NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify for the National Championship?
There are three ways a player can qualify for the National Championship. 1) Win your local flight points race, 2) place in the top 2 in your flight at a regional 2-day major event or 3) win your local tour championship finale.

Where will the event registration be in Palm Springs?
All players MUST sign in/register for the National Championship sometime on Wednesday September 29th. Registration will take place Wednesday afternoon from 2-5pm at Landmark golf course and 7-9:30pm at The Agua Caliente Casino during the registration party. All players must be pre-paid for the event by September 20th. Contact the national office at 800 717 2248 or [email protected] with any questions.

Can I have a caddy?
Yes. Caddies are the responsibilities of the players and must abide by all USGA rules and maintain pace of play. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids as the desert temperatures will hover in the 100Õs.

Can I have a guest and/or an extra cart?
Guests are welcome on the course but must remain out of play and CANNOT offer advice or suggestions for competitors. Any guest requesting an extra cart should contact the course ahead of time to find out the cost and/or availability.

Which courses will we play on which days?
We donÕt know until registration is completed. All players will play Landmark and Mission Hills at least once and depending on your flight, one of those courses a second time. Sunday's final round will be held entirely at Landmark.

Where can I find tee times and pairings?
Once registration is closed, pairings will be posted online at least a week before the tournament starts. The first 3 days pairings will be posted. The final round pairings will be available after Saturday's round.

Will there be a consolation round for players that donÕt make the cut?
No. However, players can make their own arrangements to play any course on their own.

Can I request a friend to be paired up with?
No. With over 400 players, it would be impossible to honor such requests. All players will be paired up at random, within your flight.

What is the cost of skins and when will they be posted and paid out?
The skins games will only apply for the first three rounds of the tournament. The cost is $20/day ($60 total) for In-flight skins and $10/day ($30 total) for Giant skins for a total of $90. Players may choose to participate in either game or both. In-Flight skins are skins (birdies or better) against players within your own flight. Giant skins are against everyone playing the course you are on that day (birdies or better). For those interested in participating in the skins games, you must pay by CASH ONLY before the start of play on Thursday - NO EXCEPTIONS. Skins will be paid out the next day as a player registers at his/her course. If you win a skin on Saturday and are not at the course on Sunday, your skin money will be mailed to you within a weeks time after conclusion of the event.

What happens if no one wins a Skin for a day?
If not one skin is won for a single day, (eg, if there is no Super Skin paid out for Thursday or no skins are won by an individual flight) the monies for that day will be carried over to the following days skins and added to the pot. If no skins are won on the last day of skins play, Saturday then all players involved in that skins pot will be placed into a drawing and three (3) players names will be drawn and the pot will be divided by 3 and each players whose name is drawn, will be awarded 1/3 of the total pot.

What are the payouts for flight winners?
Payout amounts will be based on the number of players in a flight but will be pro-shop or on-line gift certificates, product and entries to future events. The payouts include but are not limited to:

# PLAYERS PLACES PRIZES (subj. to change)
     
8 - 12 1st TaylorMade r7 driver or OS irons + trophy
  2nd $200 gift cert at Landmark GC
     
13 - 17 1st TaylorMade r7 driver or OS irons + trophy + $50 gift cert at Landmark GC
  2nd Remaining prize from 1st place
  3rd $150 gift cert at Landmark GC
     
18 - 22 1st TaylorMade r7 driver or OS irons + trophy + $50 gift cert at Landmark GC
  2nd Remaining prize from 1st place + $50 gift cert at Landmark GC
  3rd $200 gift cert at Landmark GC
  4th $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
     
23 - 27 1st TaylorMade r7 driver or OS irons + trophy + entry to 2005 Duel in the Desert
  2nd Remaining prize from 1st place + $50 gift cert at Landmark GC
  3rd TaylorMade r7 driver
  4th $200 gift cert at Landmark GC
  5th $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
     
28 - 32 1st TaylorMade r7 driver or OS irons + trophy + entry to 2005 Duel in the Desert + $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
  2nd Remaining prize from 1st place + $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
  3rd TaylorMade r7 driver + $50 gift cert at Landmark GC
  4th $250 gift cert at Landmark GC
  5th $200 gift cert at Landmark GC
  6th $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
     
33 - 37 1st TaylorMade r7 driver or OS irons + trophy + entry to 2005 Duel in the Desert + $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
  2nd Remaining prize from 1st place + $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
  3rd TaylorMade r7 driver + $50 gift cert at Landmark GC
  4th TaylorMade r7 driver
  5th $250 gift cert at Landmark GC
  6th $200 gift cert at Landmark GC
  7th $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
     
