FWGA POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Eligibility for FWGA Open Events
To be eligible to play in FWGA Open events, an amateur must be a member of the FWGA. Current membership dues are $20/yr. Entries are subject to rejection at any time (including during the City Tournament) by the FWGA. The reason for rejection may include unbecoming conduct.
Eligibility for FWGA City Tournament
There are (3) three ways to be eligible to participate in the FWGA CITY QUALIFIER AND CITY TOURNAMENT.
1) A player's primary residence is in Allen County, IN
2) A player's primary place of employment (full time) is located in Allen County, IN and a player is a full paying member of an Allen County, IN golf course.
3) A player plays in 2 FWGA Major events and a total of 3 FWGA events. The player must complete each event w/ a signed score card.
Players finishing in the Top 60 (current FWGA exemption status) from the prior year's FWGA City Tournament will still need to meet eligibility requirements to participate in the current year's FWGA City Tournament.
Entries will be accepted by online entries only (www.fwga.com). Incomplete, inaccurate or telephone entries will not be accepted. Full payment of the entry fee must accompany the entry. The fields for some events fill up quickly, so we encourage you to enter as soon as possible, regardless of the entry deadline.
Entries that arrive at the FWGA Office before the entry deadline for an event whose field has been filled will be placed on an alternate list in the order in which the entries are received. Entrants affected by the alternate policy will be notified of their status. At the site, on the first day of play of an FWGA event, alternates will be drawn from the official list of alternates who are actually present, on-site and ready to play. Alternates must announce their presence to an FWGA Official as soon as possible. On site alternates will maintain priority assigned prior to the competition, i.e. order in which entries were received.
A player may withdraw from a tournament by canceling their registration on their Player’s Club Profile or by notifying the FWGA via email. If you must withdraw the evening before the tournament or the day of the event you must contact the host professional, a member of his staff or an FWGA Official.
A player is entitled to a refund of the entry fee less a $10 service charge when withdrawal from an event is made prior to the tournament deadline date. Anyone wishing a refund when withdrawing after the tournament deadline must make a written request to the FWGA. Those requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
No Show Policy
A player who fails to notify the host professional, a member of his/her staff, or an FWGA Official of withdrawal prior to his scheduled tee time may receive a letter notifying him that he is on probation. A second violation of this policy will result in a suspension from FWGA events for 1 (one) calendar year from the date of suspension.
Cell Phone Use
In support of the facilities hosting FWGA events, participants have the option of riding in a golf cart, utilizing a caddie or carrying their own clubs. Caddies may ride in the cart if space is available, however, there is a two cart per group limit. Spectator carts may be available at the discretion of the host course.
The following actions are regarded as violating the Player Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated. Any violation witnessed by or reported to the Tournament Staff will be brought to the attention of the FWGA Board of Directors who will determine the penalty to be imposed. The penalty will be determined by the offense, but might include suspensions.
• Club throwing / club breaking
• Damage to or littering the property of the course or the FWGA.
• Blatant profanity or any profanity directed at the rules officials, other competitors, spectators, sponsors, staff, volunteers or others.
• Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages during tournaments.
• Practice round violation: It is recommended that players not hit more than one ball to the green. Please be courteous to the property of the host club and not use the fairway as the range.
• Participants should always use restroom facilities when needed.
• Any other conduct deemed by the Tournament Director to be disrespectful to other competitors, the club or tournament staff.
In all FWGA events, players must be neat in appearance with respect to clothing and personal grooming. The official in charge of the event shall decide whether this requirement has been met, and has the authority to withdraw the entry of a player who does not comply. T-shirts, tank tops, cut-offs, gym shorts and jeans are examples of attire that does not meet this requirement. Individual golf course policies will be enforced during FWGA events, including any non-metal spike policy.
All participants are required to present a neat appearance, appropriate to a professional golf tournament in clothing and grooming. Jeans and T-shirts are not acceptable. Anyone not conforming to this policy will not be allowed to play. There also may be a few other special requirements that differ from the normal FWGA Policies. Consult the appropriate entry form for more information.
