Rules 2018-12-05T00:22:45+00:00

1 – 2019 WORLD AMATEUR TOUR SCHEDULE

The World Amateur Tour committee is responsible for drawing up schedules for a minimum of six tournaments for the 2018 season.

Any player who holds a World Amateur Tour card has to be a member of a golf federation and has to be over 18 years old at the time of registration for World Amateur Tour. The player would also have to pay his membership fee of € 1,000

The player loses this status:

– At the end of the World Amateur Tour season,

– If he/she withdraws voluntarily,

– If their golf federation suspends or cancels their membership because of a lack of compliance with the golf rules,

– If the World Amateur Tour committee decides to cancel their membership because of inappropriate behavior on the Tour,

– If the player doesn’t pay his/her subscription.

3 – WORLD AMATEUR TOUR RANKING

This is a point ranking (1 point = 1 WAT) established throughout the World Amateur Tour season.

3.1 Reference period

This ranking is based on the results of the year in progress, from the first to the last tournament.

3.2 Points

Only the WATs that are indicated on the official list of prices awarded during each World Amateur Tour tournament are taken into account. There is one overall ranking for men and one for women. The ranking is based on the net scores, with 60% of the handicap.

3.3 Conditions

To feature in the final ranking, a player must participate in at least 1 (one) tournaments in 2019.

To be eligible to the title of the year a player must participate in at least 2 (two) tournaments and be present at the final tournament.

3.4 Amateur series

The World Amateur Tour consists of the following series :

      – Mens’s division Men’s 1st division: 0-20 Hcp

      – Men’s 2nd division: 11-20 Hcp

Under 55 years old – White markers/ Over 55 years old – Yellow markers

Woman’s division: 0-20 Hcp, Blue markers

3.5 World Amateur Tour Club Ranking

The World Amateur Tour Club Ranking will count the best two results(number of points) of members from the same clubs in each tournament.

Only one ladies result would count for each tournament.

4 – ORGANIZATION OF WORLD AMATEUR TOUR TOURNAMENTS

4.1 Rules

The World Amateur Tour includes 6 tournaments in 2019. Each tournament is played on a minimum of 36 holes Single Stableford.

The minimum number of WATs allocated is 600 000 WATs per tournament for the overall ranking, 1 000 000 WATs will be allocated for the final tournament.

The 1st day’s tee time will be formed with the player’s handicap, ascending order of handicaps.

During the 2nd and last day of tournament, the tee times may be changed depending on the 1st round results.

There will be one round per day.

If the winning scores are equal, two play-off holes will be set, followed by a traditional sudden death play off until one of the players wins.

4.2 Composition

In 2019, there will be 50 players maximum for each tournament. Access to the tournaments is given on the “first come, first served” basis.

4.3 Tournament committee

The tournament committee consists of:

  • The tournament director,
  • A club representative,
  • A World Amateur Tour representative,
  • Two players representative.

The committee’s decisions are final.

4.4 Referee

Each tournament has at least one referee. He’s involved in running the tournament, controlling the tee markers and placing flags on the course.

4.5 Tee times

The first round tee times must be published at least 24 hours prior to the first tee off time. For the following round, the tee times must be published before 8:00pm the day before the round.

The official clock is located on the 1st tee.

Having the incorrect time on your own clock is not an excuse to be late for the tee time.

Being 5 minutes late will lead to a penalization of 2 points. Being more than 10 minutes late will lead to disqualification.

4.6 Results

The results of each tournament of the World Amateur Tour will be published on the official board and website.

The ranking is based on players’ 60% handicap net scores.

The World Amateur Tour committee reserves the right to update any player’s handicap based on previous rounds or tournaments scores.

4.7 Tournament postponements

If the weather is poor and the tournament cannot take place, the tournament committee can either postpone or, if one full round has been played, cancel the last round and declare the tournament finished.

5 – WORLD AMATEUR TOUR TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION

5.1 Registration

Entry form

5.1.1 Procedure

World Amateur Tour members must be at least 18 years old when they first play in a tournament.

A member can register for a World Amateur Tour tournament by filling in the entry form on the website, located in the tab dedicated to the tournament. This registration should be accompanied by the payment.

Registrations that are not accompanied by payment will not be confirmed. Registrations will be on “first come, first served” basis.

5.1.2 Closure of registrations

The registrations are accepted only if they are received by World Amateur Tour organizers before 6pm on the closing date. This date is fixed at a minimum of 30 days before the tournament. Players should check if their registration is accepted before the closing date.

5.1.3 Release / Image rights and reproduction rights

By entering the World Amateur Tour, players allow the World Amateur Tour to display their name and image on communication media (website, brochure). If a player wants to keep is privacy, he would have to inform the Tour that he doesn’t want to appear or give a restricted access only to members of the World Amateur Tour.

