Trans-Mississippi Senior Championship

DATE: May 23rd-26th, 2016

HOST CLUB:  Houston Country Club (Website)
ADDRESS:  1 Potomac Drive, Houston, TX 77057 (Map)
PHONE: (713) 465-8381

ENTRIES OPEN:  February 29th at 9:00 AM Central
ENTRIES CLOSE:  May 11th at 5:00 PM Central

EXEMPT PLAYER DEADLINE:  April 27th at 5:00 PM Central

ENTRY ELIGIBILITY, PROCEDURE & INFORMATION: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who have reached their 55th birthday on or before May 24th.  Applicants must have a USGA handicap index of 4.0 or less (10.0 or less in Super Senior) and be a member of a Trans-Mississippi Golf Association member club. If your club chooses not to become a member club, you may make a minimum $100 contribution to the Turf Scholarship Fund as part of the entry process, in addition to the championship Entry Fee ($600).

Entries will be accepted in the order they are received at the discretion of the Trans-Mississippi Senior Championship Committee. If a particular division is not full by April 27th and there is a wait list in another division, spots in the field may be filled by those players on the wait list.  For more information, see the applicable Policies and Procedures.  Tournament entries will open on Monday, February 29th at 9:00 am (CST) and will close on Wednesday, May 11th at 5:00 pm (CST).

EXEMPTIONS: All exempt players who meet the criteria outlined below are required to register before Wednesday, April 27th at 5:00 pm (CST).

  1. Past Champions in each division for the previous five (5) Trans-Mississippi Senior Championships.
  2. Top 15 Finishers (and ties) in the previous year’s Senior Division.
  3. Top 8 Finishers (and ties) in the previous year’s Super Senior Division.
  4. Past Champions in the previous five (5) U.S. Senior Amateur Championships.
  5. Trans-Mississippi Golf Association/Host Club Selections.

FORMAT, FIELD SIZE & DIVISIONS: 54 holes of stroke play for Senior and Super Senior divisions; 36 holes of stroke play for Legends division. The field is limited to 144 competitors, with three divisions as outlined below:
Senior                          55 & Over (84 players)
Super Senior                65 & Over (48 players)
Legends                       70 & Over (12 players)
CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION: All competitors must register with Trans-Mississippi staff prior to the start of the championship. Players that do not register may be subject to disqualification. Official tournament registration will be held at Houston Country Club on Monday, May 23rd from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Library Annex.

Competitors who are unable to register on the date and time listed above must contact Trans-Mississippi staff in advance of the Championship.

OFFICIAL PRACTICE ROUND: Players are limited to one (1) complementary practice round on the designated practice round date.  All confirmed competitors should contact the golf shop at Houston Country Club at (713) 465-8381, no earlier than Tuesday, May 10th, to schedule a practice round for Monday, May 23rd.
PLAYER RECEPTION: All competitors are invited to attend a reception on Tuesday, May 24th at Houston Country Club. All reception costs, including hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages are included in the entry fee. The reception will begin at 6:30 pm in the Main Dining Room following play of the first round. Dress code for the reception is golf attire (shorts are permitted).
STARTING TIMES/PAIRINGS: Starting times/pairings for the first and second rounds will be made available no later than Wednesday, May 18th.  Copies will also be distributed at registration, in the Trans-Mississippi Tournament Office and in the Golf Shop on Monday, May 23rd. Final round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play at approximately 7:00 pm online at, in the Trans-Mississippi Tournament Office and the Golf Shop.  Final round starting times will be re-drawn based on total score following the second round of play.
Hilton Houston – Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056

Discounted rates have been established at the following host hotel; players must contact the host hotel directly to make their own reservations.  Players have been instructed to reference the ‘Trans-Mississippi Senior Championship’ as the courtesy room block when making their room reservations by phone to get the applicable discount ($119 plus tax per night).  The negotiated room rate includes complimentary shuttle service to local amenities, breakfast, Wi-Fi access and discounted valet parking.  Guest rooms will be held until Wednesday, May 11th.  To reserve a room, competitors are required to contact hotel reservations directly at (713) 961-9300, or they may book online through the online reservation link by clicking here.
TRANSPORTATION/CADDIES: Players may walk or ride at their own discretion. Caddies are permitted, but are not guaranteed a cart seat. Cart fees for the tournament are included in the entry fee. Carts are limited to two (2) riders at a time, and a maximum of two (2) carts per group.
A limited number of local caddies will be available for the championship.  Players interested in local caddie services should contact the golf shop at (713) 465-8381 to inquire and arrange caddie services.
CLUBHOUSE FACILITIES: The Clubhouse facilities at Houston Country Club will be open daily at 7:00 am. Only lunch will be available on Monday, May 23rd during the Official Practice Round, starting at 11:00 am.  The Player Hospitality Area will feature breakfast (7:00 am – 10:30 am) and lunch (12:00 am – 3:00 pm), and will be available for purchase for all competitors and guests during competitive rounds (Tuesday-Thursday).  All food and beverage consumed will be at the competitor’s expense – breakfast and lunch options will be available for purchase as noted above; all charges will include appropriate gratuity charge and sales tax.  Cash and reciprocal charge to your member club are acceptable forms of payment.
Competitors are reminded that they must abide by the guest policies set forth by Houston Country Club throughout the championship.  As a reminder, cell phone use is prohibited in the clubhouse.
PRACTICE FACILITIES: Practice Facilities at Houston Country Club will be available to all competitors for the duration of the Championship. The practice facilities will open Monday, May 23rd at 7:30 am and throughout each championship round, beginning one hour prior to the first starting time.  The practice range will close one hour before dusk for maintenance.
LOCKERS & CLUB STORAGE: There will be limited lockers and club storage available at Houston Country Club during the championship.  Please contact the Golf Shop at (713) 465-8381 for additional information.
CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION: The Trans-Mississippi Code of Conduct and Dress Code are in effect during the throughout the championship. Violations will be dealt with based on the severity of the misconduct.  All competitors should be familiar with all Trans-Mississippi Conditions of Competitions and Policies.  If you have any questions, please click here for additional information or consult with Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Tournament Officials.
WITHDRAWAL/NO SHOW POLICY: If you find you cannot compete in the championship, you must officially withdraw from the event by contacting Trans-Mississippi Staff at (214) 468-8942, ext. 203. If you do not officially withdraw, you may be subject to DISQUALIFICATION from future Trans-Mississippi Championships. Any player withdrawing prior to May 11th at 5:00 pm will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative fee. Any withdrawals after the May 11th deadline will not be entitled to receive a refund, unless a spot is filled by an alternate player on the wait list.
Monday, May 23rd
8:00 am                                                            Practice Round Starting Times - #1 Tee
8:00 am – 5:00 pm                                           Championship Registration
6:30 pm                                                            Golf Course Closed
Tuesday, May 24th
8:00 am*                                                           Round 1 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee (Super Senior/Senior)
12:00 pm                                                          Round 1 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee (Senior/Legends)
6:30 pm                                                            Player Reception
Wednesday, May 25th
8:00 am*                                                           Round 2 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee (Senior/Legends)
12:00 pm                                                          Round 2 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee (Super Senior/Senior)
Thursday, May 26th
8:00 am*                                                           Final Round Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee (Super Senior/Senior)
Following Play                                                 Awards Ceremony & Trophy Presentation
*Starting times will be staggered (approximately 5 minutes) between the 1st and 10th tees; please refer to pairings and starting times for additional details on or after May 18th

Schedule subject to change based on size of the championship field.  All events will take place at Houston Country Club, unless otherwise noted.


Inquiries should be directed to:
Trans-Mississippi Golf Association
16200 Addison Road, Suite 150
Addison, TX 75001
Telephone: (214) 468-8942
Fax: (214) 468-8032

The 2016 Trans-Mississippi Senior Championship will be held May 23rd-26th at Houston Country Club in Houston, TX. The 54-hole stroke play competition will be played on one of Texas' premier private facilities. In 2015, Jeff New of Scottsdale, AZ finished 54 holes 6-over par, 219 to win the 16th Trans-Miss Senior Championship by three shots over Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, KS. Chris Maletis, of Eldorado, CA won the Super Senior division, while Jim Martin, of Dallas, TX, won the Legends division.

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Upon completion and confirmation of entry, all players have agreed to abide by all Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) Policies and Procedures (including Code of Conduct, Dress Code, and any special guidelines for specific events), Conditions of Competition and Standard Local Rules.


The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and the R&A govern play. See applicable championship or qualifying round Notice to Players and Tournament Information for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the Rules of Golf, effective January 2016.

The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) Tournament Rules Committee shall have the final decision on all claims and disputes.  The following Conditions of Competition apply for all TMGA events.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Condition is:

Match play – Loss of hole  •  Stroke play – Two strokes

Upon completion and confirmation of entry, all players have agreed to abide by all Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Policies and Procedures – including Conditions of Competition, Code of Conduct, Dress Code, and any special guidelines for specific events.


a. List of Conforming Driver Heads

Any driver the player carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the USGA.

Exception: A driver with a clubhead that was manufactured prior to 1999 is exempt from this condition.


See Penalty Statement in Appendix I, Part B, pages 154-155.


b. List of Conforming Golf Balls

The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the USGA.


PACE OF PLAY (Note 2 to Rule 6-7): See separate memorandum to players and official TMGA scorecard for pace of play guidelines and tournament-specific time charts.

Out of Position – A group is out of position when it (A) completes play on a hole (replaces the flagstick) later than the time scheduled in the time chart provided and (B) reaches a par 3 hole and the preceding group has left the next tee or fails to clear the tee of the par 4 hole before the preceding group has left the putting green, or arrives at the tee of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (A) and (B) must occur for a group to be out of position.

Timing – When the Committee determines that a group (or individual) will be timed, all players (or a specified individual) in the group will be notified by a Referee. Players will have 40 seconds to play a stroke. The timing of a player's stroke will begin when it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or distraction. Any time spent determining yardages will count as time taken for the next stroke. 

On the putting green, timing will begin after the player has been allowed reasonable time to mark, lift, clean and replace his ball, repair his ball mark and other ball marks on his line of putt, and remove loose impediments on his line of putt.

Penalty for Exceeding 40 Seconds:

  • FIRST OFFENSE – Informed of “Bad Time”;
  • SECOND OFFENSE – One Stroke Penalty;
  • THIRD OFFENSE – Two Stroke Penalty;
  • FOURTH OFFENSE – Disqualification.

Rulings/Other Incidents – Should a ruling or other legitimate delay cause a group to lose its position, the group is obligated to regain its position within a reasonable time.

DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY (Note to Rule 6-8b):  When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

All practice areas are closed during suspension during a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Note: Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in a violation of the TMGA Code of Conduct.

The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren.

  • Discontinue Play Immediately: One prolonged airhorn note.
  • Discontinue Play: Three consecutive airhorn notes, repeated.
  • Resume Play: Two short airhorn notes, repeated.

PRACTICE: Prior to and after his round in stroke play, a player may practice on the designated practice areas. Rule 7-1b applies to other practice in stroke play, and Rule 7-1a covers practice before the round in match play.

CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.

The result of a match is considered to have been “officially announced” when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.

Host Club:  Houston Country Club
Address:  1 Potomac Drive
                 Houston, TX 77057
Phone Number:   (713) 465-8381
Club Website:
Year Opened:  1908
Architect:  Tom McNamara (Robert Trent Jones re-design)
Par:  72
Yardage:  7,000
The Rules of the United States Golf Association govern play. The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) Tournament Rules Committee shall have the final decision on all claims and disputes.
The following Standard Local Rules apply for all Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) championships and may be found in the current Appendix I of the USGA Rules of Golf as referenced on page numbers outlined below. Competitors should be familiar with each championship round Notice to Players for additional information on Local Rules and Conditions.
Unless otherwise noted below, the penalty for breach of a condition or local rule is:


OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts – Rule 27-1.
WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARDS STAKES AND LINES: When both stakes and lines are present, stakes identify the hazard and lines define the margin. When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR:  Defined by white lines. Fire ant hills, sod covered trenching for temporary cables, and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair even if not so marked – Rule 25-1. (Note: For a player whose ball is in a water hazard and is affected by a fire ant hill – see Decision 1-4/10.)
A) White lined areas tying into immovable obstructions have the same status as the obstruction and are not ground under repair;
B) Landscaped or garden areas (flower beds, shrubberies, or the like) completely encircled by an obstruction are part of the obstruction;
C) Exposed liners in bunkers;
D) Where the outside edge (non golf course side) of a road or path defines out of bounds, the road or path is an immovable obstruction. 
A) Includes wrappings, cables, rods, or wires when closely attached to trees;
B) Artificial walls and pilings when located within water hazards, unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players;
C) Artificial walls and pilings when used to define the margin of bunkers are integral parts of the course and through the green.
EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN: Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.  The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Note: A ball is “embedded” when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground.  A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g., grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).
  1. A player may not take relief under the Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely-mown.
  2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
SEAMS OF CUT TURF: Through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed to be ground under repair. However, interference by a seam with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1.  If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1.  All seams within the cut turf area considered the same seam.
STONES IN BUNKERS: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).
PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES: If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable, the stroke must be canceled and replayed without penalty (Rule 20-5). If the ball is not immediately recoverable another ball may be substituted. (For temporary power lines or cables see Temporary Immovable Obstructions).
TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: A temporary immovable obstruction (TIO) is a non-permanent artificial object that is often erected in conjunction with a competition and is fixed or not readily movable.  Examples of TIOs include, but are not limited to, tents, scoreboards, grandstands, television towers, circulation fans and lavatories.  Relief is available as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A of the USGA Rules of Golf.
WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH: Are deemed loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.
STAKED TREES: If the lie of the ball, stance, and/or area of intended swing is interfered with by a stake that is attached to a tree, the stake/rope/wire is treated as an obstruction. Relief without penalty from the tree itself is not allowed.
TURF PLUGS ON PUTTING GREENS: On the putting green, in addition to Rule 16-1c, the player may repair turf plugs of any size.  Note: Aeration holes on the putting green are not turf plugs.
DISTANCE-MEASURING DEVICES:  For all TMGA Championships, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device.  If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.  For subsequent offense – Disqualification.

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