Tour Policies

*All policies are subject to change and its the players responsibility to know and understand these policies

Eligibility

The WAPT is a women’s professional Tour.  We are open to female professionals and amateurs meeting the eligibility requirements below.  Foreign players are required to be internationally recognized in order to play on the WAPT.  The WAPT reserves the right to refuse participation to anyone.

* Female Professionals who are 16 years of age or older by the 1st round of any WAPT event they register to play

* Female Amateurs who are 15 years of age or older by the 1st round of any WAPT event they register to play.  For Priority entry, Amateurs must be in the top 75 on the current Golfweek Collegiate Ranking, or in the top 150 on the current WAGR.  Amateurs not meeting the previous criteria will be eligible to play on a space available basis only, and must have a World Handicap System Index of 4.0 or less

 

World Anti-doping Agency Policy
All WAPT members must adhere to the most current World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) prohibited substances and methods list.

Here is the link to the 2018 WADA prohibited substances list – https://www.wada-ama.org/en/content/what-is-prohibited

Amateur Eligibility

Female Amateur players who are 15 years of age or older by the first round of the WAPT event are welcome to participate. For Priority entry, Amateurs must be in the top 75 on the current Golfweek Collegiate Ranking, or in the top 150 on the current WAGR.  Amateurs not meeting the previous criteria will be eligible to play on a space available basis only, and must have a World Handicap System Index of 4.0 .  Additionally, amateurs are ineligible to win any prizes,  prize money or gift certificates on the WAPT.

Tournament Format (NEW in 2022)

Tournaments will consist of 72-holes of stroke play (weather permitting). The maximum field at most events is 120 players, including 1 host exemption.  Fields will be cut after 36 holes to the top 40% of the starting field, including ties. Amateurs are included in the cut number, but ineligible for any prize money. At the conclusion of the tournament, all pros making the cut will be awarded prize money. 

Should there be a tie for 1st place, the tie will be broken by a sudden-death playoff after all scores have been officially approved and posted.  The designated starting hole for a playoff will be hole #18. All subsequent holes will be determined on site.

88 RULE APPLIES: Any player shooting 88 or higher during the first or second round will be cut from the field. The committee does have the right to wave this rule under extreme conditions.

Events are walking. Players may carry their own bag or use a push cart during tournament rounds. Should a player bring or hire a caddy,  the caddy may use a push cart, but must wear a caddy bib. The WAPT officials reserve the right to amend this policy during tournament play should golf course conditions be unfavorable (i.e. wet/saturated areas that may be affected by push carts). All players will be notified of any change prior to the start of a tournament round.

Purse Distribution (New for 2022)

Purse payments will be made by Direct Deposit to the player’s US bank account  approximately 5 business days following the final round of each event.  Players making a cut for the 1st time will receive an email from Intuit Quickbooks to set up an account.  The player will follow the link provided to enter W-9 and direct deposit information.   All future direct deposit payments will be made to the bank account set up in the Quickbooks account.  Contact the WAPT Office at 817-567-3654 with  any problems or changes that need to be made.

Unfortunately, direct deposit is not available for our foreign players without a US social security number, TIN or ITIN, and  US Federal Law requires the WAPT to withhold 30% of foreign players’ winnings for US taxes..  Purse payments can be mailed to foreign players with a US mailing address, or payments can be wired to the foreign player’s bank account.  A wire authorization form will be sent instead of the Quickbooks link to all players that do not provide a US Social Security Number, TIN, or ITIN on the registration form.

Note: A player must complete all rounds of the event, as played, to receive a purse payment. However, should a player need to withdraw after the cut due to a medical or family emergency, she would receive the last place check.

Tournament Entry Procedures

Tournament registration is available through our website under the tournament schedule or through the BlueGolf App called ‘Pro Golf’.  Simply click on the registration button next to the tournament you wish to sign-up for.  Registrations open by series, 2 months prior the first event in a series. For instance, registration will open on January 1, 2022 for Series I  (Houma and Westlake) scheduled to be played in March. Series II (Abilene, Wichita Falls, Broken Arrow) scheduled to be played in April will open February 1st. Registration opening dates are on the schedule.

