114th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship

DATE: July 10th-13th, 2017
HOST CLUB: Prairie Dunes Country Club
ADDRESS: 4812 E. 30th, Hutchinson, KS 67502
PHONE: (620) 662-7301
 
ENTRIES OPEN: March 14th at 9:00 AM (CST)
ENTRIES CLOSE: June 7th at 5:00 PM (CST)
EXEMPT ENTRY DEADLINE: May 17th at 5:00 PM (CST)
ENTRY FEE: $375
 
ENTRY ELIGIBILITY, PROCEDURE & INFORMATION
Entries are open to male amateur golfers who have reached their 19th birthday on or before July 11th.  Entrants younger than 19 years of age as of July 11th may participate in the championship if duly invited by the Committee.  Applicants must have a USGA handicap index of 2.0 or less.  The Championship Entry Fee is $375.
 
Tournament entries will open on Tuesday, March 14th at 9:00 am (CST) and will close on Wednesday, June 7th at 5:00 pm (CST).  All exempt players are required to register before Wednesday, May 17th at 5:00 pm (CST).  Entries will be reviewed in the order they are received by the Trans-Mississippi Championship Committee. Non-exempt applicants are not guaranteed a spot in the championship field; applicant entries will be reviewed based on playing experience, competitive success, rankings and merit against those of other applicants. Non-exempt applicants are encouraged to submit a playing resume or other document(s) to substantiate their competitive history. 
 
All entrants will be notified if they have been assigned a position in the starting field on or before Friday, June 9th.  For more information, see the applicable Policies and Procedures.
 
EXEMPTIONS
All exempt players who meet the criteria outlined below are required to register before Wednesday, May 17th at 5:00 pm (CST).  Entries received from exempt players after Wednesday, May 17th will be processed and reviewed with all other entries, including those of non-exempt applicants.
 

  1. Past Champions in the previous five (5) Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championships.
  2. Top 30 Finishers (and ties) in the 113th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship.
  3. Previous year’s Trans-Mississippi Senior Champion.
  4. Previous year’s Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Champions (Championship Division Only).
  5. Current year’s GCSAA National Champion.
  6. Top 500 in the Scratch Player’s World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR)*.
  7. Top 300 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR)*.
  8. Previous five (5) U.S. Amateur Champions.
  9. Previous year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Quarterfinalists.
  10. Trans-Mississippi Golf Association/Host Club Selections
*Rankings are considered as of the date of entry.
 
FORMAT & FIELD SIZE
72 holes of stroke play; the field is limited to 144 competitors and will be reduced to the low 54 competitors (and ties) following the completion of the second round.
 
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 Prairie Dunes Country Club on Monday, July 10th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
 
Competitors who are unable to register on the date and time listed above must contact Trans-Mississippi staff in advance of the Championship.  Those who fail to register, and notify the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association of their intent to compete, risk forfeiting their spot in the field.
 
OFFICIAL PRACTICE ROUND
Players are limited to one (1) complementary practice round on the designated practice round date.  All confirmed competitors must contact the golf shop at Prairie Dunes Country Club at (620) 662-7301 no earlier than Wednesday, June 28th, to schedule a practice round for Monday, July 10th.
 
PLAYER RECEPTION
Competitors and a guest are invited to attend a reception on Monday, July 10th at Prairie Dunes Country Club. The cost of the reception is included in the entry fee. The reception will begin at 6:30 pm. Dress code for the reception is, at minimum, golf attire.
 
STARTING TIMES/PAIRINGS
Starting times/pairings for the first and second rounds will be made available no later than Thursday, July 6th.  Copies will also be distributed at registration, in the Trans-Mississippi Tournament Office and in the golf shop on Monday, July 10th. Third and fourth round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.trans-miss.org, in the Trans-Mississippi Tournament Office and the golf shop.  Third and fourth round starting times will be re-drawn, based on total score, following the second round of play.  Please note that pairings will not be re-drawn between the third and fourth rounds.
 
