- Golfer Benefits
Each Mass Golf Championship has its own specific tournament eligibility criteria (i.e., maximum Handicap Index®, age requirements, etc.). Please reference the specific Championships for further details. In general, to be eligible for a Mass Golf Championship, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
*Exceptions – Open Championship, Ouimet Memorial Tournament, Junior Amateur Championship, Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship (Junior-Junior & Mite Divisions) & Young Golfers’ Championship.
Except for the Massachusetts Open, all Mass Golf Championship events are open to amateur golfers only.
The R&A and the USGA updated the Rules of Amateur Status on October 26, 2021 with the new changes going into effect on January 1, 2022.
Individuals looking to be reinstated as amateurs or with questions about the Rule of Amateur Status should contact Kevin Eldridge, Director of Rules & Competitions, directly at 774-430-9103 or visit the USGA’s Amateur Status page for more information.
All players, including those who are exempt, must apply through the Mass Golf Online Entry process at: http://www.massgolf.org. Late, incomplete or inaccurate entries will not be accepted. Each Mass Golf competition has a designated field limit. Excluding specific Championship policies, entries for Mass Golf Championships and Qualifiers are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the entry deadline. The Mass Golf Championship Committee reserves the right to reject an entry at any time.
New for 2022, the Mass Golf COVID-19 Participant Certification, Release and Waiver has been added to our Policies and Procedures page and can be viewed here.
A player who wishes to request an exemption into a Mass Golf Championship must do so by submitting a formal request. Exemption requests must be submitted to the Mass Golf Championship Department Staff (e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 10 days prior to the published entry deadline for the specific Championship. All submitted exemption requests will then be reviewed by the Mass Golf Championship Committee and only granted under exceptional circumstances. Along with the letter of request, players must also submit a playing resume that includes any golf awards, championships, top finishes and/or accomplishments from the last 5 years (local and national). Players will be notified of the status of their exemption request as soon as practicable and are encouraged to register for a sectional qualifying site for the specific championship as their request is pending.
Competitors, who have submitted an entry for a Mass Golf event and wish to withdraw for any reason, MUST notify the Mass Golf office in writing (e-mail is acceptable and encouraged) or by phone. Entry fee will be refunded less a $20 administrative fee, regardless of reason, if Mass Golf is notified in writing or by phone seven days prior to each event (Championship or Qualifier). Entry fee will be refunded less 50% for any withdrawals received less than seven days prior to each event. No refund will be processed for a withdrawal notification that is received on the scheduled date of an event (Championship or Qualifier).
When the field for an event is full (Qualifier or Championship), further entries are placed on a waiting list in order by date/time they were received. Entries received on the same day are placed on the list in the order in which they are opened. A full refund will be given to anyone on a waiting list who does not make it into the event.
Shortly after close of entries — or after the last qualifier concludes for Championships — competitors will be notified via e-mail of their starting times and player information (including the availability of practice privileges). Courtesy practice privileges are at the discretion of the host club(s).
For all Mass Golf Championships Proper (with qualifying) an alternate pool will be formed that includes ALL players from each qualifying site with the next best score after the cutline.
After sectional qualifying, all players in the pool will then be randomly selected and ranked by number as alternates. The alternate list for each Championship Proper will be published, posted online and updated as players are added to the Championship Proper.
An alternate can be placed into the Championship Proper field in two ways;
The qualifying number and ties will gain entrance into the Championship Proper. There will be no play-off for qualifying spots and/or 1st & 2nd alternates.
Example: If there are 10 qualifying spots available at a particular Mass Golf Qualifying site, and 12 competitors finish with a score of 76 or lower, all 12 competitors advance to the Championship Proper without a play-off.
The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and the R&A given play. Questions will be settled by the Committee in charge of the competitions consisting of staff and officials officials assigned by Mass Golf, whose decision shall be final.
A player may use devices that measure or gauge distance only (see Rule 4.3a(1)) for all Mass Golf competitions.
Penalty for Breach of Rule 4.3:
In events where carts are permitted per the conditions and regulations, no more than 2 carts will be permitted per starting time regardless of the number of players and/or caddies in a group. Caddies are permitted to ride in a player’s cart if there is an available seat.
*Mass Golf reserves the right to limit a group to only 1 cart in the case of a group of two competitors in order to limit cart traffic and/or reserve carts for subsequent starting times.
Note: Per the Rules of Golf (10.3a(1)) any other person who walks or rides along with the player or who carries other things for the player (such as a rain-suit, umbrella or food and drink) is not the player’s caddie unless he or she is named as such by the player or also carries, transports or handles the player’s clubs. Additionally, Rule (10.3a(1)) states that a player may have a caddie to carry, transport and handle his or her clubs, give advice and help him or her in other ways allowed during a round, but with these limitations:
Penalty for Breach of Rule 10.3a:
Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect. Model Local Rule G-7. The use of traditionally designed spikes (regardless of composition) or spikes of any design that are entirely or partially made of metal, if such metal may come in contact with the course.
Penalty for Breach of Rule 4.3:
All scores from individual stroke play events (qualifiers & championships proper) will be automatically posted to a player’s Handicap Index by the Mass Golf staff.
*Exceptions – Four-Ball Championship, Senior Four-Ball Championship, Mixed Four-Ball Championship for the Stone Cup, Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the Townshend Cup, Amateur Championship Match Play Rounds, Women’s Amateur Championship Match Play Rounds, Junior Amateur Championship Match Play Rounds and Mass Golf administered Local/Sectional USGA Qualifiers.
Mass Golf reserves the right to decline any entry based on a player’s previous year’s attendance in an event. Players who fail to show for assigned starting times without notifying Mass Golf will be considered a no-show. No-shows also include any player who fails to return a scorecard (no-card) or who withdraws during a stipulated round without notifying a Mass Golf official or staff member on site.
I acknowledge that Mass Golf may at times photograph or record video of the Mass Golf Championships and tournaments and I grant Mass Golf the unrestricted right and permission to copyright, use, or publish photographic portraits, pictures, or video of me, including the negatives, transparencies, prints, or digital information pertaining to them (collectively, the “Pictures”), in still, single, multiple, moving or video format, in any manner, including manners in which I may be included in whole or in part, in composite or distorted in form, in color or otherwise, in any media for advertising or any other lawful purpose. I hereby relinquish any right that I may have to examine or approve the Pictures or any use of the Pictures, including the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection with a Picture, or the use to which it may be applied. I waive any ownership and publication right or right of publicity I may be entitled to in connection with the Pictures.
Massachusetts Golf Association, Inc. (“Mass Golf”) may withhold entry of a collegiate golfer (as defined by Exhibit A) into a Mass Golf sanctioned event if Mass Golf reasonably determines that the collegiate golfer’s use of logos and/or their promotional activities are inappropriate and/or offensive and are not in alignment with Mass Golf’s mission and vision. Mass Golf’s Board of Directors has the power and authority to make this decision and shall promptly inform the collegiate golfer upon making any such determination. Any collegiate golfer that wishes to participate in a Mass Golf sanctioned event should reference the USGA’s Notice to Collegiate Golfers Regarding Name, Image and Likeness. Please contact, Jesse Menachem, with any additional questions.
Exhibit A: The USGA and The R&A have introduced an interim waiver that applies as follows: