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24th WPGA Spring Stroke Play Championship
Conducted by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association
Played for the Jack C. Benson Trophy
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Nemacolin Country Club, Beallsville, PA

FORMAT: 36 holes of stroke play.

ELIGIBILITY: Entries are open to amateur golfers affiliated with a WPGA Member Club, with a Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4 strokes, who has either won his Club's respective Men's Club Championship or has accrued points on the 2016 WPGA Honor Rolls. Player's devoid of any of the stated criteria are not eligible to enter.

A. Amateur golfers that are affiliated with a WPGA Member Club as of May 1, 2017.
B. Amateur golfers residing in the Western Pennsylvania district as of April 1, 2017.
C. Amateur golfers with a Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4 strokes.
        Who either:       1. WPGA Member Club 2016 Men's Club Champions.
                                                        or
                                2. Accrued 2016 WPGA Honor Roll Points

Players who accrued points on the 2016 WPGA Honor Rolls may enter and such entries may be accepted in points order based on the number of exempt entries. If a player is in doubt to their eligibility for the championship, please contact the Association office.  The Committee reserves the right to select the most representative field.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: 2016 WPGA Champions, 2016 WPGA Men’s Honor Roll Top 30, 2016 Senior Honor Roll Top 10 and 2016 Junior Honor Roll top 10, 2016 Frank B.Fuhrer Palmer Cup and Williamson Cup team members and 2016 Men’s club champions from WPGA Member Clubs who meet the Handicap Index criteria. 

FUTURE EXEMPTIONS: 2017 Western Pennsylvania Amateur–Top three and ties.  2017 West Penn Open–Winner.  The Spring Stroke Play is a WPGA Honor Roll, Palmer Cup Team and Williamson Cup team points event.  

ENTRIES (Form, Fee, Closing Date): Entry and fee of $165.00 must be submitted to the Association by 5:00 P.M. E.D.T., by Wednesday, May 3, 2017, to be considered.  Entry fee includes: Greens Fees, Cart Fees, Locker Fee, Prizes, Trophies and lunch between rounds 1 & 2.

Online registration – Players must enter online at www.wpga.org. Players must have a valid e-mail address and a WPGA account to register online. Player accounts can be created at www.wpga.org, by contacting the WPGA at 412-826-2180, or by emailing mrusinko@wpga.org with name, address,and e-mail address included. Online entries may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card.

Additional registration options – Entry forms will only be accepted in person at the WPGA office. Make check or money order payable to Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. Entries will not be accepted via telephone or fax.

The committee reserves the right to accept late entries. Late entries will only be accepted via online entry, and these entries will be placed on a waiting list to fill spots if they become available. A fee of$50.00 will be required for all late entries.

Entry fee will be refunded with a $15.00 service charge for withdrawals before the close of entries. Withdrawals after the close of entries will be subject to a $25.00 service charge.  No refunds will be issued for withdraws taking place 48 hours prior to the first tee time.  

PRIZES: A trophy will be awarded to the winner, runner-up, low senior and low junior. Prizes will be awarded to the top 8 players and ties in the field as well as the low senior. Prizes will consist of credits in the host club’s golf shop. 

REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION:

A. Players may use golf carts, bring their own caddies or carry their own bags during the championship.
B. It is a condition of competition that shoes with traditionally designed spikes, regardless of composition, or spikes comprised either entirely or partially of metal, regardless of design, are prohibited during the championship.
C. Play will be governed by the USGA Rules of Golf, conditions stated on the WPGA Rules of Play card, and other Local Rules as posted.
D. Proper attire is mandatory in all phases of the championship. Shirts with collars and sleeves are required. Shorts of Bermuda length or longer are acceptable.
E. A tie for first place shall be decided immediately upon completion of play with a hole-by-hole playoff.
F. Players falsifying a Handicap Index may be subject to indefinite suspension from WPGA Championships. 
G. Starting times and other information will be available on the WPGA web site(http://www.wpga.org) approximately one week before the championship.  Players unable to retrieve starting times should call the WPGA office (412-826-2180).

NOTICE: By submission of this entry, I agree to the following:

I have read and understand the entry requirements and championship regulations.
I agree that there are certain risks inherent in golf and accept personal and sole liability for such risks including but not limited to health risks.
This entry is subject to rejection at any time (including during the Championship) by the WPGA.  The reason may include unbecoming conduct.
The WPGA may reject an entry application, revoke an accepted application, expel from a Championship and/or suspend a player from future championships if the player engages in conduct detrimental to the integrity and image of the game of golf and/or public confidence in the WPGA. Such conduct may include but is not limited to, damage to the golf course or the players’ equipment, verbal or physical abuse of spectators,officials, volunteers or staff, blatant and excessive profanity, disorderly behavior, failure to abide by club/course rules or any other unbecoming conduct.  
Responsibility for ensuring entry is received by the WPGA prior to the specified deadline is mine alone and that this application may be automatically rejected by the WPGA if received by after such date and time.
Risk of delay or error in transmission is solely with me and that the WPGA has no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including the entry not being accepted.
Any player under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian agree to the WPGA terms and conditions for minors before their application will be accepted.  Parental consent can be done by checking the appropriate box during online registration. If you need additional information, please contact the Association office (412-826-2180).