1. Eligibility

Professionals

The 3rd “Messinia Pro-Am” is open to all PGA Members and trainees as recognised by their respective National PGA. A limited number of exemptions may be considered provided that the Professional is a member in good standing of an organisation that is considered a Professional Member of the International Golf Federation. Any doubts as to eligibility will be decided by the PGAs of Europe Board of Directors whose decision will be final.

Amateurs

Amateur participants must be at least 18 years old on Thursday 21st February 2019 and should provide written proof of a current official handicap.

2. Tournament Itinerary

Wednesday 20th February Official Practice Day & Welcome Reception
Thursday 21st February Round 1 – Dunes Course
Friday 22nd February Round 2 – Bay Course
Saturday 23rd February Round 3 - Dunes Course
Sunday 24th February Prize Ceremony & Gala Dinner
Departures

3. Registrations and Competitor Briefing

The Professional and Amateur Registration desks will be operational from 11.00hrs on Sunday 17th February and will be located at the entrance of the House of Events opposite the entrance of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino - All amateur competitors MUST confirm their current handicap upon registration. All competitors (Professionals and Amateurs) will be given a "goody-bag" upon registration at the House of Events.

All Professionals are requested to register at the PGAs of Europe Desk located in the House of Events opposite the entrance of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino before 12.00hrs on Wednesday 20th February either in person or by e-mail to ed@pgae.com.

It is the Professional’s responsibility to ensure that the PGAs of Europe Desk is made aware of their amateurs’ exact handicaps as well as the system that their handicap uses, and MUST provide a current handicap certificate. Failure to do so will result in the amateur playing off scratch.

Following registration, the PGAs of Europe Desk will move to the Tournament Office located in the Clubhouse at Navarino Dunes at 13.00hrs on Wednesday 20th February.

4. Conditions of Play

The event shall be played under The R&A Rules of Golf, the Tournament Regulations of the PGAs of Europe, the 2019 PGAs of Europe Conditions of Competition and the local rules for the Navarino Dunes and Navarino Bay Golf Courses, as determined by the PGAs of Europe Chief Referee.

The Professionals will play a 54-hole individual Strokeplay event.

A maximum of 30 teams (1 Professional and 3 Amateurs) will compete over 54 holes Stableford with the best two scores from the team of four to count on each hole. Each team will play 18 holes on The Dunes Course on Thursday February 21st, 18 Holes on the Bay Course on Friday February 22nd, and 18 Holes on the Dunes Course on Saturday February 23rd.

The handicap limit is 28 for all Male participants and 36 for all Female participants. Players who have a higher handicap than these limits will be capped at 28 and 36. Amateurs will receive 75% of their SLOPED handicap allowance for the duration of the Pro-Am. The EGA slope system will apply.

Prizes:

Amateurs

 

In the event of a tie in the Pro-Am category, prizes will be determined by a card countback based on the scores achieved over the last 18 holes, then 9, 6, 3, and last hole.

Professionals

The Professionals will compete in a 54-hole individual strokeplay competition for a total prize fund of €30,000 based on 30 teams. This prize fund is therefore subject to change.

Professional Prize Fund: €30.000 (based on 30 Teams competing)

 

1st 4500 11th 900 21st 490
2nd 3200 12th 800 22nd 480
3rd 2100 13th 700 23rd 470
4th 1800 14th 650 24th 460
5th 1600 15th 600 25th 450
6th 1400 16th 580 26th 440
7th 1300 17th 560 27th 430
8th 1200 18th 540 28th 420
9th 1100 19th 520 29th 410
10th 1000 20th 500 30th 400

 

Any disputes regarding the interpretation of these Conditions of Competition will be settled by the PGAs of Europe Tournament Manager in consultation with Costa Navarino and will be binding.

5. Draws

The starting times for Round 1 and Round 2 will be published in the tournament office by 13.00hrs on Wednesday 20th February as well as at the Official Hotel, The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino by 14.00hrs. Professionals will also be notified of their team’s starting time by email.