5.2 Cancellation / Withdrawal

World Amateur Tour shall be informed of every withdrawal by phone and by letter with acknowledgement of receipt.

In case of cancellation :

  • Between the date of registration and two months before the tournament,the player will be charged 30% of the fees.
  • Between two months and one month before the starting date of the tournament, the player will be charged 50% of the fees.
  • One month before the tournament starts and after, the player will be charged 100% of the fees.
  • No show is subject of 100% of the fees

5.3 Registration fee

The fee for one World Amateur Tour tournament is €4,900 to €5,900.

5.4 Practice

Practice is permitted in accordance with specific rules (cf. local rules).

5.5 Caddies

Caddies are under the player’s responsibility and are paid by the World Amateur Tour.

Players would be request to tip the caddies after each round or after the completion of the three rounds.

Caddies must use soft spikes and wear the official World Amateur Tour uniform. One World Amateur Tour player can caddie for another player only if he’s not playing the same round.

Caddies are at the players disposal for the two tournament days and for the practice day before the beginning of each tournament.

5.6 Permanent and local rules

Permanent rules, applicable to all the World Amateur Tour tournaments, will be published by the Tour at the beginning of the year and should be valid all year long.

Local or temporary rules will be written or approved by the referee and validated by the tournament committee. They will be displayed at the first

tee of every tournament and given to the players before they begin to play. Players will be penalized if they do not respect the rules.

5.7 Pace of play

See local rules.

5.8 Scoring commissioner

Players must cooperate if the scoring commissioner asks them for accurate details of their scores. These details will help to produce the live scores.

5.9 Official scores

All scores from signed scorecards will be considered as official. The World Amateur Tour committee reserves the right to update and correct scores on livescoring software and scoreboard.

5.10 Prize-giving ceremony

By courtesy, the first three players (and their tie-breakers) must come to the prize-giving ceremony.

6 – PLAYERS’ BEHAVIOR, ETHICS

6.1 General points

Irreproachable behavior is compulsory for all World Amateur Tour players when playing but also when in touch with sponsors, press or other amateur players. Tour image and credibility are at stake.

6.2 Dress code

Every player who plays a World Amateur Tour tournament must wear the appropriate outfit.

A « Welcome Pack » will be provided by the organization committee at the beginning of every tournament. Players will be asked to wear this apparel during the tournament. Players are required to wear long pants during the practice and tournament rounds. Tee-shirts, jeans and cargo trousers are not allowed. In addition, appropriate clothes are required for the prize-giving ceremony.

6.3 General behavior

Players should adopt a correct behavior on the World Amateur Tour.

Players who do not respect the etiquette will be penalized, in particular if he or she:

  • Throws his or her clubs, uses inappropriate language, or damages the course or Tour equipment.
  • Openly criticizes the tournament course.
  • Fails to show respect to the tournament organizers.
  • Fails to show respect to the referees and caddies.

6.4 Public relations, Press

It is important that players attend public relations events (generally organized by the sponsors, management or the World Amateur Tour organizers) such as official reception, dinner and cocktail party.

During the tournaments, players must comply with request from press relations agency and report to the press briefing room at the end of the tournament.

7 – WORLD AMATEUR TOUR TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWN

The tournament is broken down into a system of points, called WATs. (1 WAT = 1 point).

Breakdown for 600 000 WATs Breakdown for 1 000 000 WATs
1 100 000 166 667
2 54 000 90 000
3 40 170 66 950
4 27 320 45 533
5 21 000 35 000
6 14 700 24 500
7 14 400 24 000
8 14 100 23 500
9 13 800 23 000
10 13 500 22 500
11 13 200 22 000
12 12 900 21 500
13 12 600 21 000
14 12 300 20 500
15 12 000 20 000
16 11 400 19 000
17 10 800 18 000
18 10 200 17 000
19 9 600 16 000
20 9 000 15 000
21 8 400 14 000
22 8 100 13 500
23 7 800 13 000
24 7 500 12 500
25 7 200 12 000
26 6 900 11 500
27 6 600 11 000
28 6 300 10 500
29 6 000 10 000
30 5 700 9 500
31 5 520 9 200
32 5 400 9 000
33 5 280 8 800
34 5 100 8 500
35 4 800 8 000
36 4 680 7 800
37 4 500 7 500
38 4 320 7 200
39 4 200 7 000
40 4 080 6 800
41 3 900 6 500
42 3 720 6 200
43 3 600 6 000
44 3 480 5 800
45 3 300 5 500
46 3 150 5 250
47 3 000 5 000
48 2 850 4 750
49 2 700 4 500
50 2 550 4 250
51 2 400 4 000
52 2 340 3 900
53 2 310 3 850
54 2 280 3 800
55 2 250 3 750
56 2 220 3 700
57 2 190 3 650
58 2 160 3 600
59 2 130 3 550
60 2 100 3 500

The WORLD AMATEUR TOUR committee gives itself the right to modify the rules.