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THE VEGAS GOLF SERIES

TEAM GOLF, REDEFINED.

Do you want to live a tour-like and unforgettable experience playing the sport that you love so much? The Vegas Golf Series is an initiative by the East Coast Pro Tour to revolutionize team-based golf tournaments for amateur golfers.

2-formats. 5-Man Scramble and 2-Man Best-Ball.

18 events across Quebec and Ontario at the best public and private courses. 18 chances to earn your spot to compete in the Tour Championship October 2021.

The Vegas Golf Series is your chance to feel like a pro, event if you aren’t. Grab your favourite golfing bud and register for a Vegas Golf Series event happening at a course near you! 

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PRIZES & PURSES

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL, NOT JUST THE PRIZE.

The Vegas Golf Series offers CASH PRIZES and Amazon Gift cards to the best finishers at each event. Additionally, there are voluntary pari-mutuel games, skins games, closest to the hole competitions and longest drive contests at each event. All of the prizes have been structured in a way to protect a player’s amateur status.

The VGS also features a season-long Order of Merit to make it to The Tour Championship in which points are awarded to every player individually, based on the order of finish in each event. A complete list of points and purse breakdown is available below.

5-man scramble

2 amateurs + 2 amateurs + 1 ecpt pro

your chance to compete alongside the pros on the East Coast Pro Tour

TEAM GOLF

PICK YOUR FAVOURITE TEAM FORMAT.

EVENT STRUCTURE

The Vegas Golf Series introduced the 5-man scramble format to revolutionize the Pro-Am experience on the East Coast Pro Tour. Two (2) amateurs, plus two (2) amateurs and one (1) professional per team, it’s your chance to compete alongside the pros on the East Coast Pro Tour.

8 events across the best public and private courses in Ontario and Quebec. Every event is a chance to earn valuable points to get to The Tour Championship October 2021. The Top3 teams at each 5-Man Scramble event will earn their exemption into The Tour Championship. Additional places will be awarded to the Top 50 players on the season-long Order of Merit.

WHAT'S OFFERED

In addition to the tour-like atmosphere at every Vegas Golf Series event, participants will benefit from the following:

  • Access to $7,5000 in purse & prizes (1st: $3,750 / 2nd: $2,250 / 3rd: $1,500 );
  • Competitive round of golf teamed up with a professional golfer from the East Coast Pro Tour;
  • Golf & Cart included;
  • Exclusive Vegas Golf Series merch & gear;
  • Long Drive Competition presented by;
  • Putting Contest presented by;
  • 1 free $5 pari-mutuel bet.

WHO CAN PLAY

The Vegas Golf Series is open to anyone with an official Golf Canada Handicap. For details on team eligibility click here. It is every player’s responsibility to make themselves aware of all Rules & Policies for the Vegas Golf Series. Click here for some FAQ.

TEAM FORMATION

At registration, each team will register as a team of two (2). Teams MUST respect the handicap criteria listed below when choosing. a partner. If you’re signing up as an individual, we’ll match you with a partner IF one is available. 

Prior to the start of the event, a draft will take place to detemine the final teams. The final team will consist of four (4) amateur players (two teams of two players) and a professional. The draf will allow the teams with the highest Golf Canada Handicap Indexes to draft the 2-man team of their choice to start. In doing so, the playing field will level out and give everyone a fair opportunity to compete. The same process will repeat itself where the team of four (4) with the highest Golf Canada Handicap Indexes will choose their ECPT professional first, once again levelling out the playing field.

HANDICAP REQUIREMENTS

The two team members’ aggregate Golf Canada Handicap factor must be between 2.0 and 45.0. A maximum index differential of 15.0 is permitted between the 2 team members. A professional not competing in an ECPT event may play as part of a team of two, but their handicap will be set at 0.0. They will therefore need to find a partner with a Golf Canada Handicap Index between 2.0 and 15.0.

For Example:

  • 4.6 + 7.2 = 11.8 (ELIGIBLE)
  • 15.2 + 18.1 = 33.3 (ELIGIBLE)
  • 0.2 + 1.0 = 1.2 (INELIGIBLE, team aggregate Golf Canada Handicap Index is lower than 2.0)
  • 17.8 + 30.2 = 48.0 (INELIGIBLE, team aggregate Golf Canada Handicap Index is greater than 45.0)
  • 0.2 + 1.0 = 1.2 (INELIGIBLE, team aggregate Golf Canada Handicap Index differential is greater than 15.0)

All Golf Canada Indexes must be current and active at the time of registration and through the event. Only official Golf Canada Handicap Indexes will be accepted at Vegas Golf Series evets. The Vegas Golf Series tournament committee will verify all indexes prior to the tournament.

