2013 Tour Policies (All policies are subject to change)
New for 2013
The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 17 years of age or older. Amateurs must have a handicap of 5 or less. Players are assumed to be pros unless stated otherwise on the entry form. The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series reserves the right to refuse participation to anyone.
The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series welcomes all amateurs to play. However, professionals have priority in tournament entry. There are no prizes awarded to amateurs at Adams Series events.
Adams Golf Pro Tour Series events will consist of 72 holes of stroke play. Fields will be cut after 36 holes to the top 35% of the starting field; maximum of 50 and ties. Amateurs are included in the cut number. Most events are walking, but there will be a few events where carts will be used due to the host course terrain.
Standard Event Purses
All 2013 standard event purses will be compiled from paid pro and amateur entry fees; with $850 of every paid pro and $450 of each paid amateur being applied to purses. As an example, if 100 paid pros participate, the event purse will be $85,000.
Featured Event Purses
There will be 4 featured events in 2013. All featured event purses will be guaranteed, regardless of field size. In 2013 there will be 3 featured events with $100,000 purses and 1 featured event with a $125,000 purse. See schedule for these events.
First Place: First place at all events will be a minimum of 15% of the total purse. All professional players making the cut and completing the final round will receive a check – minimum check is set at $300. Tournament checks are mailed 7 days after the final round.
Checks will be mailed to the player’s address shown on the registration form, unless an alternate address is provided to the tour office approximately seven (7) business days following the final round. No check will be sent unless the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series has record of player’s Social Security Number or Tax ID. US Federal Law requires the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series to withhold 30% of all foreign players’ winnings, unless a US TIN is provided.
The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series will accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and debit cards through on-line registration. Members may also mail checks for payments. However, these payments MUST be in the office by Wednesday, one week before the tournament. Checks will ONLY be accepted for members.
NOTE: Debit Cards with daily limits less than total entry fees will not be accepted.
Tournament registration is available through our website under the tournament schedule. Simply click on the registration button next to the tournament you wish to signup for. Entries will be taken on a first paid basis, in the following order of priority:
When a tournament is FULL and a waiting list is established, members will have priority over non-members. Entries are dated and placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received. If a spot opens in the tournament, members will be filled in first, then non-members, and finally amateurs.
Withdraws will be accepted for any reason, when notice is given by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the tournament week. There will be a $50 administrative fee for all withdrawals. Players MUST call the tour office at 972-535-0514 to withdraw. For withdrawals after the Friday deadline, the player will waive his entry fee to the tournament. Medical and personal withdrawals after the Friday deadline will be evaluated case-by-case and, if accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. The player must submit written documentation to the tour office within 24 hours of withdrawal, and medical withdrawal documentation must be on doctor’s letterhead. No Shows will NOT receive a refund or credit for any reason. No refund or credit will be given for any reason once a player has teed off.
Players who are scheduled to play in an Adams Golf Pro Tour Series event, but qualify to play in either a PGA or WEB.com Tour event that week, will receive a full credit of their tournament entry fee if they notify the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series office of their desire to transfer their entry to another tournament by 12:00 PM on Tuesday. If the player wants a refund, there will be a $50 administrative fee.
Official tee times will be posted by 5:00 PM, two days prior to the start of the event, at the tour trailer, the host golf shop, the primary host hotel and the tour website. Tee times are not available at the tour office.
A player must be present and ready to play five minutes prior to his scheduled tee time. The Tour incorporates the note under Rule 6-3b that allows the player to be up to 5 minutes late with a two stroke penalty. After five minutes he will be disqualified. The clocks on the starting tees are the “Official Time”.
Official practice round days are 1-2 days before each tournament’s first round and are listed under the schedule of events for each tournament. The practice rounds are FREE to all participants when walking. Players will have to pay for a cart, if used, during practice rounds. Pros are strongly encouraged to call the host course to arrange tee times. There will be NO practice rounds available during any Pro-Am tournament.
Slacks are required during all Pro-Am tournaments; as well as all tour functions such as junior clinics, shoot-outs, etc. Slacks are preferred during tournament play, but shorts are allowed. Shirts are to be tucked in and hats must be worn forward. Jeans and flip-flops will NOT be allowed at host facilities, unless otherwise posted. Party attires will be posted weekly based on the local tournament requests.
