of Play and Etiquette
All tournament play is governed by the rules as stated in
the Official Rules and Regulations of the Professional Putters Association.
As a member of the PPA and APA everyone pledges to ?keep and uphold the
rules and regulations of the PPA. Furthermore, to always strive to display
excellent sportsmanship and good character while putting on a PPA sanctioned
golf course?Also, under no circumstances, will play on any Putt-Putt Golf
Course without paying all appropriate greens fees prior to commencing play:
Understand that failure to abide by the content and spirit of the pledge will
result in immediate disqualification from all future PPA/APA sanctioned events
during this calendar year.?/p>
Please read through your NEW rulebook when you receive it
with your membership. As members of a professional organization, it is up to
the integrity of the players to see that all rules are enforced. Of particular
concern to the committee is the lack of respect for, and self-enforcement of
the rules pertaining to appropriate dress and conduct.
As always please remember that you are responsible for
your actions and that any acts of unsportsmanslike conduct will be dealt with
swiftly. If an act of unsportsmanslike conduct occurs, the following procedure
is in place to deal with the player involved.
If you are playing with
someone or observe someone that is continuing to act in an unsportsmanlike
manner, seek out a committee member who is NOT playing at the time. Catch
them as they finish a round or between rounds if the tournament is by
The committee member will
then inform the other committee members present and the player will be
given a first warning.
If the player continues to
display acts of unsportsmanslike conduct and it is observed by three
committee members, then the player will be first fined $25, and if another
offense occurs suspended for the next two tournaments.
Please remember that we are playing as the invited guests
of the local course owners and managers. Please take a moment when you arrive
at a site and again before you leave to thank the owner or manager and staff
for hosting our tournament.
All defending champions, i.e. the winner of the last
state tournament held at the site, will tee off first. The current State
Champion will tee off second. All other players will be paired by luck of the
draw except in tournaments designated as a major tournament. In all majors,
the defending champion will tee off first followed by the State Champion. The
highest player on the points standing entered in the tournament will be paired
next, with the remaining players seeded and paired by points
If you are a defending champion in either division please
volunteer that information when you pay your entry fee to insure that you are
A final call to pay entry fees will be made one hour
prior to tee off. If you have not paid your entry fee by this time, please do
so immediately. As soon as there are no players waiting to pay after the call,
entry fees will be closed and pairings for the tournament will be made. Once
pairings have been completed a $5.00 late fee will be charged to any
professional member who wishes to compete but has not entered. These players
will then be paired at the bottom of the pairings. Any player failing to pay
on time forfeits any standing he may have for a specific pairing.
If a player who has been practicing for a tournament
fails to pay his entry fee on time, and then does not enter to avoid a late
charge, that player will be assessed a $25 fine for violation of the rule
regarding practice times, and be required to pay the appropriate greens fee to
the local course.
As always there is a problem of slow play. While last
year saw a better pace of play, there are a few hints to help speed up play
that need to be observed. 1) Be ready to play when your turn comes. 2) If you
are not on the tee, please give those who are in play a chance to putt without
the state championship
Any player may play in the State Championship if he meets
the following qualifications. A PRO must play in a minimum of 9 (nine)
tournaments, excluding the Team Championships, and pay the entry fee for the
State Championship, or he may pay the balance of entry fees due, to make up
for tournaments missed, and pay the State Championship entry fee. An APA
member must play in a minimum of 5 (five) tournaments and pay the State Championship entry fee, or
he may pay the balance of the entry fees due to make up for tournaments missed
and pay the State Championship entry fee.
Prize money in the State Championship for 2001 will be
TBA. In the pro division, prize money will be paid to at least one half of the
field. The State Championship will be in Richmond, Va. in 2001 and in
Charlottesville, Va. for 2002.
Stoke averages will be kept using a weighted average method. The average of all scores in a division of
play at each specific site will be used to rate the players by stroke average.
For example, if at a site there are 20 players and the total strokes for a
54-hole tournament is 1800, then the average score for the tournament is 30.
Player one scores an 85. His stroke average is 28.33. His
weighted stroke average is - 1.67. Player 2 scores 95. His stroke average is
31.67. His weighted stroke average is +1.67. Weighted stroke averages from
each tournament will be added and averaged for a weighted stroke average.
To be eligible to win the stroke average award a pro must
play in a minimum of 13 tournaments. An APA member must play in a minimum of
10 tournaments. All tournaments through the Fall Classic will count for
A point system, as used in previous years, will be used
again in 2001. Points will be won and awarded according to place of finish in
all tournament play. All players competing, regardless of their playing
status, i.e. non-Virginia tour regulars will be awarded points. Points will be
awarded in the following manner; all 54 hole tournaments will award 25 points
for first place, 24 for second and so on down to one point for all finishers
25 to the last place. In the APA division of play the points will start with
20 for first and one for 20th through last.
In all major tournaments, those tournaments that are four
or more rounds, first place points will be 30 in the pro field and 25 in the
APA. Second place will receive 25 in the pro and 20 in the APA and then
increment down by one point for third to the end.
At all tournaments a team tournament will be held as
well. Pros may enter a two-man team for $10. First place will pay out $20 and
second $10. All other entries will go to the Team Championship tournament in
August. The entry fee for the Team Championship will be $100 per team for pros
and $30 per team for APA. All prize money is TBA for the team championship.
