The Long Shots Tour wants to provide the best format and competition possible. This will give you a better idea of what to expect from our tour.
Stroke Play Tournaments:
Almost all of our tournaments are individual stoke play competitions. Your day total, minus your tour handicap, will be your posted net score for the event. We follow USGA rules and regulations on the Long Shots Tour with a few exceptions. There are answers below for frequently asked questions about rules. The tour is growing and if we have the opportunity to split the field into flights we will do so. If there are more than 28 entrants, we will split into a championship flight and a senior flight. If there are not enough seniors (12) with over 28 entrants, then we will split the field by handicap evenly. Our tour will have a (-4) cap for each tournament, no player will be able to post a net round lower than four under par. The exception to this rule is if one of our scratch players shoot below four under, then whatever that player shot under par will be the new cap. Lastly, we don't allow past touring pro players, (such as PGA, Nationwide, etc.) to compete in our events. If a person has earned money in a pro tour event after 2014, then he is unillegible. Club pro's and other mini-tour players will be considered. We do want everyone to come and enjoy what the tour has to offer, but we don't recommend + handicaps to join unless he has no qualms of giving up extra strokes to the field.
* 14 Club limit
* All yardage and range finders are legal and may be used to help speed up play. If range finders have the slope option, they will need to be turned off).
* No Gimmies. All putts, no matter how close will be needed to finish the hole.
* Players must exchange scorecards at the beginning of the round. At the end of the tournament the player must have his scorecard signed by the scorekeeper and the player.
* The new "groove" rule will not be enforced.
* Since 2016, long/belly putters will not be allowed unless you use it without being anchored to the body.
End of Play Playoff:
In the event of a tie, we will have the players play in a sudden death playoff match (As long as the course has an opening). If the difference in handicap between players is large, then we will adjust accordingly. If we are unable to have a sudden death playoff we will go to a scorecard playoff to decide the tournament winner. We take the top three handicapped holes and add the players scores on those holes. If player A handicap is 6-11 strokes better than player B, then player B will be awarded a stroke (taken off). If player B is 12+ strokes more than player A he will be awarded 2 stokes off his total. If the players are tied again, then we will take 4-6 handicapped holes and so on until we find a winner.
The tour will choose the tees played the week before a tournament. Most tournaments players will be playing from the course tips unless it is very high course rating.
Senior Tee's - If any of our members are over the age of 60. They will be allowed to play the next set of tees up. Players in the 50-59 age bracket have the option of playing the next set of tees up but in doing so will have 2 strokes taken off of their handicap. These players must tell the tournament director before the tournament that they wish to move up. Our new Super Senior tees will allow our members that are over 72 to play another tee up on our longer tournament courses.
Eligibility For New Players:
For our new players that join the tour, you will not be eligible for first place money until your third event. On your first event, players are eligible for third place. On your second event, you will be eligible for second place. After that you will be considered to have an established handicap and will be able to compete for first place in all of our tournaments. (This is a way the tour prevents from newcomers "sandbagging" their first tournament and walking away with prize money right away.)
In every tournament players are responsible for paying their own green fee's. The entry fee includes your tournament entry along with the chance to be eligible for our money games. Payouts vary depending on the number of entries, please see payout formula page. All players will need to check-in at least 10 minutes prior to the first tee time of the tournament. The check-in, in most cases, will be inside the golf facility. Your entry fee and games will be paid (cash only) at this time. The player needs to be at the tee box at least five minutes before his tee time. If he shows up after his tee time, a two stroke penalty may be asessed. If he shows up after his group has finished the first hole, he will be disqualified for the tournament with no refunds.
For your convenience we offer a way for players to pay for the tournament beforehand. Players may pay by credit card with Paypal. A $5 fee will be added to the entry for processing. We allow cash to be paid for entries the date of the event, but if a person withdraws after the pairings come out he will be fined $20 and will no longer be able to pay cash entries the rest of the year.
Major Championship Events:
The entry fees to our major events are $200. A players has had to have played in at least two of our events in order to be eligible for first place money. We have four majors in 2019!
The tour offers a few side games that give you more chances to win in the tournament. The Skins Game ($10) - If an individual does better than any other player on a hole (Gross), then he will get a portion of the pot. The 2's Game ($10) - If an individual records a 2 on any of the holes that have been played, they will receive a portion of the pot. High Stakes ($40) - This is basically for guys who want to play for a little extra money. A tournament inside the tournament, where only the participants of the game are playing against each other. Payouts are usually 75% for first and $25% for second.