SCORING METHOD

The final team score is the team’s gross score. The Vegas Golf Series does not use Golf Canada Handicap Indexes in computing the final score for the 5-Man Scramble. Golf Canada Handicap Indexes are used solely for team formation purposes in this format.

AMATEUR STATUS

An amateur golfer is not eligible to receive a cash prize or any non-conforming prize. A non-conforming prize is referred to as any non-monetary prize valued over $1,000 CAD according to Golf Canada. A player’s deceision regarding their amateur status must be made PRIOR to the start of competition. An amateur golfer who wants to participate in a Vegas Golf Series event must select ‘Amateur’ as their status at the time of registration in order to preserve their amateur status. If the player decides to change their status to ‘Professional’, they would be eligible to receive a cash prize provided they finish amongst paid positions. 

2-man best-ball

2 amateurs

teams of two playing at 80% handicap in the better-ball, stroke play format.

TEAM GOLF

PICK YOUR FAVOURITE TEAM FORMAT.

EVENT STRUCTURE

The Vegas Golf Series introduced a new format in 2021, the 2-man best-ball. Teams of two (2) playing at 80% handicap in the better-ball, stroke play format.

9 events across the best public and private courses in Ontario and Quebec. Every event is a chance to earn valuable points to get to The Tour Championship October 2021. The Top3 teams at each 2-Man Best-BAll event will earn their exemption into The Tour Championship. Additional places will be awarded to the Top 50 players on the season-long Order of Merit.

WHAT'S OFFERED

In addition to the tour-like atmosphere at every Vegas Golf Series event, participants will benefit from the following:

  • Access to $3,000 in purse & prizes (1st: $1,500 / 2nd: $900 / 3rd: $600 );
  • Competitive round of golf teamed up with a partner of your choice;
  • Golf & Cart included;
  • Exclusive Vegas Golf Series merch & gear;
  • Long Drive Competition presented by;
  • Putting Contest presented by;
  • 1 free $5 pari-mutuel bet.

WHO CAN PLAY

The Vegas Golf Series is open to anyone with an official Golf Canada Handicap. For details on team eligibility click here. It is every player’s responsibility to make themselves aware of all Rules & Policies for the Vegas Golf Series. Click here for some FAQ.

TEAM FORMATION

At registration, each team will register as a team of two (2). Teams MUST respect the handicap criteria listed below when choosing. a partner. If you’re signing up as an individual, we’ll match you with a partner IF one is available. 

On the day of the competition, teams of two will be paried with teams having similar handicap index for pace of play and an enjoyable Vegas Golf Series experience. 

HANDICAP REQUIREMENTS

There are no minimum handicap requirements for this format given that we consider a team’s handicap in computing the final score. The two (2) players of the team cannot have an aggregate handicap that is greater than 45.0. A professional player may play as part of a team of two (2) but their handicap will be set at 0.0. 

For Example:

  • 0.0 + 0.0 = 0.0 (ELIGIBLE)
  • 10.8 + 26.8 = 37.6 (ELIGIBLE)
  • 27.8 + 30.2 = 58.0 (INELIGIBLE, team aggregate Golf Canada Handicap Index is greater than 45.0)

All Golf Canada Indexes must be current and active at the time of registration and through the event. Only official Golf Canada Handicap Indexes will be accepted at Vegas Golf Series events. The Vegas Golf Series tournament committee will verify all indexes prior to the tournament.

SCORING METHOD

The final team score is the team’s net score. We will use 80% of the player’s Golf Canada Handicap Indexes in computing the final score for the 2-Man Best-Ball.

AMATEUR STATUS

An amateur golfer is not eligible to receive a cash prize or any non-conforming prize. A non-conforming prize is referred to as any non-monetary prize valued over $1,000 CAD according to Golf Canada. A player’s deceision regarding their amateur status must be made PRIOR to the start of competition. An amateur golfer who wants to participate in a Vegas Golf Series event must select ‘Amateur’ as their status at the time of registration in order to preserve their amateur status. If the player decides to change their status to ‘Professional’, they would be eligible to receive a cash prize provided they finish amongst paid positions. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

PURSES & PRIZES

A: A purse is established from the registration fees, and depending on the number of players, CASH PRIZES (MONETARY) are awarded to the best finishers. Additionally, there are voluntary pari-mutuel games, skins games, closest to hole competitions, longest tee contests and MSOP qualifications available at each Vegas Golf Series event.

A: In addition to the purse, there are voluntary pari-mutuels and skins games available at each Vegas Golf Series event.