In order for players to register for tournaments early, Entry fee payments will not be processed until 14 days prior to the first round of each tournament.  Once a player registers, her status will show “pending approval” until her entry fee payment is processed, or until the number of registered players reaches 120.  If the tournament fills before the 14 day priority deadline, players will be moved to the waiting list according to the Priority List below.

Entries will be taken by registration date in the following order of Priority:

  • Category 1: Top (50) Fifty WAPT members on the 2022 Race to Stage II Points List (2021 list used until 4/1/2022)
  • Category 2: Up to 10 Top Amateur Players (Eligibility – Top 75 Golfweek Collegiate Rankings or Top 150 on the current WAGR)
  • Category 3: WAPT Professional Members
  • Category 4: Symetra/LPGA Tour Guest Players
  • Category 5: WAPT Amateur Members
  • Category 6 : Non-member Professionals
  • Category 7: Non-member Amateurs

 

 

Waiting List Procedure

After a tournament field has reached 120 players, a waiting list will be established.  If spots become available, players on the WL will fill the field in the order of priority by registration date.  The Tour will contact the player to let her know that a spot is open. It is the player’s responsibility to provide a good contact number and email, as well as to let the WAPT know if her plans change and she wants to be removed from the waiting list.

Withdrawals and No Shows

Withdrawals will be accepted for any reason, when notice is given by 5:00 PM, 7 days before a tournament’s first round. There will be a $50 administrative fee for all refunds. Players MUST call the tour office at 817-567-3654 to withdraw. For withdrawals after the deadline, the player will waive her entry fee to the tournament. Medical and personal withdrawals after the  deadline will be evaluated  on a case-by-case  basis and, if accepted, there will be a $50 administrative fee. No Shows will NOT receive a refund or credit for any reason. No refund or credit will be given for any reason once a player has teed off.

Withdrawals for LPGA / Symetra Tour Events

Players who are scheduled to play in a WAPT event, but qualify or become eligible to play in either a LPGA or Symetra Tour event that same week, will receive a full credit for their WAPT tournament entry fee. Players need to notify the tour office/staff of their desire to transfer their entry to another tournament as soon as they gain access to the LPGA/Symetra field. If the player wants a refund, there will be a $25 administrative fee. No refunds are issued once a player tees off at a WAPT event.

On-Site Tournament Check-In

Players only need to stop by the WAPT trailer to check-in at their first tournament of the year. Members will pick up their membership packet at the first tournament they play. Player Profile pictures will also be taken at their first event.

Check-in Days/Times: Normally Monday – Check tournament information page for times each week.

Tee Time Procedure

Pairings are based on player standings. Official tee times will be posted by 5:00 PM, two days prior to the first round. Pairings will be posted at the tour trailer, on the WAPT website,  and on the Pro Golf by BlueGolf app. Tee-times will also be texted to each player, so it is the player’s responsibility to provide a contact number and enable text messages on  the registration form. Tee times are NOT available at the tour office.

Late to the Tee

The player must start at the time established by the Committee. The tour encourages players to be present on the tee box of their designated starting hole at least five minutes before scheduled tee time. The Tour incorporates the note under Rule 6-3b, thus if the player arrives at her starting hole ready to play, within five minutes after her starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes at the first hole. After five minutes, the penalty for breach of this Rule is disqualification. The clocks on the starting tees are the “Official Time”.

Practice Rounds

Official practice round days are 1-2 days before each tournament’s first round and are listed under the schedule of events for each tournament. The practice rounds are FREE to all participants when walking. Players will have to pay for a cart, if used, during practice rounds.

  • Players need to call the host course to arrange tee times.
  • There will be NO practice rounds available during any pro-am tournament.
Player Attire

Players are expected to dress and present themselves in a professional manner and reflect a positive image to the public (e.g. fans, sponsors, club officials, charities, junior golfers, etc.) when participating in WAPT events. Proper golf attire is required, and the LPGA dress code will apply at each event. 