For Round 2, shuttles will leave The Westin Resort Costa Navarino to The Bay Course every 20 minutes starting at 07:30:

 

The starting times for Round 3 will be published in the Tournament Office and at the Official Hotel, The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino following completion of Round 2. The order of play will be in strict Professional score order with the leading Professional going out last.

NOTE: No changes to the draws will be permitted once they are posted and the decision of the Tournament Manager in conjunction with Costa Navarino will be final.

6. Starting

All competitors are required to be at their starting tee 10 minutes prior to their start time. This is to allow the starter to provide pin positions, local rules and additional information to each player. This also ensures that all team members are present and able to start on time.

Male professionals will play from the White Tees, Female Professionals from the Blue Tees; Male Amateurs will play from the Yellow Tees, Female Amateurs from the Red Tees.

Important

Missing team members including the PGA Professional may be subject to penalty if the team in question fails to meet the points highlighted in 20.1 of the PGA’s of Europe tournament Regulations

NOTE: When both Professional and the team are subject to a two-stroke penalty for lateness on the tee, the team total for the first hole will be increased by two shots prior to any penalty being added to the Professional's individual score for that hole.

7. Buggies

All competitors will be permitted to ride in buggies for the practice rounds and the tournament rounds of the Pro-Am.

8. Recording of Scores

All scorecards must be returned to the recording desk situated within the Tournament Office in the Clubhouse immediately following play.

All professionals will be encouraged to use the PGAs of Europe GolfBox online live scoring system during the round, however, the official score that will count towards the final leaderboard will be the score recorded on the paper scorecard provided.

9. Rulings & Doubt as to Procedure

There will be PGAs of Europe Rules Officials on the courses at all times to deal with any disputes.

If, however, there is no Rules Official present the player may invoke Rule 3-3 (two ball rule). The player must nominate the ball with which he wants to score, should the rules permit, and report the facts to a PGAs of Europe Official immediately after the conclusion of play. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

10. Distance Measuring Devices

As per Section B3 of the PGAs of Europe Conditions of Competition, all competitors will be permitted to use distance-measuring devices provided they measure distance only. If a player has any doubt as to whether a device is conforming they should seek the advice of a PGAs of Europe official.

11. Slow Play

A pace of play will be enforced for the duration of the tournament. If an amateur cannot score on a hole then they must pick up to assist the pace of play.

It will be the professional's responsibility to ensure that the team's pace of play adheres to the guidelines of the Chief Referee.

12. Bad Weather / Play Foreshortened or Cancelled

In the event of bad weather and an overall result not being possible, the overall result will be decided  over completed rounds.

All players should make themselves aware of the Suspension of Play Policy, which can be found on the PGAs of Europe Hard Card – Section B5. In all instances when there is a threat of lightning the player should put their own safety first and seek shelter as soon as possible.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances any decision shall be made by the PGAs of Europe and, in consultation with Costa Navarino, will be binding.

13. Golf Clubs – Check in procedure

Upon arrival at the Westin Resort, Costa Navarino Reception for the check in, there will be staff from the Navarino Dunes Club House that will take all golf bags to the Club House storage area directly.

All participants are kindly requested to leave only golfing items within the golf bags and not any other personal belongings.

14. Dress Regulations

Normal Golf clothing is to be worn at Costa Navarino Golf courses during the tournament or the equivalent after golf.

Jackets (No Tie) are required for the Prize Giving Ceremony & Closing Reception.

All other functions are smart casual.

15. Children

Only children over the age of 12 years old are permitted to attend social events. Such participation is also subject to the accompanying person's fee.

16. Catering - On course refreshments

A food and beverage service will be in operation at "The Dunes Course" and "The Bay Course" for the duration of the tournament. With the exception of official functions and the on-course snacks and refreshments, payment for all food and beverage is the responsibility of each individual.

17. Exchange Rate

The local currency is Euro.

18. Officials and Contacts

Tournament Manager: Emilio Dellanzo (PGAs of Europe)
ed@pgae.com
+44 (0) 7809 338919

PGAs of Europe Media: Aston Ward (PGAs of Europe)
aw@pgae.com

Chief Referee: Michael Jon

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