The American Amateur Golf Tour, LLC (AAGT) is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Membership to the American Amateur Golf Tour (AAGT) is open to all amateur golfers with a verifiable handicap index. If you do not have a verifiable index, AAGT will accept six (6) completed, signed and attested scorecards that will be reviewed by the AAGT Rules committee and a Tour handicap will be assigned. For a detailed explanation on USGA® Handicap Index, AAGT Index calculations, and the Tour Points system, go here. You can register for Tour membership one of four ways:
1) Register online by credit card through the Web site
2) Mail a completed Tour Application
3) Fax a completed Tour Application
4) Call and pay by credit card over the phone
The cost of an annual membership in the AAGT varies depending on your particular market. To locate the Tour nearest you, go here.
Only Tour cardholders, guests of cardholders and guests of AAGT officials can participate in AAGT events. All entries must be received prior to the entry deadline, which is generally 72 hours prior to the event. Players can register for a respective event online, or by calling their respective Tour Director. Events may have a limitation on the number of entries, and therefore they will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. As a member of the Tour, players can participate in any AAGT event in the US. All regional schedules are available on the Tour Web site.
Assumption of Risk and Release From Liability
By signing or electronically submitting a member application and entering and playing in a American Amateur Golf Tour Event, the participant understands and agrees that there are certain dangers involved with the participation in a golf event, including but not limited to being struck by lightning, getting hit by a golf club, suffering from heat exhaustion, heart attack or injury from uneven terrain, all of for which risks participant assumes and solely accepts, and waives all claims of injury to body or property against the American Amateur Golf Tour, LLC, and/or local Tour Director as well as all other presenting sponsors, co-sponsors and representatives affiliated with the tournament. Further, the participant agrees that while on the premises of a American Amateur Golf Tour Event ("Event"), the participant, and any guest, relative or anyone else affiliated with participant, shall be present at their own risk and that the American Amateur Golf Tour, LLC shall not be liable for any claims for injuries or damages whatsoever to person or property of the participant or related person arising out of or in connection with the participation in the Event or presence at the Event. Participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the American Amateur Golf Tour, LLC from all claims by or liability to participant or affiliated person.
There will be charge a $25.00 fee for any returned checks or other such items. Cancellations/No Shows Cancellations at least 72 hours prior to a respective event will result in a full refund. Thereafter, the event entry fee is non-refundable unless a canceling player has a verified medical condition or other acceptable reason. Any player that has registered for an event and does not show may forfeit his/her registration fee and may have his/her player privileges revoked for future events.
The majority of all events on the AAGT will be stroke play, gross competition within your designated flight. Tour play will be governed by the current Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association (USGA®), and modified by the Rules and Information Sheet prepared by the AAGT Tour Committee. Other specialized formats, such as match play or best ball, will be played in accordance with the USGA® rules.
AAGT Tour Officials will be on site at every tournament to handle player registration/check-in, provide assistance, handle scoring/prize pools, monitor the pace of play and make rulings. Any Tour Official may assess penalty strokes for rules infractions or slow play subject to review by the Tour Committee. All decisions made by the AAGT Tour Committee will be final.
Tour events will utilize tee times with occasional shotguns (depending on the course and field size). Pairings will be available on the Tour Web site prior to the event. Pairings are subject to change anytime prior to the event. If an individual tee time has been moved to an earlier pairing, the Tour Director will personally notify that individual.
Check-In and Starting
All Tour players must personally check-in at least 30 minutes prior to their assigned tee times and be at their starting point at least 5 minutes prior to their assigned tee time. Failure to do so may result in a player forfeiting his tee time. If a player is not at the starting point, ready to play, at the assigned starting time, he is in a breach of Rule 6-3 (penalty normally would be disqualification from that tour stop). However, the AAGT at its sole discretion may attempt to accommodate such player with a later starting time and possibly an assessment of a penalty.
At each Tour event, there will be an optional skins game, preferably paid by cash. Skins competition may vary from tour to tour but is generally gross within each flight or even giant skins across all flights. Once all scorecards are in, skin winners will be determined and payouts dispersed according to the local tours policy. If no skins are awarded for a particular flight, each player participating will have their skins entry fee rolled over to their next event. The skins game is optional and does not conflict with protection of amateur status.
