Q: Are Distance Measuring Devices Allowed?
A: Players competing in any CGA qualifier or Championship may use a distance measuring device provided it measures distance only. For USGA qualifiers, range finders are allowed in qualifiers restricted to amateur players. Players competing in the U.S. Open Qualifiers and Senior Open Qualifiers may not use any distance measuring devices.
Q: Is the new local Rule regarding Accidental Movement of the Ball on the Putting Green in play?
A: Yes. All CGA Championships and USGA Qualifiers are using this new local Rule.
Q: What is the status of Stones in Bunkers?
A: For all CGA championships, stones in bunkers are deemed to be moveable obstructions, per the CGA hard card. In USGA qualifying events, stones remain loose impediments in a bunker unless otherwise stated on that round’s local rules sheet.
Q: May player’s ride in carts?
A: For CGA Championships and qualifiers except the CGA Amateur Championship, carts are allowed for all players unless otherwise stated. For select events, carts will be included in the entry fee and will be available at no additional charge to the player. For all USGA qualifying events except the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, carts are prohibited during qualifying.
Q: What is Concurrent Qualifying?
A: To help players maximize their time spent attempting to qualify for championships, the CGA has a select number of events that serve as dual qualifiers. For instance, a player may wish to qualify for both the U.S. Amateur Championship as well as the CGA Amateur Championship. By competing in the U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier (a one day, 36-hole qualifier), a CGA member will also have the option to compete in a CGA Amateur Championship qualifier by using the 36-hole score from that day against other similar concurrent qualifying players in the field. Please note that two (2) entry fees are required for the player to have their name in the field for each event. The U.S. Amateur registration is to be done through the USGA and the CGA registration is to be done through the CGA.
Q: Why is the Senior Age Limit set at 52?
A: The USGA defines a senior amateur as 55 and older. As a partner with the USGA in all that we do, we try to align ourselves with the USGA as much as possible and this was another way to do that. Roughly 75% of other State and Regional Golf Associations (who share the same relationship with the USGA) define a senior as 55. Research also shows that the difference in a 55-year-old when compared to a 50-year-old is significant. For the majority of players, staying competitive into their 60’s with those just turning 50 is a much tougher. The CGA’s goal is to increase participation in senior and super-senior events by giving players the opportunity to be competitive longer. Just because the CGA has shifted its age classification for seniors does not mean players can’t compete in the weekend points events and Colorado Senior Open once a player turns 50. The CGA Senior Cup Team will be made up of 50-year-olds who earn points in weekend events and in the Colorado Senior Open.
Q: How do players become exempt for a CGA Championship?
A: Players are exempt into certain championships based on their players record from 2017, and in some cases, years prior. Please see the full list of criteria on our Tournament Home Page.
Q: What is a Last Chance Qualifier?
A: For any CGA Championship that host qualifiers, a Last Chance Qualifier will be made available for players that failed to qualify and would like another chance to get into the championship. Normally, players are only allowed to compete in one qualifier for a given championship. The Last Chance Qualifier may also be a first time qualifier for players that have not yet played in a qualifier (I.E. A schedule conflict with other dates, missed deadline, like that venue, etc.)
Q: How does the CGA handle ties in qualifying rounds?
A: In qualifiers for a CGA Championship, a tie is broken by the USGA recommended method of a score card playoff, meaning the tie will be broken by using the last nine holes played. If a ties still exists, the last six holes, the last three hole and the last hole will be used as necessary. For USGA qualifying, a sudden death playoff will determine a tie break for all positions that end in a tie.