The Pacific Amateur Golf Classic is a three-day, 54-hole, stroke-play tournament, culminating in 18-hole playoff competition at Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Course.
All players in all divisions play 3 rounds of golf – one each on Sunriver Resorts Meadows, Woodlands and Crosswater – with players from their respective Flight. In each flight — the four participants with the lowest three-day cumulative net score will advance to The Finals where they will compete for flight winner honors as well as overall champion. All scores will be reset going into The Finals which will be played over 18 holes at the Crosswater course, and will be paired by flight.
- Open Division (any age, gross division)
- Men’s Division (ages 18-49, net division)
- Senior Men’s Division (ages 50-59, net division)
- Mid-Senior Men’s Division (60-69, net division)
- Super-Senior Men’s Division (70+, net division)
- Women’s Division (ages 18+, net division)
- Weekend Warrior (any age, non-competitive division)
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 20-30 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.
The Gross/Open Division:
The Gross/Open Division:
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. 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 advance to The Finals.
In The Finals, the Open Division flight winner will be determined by the lowest 18-hole gross score. Additionally, the Open Division flight winner’s score will be adjusted based the participants tournament handicap to determine if they are the overall tournament 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.
VERIFYING GOLF HANDICAPS
In an effort to create an equal and fair opportunity for all participates to be crowned the Pac Am Champion, tournament handicaps will be determined by the following:
Assigning Tournament Handicaps
Participants in the competitive net divisions will compete using an assigned Tournament Handicap. This handicap will be determined by utilizing the lowest index of the previous 3 months based off of the September, 15th revision.
*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, 2017. 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 Pac Am 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 cannot 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 Pacific Amateur Golf Classic will allow for all tournament rounds players to obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If a player has a device that measure both distance and slope, the slope feature must be turned off during the tournament rounds. 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.