Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club
Brian Kruhlak, Director of Golf
4 Clubhouse Circle
Bellingham, WA 98229
Golf Shop (360) 734-6435
Follow the links for pairings, live scoring, results and player information. You can also access the portal by using the USGA Tournament Management app on your mobile device.
To access the Championship page, login using the GGID: WSGASENWMN19
CAMPERS AND R.V.'s
Campers and/or recreational vehicles may not be parked for use as overnight accommodations on golf course property without prior approval from the host club.
To book a hotel reservation, please use the following link – HOTEL RESERVATIONS. You will be prompted to login or create an account using your GHIN # which will allow you access to the site where you can search hotels by proximity to the course at a large discount.
All contestants must register with the WSGA at Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club, outside of the clubhouse, prior to playing in the championship. The following hours of registration have been scheduled:
MONDAY, JUNE 24: 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25: 7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
STARTING TIMES AND PAIRINGS
Round 1 pairings will be released on Tuesday, June 11. The WSGA will re-pair contestants for the final round based on gross scores, with the leaders teeing off last.
Starting times will be emailed and posted online.
PREFERRED STARTING TIME REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
36-hole stroke play competition. Starting times will be determined following the entry deadline and will be held in conjunction with the WSGA Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship. The schedule for the week will be as follows:
TUESDAY, JUNE 25: Round 1 from the #1 tee beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Mid-Amateur Championship 7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
Amateur Championship 8:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Senior Championship 9:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Super Senior Championship 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26: Round 2 from the #1 tee beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Super Senior Championship 7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
Senior Championship 8:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Amateur Championship 10:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Mid-Amateur Championship 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
The WSGA will host lunch for contestants following the round.
Course yardage is subject to change based on weather/course conditions but this is a good guide for those that wish to play practice rounds from a similar yardage. Hole by hole yardages included at the end of this document.
Senior Women’s Amateur: 5,439 yards, par-72
Super Senior Women’s Amateur: 5,018, par-72
Contestants may play one complimentary practice round prior to the championship. Tee times for out of town contestants will be available on Monday, June 24 after 12:00 p.m. Local contestants may schedule their practice round during the week prior at the discretion of the golf shop. Starting time reservations may be made by calling the Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club golf shop at (360) 734-6435. When making reservations, contestants must identify themselves as a WSGA Senior Women’s Amateur or Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship participant.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICE (No Host)
No-host food and beverage service will be available in the El Agave Restaurant starting at 7:00 a.m. each morning and will be available throughout the day.
ACCEPTED PAYMENT OPTIONS
Cash and all major credit cards are acceptable forms of payment in the golf shop and restaurant.
Lunch for contestants, hosted by the WSGA, will be held in the El Agave Restaurant on Wednesday, June 26 following the round as players finish.
The women’s locker room will be available for use throughout the championship. Individual lockers will not be available.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The golf shop and driving range will be open from 6:30 a.m. to dusk each day.
WARM UP RANGE BALLS
Warm up range balls will be provided at the driving range during each day of the championship, courtesy of the WSGA.
CLUB CARE AND STORAGE
Overnight club storage will not be available.
The use of automotive carts during the championship is permitted. Carts have been reserved for those contestants who paid the $17 per rider, per day, fee at the time of entry. Outside, private carts will not be permitted.
To provide an equal championship platform for all competitors, the use of carts by spectators is not permitted at any time by the WSGA.
CHAMPIONSHIP ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED SPECTATORS
The WSGA is committed to providing an enjoyable spectator experience for people with disabilities at WSGA Championships. Requests from spectators seeking transportation onto the golf course due to a permanent disability, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), must be submitted to a WSGA staff member on site. While spectator carts are not allowed, the WSGA will make every effort to accommodate these requests by assigning a WSGA volunteer driver based on availability. The driver will transport the spectator to viewing locations throughout the golf course, not shot-by-shot or hole-by-hole.
Spectators with transportation needs should contact the WSGA Championship Department at (206) 526-8605 prior to the championship so that arrangements can be made to have a driver on site.
