GCAA Announces Fall Amateur Series
NORMAN, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced the launch of the GCAA Amateur Series powered by Golfstat, a series of amateur tournaments to be played from August through November of 2020. The tournaments will be two-day events that will be played across the country and are eligible to men’s and women’s collegiate golfers who were on a varsity roster in 2019-20 or are scheduled to be on a varsity roster this coming fall.
"We are excited to provide these additional tournament opportunities for college golfers to compete given the difficult times we faced in our sport last semester and anticipate facing again in the fall,” said GCAA President John Kennaday. "We recognize that fall events and budgets through the end of the year and beyond are likely to be significantly reduced or cancelled. The Amateur Series will give both men’s and women’s collegiate players affordable opportunities to compete in the absence of traditional college competition. “
With the pandemic affecting so many around the world, as well as the world of sports, Golfstat has partnered with the GCAA for the upcoming Amateur Series to provide a completely digital scoring platform.
“Understanding the new challenges that golf tournaments face today, the safety of our student-athletes, Rules officials, staff, and friends will be our foremost concern, these events will be totally paperless and hopefully provide the blueprint for the future of college golf” said GCAA CEO Gregg Grost.
"We are proud to be partnering with the GCAA for the upcoming GCAA Amateur Series to provide a digital paperless platform for tournament scoring," said Golfstat President Brian Laesch. "In the current challenging times and beyond, we are excited about this solution and what it can bring to elite amateur golf."
Eligible participants include varsity Men’s and Women's college golfers from the 2019-20 school year, those who are scheduled to be on a varsity roster in the 2020-21 school year, college age individual amateur golfers who meet playing standards as defined by the Amateur Series, and a limited number of non-college age amateurs. Please note: Perspective Student Athletes (PSA’s) are not eligible to compete in the Amateur Series events. The GCAA national office staff will manage all events with staff member(s) onsite during each event. Participants will be responsible for their own entry fee and any expenses they incur during the event. Collegiate varsity participants will not be allowed to represent their school in anyway during the event.
Each tournament will be held over a two-day period, playing 54 holes; using either a shotgun start or double tee start format. Both male and female golfers will be competing in one tournament, using two sets of tees. Additionally, the tournaments will be recognized by WAGR, as points will be awarded accordingly based on the individual participants finish against other players of their gender.
GCAA Amateur Series Schedule
*Additional Dates and Venues may be added
GCAA Amateur Series Player Information
Eligibility: Tournaments are open to any male or female golfers who were on a college or university varsity golf roster during the 2019-20 school year or are scheduled to be on a college or university varsity golf roster during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
Entry Fee: $265 per player – Tournament registration will open approximately six weeks prior to the date of the event and will be administered by the GCAA. Entry fee will include all competitive rounds, range access during the tournament days, as well as a boxed lunch between rounds on day one of the tournament.
Format: Events will be held over two day (Saturday-Sunday or Monday–Tuesday) 54 holes; using either a shotgun start format or double tee start format. Both male and female golfers will be competing in one tournament using two sets of tees. Tournaments will be recognized by WAGR; points will be awarded accordingly based on the individual participants finish against other players of their gender.
Practice Rounds: Will be optional and be at the expense of participants. The GCAA will work with host venues to set up day(s) and times for individuals who would like to play in a practice round. Participants will be responsible for setting up their own practice round.
Field Size: Events will have a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 84 players.
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