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INFO AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please note that all info is subject to change.
Are there any divisions? For example Masters?
 
There is only one division: Amateur. No age or gender protected divisions are offered. You have to play in the MA1 PDGA division in a qualifier or have a high enough amateur Player Rating to be eligible to qualify. That means if you are a woman of "master's" age, you still have to play in the MA1 division of a qualifier or have a high enough player rating to qualify. Rule 804.08 of the PDGA rules of play states, "...Female players may compete in male divisions if they choose...". The reasoning behind this is that if you are good enough to be playing for the U.S. Amateur title, you are good enough to play in the toughest Amateur division to qualify.
 
How did you pick the qualifiers that you did?
An event by me draws more than a C tier in North Dakota, what's up?
 
We try our best to get the qualifying tournaments determined as early as possible, but sometimes the sanctioning or even the existence of a tournament won't be known in time. If you would like to submit a tournament for consideration next year, please email office@usadgc.com with the details.
 
I qualified, but I still might not get in?
 
There is a possibility that even if you qualify, you may not get into the tournament. The reason is we have X number of qualifying events and we are going to invite the top 20% of the MA1 players in that event. Based on the number of entrants last year plus the 250 player rating invites, this yields approximately 550 invitations. The field will be limited to 148 players. Invitations will be sent out in groups based on the dates of the qualifying events, and when we receive the official Player Ratings - "Mid Year publication". What this boils down to is the sooner you qualify and return your application, the better your chance of getting into the tournament.
 
If someone has already qualified, do you take the next person in line?
 
In past years, the answer would have been yes. However, this policy has been changed to maintain the highest poosible competitive standards. If Player A has previously qualified and finishes in a qualifying position at another event, that qualifying position will no longer be extended below the cutoff line.
 
I qualified at the (blank) tournament, when do I get my invitation?
 
You should have received your invitation at the qualifying event, or one will be mailed to you from PDGA. If you have not received yours yet, please contact us.
 
Event Schedule
 
  • TBA
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    Qualifying Events
     
  • See that info here.
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    Qualified Players
     
  • Latest list of qualified players
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    Registered Players
     
  • TBA
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    2014 Rules for qualification:
     
    Ways to qualify for current PDGA Amateurs (subject to change):

    Tournaments
    Top 15 percent at qualifying B-tiers, top 20 percent at qualifying A-tiers and ties for the Men's Am Advanced division only. Players that previously qualified in an event do not drop out if they qualify again. Their spot counts as a spoiler. No top five from each state this year.

    Ratings-based
    Beginning on or near May 1st, all PDGA Amateurs with a player rating of 935+ are officially qualified. As of May 23, all PDGA Amateurs with a player rating of 920+ are officially qualified.



     
    Mandatory Players Meeting
     
    Thu Jun 5, 7pm, Holden's banquet facility

  • Course Satellite Overview
  • Kensington MetroPark
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    Tournament Format
     
  • One round each day for 3 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Staggered start each round with first tee time at 7:30am
  • There will be no final nine
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    Playoffs, Trophies, Prizes, etc.
     
  • Tie for 1st place will be decided by sudden death elimination playoff for 3 holes. If one or more competitor is tied after 3 holes they will continue to play until a winner is decided. Holes to be used will be #1, #17, and #18.
  • Ties for other trophy positions will be decided by CTP
  • Ties for other "cashing" positions will have the value split between competitors
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    Payout
     
  • Trophies for 1st through 15th
  • 1st Place - Chainstar portable basket
  • 2nd thru last cash - split of funny money purse
  • Players pack worth at least your entry fee to all
  • Fun, games and giveaways every night
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    Hotels
     
    Comfort Suites
    28049 Wixom Rd, Wixom MI 48393
    248-504-5080
    distance to course: 8-10 minutes
    includes: complimentary hot breakfast, HBO, Internet, indoor pool and fitness center.



    Doubletree Hotel Detroit/Novi
    42100 Crescent Blvd, Novi MI 48375
    call 248-344-8800
    distance to course: 12-15 minutes
    includes: complimentary breakfast, hospitality suite access, Internet, and pool.

    Courtyard Mariott Detroit/Novi
    42700 West 11 Mile Road, Novi MI 48375
    call 1-800-321-2211
    distance to course: 12-15 minutes
    includes: HBO, Internet, indoor pool and fitness center.

     
    Airports
     
  • Detroit Wayne County (Metro) - DTW, about 1 hour drive from course
  • Flint Bishop - FNT, about 45 minutes from course
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    Camping
     
  • Camping options and more info here.
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    Other Lodging Options
     
    Matt and Dawn Lacey: This option not available in 2014.
     
    Park and Course Fees
     
    Please note that there is a $7 park entrance fee per vehicle per day. We are working with the park in an effort to lessen this burden.
    Click here for driving directions to course or hotels.

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