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Senior Members Policy

Definitions


Open Field – All competitors registered to compete in a Tour Event in Division 1 through 5 regardless of age.

Senior Members – APT Members age 50 and above

Mid Senior – Competitors age 50 to 59

Senior – Competitors age 60 to 69

Super Senior – Competitors age 70 and above

Course Index – The player’s handicap adjusted for slope and rating from the tees or yardage they are playing the course from.

Senior National Events – Events hosted by the Tour open to registration by Senior Members only.

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Senior Competition


Local Chapters shall have three options to choose from regarding play for their Senior Members.  The Option chosen for Senior Competition is at the discretion of the Local Chapter Owner.  The purpose for these options is to account for Chapters of different size and demographic makeup while encouraging participation by members of all ages.  The goal is to make sure that Senior Members have an equitable platform in which to compete while keeping field sizes and payouts as large as possible for the Open Field.

The three options may be adopted for the season and/or on an event-by-event basis, as follows:

Option 1:  Senior Members may register to play in the Open Field only.  There will be no separate Senior prize pool or entry fee.  Mid Seniors shall play from the same tee box as the Open Field competitors in their Division.  Seniors and Super Seniors shall play from one tee forward of the Open Field competitors in their Division.  The Course Index will be used to calculate the Tour Index for Senior Members playing from a forward tee box.  Course Index will be calculated per the applicable USGA formula.  Points will be awarded to Player of the Year Races based on result of finish within the Division.

Option 2:  Senior Members may register to play in the Open Field and play under the rules and conditions of Option 1 above, OR Senior Members may register to play in a separate, Senior-Only Field for the same entry fee listed on the Tour website from the tee boxes designated in Option 1 above.  Senior Members playing in a Senior-Only Field will not be eligible to win any prize money in the Open Field prize pool or National Player of the Year Points.  Additionally, Senior Members may elect to “double-dip” by paying an additional entry fee to compete in both the Open Field and the Senior-Only Field within their Division for two separate prize pools and trophies.  Senior Members who elect to “double-dip” by playing in both the Open Field and the Senior-Only Field will be awarded National Player of the Year points for their finish in the Open Field, and may receive points for a local Senior-Only points race where available.  Any additional fee charged for the “double-dip” shall be set by the Tournament Committee but shall not exceed forty ($40) dollars per round.

Option 3:  Senior Members may register to play in the Open Field and play under the rules and conditions of Option 1 above.  Senior Members may also pay an additional, optional entry fee to compete against their fellow Seniors and Super Seniors for a separate Senior-only prize pool and/or trophy based on Net scoring across all Divisions.  Senior Members playing under this option will compete in gross scoring in the Open Field against all players in their Division only.  Seniors and Super Seniors opting to play in the additional Senior Net Division may be awarded local points toward a local Senior Net Player of the Year where available.

Senior National Events


The APT will host select Senior National events that will be for Senior Members only.  Points earned at these events will count toward the National Player of the Year race.  Results at these events will also come with exemption status to other National Events, including the North American Championship.  Eligibility to compete in Senior National events will be ages 50 and above.

North American Championship


Senior Members will compete in the Open Field under Option 1 set forth herein above.  Mid Seniors will compete from the same tee box as the Open Field competitors in their Division.  Seniors and Super Seniors will compete from one tee forward of the Open Field competitors in their Division.  The Tour will crown a Senior Net Division Champion for the lowest net cumulative score over all three rounds across all Divisions.  This Division shall not require any additional entry fee.

NOTE:  The Tour reserves the right to adjust the Tour Index of Senior Members and Division assignment for National Majors and the North American Championship based on yardages played in their Local Chapter events.

Senior Only Chapters


In future years Local Chapters with sufficient demand may apply to form separate Local Chapters exclusively for Senior Members upon application to the Tour and payment of applicable dues.  Senior Members who compete in separate Local Senior Chapters may still compete in Open Field Events and may enter National Majors and the North American Championship.  As the Tour grows and demand requires, the Tour may elect to offer separate Senior Divisions at National Majors and/or a separate Senior North American Championship.  Until separate Senior Divisions are offered, the Tour reserves the right to institute specific rules regarding Senior competitors in the interest of protecting the integrity of the competition at each event.