List of Amateur Exemptions

Championship uses the WAGR, Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek college rankings for selections when our entries exceed available space.

The last 5 years we receive about 200 entries for 96 places and we sort players by rankings and by age to determine selections. We have told all potential players to input their information into the WAGR.

 

 

 

Exemptions: WAGR used for entire field; if an Asian-Pacific region/country does not have any ranked players, they are asked to nominate two.
 

 

With respect to WAGR and Australian team selection, GA selectors do not use the WAGR specifically, but it is used as one of the tools (along with a number of other things).

Exemptions:
- Australian Amateur Championship: Any player in the top 200 (for men) and 100 (for women) of WAGR as at close of entries.
 
Other events sanctioned by GA (but not owned or run by GA) which include WAGR exemptions are:
- Men’s and Women’s Riversdale Cup
- Men’s and Women’s Victorian Medal (Port Phillip Open)
- Men’s and Women’s Avondale Amateur
- Men’s and Women’s NSW Amateurs
- Australian Master of the Amateurs
 

 

WAGR used for team selection.

As we are a small island, we only have one player on the WAGR’s therefore we have started a national team and training for those who may represent Bermuda in world events.
We will be adopting the WAGR ranking for all our team selection for international and regional participation and for determining the Order of merits.
The CBG does use WAGR as a determining factor during team selection.
The top Canadian player from WAGR in the Top 100 (both men’s and women’s) is automatically selected for the national team.  WAGR and WWAGR are used when evaluating head-to-head stats for additional player selections (both men’s and women’s).
 
Golf Canada operates its own National Orders of Merit with many WAGR counting events.  There are 4 Orders of Merit that we maintain (Men, Women, Jr. Boys, Jr. Girls)
 
Exemptions:
- Canadian Men’s Amateur: We do consider the WAGR ranking of players who submit an exemption request for our National Men’s Amateur. Generally, if the player is in the WAGR Top 100, he will get    into the field.
- Canadian Women’s Amateur: We do consider the WWAGR ranking of players who submit an exemption request for our National Women’s Amateur.  Generally, if the player is in the WWAGR Top 100,    she will get into the field.

China Junior Golf Ranking Events

Exemptions;
- Top 1000 of the WAGR and WWAGR exempt

 

 

 

The United States utilised WAGR to determine eight of the 18 players selected for the 2016 Concession Cup team. 
 
The four highest ranked mid-amateurs and seniors from the USA earned automatic selections on to the team.  The remaining four mid-amateurs and seniors, and two super-seniors, were committee selections.

 

- Danish International Amateur Championship: The 45 highest ranked entrants with a WAGR Ranking 1-2000 at the closing date for entries.
- Danish International Ladies Amateur Championship: The 10 highest ranked entrants with a WAGR Ranking 1-1500 at the closing date for entries.
- DGU Danish National Match Play Championship: The 16 highest ranked male players and 8 highest ranked female players.
- DGU Danish National Stroke Play Championship: The 20 highest ranked male players and 8 highest ranked female players.
- DGU Elite Series - Ladies 1. tournament: The 8 highest ranked female players.
- DGU Elite Series - Ladies Final (4. tournament): The 4 highest ranked female players.
- DGU Elite Series - Men's 1. tournament: The 30 highest ranked male players.
- DGU Elite Series - Men's 2. tournament: The 16 highest ranked male players.
- DGU Elite Series - Men’s 3. tournament: The 16 highest ranked male players.
- DGU Elite Series - Men’s Final (4. tournament): The 6 highest ranked male players.
- The exempt players from WAGR in DGU tournaments have to be full time members of a Danish Golf Club. Upon request prior to the entry deadline foreign players may receive Wild Card / invitation to play in the DGU Elite Series based on their WAGR ranking.
 
 The Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, GA uses the WAGR to ID the top 100 ranked players as invitees.

 

 

Exemptions:
- English Open Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy).
 
- WAGR is used to select two players (men and women) for the European Team Championships and three men and two women players for the Home International Matches.
 
- YORKSHIRE - The County Selectors take into account WAGR positions when considering players for county selection.
- WAGR used to guide selections (generally find it very reliable for over-18, and a good guide for under-18).
 