38 + 1st TaylorMade r7 driver or OS irons + trophy + entry to 2005 Duel in the Desert + $150 gift cert at Landmark GC
  2nd Remaining prize from 1st place + $150 gift cert at Landmark GC
  3rd TaylorMade r7 driver + $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
  4th TaylorMade r7 driver + $50 gift cert at Landmark GC
  5th TaylorMade r7 driver
  6th $250 gift cert at Landmark GC
  7th $200 gift cert at Landmark GC
  8th $100 gift cert at Landmark GC
     
All ties for 1st place will be an on-course sudden-death playoff.  All ties for 2nd and below will utilize a scorecard playoff: back 9, back 6 and back 3
     

How are Senior Flights determined?
Senior flights are open to all playersÕ 50 years of age or older as of the start of play on Thursday, September 30th. A flight MUST HAVE a minimum of 8 players to be considered a flight. If there are less than 8 players in any senior flight, the members will compete in the mid-am flights and will participate in the mid-am prize pool. The low senior in that flight will win a separate trophy for being low senior, but will be awarded prizes based on his/her place of finish in the mid-am flight.

Will there be Super Senior Flights?
No.

Which tees do I play from?

Landmark Golf Club
 
Westin Mission Hills
Mid-am Nicklaus/Palmer Black Tees (7000 yds)   Mid-am Nicklaus/Palmer Black Tees (7000 yds)
Mid-am Hogan/Sarazen Gold Tees (6500 yds)   Mid-am Hogan/Sarazen Gold Tees (6600 yds)
Mid-am Jones/Snead White Tees (5900 yds)   Mid-am Jones/Snead Silver Tees (6000 yds)
Sr Nicklaus/Palmer Hogan Gold Tees (6500 yds)   Sr Nicklaus/Palmer Hogan Gold Tees (6600 yds)
Sr Sarazen/Jones/Snead White Tees (5900 yds)   Sr Sarazen/Jones/Snead Silver Tees (6000 yds)

What happens in the event of a tie for first place?
If after 4 rounds of play, if any players are tied for 1st place in their respective flight, a sudden death playoff will take place, continuing for as many holes are necessary until a winner is declared. Whichever player records the lowest score first, will win 1st place prizes/awards. The rules committee will dictate which hole(s) the playoff will be conducted on and oversee the playoff.

Where are the parties taking place?
The Sir Elford Cup Registration Party is at The Agua Caliente Casino Buffet from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday, September 26th. All team captains must be present for rules & regulations of the event. The buffet is complimentary for members and quests are welcome for $15 per person. Must be 21 years or older for entrance into the casino and buffet.

For a map to the Agua Cliente Casino, click HERE or call (760) 321-2000.

The Sir Elford Cup Awards presentation will be held at The BeerHunter Restaurant from 7:30pm to 9:30 pm on Tuesday, September 28th. The Beerhunter has limited space available set aside for the awards presentation, but it can accommodate members and guests throughout the facility. The BeerHunter will provide members and quests will specials on Michelob ULTRA and they have a full menu for those that chooose to eat (The MUGT does not provide food at this event).

For a map to The BeerHunter, click HERE or call (760) 564-7442.

The National Championship Registration party is at The Agua Cliente Casino Buffet from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday, September 29th. The buffet is complimentary for members and quests are welcome for $15 per person. Must be 21 years or older for entrance into the casino and buffet.

For a map to the Agua Cliente Casino, click HERE or call (760) 321-2000.

The National Championship Raffle Prize Party is at The 19th Hole from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Thursday September 30th. The drawing for the PGA Tour Pro-Am spot and the r7 driver will be held at 8:30pm. All players are automatically entered into the drawing for these two raffles and need not be present to win the prize. Other prizes will be raffled prior to the PGA Tour Pro-Am and r7 driver and players must be present to win these additional items. The 19th hole will have specials on Michelob ULTRA and they have a full menu for those that choice to eat (The MUGT does not provide food at this event).

How many players will be playing in each group?
We will be utilizing threesomes whenever possible to encourage a standard pace of play. In some instances there may be foursomes or even twosomes if a player does not show up. We will be using split tees both courses in the morning and afternoon of each round Thursday - Saturday. Sundays round will be made up of mostly foursomes with all groups teeing up in the am.

When and where is the Tour Championship Awards Presentation?
All awards will be presented at Landmark Golf Club immediately following the completion of each flight on Sunday October 3rd.