Golf Carts and Driving Range
A majority of AAGT event fees will include the shared-use of golf cart and range balls. Players must follow cart rules established by the golf course and make arrangements directly with the course if an additional cart is required or desired for spectators or caddies.
On Course Rules
All play will be governed by the rules and regulations as set forth by the USGA®. One-ball rule will not be in effect during play. If there is any confusion of a particular ruling during play, and a Tour Official is not accessible, the player is to enter a second ball into play. The player then plays both balls throughout the hole and then brings the situation to the Rules Committee at the end of the round for a ruling.
Use of Range Finder Technology
With respect to USGA® rule 14-3 and the use of Electronic Distance Measuring Devices,
the local Tour Directors (by local rule) will have the option to permit the use of distance-measuring devices on an event by event basis.
The AAGT national office is currently planning on permitting use of such measuring devices at
the 2006 National Championships, and 2006 Sir Elford Cup events.
Spectators and Caddies
The AAGT permits spectators and caddies at all of its events subject to course restrictions. Caddies are the responsibility of their associated player and are requested to practice proper golf etiquette while on the course. If there is an issue with the behavior of a spectator(s), the individual(s) will be asked to leave the premises.
When possible, the AAGT will provide players with pin sheets that designate the respective events pin positions.
Pace of Play
If a group is out of position due to slow play, a Tour Official will advise the group to step up play. If the group pace does not gain pace within two holes, Tour Officials have the right to make an adjustment to try and correct the problem. This may include breaking the group in to smaller pairings, setting a time limit per hole, assessing penalty strokes or disqualification from the event.
Dress Code and Player Conduct
The AAGT will strictly enforce a tournament dress code with no exceptions. Collared shirts are required, and no jeans, denims, jogging outfits, or sweat pants are permitted. Shorts may be worn, but must be within five inches of the knee. The AAGT will not tolerate swearing, vulgar language, club throwing, alcohol abuse, lack of golfing etiquette, or other such behavior. Such conduct may result in tournament disqualification and suspension or expulsion from the Tour. Cell phones, beepers, radios and other such devices are prohibited during play.
The guaranteed prize certificates at each event will be established prior to such event based on participation. In order to abide by the guidelines for amateur status put forth by the USGA®, no single prize awarded may exceed $750 in cash value.
Each golfer is responsible for the correctness of his/her scorecard even though a fellow competitor will be marking the scores on each hole. Each scorecard must be signed by the fellow-competitor and attested by the player. In attesting the scorecard, you are stating that the score for each individual hole during the round is correct. Players are not responsible for their calculation of the total round score. In an effort to equitably resolve any scoring disputes all players in a pairing must submit their scorecards at the same time to the scorer's table and each player must be available for a reasonable amount of time afterwards to answer questions by the Tournament Committee. Any protest need to be made to a Tournament Official as soon as possible after an incident occurs so that a proper ruling can be made in a timely fashion. In the event no protests are made within a five-minute period after all scores are posted on the tournament scoreboard, the scoreboard shall be considered final and prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Withdrawal and DNF (Did Not Finish)
A player withdrawal is only applicable in the event of an extenuating circumstance, i.e., illness, injury, or personal emergency. In this case, the player will receive the minimum point value for participation and the score will not be reflected in their Tour average. In the case of DNF, a player does not submit a scorecard, voluntarily or involuntarily. Any monies submitted to the skins game is automatically forfeited in the event of a withdraw or DNF.
The delaying or canceling of an event due to inclement weather will be determined by the host facility. In the event of a cancellation we will try and re-schedule the event date within the seasonal timeframe. If by chance the event is cancelled, we will work with the course to set up a re-schedule date. If this is not possible, players may apply the credit towards a future scheduled event or request a full refund to be received by mail. Any partial cancellation refunds and credits will have to be determined based on the policies of the host facility.
The Rules and Regulations of the AAGT are subject to revision. The AAGT is not associated with either the PGA or the USGA, and tournaments on the AAGT have not been sanctioned by either golfing organization. Failure to comply with the aforementioned rules and regulations could result in suspension or expulsion from the Tour.
If you have any questions, comments or need additional information, please contact your regional Tour Director or contact the American Amateur Golf Tour National Office. Call (800) 717 2248, fax to (813) 288-9767, or email us at .