The team championship will be expanded back to a six
round tournament. 2 rounds of better ball, 2 rounds of alternate stroke, and
two rounds individual total scores
The pro/am will again us a 36 whole better ball format.
Entry fee is $25 for pros $10 for APA. The purse will be $100 added to all
entry fees for pros and the top five APA finishers will receive expense
CLAYTON CUP and
HANCOCK CUP Team
Congratulations goes out again to the SC tour for their
Clayton Cup victory in 2000, and to the Virginia APA Hancock Cup team for
their victory as well. The 2001 Cup competition will be hosted this year by
the South Carolina tour. The site is yet to be determined.
This year players will be asked to fill out a player
declaration form which will be used to determine for which tour a player
wishes to compete. If a player makes the team of his first choice, then that
player must compete for that tourís team. A second choice may be used only
if the player fails to qualify for the first choice team.
The following criteria will be used to determine the
Clayton Cup team:
A point system will be used to determine the top players
on the tour. This point system will use the pointís standings list mentioned
above, weighted stroke average standings, and money winning standings. Points
will be awarded in each of the three categories. First place will receive one
point, second two, third three and so on through the top twenty. The points
for all three categories will then be added together. The players will then be
ranked for Clayton Cup points will the lowest combined total being the leader.
A player must compete in a minimum of 13 tournaments (10 for APA) to be
eligible for the Clayton Cup team.
The top ten players on the Clayton Cup standings will
make the team. No captain choices will be made this year. The top six players
in points will make the APA Hancock Cup team.
For the formation of the Clayton Cup and Hancock Cup
teams, the final tournament that will count to tabulate those teams will be
the State Championship. This is to
allow players time to make travel
plans, etc. for that weekend.
The format for the Clayton Cup and Hancock Cup will be a
two-day event similar to 2000.
word of thanks goes to Buddy Taylor who has served admirably as our Captain
since the beginning of the Clayton Cup. The committee thanked Buddy as well
for his service. This year the tour players will select, by player vote, the
Captain for 2001. This will give us the opportunity to honor other members of
our tour with the position. Players who designate the Virginia tour as their
first choice for Clayton Cup team consideration will be eligible to vote.
Congratulations to the Richmond team of Amy Smith, Wesley
Pollard and Wayne Saunders for winning the 2000 Old Dominion Cup.
Again in 2001, APA players may form a three-player team
and compete for the Old Dominion Cup.
The competition for the Old Dominion Cup will be part of the regular tour
schedule. The tournament sites for Old Dominion Cup play are noted on the
schedule. Remember, there is no
added charge to form a team and compete.
Each team must register three players. When possible all
three players should be from the same area. At large teams are permitted to
allow all [layers the chance to compete. Team members must compete in the
The two best scores each round of the team members will
be added for the team total. The team with the lowest combined score at the
end of each tournament will be awarded five points, 4 points for second and so
on. Each team will receive at least one point. If a player is unable to
compete at any tournament, that team will count the two scores of the other
members of the team. No substitute players will be allowed.
Points from each tournament will be added.
The team with the highest point total after all tournaments designated as
an Old Dominion Cup event will win
the 2001 Old Dominion Cup to be
displayed at the teamís home course. In addition each team member will
receive a plaque or trophy designating them as a member of the winning team
and a $ 25 expense reimbursement. If two or more teams tie for first place,
then the State Championship will be used as a playoff.
If you are an APA member begin planning your team now.
Talk it up with other players in your area and encourage them to form a team
Entry Fees and
There are some changes to the entry fees and prize money
scale for the year 2001. Please refer to the enclosed tournament schedule and
prize money breakdown when planning your schedule. At those tournaments
designated, the entry fee will be $45 in the pro field. The reason for this is
The prize money scale has been enhanced to offer more
spots and more prize money when certain levels of participation are meet.
The Fall Putting Classic returns to the Virginia Tour. At
one time this was one of the most popular events on our tour. The Virginia
Putting Classic, which replaced the Fall Putting Classic several years ago,
remains as a major. With the return of the Fall Putting Classic, we will have
five major tournaments on our schedule this year.
There are ten designated tournaments on our tour this
year that will count toward your qualifying for the Fall Putting Classic. If
you play in all ten of these tournaments then your entry fee in the Fall Putting Classic
will be only $25. A player may enter the Fall Putting Classic by paying $25
plus $5 for each tournament that he is short of the required ten. For
an APA member, if you play in all ten designated tournaments then your entry
fee for the Fall Putting Classic will be free.
For 2001 your tournament committee members are pros Gary
Hinshaw, chairman, Ed Grajewski, statistician, Buddy Taylor, Dave Taylor, Brad
Lebo and Wayne Cheatham, APA representatives are Chuck Cyr, Jonathan Moore,
and Amy Smith. These members will serve through the State Championship.
At the State Championship we will elect new members. Ed
will remain as statistician and I will remain as course owner liaison. Six PPA
members and four APA members will be elected. The top three voted on (top two
in APA) will serve a two-year term the next three (two in APA) will serve a
one-year term. Starting with the end of the 2002 season we will elect three
Pros and two APA members each year for two-year terms.
I hope to see each of you March 31 in Richmond and Best
of Luck in 2001.