Rules and Regulations

Tour Policies
 

Tour Policies

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

Eligibility

The WAPT is open to professionals who are 16 years of age or older and amateurs with a USGA handicap of 2.0 or less and are 14 years of age or older. 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.

Participation

To participate in a WAPT event, players must have a WAPT Player ID and Password. This ID allows players access to their player account which contains player profile information including a picture and ‘what’s in the bag’, tournament receipts and credit card transaction reports. This ID can be used each season, so please keep a good record of your ID and password. Should you lose this information, the Tour office can email you a link to login.

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

Amateurs

Amateur players are welcome to participate in WAPT events. However, professionals have priority in tournament entry and amateurs will only be added if space is available 14 days prior to an event. Additionally, amateurs are ineligible to win any prizes and must have a handicap of 2.0 or less.

Tournament Format

Tournaments will consist of 72-holes of stroke play (weather permitting). Fields will be cut after 54 holes to the top 40% of the starting field, including ties. Amateurs are included in the cut number. 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: Any player shooting 88 or higher during the first or second round will be cut from the field.

Events are walking. Players may carry their own bag or use a pushcart during tournament rounds. Should a player bring or hire a caddy,  the caddy may use a pull 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.

Tournament Fields
Maximum fields for most events are 78 players.

Note: Each field includes one host course player – Head Pro or the Women’s Club Champion

Purse Distribution

All purse payments will be made by Direct Deposit to the player’s bank account as provided on the registration form. If a player does not fill out the direct deposit information on the registration form, she can provide the information by filling out a Direct Deposit Authorization form and returning it to kathyd@kgsportsco.com.  Unfortunately, direct deposit is not available for our foreign players without US social security numbers.

No purse payments will be made unless the tour office has a record of player’s Social Security Number or Tax ID.  US Federal Law requires the WAPT to withhold 30% of all foreign players’ winnings unless a US TIN is provided.

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 family emergencies or medical reasons, she would receive the last place check

Tournament Entry Procedures

Tournament registration is available through our website under the tournament schedule.  Simply click on the registration button next to the tournament you wish to sign-up for.  Entries will be taken on a first paid basis with pros having priority over amateurs.

Waiting List Procedure
After a tournament field has reached 78 players, players registering will be held on a wait-list (WL).  If spots become available, players on the WL will fill the field. WL entries are dated and placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received. Pros have priority over Amateurs on the Wait List.
Withdrawals and No Shows

Withdrawals will be accepted for any reason, when notice is given by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the tournament week. 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 Friday deadline, the player will waive his entry fee to the tournament. Medical and personal withdrawals after the Friday deadline will be evaluated case-by-case 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 of their 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 $50 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 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, the tour website, the WAPT app and will be texted to each player. 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 his starting hole ready to play, within five minutes after his 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. 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: Designer 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.   We will have the starter (a volunteer) notify each group, but 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 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 Tour Director will post the pros assigned to the Pro-Am to the website on the Friday before the tournament week. A $500 skins game will be provided at each pro-am with 15 or more teams in the pro-am. The skins game is for Tour Members only.  Should the pro-am have less than 15 teams, then each player 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 that week’s pro-am they need to notify the Tour Director 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 Director and will be chosen for future clinics. In addition to these participants, professionals playing in or near their hometown are expected to participate in the junior clinic. It is very important for local players to represent the WAPT and give back to the local community which supports them.

Driving Range
Callaway Chrome Soft 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 and back of each green to define the green depth. All tee boxes will be marked with a white line, 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 scoring tent, check them, and return them to the scoring volunteers. 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 & 10 Tees
Round 3 & 4 – 1, 7, 10, 13, & 15 Tees

Caddy Regulations

Players may carry their own bag or use a pushcart during tournament rounds. Should a player bring or hire a caddy,  the caddy must wear a caddy bib. Caddies are allowed to use pushcarts. Golf carts may occasionally be authorized by the tour due to the host course terrain or weather.  Should carts be used, caddies may have to walk.

Local caddies shall be paid promptly.  The fee is to be resolved early in the week between the player and caddie.  A good rule of thumb is $40 per round. Players shall be 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.
  • Caddies MUST wear a tour supplied caddie bib during each tournament round – No Exceptions
  • Caddies may use pull/push carts during tournament play
  • 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 caddie.

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 tee and greens to watch, but we ask that they stay on the cart paths or rough while walking the course.

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