The cork board on the side of tour trailer is the official message center for all events. The complete field list will be posted along with tournament pairings, schedule of events, tour policies, and more. Any changes in the format or policy will be posted at the trailer. All players are responsible for information posted and expected to check the board daily. If a player’s name is missing from the field he must contact the tour office to correct the mistake; otherwise, he will not be given a tee time.
All decisions for tournaments affected by rain or extreme conditions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the tour officials, host professional and event sponsors. Any weather shortened tournament is official only after 36 or 54 holes, with tour officials making every effort to complete as many rounds as possible. Play may be extended to Sunday (for Wednesday starts) or Monday (for Thursday starts), but not beyond. No partial rounds will count. A tournament may be cancelled if 36 holes cannot be completed.
The top 25 players on the Money List (Tour Members) are required to play in the Pro-Am. The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series wants to showcase the top players and local tournament sponsors want to play with those players. Other players may request to play in the Pro-Am by calling the tour office to be added to the list. If more than the top 25 are needed, the Tour Director will choose the extra pros from the list and will post the pros needed to the website on the Friday before the tournament week. A $250 skins game will be provided at each pro-am start. Players will be allowed to miss a maximum of four (4) Pro-Ams over the course of the year. If a player needs to miss that week’s pro-am they need to notify the tour office by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the tournament week.
Junior Clinics will be held in the afternoon after the 3rd round, unless otherwise noted. Each clinic will need 5-10 Adams Golf Pro Tour Series professionals to participate. Professionals will be chosen by the Tour Director the week prior to the clinic. The names for each clinic will be posted on-site on the player message board.
Range hours will vary at each site. The range may also be temporarily closed during the day for additional picking and special events. As daylight permits, the range may remain open later during some events. Players must cooperate with the closing hours of the range so that the balls may be picked, cleaned, and readied for the next day. A fine will be incurred if a player does not comply with the facility or tournament staff concerning the temporary closing of the range.
The tournament course will be marked by the tour staff prior to the event. In addition to the normal course markings, the staff will place a small white dot on the front and back of each green to define the green depth. On all par 3's, the yardage will be marked on the back of the tee box. This number represents the distance from the line on the back of the tee box to the white dot on the front of the green. Fairway dots will be used at all events. Yardages are to the front of each green:
Immediately after completion of a round, the players are to bring their scorecards to the scoring tent, check them, and return them to the scoring volunteers. Once the player has turned in his scorecard and left the boundary of the scoring area, the scorecard is considered returned.
Round 1 & 2 - 1 & 10 Tees
All players in the Tour tournaments are encouraged to employ caddies for all practice, pro-am, and tournament rounds. Golf carts may occasionally be authorized by the Tour due to the host course terrain. Pull carts are allowed.
For any violation of these regulations which affect play, a fine will be levied against the player of the caddie.
While we will make every effort to accommodate disabled family members who need golf carts, we remind the players that additional golf carts on site at tournaments create numerous logistical concerns. As such, we have worked closely with tournament organizations to reduce the overall number of carts used during each tournament week. A total of five (5) spectator carts will be allowed during each tournament round. The following policy shall be applicable for members seeking to obtain the use of a golf cart for a disabled family member:
If a cart is issued to the family member, the following rules relating to the use of the cart shall apply:
We appreciate the membership's cooperation with these policies. We believe they strike the appropriate balance between the membership's need to accommodate their disabled family members while, at the same time, not unfairly hindering play by other members and endangering the safety of spectators and other tournament sites.
12-1 Seeing Ball; Searching For Ball
a. Searching for or Identifying Ball Covered by Sand
If the player's ball lying anywhere on the course is believed to be covered by sand, to the extent that he cannot find or identify it, he may, without penalty, touch or move the sand in order to find or identify the ball. If the ball is found and identified as his, the player must re-create the lie as nearly as possible by replacing the sand. If the ball is moved during the touching or moving of sand while searching for or identifying the ball, there is no penalty; the ball must be replaced and the lie re-created.
In re-creating a lie under this Rule, the player is permitted to leave a small part of the ball visible.