Spikeless / Non-Metal Golf Shoe Requirement / Release of Liability
It is the requirement of some of the host facilities that Spikeless/Non-Metal golf shoes are worn. While at these facilities, it is required that all individuals wear spikeless/non-metal golf shoes. This requirement is the policy of the host facility and not of the Indiana Section of the PGA of America or Indiana Golf Association. The use of spikeless/non-metal golf shoes may cause the participant to slip or experience reduced traction on wet, damp, or uneven terrain. The participant hereby releases the Indiana Golf Association, Indiana Section PGA and their officers, directors, members, employees, successors and assigns ( the "Indemnified Parties") from any and all claims for loss or damage, inclusive of but not limited to personal injury, whether or not caused by the participant’s use of spikeless/non-metal golf shoes at the host facility’s premises in connection with the tournament.
Non-Conforming Golf Balls & Golf Clubs
The FWGA recognizes the USGA as the governing body of the Rules of Golf. In accordance with USGA Rules, the FWGA will not allow any participant in Fort Wayne Golf Association events to use a non-conforming golf ball or a nonconforming golf club. Should the use of non-conforming equipment take place in an FWGA event, the participant will be disqualified. The FWGA does not recognize the one ball rule.
Number of Flights for Flighted Events (Little City Only)
The following guidelines will be used to determine the “number of flights” for our Flighted Tournaments. 74 or less Players 2 Flights, 75 or more Players 3 Flights.
Certificate Payoff Policy
The cost of most tournaments will be $30, with $25 for prizes and $5 for costs and administration fees. The amount of each certificate is determined by using the “FWGA Payoff Schedule”. In most tournaments approximately 25% of the total field will receive a certificate. Any tournament with a specified number of players i.e. FWGA City, etc.. are excluded from this paragraph.
Except for those tournaments where a “playoff” is used to determine a winner, all ties will be split, except for the last payoff position, which is determined by using the “back-up” system beginning with the lowest final round score. If a winner(s) has not yet been determined then we will backup from the 18th hole of the last round.
For “Flighted” tournaments the total “Certificate Payout” will be split equally for each flight, then each certificate will be calculated by using the “FWGA Payoff Schedule” based on the total number of players in each of the respective flights.
Pace of Play Policy
Players are expected to play WITHOUT DELAY (Rule 6-7).
Rule 6-7 Undue Delay; Slow Play
“The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any Pace of Play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee: Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the shall not unduly delay play.”
All groups should play at an “Expected Pace” of NO MORE THAN 15 minutes per hole. If a group is not playing at the “Expected Pace” then they should at all times be up with the group in front of them. If any group that falls a hole behind and is not playing at the “Expected Pace” the players in the group will be timed. Any player who exceeds 45 seconds ON ANY SHOT WILL BE GIVEN A WARNING; A SECOND VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN A PENALTY STROKE; A THIRD VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN TWO STROKES: AND A FOURTH WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
Suspension of Play
ONE prolonged note signals a suspension for a dangerous situation and all players SHALL DISCONTINUE PLAY IMMEDIATELY. If a player fails to discontinue play, he shall be disqualified.
All practice areas shall be closed during a suspension for a dangerous situation until the committee has declared them open for use.
THREE notes signal all other suspensions, players have the option of finishing out the hole they are playing or they may discontinue play.
TWO notes signal a resumption of play unless otherwise declared by the committee.
Player of the Year Points Policy
Player of the Year points are awarded for the following events: Hall of Fame Championship, The Little City Championship, Drew Pearson Memorial and the FWGA City Championship.
Points are awarded as follows:
Click here for the Points Format:
Interclub Team Policy
To be eligible for a “Team” in the Interclub Tournament all team members must be:
(1) A Member of the Golf Course and/or Golf Club they are representing.
(2) Regularly play at the Golf Course and/or Golf Club they are representing.
The discretion of the PGA Professional and/or Club Manager will determine the players who will represent the Golf Course and/or Golf Club.
The INTERCLUB TOURNAMENT is an event to bring into competition golfers who play regularly at certain golf courses in Allen County. It is not a Tournament of competition for open play.