A: In order to ensure the integrity of any MSOP competition is preserved, a player playing in the event shall not have any
financial interest, either direct or indirect, in the performance or the winnings of another player whether it is through
purse-splitting, prize money ‘insurance,’ financial assistance, bets or otherwise.
Any player who violates the provisions of this policy shall be subject to an immediate disqualification and is also subject to
being suspended in any future MSOP events without any reimbursement of the entry fee.

AMATEUR STATUS

A: An amateur golfer is not eligible to receive a cash prize or any non-conforming prize. A non-conforming prize is referred to as any non-monetary prize valued over $1,000CAD according to Golf Canada. A player's decision regarding their amateur status must be made PRIOR to the start of the competition. An amateur golfer who wants to participate in a Vegas Golf Series event must select ‘Amateur’ as their status at the time of registration in order to preserve their amateur status. If the player decides to change their status to ‘Professional’, they would be eligible to receive a cash prize provided they finish amongst paid positions.

A: 'The Amateur Status Committee of Golf Canada defines an amateur as someone who plays the game as a non-remunerative and non-profit-making sport and who does not receive remuneration for teaching golf or for other activities because of golf skill or reputation. Prizes in amateur events are limited to a retail value of $1000'.

In renouncing one's amateur status, they may be eligible to purse, and prize money should they finish in a paid position.

A: A golfer who wishes to be reinstated as an amateur golfer must apply for reinstatement to amateur status. Additional information regarding the reinstatement process can be found on the Golf Canada website.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

A: The Vegas Golf Series is an initiative by the East Coast Pro Tour to revolutionize team golf and the Pro-Am experience. Amateur golfers will have the opportunity to compete as a team alongside the best professional golfers in Quebec and Ontario! The Vegas Golf Series offers golfers the opportunity to play an exciting and competitive game of golf on some of Quebec's finest courses and compete for cash prizes! The Vegas Golf Series consists of 4 Qualifying Events throughout the summer. The top teams at each Qualifying Event will earn their exemption to play in The Tour Championship October 3-4.

A: The Tour Championship will take place October 3-4, 2020 at the Le Maitre Golf Club. The event will bring together the 3 best teams from each Qualifying Event as well as the Top 30 teams (teams of two) on the Order of Merit.

The Tour Championship will allow the best scramble teams to compete for a purse of $40,000 and crown the best scramble team in the province.

A: Ranking points are awarded to all players based on their final position in Vegas Golf Series Qualifying Events. The Top 30 teams on the Order of Merit will win their exemption for the Tour Championship which will take place October 3-4, 2020 at the Le Maitre Golf Club. Additional information regarding ranking points can be found in the Team Rankings section.

A: There is no annual membership to join the Vegas Golf Series. The events are open to all golfers with a valid Golf Canada handicap.

A: Registration fees for each tournament vary from $ 190 to $ 250 depending on the field. Registration fees for each tournament include green fees, golf cart, practice balls, brunch, dinner, MSOP qualification, various contests. Part of the registration fee establishes the scholarship for the event.

A: A purse is established from the registration fees, and depending on the number of players, CASH PRIZES (MONETARY) are awarded to the best finishers. Additionally, there are voluntary pari-mutuel games, skins games, closest to hole competitions, longest tee contests and MSOP qualifications available at each Vegas Golf Series event.

A: At its discretion, the rules committee reserves the right to make handicap adjustments and player and team disqualifications based upon evidence derived through handicap examinations or evidence of past performance. The Vegas Golf Series rules committee reserves the right to suspend handicap or rules violators from future tournament participation.

Golf Canada's overall handicap factor for the two team members must be between 8.0 and 50.0. A maximum differential of 15.0 is allowed between the 2 team members.
For example:
4.6 + 7.2 = 11.8 (ELIGIBLE)
20.8 + 26.8 = 47.6 (ELIGIBLE)
5.2 + 18.1 = 23.3 (ELIGIBLE)
2.2 + 4.6 = 6.8 (NOT ELIGIBLE, Golf Canada's overall handicap index for the team is less than 8.0)
27.8 + 30.2 = 58.0 (NOT ELIGIBLE, Golf Canada's overall handicap index for the team is greater than 50.0)
5.2 + 22.4 = 27.6 (NOT ELIGIBLE, the difference in the team's handicap index is greater than 15.0)
All Golf Canada Handicap Clues must be current and active at the time of registration and during the event. Only Golf Canada handicaps will be accepted during Vegas Golf Series events. The Vegas Golf Series team will check all handicaps before the tournament.

A: You will need to play 3 official rounds to assess your level of play.

A: The Vegas Golf Series events are played on the same courses as professional golfers on the East Coast Pro Tour. All events are played on weekends, most of which are played on Sundays. Tee times vary but are posted on the website prior to the start of the tournament. A full list of tournament schedules can be found in the Tournaments section of the website.