Exhibit A - Qualifying Procedures & Information Sheet
A 72-hole stroke play competition with the low 35 qualifiers and ties at each site earning eligibility status for the 2020 PGA TOUR Series-China season. The winner of each international Q-School site will be exempt for the entire 2020 season*. Finishers 2 - 12 will be exempt through the first reshuffle following the completion of the seventh event in 2020. In the event of a tie for 1st or 12th position, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play. Finishers 1-12 from the Mainland China Q-School will be exempt for the entire 2020 season*. Finishers 13-35 and ties on Chinese and Intl. Q-School have Conditional status and are subject to reshuffle after the first 7 events based on Order Of Merit.
*Note: The sixth event of the season will have special eligibility (TBD) and the season ending event will also have special eligibility based on performance during the season, not Q-school.
The Qualifying Tournament becomes official after 36 holes have been played.
Maximum of 120 players in each tournament field. Entries will be on a first-come first-served basis. Should the field reach the maximum number of players; an alternate list will be created based on the date and time of receipt of application.
Entries for Mainland China Q-School are due January 3rd, 2020 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
Entries for International Q-School #1 are due January 10th, 2020 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
Entries for international Q-School #2 are due February 21st, 2020 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
Entries for international Q-School #3 are due February 28th, 2020 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
$1650 USD per International Q-School8000 RMB Mainland Chinese only Q-School (Chinese Passport Holders Only)
Entry fee includes: green fee, range usage on the practice and competition days.
Professionals and Amateurs with a handicap index when applied to the qualifying course slope will generate a handicap of four (4) or less. PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA reserves the right to verify the handicap index of amateurs and to refuse anyone not meeting the requirements.
In accordance with PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Tournament Regulations, a player must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for membership. A player under the age of 18 may enter a PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Qualifying Tournament, provided the player turns 16 on or before the first scheduled round of the first official money PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA tournament of the season. If a player under the age of 18 qualifies for PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA, the player would not become eligible for PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA membership until his 18th birthday.
**Note: Per PGA TOUR Series-China Regulations, players eligible to compete in co-sponsored events shall be PGA TOUR Series-China, PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica members and qualified amateurs.
Starting times will be available two days preceding the Qualifying competition at the host facilities or on the web at www.pgatourserieschina.com.
Withdrawals & Refunds
Withdrawls are only accepted by a scanned written letter or email to Entries@shankaisports.com
- Applicants who withdraw before the entry deadline will receive a full refund.
- Applicants who withdraw after the entry deadline and before the first official practice round will receive a refund minus half of their entry fee.
Official Practice Rounds will be played the first day of tournament week. Unofficial practice Rounds must be arranged with the host facility. Any fees are at their discretion.
Rules of Golf
Play shall be governed in accordance with R&A and United States Golf Association, as modified by the PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Local Rules and Conditions of Competition card and supplemented by the Notice to Competitors. Questions or disputes (including equipment rulings) shall be settled by the on-site Rules Committee appointed by PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA, whose decision shall be final.
Pace of Play will be in accordance with 2020 PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Pace of Play Policy except fine structure will not apply.
The condition of competition for Groove Specifications in Elite Competitions will NOT be in effect for the Qualifying Tournament.
Distance Measuring Devices are permitted during competitive qualifying rounds but can only be used to measure distance. The slope, wind speed and other features are not allowed and must be turned off.
The use of traditional metal spikes are NOT allowed during the Competition.
Players and Caddies shall walk at all times during the Qualifying Tournament, except when permitted to ride by the Rules Committee. Players are required to have a caddie; caddie may carry their clubs or use a manual pull cart.
Players: While on the host facility property, during official rounds, players shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming. Blue jeans, shorts, cutoffs, T-shirts or shirts with no collar shall not be worn. During the practice round(s), players will be permitted to wear golf shorts. Shorts must be knee-length, tailored and neat in appearance.
Caddies: While on the host facility property, caddies may wear either long pants or tailored solid colored knee length shorts. Blue jeans, cutoffs, T-shirts or shirts with no collar shall not be worn. Smooth rubber sole shoes are required. Sandals, open toe shoes, and golf shoes with traditional metal or soft spikes are prohibited.
While on host facility property during qualifying rounds; players and caddies shall conduct themselves in a professional manner. PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA reserves the right to remove a player from the qualifying competition for any reasons that PGA TOUR SERIES – CHINA deems interferes with the competition including, but not limited to: non competitiveness; conduct unbecoming a professional by the player; and/or conduct unbecoming a professional by the player’s caddie.
PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA reserves the right to remove an applicant from the competition if an applicant returns a non-competitive score after any round of the PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Qualifying Tournament.
