2017 New Hampshire Open Championship
Manchester Country Club July 26 - 28, 2017
ELIGIBILITY: Entries are open to any professional golfers and to those amateurs whose USGA Handicap index is 4.0 or less. Amateur entrants must have an up-to-date USGA GHIN Handicap Index. The amateur field will be limited to the first 20 entries, with amateurs on the waiting list being added to the field after the professional entry deadline, space permitting. Entries are subject to approval or rejection at any time by the NHGA. Entries close after the July 15th deadline or when afield of 144 is reached.
SCHEDULE: Competition will be held at Manchester Country Club on July 26-28 2017.
FORMAT: Tournament is 54 holes stroke play. The field will be cut to low 40 players (regardless of amateur status) and ties following 36-holes of play.
PRIZES: Total Professional Money based on a full professional field of 124 is $37,500 with the top 40+ ties receiving money based on a full field. First place Professional prize is $8,500 based on a full field. Awards for low NHC/NEPGA pros will also be given. Merchandise awards in the pro shop will be given for low amateurs.
POINTS: The top finishers in this event are eligible for Player of the Year, Tri-State, and USGA State Team points. More information regarding those point lists and how to earn points can be found here.
STARTING TIMES: The player shall start at the time laid down by the Committee. Rule 6-3 will be in effect with regards to starting times. Starting times will be posted at nhgolfassociation.org
CADDIES & CART TRANSPORTATION: Players may use caddies and/or cart transportation during play. Those players who wish to use carts are responsible for making their own arrangements with the host club. Golf carts are to be used by players and caddies only;any other person riding in the cart may be asked to leave the golf course at once.
RULES OF COMPETITION: Play will be governed by the 2016-2020 Rules of Golf and current Decisions as approved by the USGA, by the NHGA Rules of Play (Hard Card– available at the starting tee and NHGA Web Site), and by any Rules Addendums handed out at the respective site. Questions will be settled by the tournament director in charge of the competition as assigned by the NHGA and the tournament director’s decision shall be final. Consuming alcoholic beverages during play of the stipulated round will result in disqualification.
PACE OF PLAY: In addition to any Pace of Play guidelines set forth by the Committee, the following provision will be in force at this event: Note: The Committee reserves the right, at any time, to time a group when the Committee deems it necessary. Further, if a player is determined by the Committee to be unreasonably slow, he may be timed individually at the Committee’s discretion,regardless of whether his group is out of position. Players should also be aware that the Committee may assess a “bad time” to a player in a group that is out of position if the player makes no effort to help his group to get back into position. Examples of this would be a player who unduly delays play between strokes or holes. Penalty: 1st Bad Time=Warning; 2nd Bad Time=1 stroke penalty; 3rd Bad Time=2 stoke penalty/loss of hole; 4th Bad Time=Disqualification.
DRESS CODE & GOLF SHOE POLICY: Proper dress code of host club for all stages of the competition will be observed; professionals may wear shorts. Host clubs’ policies may prohibit the use of certain golf shoe spikes. In such cases, it will be a condition of the competition that such spikes will not be permitted for use at such clubs. The penalty for breach of this condition will be disqualification. The NHGA assumes no liability to players for this condition of the competition.
LEGAL WAIVER: By submitting this entry form andsubsequently playing in the competition, players agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the NHGA and its respective affiliates, directors, officers,employees, agents and assigns from and against any and all claims, damages,liabilities, and losses, including without limitations reasonable attorney's fees and costs and expenses of litigation, arising out of any negligent act or mission of the indemnifying party in connection with the tournament. Pictures of players may be displayed on the NHGA web-site; those players not wishing their picture to be used should notify the NHGA office at the time of application.
PLAYER’S ACTIONS: Any player whose actions during any NHGA tournament are deemed by the Committee to be detrimental to the NHGA, to the tournament, or to the Host Club will be subject to penalties as determined by the Committee, such possible penalties to include removal from the tournament, and suspension from future NHGA events for a period of time to be determined by the NHGA Board of Directors.
REFUND POLICY: Entry fee, less $10.00 service charge, will be refunded regardless of reason if the NHGA is notified by phone (603-219-0371) or email prior to close of entries. After the close of entries, fees will only be refunded if a replacement is available. In the event of injury or illness after the close of entries, refund will require written confirmation and will still be subject to a $10.00 service charge. No refunds will be made after the tournament date for any reason.
THE COMMITTEE: The NHGA Tournament Committee reserves the righto alter any of the conditions and schedules herein for this event/championship due to weather or other conditions warranting such action. The decision of the Tournament Committee in any matter shall be final. The Committee in charge of the tournament will consist of the officials of the New Hampshire Golf Association in attendance.