scores, and winners will be determined for each Division. Ties will be broken using the standard tournament tiebreak policy procedure.
Prizing / Contests:
Prizing awarded in each Division for:
- 1st and 2nd place for Net scores.
- 1st and 2nd place for Gross Scores.
- Closest-To-The-Pin (full field)
- Hole-In-One Prizing
5 Divisions include:
- Women (all ages)
- Men (18-49)
- Senior Men (50-59)
- Mid-Senior Men (60-69)
- Super-Senior Men (70+)