Earn Points Through The Year: TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Every player will earn points on how well they do in each tournament they play. If you get into the top 24 at the end of the year, then you will be invited to our Tour Championship. The top 3 players will also receive a discount in this event. This is the last major of the season and will have bonus money built up throughout the season to make the payouts even larger.
If a member recruits a new member he will be awarded $20 off his next tournament (The new members will need to note who referred them in their membership form at the time of entry). Also if a group of four players decide to join the tour, they will all each earn a $20 credit toward any event they wish to play in.
Fast Play Rule:
On the Long Shots Tour we understand that slow play can be frustrating when you are competing. We will do our best to prevent this from happening. Every player is required to ride in golf carts. There are two main LST rules that do not conform to the USGA rules due to speed of play. 1. There is a max of 4 over par you can take on any hole. If you have hit your limit, it is ok to pick up your ball and not finish the hole. 2. If a players has found that he has lost a ball or hit his ball in OB, he may not go back to the tee to re-hit, he must use the new rule of dropping in the allowed area with a two-stroke penalty. We have also implemented a penalty for slow play. After the first group has tee'd off they will be on the clock. The group has four and a half hours to finish their round and turn in their scorecards. The group has a 20 minute window after the four and half hours to complete their round. If they turn in their scorecards after the 4:50 mark, the entire group will be penalized one stroke. If they turn in their scorecard after the 5:10 mark they will be penalized 2 strokes and so on. If it is determined one player was holding up the whole group then that one player only will be penalized. The following group has 20 minutes after the group ahead of them to turn in their scorecards. If the group turns in their scorecards after the 20 minutes they will be penalized one stroke. It is everyone's responsibilty to keep up with the group in front of you. These penalities will not apply if groups outside the tour are holding up the tournament group. If you feel you are falling behind PLEASE speed up play and push others to do the same. The tour doesn't wish to penalize anyone but for the good of the tour we will.
Handicap System: (We will work with anyone who doesn't have an established handicap.)
We have added a handicap and statistics site just for our members. It will keep track of your rounds and stats throughout the year. You will have your own page to look at all of your information whenever you like. Our tournaments will base your handicaps from this site. Your handicap will be calculated on the particular tournament you are playing.
Tournaments will be flighted depending on number of entrants. When a tournament exceeds 28 players the tour has the option in splitting the tournament into two flights. You will start off with your handicap and every event you partake in your tournament scores will go towards your Long Shots Tour handicap, so handicaps may increase or decrease thru the year.
Every tournament will have a cap of (-4) for each person. Any new member will have a cap of (0), for his first event, so whatever the new member posts his first tournament, the best score he can post is even par. He is only eligible for third place money or worse. In addition, a player must have played in two events (this can include the year before) before he is eligible to win first place money in any of our major tournaments. This is our way to prevent anyone from winning without posting a competitive round in the books. The only exception to having a cap of (0) is if the first time player plays with a 0 handicap.
The deadline for each event is the Sunday before the event (1 week). All players who register after this time will be put on the event waiting list. Some events may have limits on players, so sign up early to guarantee your spot.
Tee off times will be posted Thursday before each event and can be found on the “Schedule/Results" page. All times are subject to change until the day before the event.
Players who cancel before Friday are free from any obligation and will receive a full refund via paypal or check. Players who cancel the day of the tournament will be charged a $20 fee. This fee will increase if the player has done so more than once. If you need to cancel a tournament the same day, please call the course the event is held. Any cancellations before then may be made by email or phone.
We will play in light rain weather. If conditions worsen (lightning, hail, etc) players will need to return to the clubhouse until the storm breaks. If it is assessed that it will not break the event will be cancelled.
It's always disappointing when an event is canceled due to weather, but we ask for your cooperation as we strive to be as fair as possible to our tour members. We will do everything in our power to finish the tournament. A minimum of 9 holes must be completed by all groups of a flight for all 1-day events to be considered official. If we do not reach 9 holes during the event then we refund your entire entry fee and reschedule the event if possible the next week.
If you do not wish to receive CASH or CHECK during any Long Shots Tour event, you will be paid in Gift Certificates up to $750 to remain an Amateur. Winnings from the skins game will not affect your status as an Amateur.
The tour has a strict no tolerance policy for any cheating or violence from our members. Abusive language of a tour player or staff member, vulgar language, club throwing, or destruction of property is considered a violation. No one may use drugs, cheat, withdraw without good cause. Any of these could result in fines, penalty shots, and/or disqualification from one or all events conducted by the Long Shots Tour.