Player clothing and shoes shall always be clean and neat. Length of shorts and skirts/skorts and shirt necklines should be in good taste and portray a professional image. Undergarments may not be visible. Racerback tops with collars are permitted, and no other racerback tops are allowed.

The following articles of clothing are strictly prohibited during play: jeans (all colors), cut-off shorts, work-out gear, joggers, leggings (unless under shorts or skirt/skort), t-shirts that are not produced as part of a golf clothing line, tank tops, and tops with low-cut necklines or that show midriffs. (Note: Nice jeans are acceptable to wear during Pro-am functions; however, jeans with stylized holes, rips, tears, etc. are not acceptable.)

Rainouts or Extreme Weather Conditions
All decisions for tournaments affected by rain or extreme conditions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the tour officials, host professional and event sponsors. Any weather-shortened tournament is official only after 36 holes, with tour officials making every effort to complete as many rounds as possible. Play may be extended an extra day, but not beyond. No partial rounds will count. A tournament may be cancelled if 36-holes cannot be completed.
Preferred Lies Guidelines

Use of the Preferred Lies Local Rule

We will always put the notice that we are playing preferred lies in the starter box.   Although we will instruct the starter (a volunteer) to notify each group, it is the players’ responsibility to check the starter box for the notice of play. 

Through the years, two principles have been entrenched in the game of golf;

  • Play the course as you find it and,
  • Play the ball as it lies

As a professional golf tour, the WAPT strives to honor these principles. However, adverse weather conditions can make a course nearly unplayable under the rules of golf due to temporary water on the greens, in bunkers and the general area (fairways).

Under Temporary Water, if a player takes relief in the general areas, he must take full relief at the nearest point of complete relief, no nearer the hole. When a course is extremely wet, the nearest point of complete relief from temporary water may be in the rough or behind a tree, etc.

At that point, we believe it is unfair to play in conditions where players may frequently be forced to drop their ball in the rough after having driven it in the fairway. In an effort to continue to play in less than ideal conditions, the rules committee may utilize a Local Rule allowing Preferred Lies, which provides a player an additional option in dealing with temporary water.

This local rule is to be used One Round at a time and it will be discontinued for the next round if the course can be played under the rules. 

It is Important To Note, the Rules Committee will not use this local Rule simply because the ball may have a tendency to pick up mud. But rather, this Local Rule will only be used in extreme situations when it would be impossible to play the course fairly under the Rules.

Pro-Am Tournament

WAPT pro-am pro participation is reserved for top point earners and those players requested by tournament sponsors and teams. The WAPT wants to showcase the top players and local tournament sponsors want to play with those players. The number of professionals needed varies per event.  The pros assigned to the Pro-Am will be posted on the website on the Friday before the tournament week. A $500 – $1,000 skins game will be provided at each pro-am with 15 or more teams. The skins game is for Tour Members only.  Should the pro-am have less than 15 teams, then each pro will be paid $35 for participating in the pro-am and No skins game will take place. Players will be allowed to miss a maximum of two (2) pro-am tournaments over the course of the year. If a player needs to miss a pro-am they need to notify the Tour by 5:00 PM on Friday before the tournament week.

Clinics

Most Clinics are held on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Each clinic will need 5-10 professionals to conduct. Players are asked to volunteer for clinics each week. Clinic information will be posted on the trailer message board and the tournaments Schedule of Events.

NOTE: Every WAPT player is required to help with one clinic a season. It is the responsibility of every player to attend the clinic for which they volunteer or find a replacement. Players failing to attend are subject to discipline by the Tour.  In addition to these participants, professionals playing in or near their hometown are expected to participate in the junior clinic if possible. It is very important for local players to represent the WAPT and give back to their local communities.

Driving Range

Range balls will be provided each week for the WAPT pros to hit. Range hours will vary at each site and will be posted on the trailer message board. The range may also be temporarily closed during the day for additional picking and special events. As daylight permits, the range may remain open later during some events. Players must cooperate with the closing hours of the range so that the balls may be picked, cleaned, and readied for the next day. A fine will be incurred if a player does not comply with the facility or tournament staff concerning the temporary closing of the range.

