The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is the elite tournament destination for Professional golf in Australasia. Encompassing events in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with a total prize pool of over AU$8.5 million, all tournaments on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia carry Official World Golf Ranking points.
Throughout the course of the season Professionals playing on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia compete for the title of Order of Merit Champion. Awarded the prestigious Norman Von Nida Medal, past Order of Merit winners include Greg Norman, Peter Senior, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Greg Chalmers.
As one of the leading Professional golf Tours the world over, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is a founding member of the International Federation of PGA Tours. The International Federation has taken on the responsibility of generating funds for the worldwide development and expansion of the game and the management and sanctioning of prestigious tournaments including the World Golf Championships and the World Cup.
Not only does the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia consistently feature Australia's best golfers the likes of Adam Scott, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley, the Tour also attracts the world's best to Australian shores including the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter.
The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School is conducted at the end of each season to establish which players, not otherwise exempt, will gain their playing privileges on the Tour for the following season through a qualifying competition.
A fixed number of players in the event secure Membership of the Tour for the following season, otherwise known as a "tour card," meaning that they can play in most of the Tour's events without having to qualify (dependant on their final position). They join the leaders of the previous year's Order of Merit and certain other exempt players as Members of the Tour (see Exemption Categories for further details).
Qualifying School is a test of character and skill for those Professionals who are seeking to regain a tournament exemption category or improve on their existing exemption category for the following season and those amateurs who are embarking on their Professional career.
Although there are no age restrictions in place, to be eligible to enter the Qualifying School an amateur golfer must have an official handicap of 2.4 or lower. Amateur golfers are often under the impression that by participating in the Qualifying School, regardless of the final outcome, this will result in them forfeiting their amateur status. As a means of safeguarding their amateur status, an amateur golfer may submit an entry for any stage of the Qualifying School and, prior to commencing play; complete a waiver form which states that they will waive any right to win prize money at the School. As they are not competing for prize money they are not placing themselves in breach of their amateur status. These forms will be made available at registration at both stages and will be brought to the attention of all amateur competitors.
Should an amateur who has signed the Waiver Form subsequently finish in a position that offers him the opportunity to take up Membership of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and/or the PGA of Australia, they may accept this opportunity and only at that time will they then relinquish their amateur status.
2017 Exemption Categories
The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia rank Tournament Members in order to establish which players will gain a start in each tournament. Whilst Tournament categories can vary from event to event, the PGATA Exemption Categories remain the same for the entire season, with the only changes occurring when a player wins a tournament or via the re-rank category mid season. Each tournament will specify a certain number of exempt positions to be utilised by the PGATA Exemption Categories, meaning the higher a players ranking on the categories, the greater the opportunity they have to compete in tournaments.
|Category 1||Winners of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Masters in the years 2012-2017 (season of victory and the following five (5) seasons)|
|Category 2||Winners of other Tier 1 Tournaments in the years 2014-2017 (season of victory and the following two (2) seasons) *|
|Category 3||Members ranked 2 – 30 (plus any Affiliate Members within these rankings) from the Final PGA Tour Order of Merit of the previous ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia season|
|Category 4||Tournament Invitations (In accordance with policy for Tournament Invitations)|
|Category 5||Players within the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings as at the close of entries for the relevant ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament. In addition, players who have held PGA Tour Membership and/or Full Membership (Tournament) of the PGA for a period totaling 5 PGA Tour seasons, winners of Full Australasian Tour Order of Merit Tournaments and players who currently hold membership of a Tour belonging to the International Federation of PGA Tours (including the PGA Tour), may also be considered for an exemption at the discretion of the PGA Tour (to a maximum of 2 players per co-sanctioned/joint sanctioned event)|