Requests due to temporary injuries or impairments will not be granted.
Only spectators who have complied with the above procedures and met the requirements will be permitted to ride. Every possible effort will be made to ensure that spectators with permanent disabilities are able to view the competition.
Pull carts are permitted.
Host club caddies will not be available. Contestants may provide their own caddies. Caddies will be required to wear a caddie bib, provided on the starting tee.
All prizes will be awarded according to 36-hole stroke play (gross and net) scores.
Senior Women’s Amateur Champion: Kusak crystal trophy
Super Senior Women’s Amateur Champion: Kusak crystal trophy
Runner-ups: Kusak crystal medallions
Additional Kusak crystal medallions will be awarded to top gross and net flight winners.
An awards ceremony is scheduled to take place during the player lunch on Wednesday, June 26, and will begin immediately following the conclusion of play within each championship.
The 2019 WSGA Senior Women’s Amateur and Super Senior Women’s Amateur Champions will receive an exemption into the 2020-2024 Senior Women’s Amateur and Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, respectively. Both champions will receive an exemption into the 2020 WSGA Champion of Champions to be held at The Home Course in April. The WSGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion will receive an exemption into the 2020 PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The WSGA Super Senior Women’s Amateur Champion will receive an exemption into the 2020 PNGA Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
PERFORMANCE POINTS LIST
Points for the WSGA Senior Women’s Amateur are allocated as follows: Champion, 35 points; Runner-up, 20 points; Top 5 players, 5 points each. Points are not awarded for the WSGA Super Senior Women’s Amateur.
GHIN SCORE POSTING
The WSGA will post and transmit the adjusted scores for all players on the USGA GHIN System for handicapping purposes.
The WSGA expects all contestants and their caddies to wear suitable attire on the host club property throughout the duration of the championship, including practice rounds. Suitable attire does not include cutoffs, short shorts, tank tops, halters, jeans, or denim of any kind or color, tee shirts, bare midriff, spandex, sweat pants, or unkempt clothing of any kind. Contestants must wear blouses or golf shirts (if a shirt is sleeveless, it must have a collar). Contestants must wear slacks, golf skirts or shorts. Skirts and shorts must be of an appropriate length and must meet the host club dress code. Hats and visors must not be worn in the clubhouse. Shoes and socks must be worn at all times on the golf course. Sandals of any kind, even sandals with soft spikes, are not allowed on the golf course at any time, including practice areas. If additional measures are required by the host club, they will be communicated to all contestants prior to the championship and must be adhered to. Gallery must adhere to the host club dress code policy. Failure to adhere to the dress code may result in disqualification and removal from the course.
Shoes with the traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited during the stipulated round. Penalty for breach of this condition: DISQUALIFICATION
The WSGA expects all contestants, caddies, gallery, and guests to exhibit proper conduct and behavior on the golf course and anywhere on club property during a WSGA championship. Unbecoming conduct or behavior may be grounds for immediate disqualification, at any time, from any WSGA event. The following are some examples of unbecoming conduct or behavior:
- Repeated use of loud, abusive, and/or profane language
- Throwing and/or breaking equipment (club, ball, etc.) in anger or frustration
- Damaging host club, WSGA, and/or fellow contestant property
- Public criticism or verbal abuse of host club, officials, volunteers or staff, and/or WSGA volunteers, staff or fellow contestants
- Potential endangerment of others
- Intentionally violating stated club policy
- Violation of WSGA Dress Code and/or Footwear Policy
- Other conduct deemed unbecoming
The Committee in charge of the competition shall be the sole judge of determining Conduct Code violations.
WITHDRAWAL & REFUND POLICY
All refunds prior to the entry deadline are subject to a $10 administrative fee. Refunds are not available after the closing deadline except for documented and approved medical reasons. Refunds approved after the closing deadline, and up until round one pairings are released, are subject to a $25 administrative fee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER ROUND ONE PAIRINGS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.
