Barbasol Championship Pre-Qualifier Policies
Any player that enters the tournament and has to withdraw must do so BEFORE the June 24th (5:00 PM) entry deadline to be eligible for a 90% refund of the entry fee. Any player withdrawing AFTER the entry deadline will not be eligible for a refund unless the reason for the withdraw meets the Kentucky Section PGA established criteria (substantiated medical or death in family reasons only). In this case, the player that withdraws must submit a written request to the attention of the Tournament Committee, including the reason for the withdraw. The committee will determine whether the player is entitled to a 90% refund. The written request must be received within 10 days of the withdraw.
Distance Measuring Devices
For play in Open Qualifying, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If during the
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 4.3a(1).
While on host facility property during qualifying rounds; players and caddies shall conduct themselves in a professional manner. PGA TOUR reserves the right to remove a player from the qualifying competition for; non competitiveness; conduct unbecoming a professional by the player; conduct unbecoming a professional by the players’ caddie.
Guidance on Use of Cell Phones During Round
The use of cell phones in an Open Qualifier tournament is typically prohibited by Tournament Regulations; although the PGA Tour Rules Committee may allow use of cell phones during a round due to the new protocols in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. When allowed, the following general uses of cell phones by players and caddies during a round are allowed: checking the leaderboard in the tournament, use as a compass, getting distance information by using as an electronic distance-measuring device, getting any type of weather information (including wind speed) that is available from weather forecasts, measuring temperature and humidity at the course. A Notice to Competitors on what is allowed and not allowed will be provided to the competitors by the Section.
Open Qualifying contestants MUST use equipment which conforms to the Local Rule for Groove and Punch Mark Specifications as implemented in the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Korn Ferry Tour Local Rules and Terms of the Competition (Hard Card). This condition shall NOT apply to Pre-Qualifying. The complete specifications for grooves in elite competitions along with a public database listing conformity of many clubs can be found at USGA.org (click on Playing > Equipment > Club & Ball Lists > Informational Club Database) or by contacting the USGA Equipment Standards Department at (908) 234-2300. Players should confirm that their equipment conforms to the new specifications well in advance of the competition and should be aware that conforming equipment must be used in Open Qualifying, even if a player is successful in pre-qualifying with non-conforming grooves.
If, before the competition, a player has doubt as to the conformity of a club, PGA Section officials will attempt to determine the status of the club(s), but play will not be delayed in doing so. There will be no on-site field testing for groove conformity at Open Qualifying. If the club(s) in question is not listed on the public databases listing conformity of clubs, the club shall not be used in the competition.
In the event that it is discovered that a player’s club(s) do not conform after the close of the competition, the provisions of Rule 20 of the Rules of Golf shall apply.
Pace of Play
The PGA TOUR Pace of Play Policy will be in effect for the Open Qualifier, except the fine structure shall not apply. Sections will be required, under the guidance of the PGA TOUR Tournament Official, to create a Pace of Play Time Chart.
The use of traditional metal spikes is permitted during the Competition. Soft spikes may be required during practice rounds at the discretion of the host facilities.
Golf cars are availble for purchase on a first come first serve basis through the golf shop for the Barbasol Championship Pre-Qualifier only.
Caddies may not ride in any cart at any time, a player or caddie must transport the players clubs. Players may carry their clubs, use a push cart, or employ a caddie.
ALL competitors MUST walk during the Barbasol Championship Open Qualifier.
Players: While on the host facility property on the day(s) of competition, players shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming. Blue jeans, cutoffs, T-shirts or shirts with no collar shall not be worn. Players are permitted to wear golf shorts which are knee length, tailored and neat in appearance. Compression leggings worn underneath shorts must be solid in color.
Caddies: While on the host facility property on the day(s) of competition, caddies may wear either long pants or tailored solid colored knee length shorts or skorts. Blue jeans, cutoffs, T-shirts or shirts with no collar shall not be worn. Smooth rubber sole shoes are required. Sandals, open toe shoes, and golf shoes with traditional metal or soft spikes are prohibited.
Reduction or Cancellation
Any reduction or cancellation in the respective qualifying competition shall be in accordance with Reduction/Cancellation Guidelines as found in the PGA TOUR Tournament Regulations. In the event that the competition is canceled without any player having been able to play, all entry fees will be refunded. In the event the competition is canceled after play has begun, all entry fees will be refunded, minus a $25 administrative charge per player.
If in the judgment of the on-site PGA TOUR Rules Official or designee, whose decision shall be final, conditions render commencement or continuation of tournament play inadvisable, play shall be postponed until such time as the PGA TOUR Rules Official or designee determines that such weather conditions or other occurrences or conditions have improved sufficiently for play to commence or resume.
In situations involving adverse weather conditions or any other occurrence or condition, our first priority is the completion of the qualifying competition. Every effort will be made to achieve this objective by the end of the scheduled competition day.
In the event the qualifying competition cannot be completed by the end of the scheduled competitive day, play will be extended. Every effort will be made to complete the qualifying competition as soon as possible. The Open Qualifying competition will not continue beyond the end of the day immediately preceding the first scheduled tournament round of the competition. In the event one or more of the 18-hole Open Qualifying contestants cannot be identified, those qualifying spots will be filled by the next available players on the PGA TOUR Alternate List.