|Category 6||Exempt players from the co-Sanctioning/joint sanctioning partner for the tournament in question and/ or exempt players from the National/Regional body for the event in question (as agreed by PGA Tour)|
|Category 7||Winners of Tier 2 Tournaments in the years 2015-2017 (From 1 January 2016, season of victory and the following season) *|
|Category 7 (a)||Winner of the most recent ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School (season of win only)|
|Category 8||Members ranked 1-20 from the PGA Tour of Australasia Career Money List as calculated at the conclusion of the previous PGA Tour of Australasia season|
|Category 9||Members ranked 31-50 (plus any Affiliate Members within these rankings) from the Final PGA Tour Order of Merit of the previous PGA Tour of Australasia season|
|Category 9 (a)||The leading fifteen (15) Full Members from the PGA Tour of Australasia Order or Merit who, following the last PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament in the first half of the 2017 seaon*: - have played a minimum of 2 PGA Tour of Australasia Tournaments in the same season and - hold a Tournament Exemption Category, and - are not otherwise exempt in a higher Tournament Exemption Category (*the last tournament in the first half of the 2017 season will be notified to Members)|
|Category 10||Players ranked 2 – 5 from the most recent ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School|
|Category 11||Members ranked 51-60 (plus any Affiliate Members within these rankings) from the Final PGA Tour Order of Merit of the previous PGA Tour of Australasia season|
|Category 11 (a)||The leading five (5) Full Tournament Members, not otherwise exempt in a higher Tournament Exemption Category, from the PGA Tour Order of Merit, as calculated following the last PGA Tour event in the first half of the 2016 season (*the last tournament in the first half of the 2016 season will be notified to Members)|
|Category 12||Leading 5 Members, not otherwise exempt through a higher Category (plus any Affiliate Members ranked above or within those 5 members), from the Final Tier 2 Money List of the previous PGA Tour of Australasia season (category does not slide)|
|Category 13||Players ranked 6 – 40 from the most recent ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School|
|Category 14||Leading 10 Members, to a ceiling of 20th position, not otherwise exempt from the 2016 PGA of Australia National Pro-Am Order of Merit|
|Category 15||Leading 3 players (not otherwise exempt in a higher category) entered for the Tournament in question from the from the Top 10 of the Final 2016 New Zealand PGA Order of Merit|
|Category 16||Leading 3 graduates (not otherwise exempt in a higher category) from the Final 2016 PGA of Australia Trainee National Averages (to a ceiling of 10th position)|
|Category 17||Leading 3 PGA of Australia Trainees entered for the Tournament in question (must hold a Trainee Playing Invite)|
* Winners in this category during the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015 received eligibility for the season of victory and the following three (3) seasons.
** Winners in this category during the period from 1 January to 31 December 2015 received eligibility for the season of victory and the following two (2) seasons.
In 2017, Members will be required to play a minimum of four (4) PGA Tour of Australasia Tournaments in order to be eligible to remain on the Final 2017 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.
The majority of ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments conduct a pre-qualifying event with a set number of positions available into the field dependant on the tournament. Pre-qualifying is predominately an 18 hole event which can often be held across a number of courses based on each tournament. When qualifying is held across more than one venue, the positions available are split across the courses on a pro-rata basis, based on the number of competitors at each venue. Qualifying is open to all Professional golfers as well as amateur golfers with a handicap of 2.4 or less (unless otherwise stated in the conditions of entry). To enter pre-qualifying, players must complete the Affiliate and Non-Member online entry form located at http://www.pga.org.au/tourns/pga-tour/event/player-info and click on "Affiliate and Non-Member Entries". New players and existing players that have not used the system before are then required to create an account and register for tournaments.
Affiliate Tournament Membership
Non-Member Professionals have the option of taking up Affiliate Tournament Membership of the Tour should they be successful in gaining a position in the field either via Tournament Invite or Pre-Qualifying. Affiliate Tournament Membership is strictly a Tour based Membership which entitles any money earned in ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments to count towards the Final Order of Merit in aim of gaining Full Membership for the following season. The Membership does not entitle the player access to pro-am events run by the PGA of Australia; it is simply a method of allowing money earned in Tour events to count towards the Order of Merit.