During play of the championship, a competitor must notify WSGA staff and state his need to withdraw. Entrants who unofficially withdraw (by not notifying the WSGA staff or without having sufficient reason to withdraw) will not be granted entry into any future WSGA championship for a minimum of two years.
PACE OF PLAY POLICY
STROKE PLAY - Revised (2019)
Rule 5.6a. Unreasonable Delay of Play states: “A player must not unreasonably delay play, either when playing a hole or between two holes.”
Rule 5.6b. Prompt Pace of Play states: “A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace. Each players should recognize that his or her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take other players to play their rounds, including both those in the player’s own group and those in following groups.”
Rule 5.6b(I). Pace of Play Recommendations states: “The player should play at a prompt pace throughout the round, including the time taken to:
- Prepare for and make each stroke,
- Move from one place to another between strokes, and
- Move to the next teeing area after completing a hole.
A player should prepare in advance for the next stroke and be ready to play when it is his or her turn. When it is the player’s turn to play:
- It is recommended that the player make the stroke in no more than 40 seconds after he or she is (or should be) able to play without interference or distractions, and
- The player should usually be able to play more quickly than that and is encouraged to do so.”
Players are expected to adhere to the pace of play recommendations outlined in Rule 5.6b(I) as well as complete play of each check-point hole in the time determined by the on-site Championship Committee. When a group is out of position at any check-point, the players in the group are subject to penalty under these guidelines.
Check-points will be on completion (flagstick in the hole) of either the 4th, 9th, 13th and 18th holes, or the 5th, 9th, 14th and 18th holes. Exact checkpoint locations will be determined prior to the start of each event. Players will be notified of checkpoint locations on the starting tee.
Allotted Time: Flagstick in the Hole
Maximum times to play will be determined for each day of the championship by the on-site Championship Committee. Maximum times to complete each hole will be printed on each competitor’s scorecard. Competitors will be advised, prior to starting, of that day’s maximum time to complete the round. It is the group’s responsibility to finish each check-point within the times outlined on the scorecard or within position of the group directly in front of them. When a group falls behind – regardless of the reason – it must regain its position. Time for ball searches, rulings, and walking time between holes is included in the allotted time.
Definition “Out of Position” – Stroke Play
First Group Only: The first group is out of position if it takes more than the allotted time to complete a check-point hole (see check-point time on scorecard).
All Following Groups:
A following group is out of position if it:
(a) Takes more than the allotted time to complete a check-point hole and
(b) Completes play of a check-point hole more than 14 minutes after the preceding group completed play of that hole.
Group Out of Position
The first time a group is out of position at a check-point hole they will be issued a warning. When a group has been notified of its first breach, that group is expected to regain its position before reaching the next check-point. If that group is out of position at the next or any subsequent check-point, the group may incur the following penalties:
• 1st breach* – warning
• 2nd breach – one stroke penalty
• 3rd breach – two stroke penalty
• 4th breach – disqualification
* If a group clears the 3rd check-point without any breaches, but is out of position at the 4th check-point, the potential penalty for each player in the group is one stroke.
Any group that is out of position is subject to being monitored by a Rules Rover.
Any player may appeal the penalty at scoring.
A player concerned about a non-responsive fellow-competitor in his group should request a Rules Rover to monitor the group in case the group is/or becomes subject to penalty under these guidelines.
Final Determination Regarding Breach / Review Process
All breaches will be reviewed at scoring by the Pace of Play Committee. If the player/group appeals the penalty, the Pace of Play Committee will consider only the following in an appeal:
(a) The player was delayed by the Committee; or
(b) The player was delayed by a circumstance beyond the control of the player or the group; or
(c) The player was delayed by another player in the group.
A player who was out of position during his round and who elects not to consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine whether he was in breach of these guidelines is considered to have been in breach of these guidelines and to have incurred a penalty or penalties according to the above schedule of penalties. If a group is subject to penalty, all penalties will be applied to the check-point hole where the breach occurred.