VSWGA Major Championships include: VSWGA Amateur Championship, VSWGA Senior Amateur Championship, VSWGA Mid-Amateur Championship, the Tri-State Championship and the New England Women’s Golf Association/New England Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Eligibility: The following are required to participate in a VSWGA Major Championship Tournament:
• You must be a member in good standing of the VSWGA
• You must either be a member of a VSWGA Member Club (real estate club) or a member of Vermont’s Lakeside Golf Club. A list of the VSWGA member clubs can be found on the VSWGA website.
• You must have an active Vermont GHIN handicap.
• You must have a handicap index of 36.0 or less for all the tournaments except the NEWGA/NEGA Championship. The handicap limit for the NEWGA/NEGA Championship is currently 17.4 for a Vermont Golfer.
In addition to the above requirements, the following criteria apply to our major tournaments:
• A VSWGA member who is not a resident of Vermont must be a member in good standing of a VSWGA Member Club (real estate club).
• A VSWGA member who is a member of Vermont’s Lakeside Golf Club must be a Vermont resident.
Vermont Junior female golfers are eligible to play in the NEWGA/NEGA tournament and the Vermont State Amateur Championship. Juniors do not have to pay a VSWGA membership fee to play in theses tournaments, but must have an active Vermont GHIN handicap and meet the required handicap requirement for the tournament.
A junior is any girl who is a resident of the state of Vermont or meets the previously listed eligibility requirements and has not reached her 19th birthday by the opening day of the tournament. A junior of 18 years of age is eligible only if she has not yet begun her first semester of college. A junior does not have to be a member of a VSWGA member club if she is a resident of the state of Vermont. Parents and guardians are not allowed to caddie for Juniors.
Field Size: Vermont State Championship fields will be limited to 100 applicants with the lowest USGA indices. For the Mid-Amateur Championship, the priority of the field will be the Mid-Amateur age group (35-54), followed by the Seniors’ age group (55 and up).
Format: All tournaments are stroke play championships.
Awards: Prizes and Universal Certificates will be awarded based on the number of players in the tournament. All certificates expire on September 30th of the following year.
Tee Times and Lodging: All tournament tee times and lodging information will be posted on the VSWGA website.
Refund Policy: The VSWGA does not refund entry fees to players who withdraw from a tournament after the tournament has begun. If a player experiences an emergency and withdraws after the “No Refunds” date, she may submit a request for a refund, in writing, to the Board of Directors. If approved, a refund will be made, less an administrative charge.
Practice Rounds: Available dates for practice rounds are at the discretion of the golf course. Carts may be required for practice rounds.
Details Subject to Change: Details are subject to change and will be posted on the VSWGA website as necessary.
Registration/Check-In: Registration/Check-in at all tournaments will be in the afternoon 1 day prior and in the morning until 1 hour before the last tee time on the first day. Registration information will be available on www.vswga.org and emailed to registered players.
Caddies: No golf professional is allowed to caddie for any competitor. Parents and guardians are not allowed to caddie for a Junior player.
Distance Measuring Devices: Distance measuring devices may be used during the competitions, as long as players do not access features that indicate elevation or wind speed.