The Sahalee Players Championship (SPC) Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions and schedules herein. The Committee reserves the right to rescind the invitation of any contestant, at any time, for any reason. Any decision by the Committee, in any matter, is final.
Entry into the championship is by invitation only or through the Sahalee Players Qualifier. Players who meet the following criteria will qualify for an automatic invitation:
- Ranking in the top 200 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at the time of registration
- Ranking in the top 200 of the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) at the time of registration
- Ranking in the top 50 of the Golfweek Collegiate Rankings at the time of registration
- Ranking in the top 50 of the Golfstat Collegiate Rankings at the time of registration
Players who do not meet the criteria for an automatic invitation must submit a resume to be reviewed by the Sahalee Players Championship Committee for consideration. Generally, the SPC Committee has given strong consideration in extending invitations to amateur and collegiate players who have had success in USGA and Golf Canada national championships, major amateur competitions (Western Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur, Northeast Amateur, etc.), NCAA Division I college events, and other major regional and state competitions (Pacific Northwest Amateur, Southwest Amateur, California State Amateur, etc.). Invitations are at the sole discretion of the SPC Committee and may be extended at any time before the entry deadline.
To request an invitation, please fill out the request form HERE.
Invitees must enter the championship by registering online at www.sahaleeplayerschampionship.com beginning March 1, 2018 or by completing and returning the Sahalee Players Championship entry form. An entry fee of $295 (U.S. funds) must accompany each entry form or be paid during online registration. Signed and completed entries, along with the appropriate fee, must be received by the Sahalee Players Championship Committee by 4:30 p.m. (PDT) on June 11, 2018. Late or incomplete entries or entries sent by e-mail, or fax will not be accepted. Entries should be mailed early to allow ample time for delay or error. The Sahalee Players Championship Committee, Sahalee Country Club, and Pacific Northwest Golf Association are not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Refunds due to cancellation on or before June 11, 2018 are subject to a $25 service fee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER JUNE 11, 2018.
Competition will be over 72 holes at stroke play, gross scores only:
MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018 - First round, 18 holes (a.m.); Second round, 18 holes (p.m.)
TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2018 - Third round, 18 holes (p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 - Fourth round, 18 holes (a.m.)
Lowest scorer for 72 holes is champion. Any tie for lowest score will be played off hole-by-hole immediately following the completion of the fourth round until a champion is determined.
Prizes will be awarded to the five lowest scorers for 72 holes. Additionally, the contestant from the PNGA region with the lowest score for 72 holes will have his name engraved on the Rick Acton Memorial trophy.
Private housing will be available and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Players wishing to obtain private housing must indicate so during registration. All other players are responsible for making their own reservations for hotel accommodations.
All players must register by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Registration will be located at the Sahalee Country Club clubhouse and will be open beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Shoes with traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited during the stipulated round. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION: Disqualification.
The following dress code applies to both players and caddies, and must be strictly adhered to: Tailored slacks & shorts are acceptable. Shirts with collars are required, and must be worn at all times. Turtlenecks & mock-turtlenecks are considered as collars. Tank tops & tee shirts are prohibited. Denim pants, shorts, & cut-offs are prohibited at all times, in all areas. Athletic sweatshirts & athletic sweatpants are not allowed. Warm-up suits & fashion sweatshirts designed specifically for golf wear, such as those sold in the Pro Shop, are acceptable if worn with a collared shirt. Only golf shoes & tennis shoes are permitted on the golf course. Caps must be worn bill forward, and must not be worn in the clubhouse. Work out gear may only be worn in the locker rooms and the fitness area. Failure to comply with the dress code may result in disqualification from the Sahalee Players Championship.
SPECIFICATIONS OF THE BALL (Note to Rule 5-1)
The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the United States Golf Association. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION: Disqualification.
Limitation on Balls Used During Round: (Note to Rule 5-1)
(i) One Ball Condition
During a stipulated round, the balls a player plays must be of the same brand and type as detailed by a single entry on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY DUE TO A DANGEROUS SITUATION (Note to Rule 6-8b)
When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a 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, the player is disqualified unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7. The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren.
A player may provide his own caddie. Players wishing to employ a host club caddie must make arrangements directly with the PNGA. Availability of host club caddies will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit will be required to reserve a caddie.
Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorized by the Committee. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION: Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round: Four strokes. In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole. Use of any unauthorized form of transportation must be discontinued immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. Otherwise, the player is disqualified.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Players are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which is professional, respectful and courteous to other players, spectators, volunteers, and members. Unbecoming conduct or behavior may be grounds for immediate disqualification, at any time from the Sahalee Players Championship.
The Committee shall be the sole judge in determining Code of Coduct violations.
CLOSE OF COMPETITION
The competition is closed when all scores have been posted, the Committee has approved the results, and the championship trophy has been presented.
An 18-hole qualifier for three spots in to the 24th Sahalee Players Championship will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Sahalee Country Club. Eligibility is open to the first 72 registrants with a verified USGA or Golf Canada handicap index of 2.4 or less.
The qualifier entry fee is $180 (USD) and includes a practice round. Three players advancing to the Championship Proper will be required to pay the remaining portion of the championship entry fee ($110) upon qualifying. Qualifier registration must be completed online by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Refunds due to cancellation on or before May 30, 2018 are subject to a $10 service fee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER MAY 30, 2018.
Qualifier registration can be found HERE.