Exhibit A - Qualifying Procedures & Information Sheet
A 72-hole stroke play competition with the low 35 qualifiers and ties earning eligibility status for the 2019 PGA TOUR Series-China season. The winner of each international Q-School site will be exempt for the entire 2019 season*. Finishers 2 - 12 will be exempt through the first reshuffle following the completion of the sixth event in 2019. In the event of a tie for 1st or 12th position, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following play. Finishers 13-35 and ties on Chinese and Intl. Q-School have Conditional status and are subject to reshuffle after the first 6 events based on Order Of Merit.
*Note: The season ending event will 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 International Q-School #1 are due February 10th, 2019 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
Entries for international Q-School #2 are due February 17th, 2019 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
Entries for international Q-School #3 are due February 24th, 2019 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
Entries for Mainland China Q-School are due January 13th, 2019 at 5:00PM China Standard Time(GMT+8)
10350 RMB or 1500 USD7500 RMB
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 18 on or before the first scheduled round of the final 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.
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 2019 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, 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.
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; non competitiveness; conduct unbecoming a professional by the player; conduct unbecoming a professional by the players’ 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, 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 2019 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 last Championship, finishers 2 to 12 are exempt through the first six events then subject to a reshuffle, finishers 13 to 35 and ties earn conditional status and are subject to a reshuffle after the 6th event.
The lowest 35 finishers and ties at the mainland Chinese Q-school Tournament after the conclusion of play will be eligible for 2019 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 2019 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 3, 13th place finisher from International Q-School 1, 13th place finisher from International Q-School 2, 14th place finisher from Chinese Q-School, 14th place finisher from International Q-School 3, 14th place finisher from International Q-School 1, 14th place finisher from International Q-School 2 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 435 USD for annual dues is March 25, 2019.
The top five players on the 2019 PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Money List will receive Web.com Tour membership for 2020, with the leading money winner becoming exempt for the 2020 season. Players finishing 6-10 on the 2019 PGA TOUR SERIES-CHINA Money List will be exempt into the Final Stage of the 2020 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.