Qualifying

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Members in good standing of the PGA of Canada, LPGA or other PGA affiliates.
  • Amateur golfers (current Handicap Factor not to exceed 4.0) who are members of clubs belonging to Golf Canada or clubs in other countries, which are in good standing with their respective associations.
  • Other female golf professionals.

QUALIFYING FORMAT:

The LPGA will conduct an 18-hole stroke play competition to determine the four lowest qualifiers. Each of these qualifiers will receive exemptions directly into the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to be contested at London Hunt & Country Club, August 18-24.

The qualifier is open to the first 60 eligible non-LPGA member entries received on or before 5:00 p.m. (EDT) August 11, 2014. Entries received after the first 60 will be placed on an Alternates List in the order in which they are received. Alternates will be notified via email as to their position on the alternates list.

QUALIFYING DATE:

Date Venue Location Entry Deadline
Monday, August 18 Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London, Ontario August 11, 2014
Note: All entries are subject to the approval of Golf Canada and the LPGA. Entry Deadlines are as of 5:00 pm (EDT) on the day listed.

ENTRY FEE/DEADLINE PROCEDURE:

Entry fee is $250 including GST (CDN or U.S. funds). Funds are payable by credit card and must accompany the online application form.

  • The first 60 entries received for the Qualifying Competition on or before 5:00 pm on the entry deadline will be accepted. The field will be posted at www.cpwomensopen.com, and players will be notified by email of their status, following the entry deadline.
  • Entry fees will not be refunded after the entry deadline date. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • All entries are subject to the approval of Golf Canada. Golf Canada will acknowledge each entry.
  • LPGA Members: LPGA Members must notify Advance Official Dan Maselli (386) 562-0612by Friday, August 15, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) of their intentions to participate in the qualifier. The $200 (US) LPGA member qualifier fee will be collected at registration.
Note: Entry fee ($250 CAD or USD) is subject to $50 non-refundable administration charge.

PRACTICE ROUND, STARTING TIMES & REGISTRATION:

  • A complimentary practice round for qualifiers only is provided. Please contact Sunningdale Golf & Country Club in advance at (519) 660-8062 to reserve your practice tee time.
  • Starting times will be established by Golf Canada and will be posted at www.cpwomensopen.com as of Sunday, August 17, 2014, after 6:00 p.m. (EDT). Players must register with officials prior to their starting time.

CADDIES

  • 1: CADDIES ARE MANDATORY: Players unable to provide their own caddies may request one on the application form and one will be provided. The mandatory LPGA Caddie fee is $75 CDN. Note: In the event that you reserve a caddie via the application and then later arrange for another caddie, you must notify Golf Canada of this fact prior to Monday, August 19, 2013. If you do not do so, you will be required to pay your reserve local caddie $75 CDN.
  • 2. Caddies must adhere to the Golf Canada dress code. Upon acceptance into the championship each player will be sent a copy of the Golf Canada dress code.
  • 3. A caddie may not wear traditionally designed spikes or shoes with conventional spikes (regardless of composition). Spikeless golf shoes are prohibited. Violation of this condition may result in the DISQUALIFICATION of the competitor.

RULES OF GOLF; CLOSE OF COMPETITION; CONFORMING GOLF BALLS; CONFORMING DRIVERS

  • 1. The RCGA Rules of Golf will govern all play. The Golf Canada Tournament Rules Committee shall have the final decision on all claims and disputes. 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.
  • 2. LPGA Standard Local Rules and Regulations will be available at the onsite registration. Local Supplementary Rules will be provided at the starting areas prior to play.
  • 3. Only brands of golf balls on the most current List of Conforming Golf Balls may be used.
  • 4. Any driver selected for play must have a clubhead that is listed on the most current List of Conforming Driver Heads.

TRANSPORTATION

Golf Canada’s Transportation Request Form

Golf Canada will evaluate each individual request to use motorized transportation in Golf Canada Championships or qualifying rounds due to a claimed disability. In order for Golf Canada to properly evaluate such requests, it is necessary to submit medical documentation setting forth the exact nature of the disability and how that disability prevents such player from walking during a stipulated round. In addition, players will have to submit sufficient information to enable Golf Canada to determine that providing a cart would not provide a player with an advantage over other players. Please visit www.golfcanada.ca/policies to download via Adobe Acrobat Reader a copy of the Golf Canada’s Transportation Request Form , which each player seeking a golf cart for herself due to a disability must complete and submit to Golf Canada with the original entry form prior to the applicable closing date.

DISTANCE-MEASURING DEVICES

The Local Rule permitting use of distance-measuring devices will NOT be implemented at Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Qualifying competitions during stipulated rounds. The use of such devices during the qualifying competition constitutes a breach of Rule 14-3, the penalty for which is DISQUALIFICATION.

DRESS CODE AND FOOTWEAR

  • 1. Competitors must adhere to the Golf Canada dress code. Upon acceptance into the championship each player will be sent a copy of the Golf Canada dress code and footwear policy.
  • 2. 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 competition rounds, including the official practice rounds. Note: Penalty for breach of this condition is Disqualification.

ANTI-DOPING POLICY

Golf Canada has adopted the Canadian Anti-Doping Program set by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. For further information please visit http://www.cces.ca.

JUNIORS PLAYING IN THE QUALIFIER

Junior Code of Conduct Please read, understand and be aware of the Junior Code of Conduct. It is available on the Golf Canada website (www.golfcanada.ca/policies).

Parent Code of Conduct Please read, understand and be aware of the Parent Code of Conduct. It is available on the Golf Canada website (www.golfcanada.ca/policies).

GROOVE SPECIFICATIONS FOR OPEN/EVENT QUALIFYING

The LPGA TOUR has adopted the new groove policy as a condition of competition as of January 1, 2010. All qualifier participants must comply with the new policy. The complete technical specifications can be found in the Test Protocols For Equipment section at www.usga.org.

The complete specifications for grooves in elite competitions along with a public database listing conformity of many clubs can be found at www.usga.org 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 Qualifying Competitions.

If, before or during the competition, a player has doubt as to the conformity of a club, LPGA 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 Qualifying Competitions. In the event conformity is still in question and this affects which players advance through the qualifying, the club(s) will be taken to the tournament site for testing. Should the player be disqualified as a result of the test, the Qualifying spot(s) will be replaced by the next player(s) on the LPGA TOUR alternate list.

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 34 of the Rules of Golf shall apply.

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