NOTE: Due to the restricted nature of some facilities, the length and width of the range may dictate the use of irons only or small number of hitting stations.

Course Markings

 The tournament course will be marked by the tour staff prior to the event. In addition to the normal course markings, the staff will place a small dot on the front each green to indicate where pin location will be measured from. All tee boxes will be marked with a BLUE line and flag, indicating the longest a hole may play. Yardages will range from 6,200 – 6,600. On all par 3’s, the yardage will be marked on the back of any tee box that may be used during tournament play. This number represents the distance from the line on the back of the tee box to the dot on the front of the green. All other holes will have a line indicating the longest that hole may play.

Scoring

Immediately after completion of a round, the players are to bring their scorecards to the designated scoring area, check and sign them, and return them to the scoring volunteer. (It is the player’s responsibility to verify her hole by hole scores, as well as those of the player for whom she was the marker.)  Once the player has turned in her scorecard and left the boundary of the scoring area, the scorecard is considered returned.

During the round, at specific scoring checkpoints, the player may be asked for her scorecard by a tour official or volunteer in order to update the on-line leaderboards. These requests will be made as unobtrusively as possible, and the cooperation by the player is required and greatly appreciated.

Scoring checkpoints are generally as follows:

Round 1 & 2 – 1, 7, 10, 13, & 15 Tees
Round 3 & 4 – Live scoring for each group

Caddy Regulations

Employment of a caddy is optional. (Players may carry their own bag or use a push cart during tournament rounds) Should a player bring or hire a caddy, the player is responsible for the conduct and behavior of their caddies at tournaments. 

   The following shall be adhered to in all tour tournaments:

  • Players are responsible for calling host courses for the availability of local caddies. Local caddies shall be paid promptly.  The fee is to be resolved early in the week between the player and caddy.  A good rule of thumb is $40 per round.
  • Caddies MUST wear a tour supplied caddie bib during each tournament round – No Exceptions
  • Caddies may use pull/push carts during tournament play. If the Tour authorizes the use of golf carts due to the host course terrain or weather, caddies may have to walk.
  • Caddies may not wear jeans or cutoffs.  Hemmed shorts, skirts, and capris are permitted.
  • Caddies must wear a collared shirt at all times.
  • Caddies shall wear smooth rubber-soled shoes preferably tennis or basketball shoes.  Golf spikes and flip flops are prohibited.
  • Caddies shall assist in maintaining the course by REPLACING DIVOTS AND RAKING BUNKERS as soon as possible after their players have played.
  • Caddies shall not hit shots or putts anywhere on the practice areas or course except in specially approved competitions.

For any violation of these regulations which affect play, a fine will be levied against the player of the caddy.

Golf Carts - Disabled Family Members
While we will make every effort to accommodate disabled family members who need golf carts, we remind the players that additional golf carts on site at tournaments create numerous logistical concerns.  As such, we have worked closely with tournament organizations to reduce the overall number of carts used during each tournament week. The following policy shall be applicable for members seeking to obtain the use of a golf cart for a disabled family member:

  • The request for the use of the cart must be made by the tour member and must indicate the name of the person, the nature of the disability, and if requested by the tour, provide medical reports or other data indicating the extent and nature of the disability.
  • A request must be made for each individual tournament and must be made no later than the Tuesday of the tournament week.
  • Carts will be made available only to family members who have a disability that prevents them from walking along with their players.  The Tour Director’s decision shall be final.

If a cart is issued to the family member, the following rules relating to the use of the cart shall apply:

  • Cart use shall remain on paths at all times.
  • Carts will NOT be permitted in designated practice areas (e.g., range, putting green, etc.) at any time.
  • If in the Tour Director’s opinion, use of the cart could potentially damage the playing surface of the golf course (e.g., due to wet course conditions), the Tour Director shall have the right to deny the use of the cart.
Spectators

With the exception of caddies, all spectators need to stay out of the fairways and off of greens and tees during play. It is ok to gather near tees and greens to watch, but we ask that spectators stay on the cart paths or rough while walking the course.

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