Who is eligible to compete on the tour?
A. All amateur golfers at least
16 years of age. Applicants may be denied membership solely at the discretion of the tour director, with or without cause. Members may be suspended or have their memberships revoked with cause (conduct detrimental to the tour, unsportsmanlike behavior, etc). Players with handicaps of 15 or higher need
to be advised that the maximum handicap that will be used to
calculate net score in regular division is 15.
What is the purpose of the tour?
A. The purpose of the tour is to
give panhandle golfers a place to compete. The tour is
a place for better players to sharpen their competitive skills,
and a place for less accomplished players to learn how to play
under tournament conditions.
Are prizes awarded?
A. Yes prizes are awarded.
Pro Shop or Edwin Watts gift certificates are awarded for top finishers
in each division.
How is the player of the year determined?
A. Player of the year points are
awarded to each player in each tournament based on order of
finish (click here to view player of the year points award schedule). The player with the most points at the end of
the season is name player of the year.
Q. What are the other reasons to
earn player of the year points?
A. The top point earners in each
division are eligible to compete in the season ending tour championship.
Also, the tour is hoping to compete against other amateur tour(s)
in a Ryder Cup style event. The player of the year points
list will determine the members of the Lite Scratch Tour Florida
How are entry fees determined? How much are the entry
fees for tournaments?
A. Entry fees are based on the green
fees charged to the tour for each player, plus $20 per event
for prizes, plus a few additional dollars for incidental tournament expenses.
Q. Is there a cost to join the tour?
A. Yes. Tour membership dues
are $75 per season. In the event the tour is forced to
reduce or cancel its schedule, membership dues will be refunded
What is the typical tournament schedule?
A. The tour prefers to play Saturday
afternoons and Sunday mornings. This schedule is designed
to ease the travel burden on tour players. The tour cannot
guarantee this schedule for every event. Typically, each
tournament's tee time window will be posted as soon as it is
Q. Can I request for certain tee
times and/or certain pairings?
A. You can ask, but it won't do
you any good. All members of the tour will be treated
equally. First round pairings will be random within divisions.
Later round pairings will be determined by earlier round scores.
Q. Is there a pace of play policy?
A. Yes. The tour has adopted the same
policy that is in use by the Florida State Golf Association.
There is an allotted time to complete each hole. Each group
much finish each of their nine holes in less than the allotted
time or within 15 minutes of the previous group. All members
of any group not meeting the time requirement will be penalized
two strokes for the first offense of the round, and disqualified
for a second offense in the same round.
Will you please describe divisions and how divisions are determined?
A. Yes. The tour will have
three divisions: Open and Senior and Super Senior. Any player may opt to
play in the Open division. Prizes in the Open division
will be based on gross scores. Players aged 50 or over as of October 2, 2016 may play in Open or Senior division. Players aged 65 or over as of October 2, 2016 may play Open, Senior, or Super Senior Division. Refer to the Players Handbook for more information on divisions.
Q. Please describe course set up for the
A. Open division will play from
the championship tees, typically 6600-6900 yards.
Senior division will play at a total length of 6100-6400 yards.
Super Senior division will play at a total length of 5800-6100 yards.
Whom should I contact if I have other questions?
A. Contact Mike Riley using the
email the tour link at the bottom of this page.