Reduction or Cancellation
Any reduction or cancellation in the respective qualifying competition shall be in accordance with Reduction/Cancellation Guidelines as found in the PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Tournament Regulations. In the event that the competition is cancelled, all entry fees will be refunded.
If in the judgment of the on-site PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Rules Official or designee, whose decision shall be final, conditions render commencement or continuation of tournament play inadvisable, play shall be postponed until such time as the PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Rules Official or designee determines that such weather conditions or other occurrences or conditions have improved significantly for play to commence or resume.
In situations involving adverse weather conditions or any other occurrence or condition, our first priority is the completion of the qualifying competition. Every effort will be made to achieve this objective by the end of the scheduled competition day.
In the event the qualifying competition cannot be completed by the end of the scheduled competitive day, play will be extended. Every effort will be made to complete the qualifying competition as soon as possible. The competition will not continue beyond the end of the day immediately following the last scheduled tournament round of the competition. The PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Weather Guidelines will be in effect.
PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Reserves the right to change the format, field size, venue(s), qualifying spots and other criteria as presently contemplated.
The lowest 35 finishers and ties from International Qualifying Tournaments #1, #2 and #3, after the conclusion of play will be eligible for 2020 PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA membership, unless PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA, in its sole discretion, elects not to award a member based on other factors. In each of the three qualifying tournaments, the winner is exempt for the year, except the 6th event and last Championship, finishers 2 to 12 are exempt through the first seven events (please see *Note above regarding special eligibility for 6th event) then subject to a reshuffle, finishers 13 to 35 and ties earn conditional status and are subject to a reshuffle after the 7th event.
The lowest 35 finishers and ties at the mainland Chinese Q-school Tournament after the conclusion of play will be eligible for 2020 PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA membership, unless PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA, in its sole discretion, elects not to award a member based on other factors. The top 12 finishers are exempt for the year except the last Championship. NOTE: Players finishing in the lowest 12 who are amateurs, players who choose not become members and players under the age of 18 are included in the lowest 12.
Conditional membership will be awarded to 13th-35th players and ties based on finish. Ties will be broken for the purpose of ranking on the 2020 eligibility list by matching final round scores on the host course. Ties remaining after the match of final round scores on the host course will be broken by matching individual hole scores in descending order, beginning with the 18th hole of the final round on the host course.
Priority is based on finish position at each site in alternating order beginning with the 13th place finisher from Chinese Q-School, 13th place finisher from International Q-School 2, 13th place finisher from International Q-School 3, 13th place finisher from International Q-School 1, 14th place finisher from Chinese Q-School, 14th place finisher from International Q-School 2, 14th place finisher from International Q-School 3, 14th place finisher from International Q-School 1 etc.
**Note: Conditional membership does not guarantee starts on PGA TOUR Series - China.
PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA reserves the right to decrease the number of full cards and conditional cards awarded should the field size be under 120 players. In this scenario, the number of full cards and conditional cards available will be posted onsite prior to the 1st round.
Access to PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA tournaments is determined by a player’s finishing position at the PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Qualifying Tournament. It is anticipated conditional members will have limited access.
All players receiving membership into PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA are required to stay for a mandatory orientation at the conclusion of the final round. Please plan your travel schedule accordingly. Details and location will be posted in advance.
The deadline to submit an Application for Membership and payment of 3000 RMB or 425 USD for annual dues is March 20, 2020.
Performance Benefits for PGA TOUR SERIES- CHINA Members
The top five players on the 2020 PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Points List will receive Korn Ferry Tour membership for 2021, with the leading points earner becoming exempt for the 2021 season.
Players finishing 6-10 on the 2020 PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Points List will be exempt into the Final Stage of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Players finishing in positions 11-25 on 2020 PGA TOUR Series-China Points List will be exempt into Second Stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
All 2020 PGA TOUR Series-China members will be exempt into First Stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
The Top-50 players on the 2020 PGA TOUR Series-China Points List will be fully exempt for the 2021 PGA TOUR Series-China season.
***Note: In 2020, along with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Series-China will move away from a money based, Order of Merit system to a points-based merit system.
2020 Schedule Dates for PGA TOUR Series- China
|Event # 1 March 23rd – 29th||Event # 8 June 8th – 14th|
|Event # 2 March 30th – April 5th||Event # 9 June 15th – 21st|
|Event # 3 April 6th – 12th||Event # 10 July 13th – 19th|
|Event # 4 April 13th – 19th||Event # 11 July 20th – 26th|
|Event # 5 May 4th – 10th||Event # 12 September 7th – 13th|
|Event # 6 May 11th – 17th||Event # 13 September 14th – 20th|
|Event # 7 May 18th – 24th||Event # 14 September 21st – 27th|