HOST HOTEL
Discounted rates have been established at the following host hotels; players must contact the host hotels directly to make their own reservations.
 
The Hampton Inn Hutchinson (1401 ˝ East 11th Street, Hutchinson, KS, 67501) is a host hotel for the championship.  Players are asked to reference ‘Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship’ when making their room reservations by phone to get the applicable discount ($119.99 plus tax per night).  The negotiated room rate includes complimentary breakfast, wifi access and parking.  Guest rooms will be held until Saturday, June 24th. To reserve a room, competitors are required to contact hotel reservations directly at (620) 665-9800.
 
The Holiday Inn Express Hutchinson (911 Porter Street, Hutchinson, KS, 67501) is a host hotel for the championship.  Players are asked to reference ‘Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship’ when making their room reservations by phone to get the applicable discount ($99.00 plus tax per night).  The negotiated room rate includes complimentary breakfast, wifi access and parking.  Guest rooms will be held until Friday, June 23rd. To reserve a room, competitors are required to contact hotel reservations directly at (620) 259-8656.
 
HOST HOUSING
Private Housing is a courtesy Prairie Dunes Country Club and the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association is providing for this Championship. It offers players the opportunity to reduce traveling costs, while connecting players with the local community at the tournament. A code of conduct will be in effect during the player’s stay at a house; it is a privilege and can be taken away. Host housing will be available on a limited basis and will be assigned first-come-first-served. After Friday, June 9th, when the field has been set for the Championship, Host Housing Guidelines will be sent to the players in the field that indicated interest in private housing during the registration process. Housing assignments will be designated as players return a completed Host Housing Guideline sheet. It will be the player’s responsibility to contact their Host Family prior to arrival to discuss arrival and departure times, emergency contact information, etc. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Amanda Kolb at akolb@trans-miss.org.
 
TRANSPORTATION/CADDIES
Players must be prepared to walk at all times during the championship; carts will be permitted on the final day (for Rounds 3 and 4), weather permitting.  Caddies are permitted during the championship and a limited number of host club caddies are available; please contact Ben Lippold (benl@prairiedunes.com) for availability and fees. Push/pull carts are permitted, however players are responsible for supplying their own.
 
CLUBHOUSE FACILITIES
The Clubhouse facilities at Prairie Dunes Country Club will be open daily at 6:00 am. Player’s will be responsible for breakfast/lunch purchased on the practice round day.  Breakfast and lunch are provided for all three days of the championship and are included with each competitor’s entry fee for the championship. Guests may dine with players, but will be charged the appropriate cost for the same meal.
 
All other 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.
 
PRACTICE FACILITIES
Practice Facilities at Prairie Dunes Country Club will be available to all competitors for the duration of the Championship. The practice facilities will open Monday, July 10th at 7:00 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 availability of lockers and club storage available at Prairie Dunes Country Club during the championship.  More details will be available at Championship Registration once on-site.
 
CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION
The Trans-Mississippi Code of Conduct and Dress Code are in effect 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 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. 126 or by emailing ccrawford@trans-miss.org. If you do not officially withdraw, you may be subject to DISQUALIFICATION from the 114th Trans-Mississippi Championship.
 
Any player withdrawing prior to June 7th at 5:00 pm will receive a full refund, less a $25.00 administrative fee. Any withdrawals after the June 7th deadline, will not receive a refund unless a spot is filled by a competitor on the waitlist.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
To view news, pairings, results, etc. please visit our website at: www.trans-miss.org   
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 
Monday, July 10th
7:00 am                                                    Practice Facilities Open
8:00 am – 2:00 pm                                   Practice Round Starting Times - #1 Tee
8:00 am – 5:00 pm                                   Player Registration
6:00 pm                                                    Golf Course Closes
6:30 pm                                                    Player Reception          
 
Tuesday, July 11th
6:30 – 10:00 am                                      Player Breakfast
7:30 am                                                   Round 1 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
11:30 am – 3:00 pm                                 Player Lunch
12:30 pm                                                 Round 1 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
 