A specific number of Tournament Invites are available into each ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournament. The allocation of these invites is determined by the Championship Committee and/or Promoters of each respective tournament. Any player is eligible to submit an application for a Tournament Invite and all enquiries should be directed to the Tour Division (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Entries for ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments close 21 days prior to the tournament at 5pm Melbourne time (unless otherwise stated on the conditions of entry). The final field is then released online within two working days which will establish which players are exempt and which players will be required to pre-qualify (if applicable). The final field will be available on the "Entries" page of the specific tournament as well as in PDF format under the "Information for Players" tab. This list is constantly updated with any changes between close of entries and the beginning of the tournament.
The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia has a number of caddying opportunities available at its co-sanctioned tournaments with both OneAsia and the European Tour. Many of the international players travel to Australia without their caddy and utilise the services of local caddies for the duration of the tournament. If you would like to add your name to the caddy register for a particular tournament please contact the Tour Division (email@example.com).
Players' tee times for Round 1 of each tournament are made available online by 5pm on the Tuesday of tournament week (based on a Thursday-Sunday Event).
Each ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournament implements a cut following the completion of 36 holes based on the specific tournament conditions. As a guide, State Based Championships implement a cut to the leading 50 Professionals, plus ties, plus any amateurs on the same score, whilst Tier 1 Tournaments implement a cut to the leading 60 Professionals, plus ties, plus and amateurs on the same score. Certain exceptions may apply to co-sanctioned tournaments.
Each ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournament implements a format of live scoring dependent on the size of the event and the number of volunteers available. For the majority of State Based Championships, scores are collected every three holes from players and updated both on the PGA website and via the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia iPhone App. For Tier 1 Tournaments there is a scorer with every group which relays live scores to the website, iPhone App and television broadcast where applicable on a hole-by-hole basis.
About ISPS HANDA
ISPS HANDA's support for golf stems from a firm belief in the "power of sport". Sport has a unique ability to create hope, to break down educational and cultural barriers and to inspire people in a way very little else does. Sport brings people together and unites communities around the world.
It is this belief that has led to Dr Handa's interest and philanthropic contribution in the sport, providing opportunities for blind and disabled golfers worldwide and on the foundation of their wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Last year ISPS HANDA partnered with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund to create the Nelson Mandela Championship Presented by ISPS HANDA. This once again highlighted to the world the “power of sport” to do good and create a lasting legacy through the various Nelson Mandela Children's Fund's projects in South Africa, including the creation of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Gauteng.
ISPS HANDA has collaborated with almost every major golf tour globally, including the European Tour, European Senior Tour, Asian Tour, Legends Tour, LPGA, PGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, Japan PGA, Sunshine Tour, Golf Australia and the Australian PGA.By fostering partnerships with some of golfs largest governing bodies, foundations and programmes worldwide, ISPS HANDA aids the development of the game at every level to promote blind and disabled golf.
Dr. Haruhisa Handa – Patron of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia
Founded by Japanese philanthropist, Dr Handa, ISPS HANDA’s support for golf stems from a deep seeded belief in the power of sport to create hope, break down educational and cultural barriers and inspire people.
ISPS HANDA is a driving force behind the inclusion of blind and disabled golf in the Paralympics.
In recognition of the work Dr Handa has achieved for the promotion of golf on a global stage, the PGA of Australia is proud to have Dr Handa as a Patron of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
Key Objectives of ISPS HANDA
- To maximise the "power of sport", aiding its ability to play an integral part in the betterment of every society
- To raise awareness about and to increase the number of blind and disabled golfers globally
- To encourage the growth of global Academy Programmes, whereby individuals with disabilities will be able to receive regular golf coaching from qualified PGA professionals
- To identify and help develop the talents of individuals with disabilities, giving them opportunities to learn and play golf, reaching out to advocates of golf to elevate it to the status of a Paralympic sport
The find out more about ISPS HANDA visit: https://www.ispsgolf.com/
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