Notice to Competitors
2018 U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifying
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - New Castle Country Club, New Castle, PA
This notice serves as confirmation for U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifying Round on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at New Castle Country Club in New Castlew, PA. Qualifying is 18-holes and the field is 48 players. The number of spots the field is playing for is one (1) spot and two (2) alternates. Additional information will be distributed on the starting tees. The locker room and practice facility will open at 7:00 AM the day of the qualifying rounds.
Format: 18-holes of stroke play. Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf and any Local Rules and Conditions distributed prior to play. In the event of a tie for the final qualifying spot or any alternate, a hole-by-hole playoff will take place on holes to be determined by the Committee.
Distance Measuring Devices are not permitted for the qualifying round.
The “One Ball Rule” is in effect for the qualifying round.
Grooves conforming to USGA policy are required for the qualifying round.
Tee Markers: All play is from the white USGA tee markers. The course will play par 70 at roughly 6,650 yards depending on conditions
Pace of Play: The maximum allowable time will be four hours and twenty minutes (4:20). A checkpoint system will be in place for the qualifying round.
Practice: Practice rounds are available and must be pre-arranged by contacting the golf shop at 724-654-1341. The Golf Professional is Craig Weis. The fee is $50 and includes a cart fee if the player chooses to ride. Practice round fees are the responsibility of the player. Practice range balls are complimentary the morning of the competition.
Transportation/Caddies: Walking is required. The club does not offer caddies. Players may bring their own caddies. Caddies must walk in performance of their duties during the qualifying round. Players are permitted to use push trolleys for the qualifying round.
Food: The WPGA provides coffee, juices, and whole fruits prior to the round and water on the course. All other food and beverage charges are the responsibility of the player.
Footwear: Metal cleats are prohibited. The penalty is disqualification.
Lodging: Lodging of various price ranges can be found in the New Castle and Hermitage areas.
Evacuation Plan: In the event of a suspension of play for a dangerous situation, players on holes #1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 18 should return to the clubhouse. Players on holes #3 (fairway/green), 4, 5 (fairway/tee), 15 (fairway/green) & 16 should go to the bath house near #4 tee. Players on holes #11, 12 & 13 should go to the maintenance building near #11 green. Players on holes #3 (tee), 5 (green), 14, 15 (tee) & 16 (green) should go to the shelter near hole #16 green.
Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive air horn notes, repeated. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes, repeated.
Spectator Info: No spectator carts will be permitted for the qualifying round without pre-approved ADA verification. Please contact the WPGA office for ADA guidelines.
Directions to the club can be found on the New Castle Country Club website.
In the event a player needs to withdraw, please contact the USGA at Golf House. Also notifying the WPGA is appreciated.