Wednesday, July 12th
6:30 – 10:00 am                                      Player Breakfast
7:30 am                                                   Round 2 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
11:30 am – 3:00 pm                                 Player Lunch
12:30 pm                                                 Round 2 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
 
Thursday, July 13th
6:30 – 10:00 am                                      Player Breakfast
7:30 am                                                   Round 3 Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
11:30 am – 4:00 pm                                Player Lunch
~1:00 pm                                                 Final Round Starting Times - #1 & #10 Tee
Following Play                                         Awards Ceremony & Trophy Presentation
 
Schedule subject to change.  All events will take place at Prairie Dunes Country Club, unless otherwise noted.
 
 
TRANS-MISSISSIPPI CHAMPIONSHIP CONTACTS
Executive Director Rob Addingtonraddington@trans-miss.org
Tournament ChairmanMike McCoy 
Tournament Director Cameron Crawfordccrawford@trans-miss.org
Tournament Coordinator Amanda Kolbakolb@trans-miss.org
CommunicationsMark Buttonmbutton@txga.org
                                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU NOTES
The success of the Trans-Mississippi Championship is not possible without the contributions of our board, partners and host club.  We strongly encourage you to show your appreciation for their support by directing your thank you notes to the following contacts below.
 
 
Host Club:
Prairie Dunes Country Club
Scott Nelson, General Manager
4812 East 30th
Hutchinson, KS     67502
Or by email at snelson@prairiedunes.com
Partners:
Trans-Mississippi Golf Association
Rob Addington, Executive Director
16200 Addison Road, Suite 150
Addison, TX      75001
Or by email at raddington@trans-miss.org


The 114th Trans-Mississippi Championship will be held July 10th-13th at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, KS. The tournament field will consist of 144 of the top male amateurs in the country. The 72-hole stroke play competition will be part of the World Amateur Golf Rankings. In 2016, Will Zalatoris, of Plano, TX, won his second Trans-Miss Amateur Championship titel with a 6-under par 274 four round total.

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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.
 

CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

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.

SPECIFICATION OF CLUBS AND THE BALL:  

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.

PENALTY FOR CARRYING, BUT NOT MAKING STROKE WITH, CLUB OR CLUBS IN BREACH OF CONDITION:

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

PENALTY FOR MAKING STROKE WITH CLUB IN BREACH OF CONDITION: Disqualification.

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.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION: Disqualification.

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:  Prairie Dunes Country Club
Address:  4812 East 30th Avenue
                 Hutchinson, KS 67502
Phone Number:   (620) 662-7301
Club Website:  www.prairiedunes.com
Year Opened:  1937
Architect:  Perry Maxwell
Par:  70
Yardage:  6,940
 

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. The following Local Rules apply for all Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) championships; 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 Local Rules and Conditions of Competition apply for all TMGA events.

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

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

OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts. Rule 27-1b.

WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARD STAKES AND LINES: When both stakes and lines are present, stakes identify the hazard and lines define the hazard 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. Sod-covered trenching for temporary cables and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair. Rule 25-1.

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).

Exceptions:

  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 are considered the same seam.

ANT HILLS:  Ant hills are loose impediments – see Decision 23/5.  For the presence of fire ants (i.e. a dangerous situation), see Decision 1-4/10.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN: Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

TURF PLUGS ON THE PUTTING GREEN: On the putting green, in addition to actions permitted under Rule 16-1c, the player may repair turf plugs even if they are not 4 ¼ inches.  Note: Aeration holes on the putting green are not turf plugs.

WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH: Are loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS:

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.

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE:

A) Includes cables, rods, wires and wrappings when closely attached to trees.

B) Artificial walls and pilings when located within water hazards, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.

C) Artificial walls and pilings when used to define the margin of bunkers are integral parts of the course and deemed to be through the green.

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 applies). 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, pages 147-151 of the USGA Rules of Golf.

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.

DISTANCE-MEASURING DEVICES:  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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