APPLICATION TO ENTER THE 2020 SEASON
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA
QUALIFYING SCHOOL


   PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA 
 FIRST QUALIFYING STAGE FINAL QUALIFYING STAGE 
   
 9-13 December 2019 13-17 January 2020 
 (A) Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, NSW- Gangurru Course  Moonah Links, VIC - Open Course 
 (B) Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort, QLD   
6-10 January 2020   
 (C) Sandurst Club,Vic –North Course   


    INTRODUCTION 
 
The PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School has been conducted at the end of each season to establish which players, not otherwise exempt, will gain their playing privileges on the Tour for the following season through a qualifying competition.

Entries for the 2020 season will need to be requested via email to the PGA Tour of Australasia: qschool@pga.org.au

The Qualifying School will be conducted in two stages of stroke play as follows: 


 
 1. FORMAT
FIRST QUALIFYING STAGE
(54 holes scheduled)
The First Stage is divided into three sections (Sections A, B, and C) each Section is to be played in a different State/Country as detailed below. Applicants have the opportunity to indicate their preferred venue and, if successful, will contest all three rounds.
No cut will be made.
 
 
(Section A)  Riverside Oaks – Gangurru Course
                 
  74 O’Briens Road
                    Cattai, NSW, 2756
 
 (Section B) Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort
                    Links Dr, 
                    Noosa Heads QLD 4567
 
 (Section C) Sandhurst Club – North Course
                    600 Thompson Rd
                    Sandhurst VIC 3977
 
   
All applicants, except those who are exempt into the Final Qualifying Stage, are required to compete in the First Qualifying Stage. Applicants must indicate their venue preferences in their email request, from 1 to 3. The PGA Tour of Australasia will take account of each applicant’s venue preference where possible but the primary objective is to balance the number of applicants playing at each venue and ensure that all competitors play in the same field each day. 

Preference with regards to the First Qualifying Stage Section C (Victoria) will be given to Members who will not have completed their ISPS HANDA PGATA season by the deadline for Section A and B  

The exact number of qualifying positions available at each section of the First Qualifying Stage will be announced as soon as is possible once all the participants have teed off in the first round at each specific section. Players who are tied on the final qualifying position score at each Section shall be required to participate in a play-off to determine who qualifies for the Final Qualifying Stage.

Players at each Section must register in person with the PGA, at the relevant Tournament Office no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday (Section A & B), 10 December 2019 and Tuesday, 7 January 2020 (Section C). Players who do not confirm their participation by this time may be removed from the official draw.



   FINAL QUALIFYING STAGE (72 holes scheduled)  
Moonah Links – Open Course
Peter Thompson Drive
Fingal, VIC 3939 

AUSTRALIA 
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Sun   12 January 2020  Official  Practice Day (TBC)
Mon  13 January 2020 Official  Practice Day
Tues  14 January 2020  Round 1 
Wed   15 January 2020  Round 2
Thurs 16 January 2020  Round 3
Fri       17 January 2020  Round 4
 
 

The following players are exempt from participating in PGA Tour of Australasia First Qualifying Stage and are exempt into Final Qualifying Stage:

  1. Any former tournament winner, from January 1,  2012 on:
  • PGA Tour of Australasia (Tier 1 only)
  • PGA TOUR
  • European Tour
  • Japan Tour
  • Asian Tour
  • Web.com (or previous equivalent)
  • Sunshine Tour 

2. Any former winner of a PGA Tour of Australasia Tier 2 tournament from January 1, 2015 
3. Any player ranked inside the Top 500 of the Official World Golf Rankings as at close of entries. 
4. 61st to 100th  ranked Full Members, plus Affiliate Members within those positions from the 2019 Final PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit 
5. Any player from the Top 30 of the PGA Tour of Australasia Career Money List at the conclusion of  the 2019 season 
6. Leading graduating PGA of Australia Trainee (to a floor of 10th position) as at the close of entries. 
7. Amateurs who meet the following criteria:

  • The leading 3 entrants to a limit of 10th place in the R & A World Amateur Ranking at the close of entries.  
  • The current amateur champions of Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, United States, Canada, Japan, Asia and the Junior World Amateur Champion at close of entries
  • Any player of the 2018 World Amateur Teams Championship
  • Any amateur player who would have accumulated prize money throughout the 2019 PGA Tour of Australasia season to the equivalent of 75th place or higher.
  • Note 1: A player’s accumulative prize money will be calculated by determining the amount of prize money the player would have earned in PGA Tour of Australasia Tournaments if they were a Professional.
  • Note 2: Should the player turn Professional throughout the season, any money earned as a Professional will not be counted for the sake of determining the players accumulative prize money as an amateur.
    As of Wednesday 11th December, players who would subsequently be exempt as of that date via PGA Tour of Australasia Exemption Category 17 for the 2020 season.
  • In addition to this, any additional player who would subsequently be exempt as of Wednesday 1st January 2020 via PGA Tour of Australasia Exemption Category 17 for the 2020 season from the Final National Pro-Am Rankings, regardless of whether they have already successfully or unsuccessfully competed at First Stage, will be exempt to Final Stage.

8. Any player who has already gained a PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament Exemption Category for the 2020 season to the equivalent of Category 17 or higher
9. Any additional player at the discretion of the Tournament Manager, Tournament Division

The leading forty (40) players and those tied for 40th position at the PGA Tour of Australasia Final Stage Qualifying School will be eligible to apply to become Full Members (Tournament) of the PGA of Australia for the following year and will be placed in a Tournament Exemption Category.  Those players who finish in positions 41-55 at the PGA Tour of Australasia Final Stage Qualifying School will be eligible to apply to become Full Members (Tournament) of the PGA of Australia, however, they will not hold an exemption category. If a player is accepted as a Full Member (Tournament), they will be ranked according to their score after the completion of the Final Qualifying Stage, and, if eligible, placed in the appropriate tournament exemption category for the 2020 season. 
In the event of a tie for either 1st or 5th position, the ties will be settled by a sudden death play-off which will be conducted immediately following the completion of the final round. The result of the play off will also determine prize money distribution (if applicable). All other scores will be ranked by card play-off as follows: the best last 18, 36, 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes. 
Players competing at Final Qualifying Stage must register in person with the PGA at Moonah Links no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 14 January 2020.  
The PGA of Australia reserves the right to add additional qualifying venues should this be necessary and amend the conduct, format and cut marks for the Qualifying School at any time.  Every effort will be made to complete the prescribed number of holes for each Stage of the Qualifying School but if fewer holes can only be completed over the days allotted to each Stage, the PGA of Australia may reduce the number of holes required to complete each Stage or reschedule a Stage.

 

2. ENTRY FEES AND ENTRY DEADLINE

Entry Fees:
PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School:
(a) A$1,870 (incl. GST); irrespective of which Stage the applicant is applying to enter; or 
(b) A$1,155 (incl. GST);  former PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament Winners, members who fall under the '10 season tournament members’ category for the 2020 season, or is ranked in the Top 30 of the Final 2019 PGA Tour Career Money List.
Deadlines: 
(a) Entries for First Stage must be received no later than: 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday, 27th  November 2019  in order to be considered.
(b) Entries for Final Stage must be received no later than: 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 31st  December 2019 if eligible for Final Qualifying Stage.
Note: PGA of Australia reserves all rights to extend the entry deadline for applicants in exceptional circumstances and at its complete discretion.

 

3. DELIVERY OF ENTRIES

PGA of Australia will accept entries via email into the 2020 Qualifying School.

Email: qschool@pga.org.au


 

4. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

 

The undersigned hereby applies to enter the 2020 PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School.  An application to participate in the Qualifying School may only be accepted by the PGA of Australia if the PGA of Australia has received a completed and executed application form as provided by the PGA of Australia and the prescribed application fee by the Entry Deadline. The PGA of Australia may reject or revoke an application at any time, irrespective of whether it has been accepted, including during either Stage of Qualifying School. 

The PGA of Australia reserves the right to apply other reasonable criteria (including, but not limited to, judgements as to character, conduct and other criteria in accordance with the current PGA of Australia Member Regulations) to all those who apply to become Full Members of the PGA of Australia.  Accordingly, the PGA of Australia may, in its absolute discretion, determine whether to extend the undersigned an invitation to join the PGA of Australia as a result of their successful completion of the Qualifying School or whether to accept an application for membership once an invitation to join the PGA of Australia has been extended. 

Qualifying numbers will be allocated on a pro rata basis based on the number of competitors at each Section venue of First Stage. 

If the undersigned successfully completes the Qualifying School and wishes to apply to become a Full Member of the PGA of Australia, they must pay the prescribed membership fee and complete a Membership Form before an application can be considered. 

a) Eligibility

The PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School is open to:
  (i) All professional golfers; and
  (ii) All amateur golfers with a handicap of 2.4 or less under the handicapping scheme adopted by the recognised authority controlling golf in the country from which they elect to enter.  An official certificate from the relevant home club affiliated with the national Golf Union or Golf Association verifying an applicant’s handicap must accompany this application before it can be considered.

b)  Withdrawals

A player may withdraw at any time provided notification of their withdrawal is received by the PGA of Australia in writing and signed by the player withdrawing.  Players who withdraw prior to the Entry Deadline will receive a full refund of their Entry Fee.  Players who withdraw after the Entry Deadline will be refunded no more than AUD$1,155 (incl. GST)
Unless extreme personal circumstances exist, once a participant tees off (or is absent on the tee) he is no longer eligible for any type of refund.

c)  PGA of Australia Membership Seminar and On-line Assessments

All players who attend Final Stage of Qualifying School must attend the prescribed PGA of Australia Membership Seminar and those who have been a Member for less than 3 years in total and have yet to complete the On-line Education Module must complete the required on-line study programmes. Any player who fails to attend the Membership Seminar(s) will be ineligible to be considered for Full Membership and those who fail to complete the required on-line study programmes by the prescribed dates may have their membership revoked.  Session date(s), time(s) and agenda(s), along with on-line learning deadlines will be made available to all eligible participants in due course.

d)   Prize Money
Prize money allocated to competitors at Final Stage will be confirmed prior to Round 1 of Stage 2. 

e) Amateur Status
Pursuant to the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by R&A Rules Ltd, an amateur golfer may compete in any qualifying competition for a professional Tour without breaching amateur status rules, provided that in advance of play and in writing, the golfer waives their right to any prize money in the competition. This declaration will be available for completion at Player Registration at both venues of Qualifying School. 
5. ENTRIES AND ENQUIRIES
All Qualifying School entries and queries can be made to the PGA of Australia’s Tournament Division by the following methods: 
Email: qschool@pga.org.au  Tel: +61 (03) 8320 1911