Exemptions:
- European Ladies and Men’s Amateurs: After certain exemption categories have been met, the highest WAGR Ranked players through 1600.
- Finnish Amateur Championship, men and ladies - WAGR 1-2400.
- Finnish International Junior Championships, girls and boys - WAGR 1-4000.
- WAGR used for our closed championships.
- All our main Junior tournaments use WAGR as an entry method to the tournament.
- The FIJC doesn’t use 1-4000 anymore, it’s so that all the WAGR ranked players are eligible to compete.

The FSGA is using WAGR to exempt the top 1000 from the final ranking of the previous year to our Amateur & Boy’s Junior Championship.

The Florida Open (any player ranked in the top 200). Also for the new Florida Women’s Open, any women ranked in the top 500 are given a priority entry.

We believe the rankings are a great asset, and our website also shows which events are being used in the ranking process.

For our State Championships we exempt any Florida Residents from the Top 200 or Top 500 (depending on events) from the final WAGR Rankings of the prior year.

- There are 3 tournaments, Esmond, Carlhian and Murat, where we use the WAGR to do the entry list. Also, we use the WAGR to select one French player for the World Team Championship.

- We also use the WAGR to select 2 French players (men and women) for the European team championship and 1 for the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande.

- We have a Guam National Golf Team. 

Team standings are used to determine who will represent Guam in off-island international events other than the Asia Pacific Amateur

We don’t have a set guideline for using the rankings for selection purposes, but we do take them into consideration when we are looking at Hong Kong listed players that are playing most of their tournament golf outside Hong Kong. We certainly don’t use the rankings for entry into any of our tournaments as a qualification requirement as we use handicaps rather than rankings as a cut off should we have a full field.
Exemptions are in place for our Irish Amateur Open and Close Championships, which include consideration of WAGR rankings (1-1500) to gain admission to the field.

The ILGU award the following automatic places on Irish Teams;
- European Team Championships (Ladies and Girls) - Top 2 players from WWAGR (on selection date)
- European Young Masters (U16s) - Top 1 player from WWAGR (on selection date)
- Home International Matches (Ladies and Girls) - Top 3 players from WWAGR (on selection date)

For all non-automatic WWAGR selections onto the Irish Golf Teams, the ILGU Selection Committee will select what in its reasonable judgement is the team, or individual, who is available to compete with distinction at a specific venue or in a specific format of competition, taking into account a variety of performance related yardsticks that it deems to be appropriate

U.S. Team Selection / Eligibility Criteria

• The U.S. Team will be made up of the leading 12 qualified players based on the Rolex AJGA Rankings as of September 5, 2019. In the event of a tie for 12th place, the selection will be decided by the individual ranked highest on the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™) list at that time.

• The 52-week rankings window will include ranked events with a start date of September 3, 2018, and later.

• Each U.S. Team participant must also be a citizen of the United States and must be a current AJGA member in good standing.

 

International Team Selection / Eligibility Criteria

• The International Team will be made up of the leading 12 qualified players based on the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™) as of September 5, 2019. In the event of a tie for 12th place, the selection will be decided by the individual ranked highest on the most recent previous World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™) revision.

• Each International Team participant must be a citizen of an eligible international Presidents Cup country (excludes European Ryder Cup countries).

• To be eligible to appear on the International Team standings, players must have their birthdate on file with WAGR™. Once a WAGR™ Ranking is established, players must submit the WAGR™ Player Information Form.

• The host country is guaranteed at least one spot on the International Team. If no players from the host country are ranked as part of the leading 12 qualified players, the final spot will go to the top-ranked qualified player from the host country.

LGU uses WAGR for selecting 4 players (out of 8) in the GB&I teams (Curtis Cup team and 3 or 4 out of 9 players for the Vagliano Trophy team).
WAGR used for entire field; if a region/country does not have any ranked players, they are asked to nominate two.
Uses WAGR for the player selection to the National Team as well as international major events i.e. WATC, Nomura Cup, SEA Amateur Team Championship, SEA Games and Asian Games.
 

Augusta National Women’s Amateur Tournament:

- The top 30 players from the United States of America will be invited who are not otherwise qualified, based on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
- After the previous qualification, the next 30 highest ranked players not otherwise qualified will receive invitations, as listed on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

For our national teams both men and women we take into account WAGR as a selection criteria.
 We do look at WAGR when it comes to sending some of our national team players to international tournaments and we select them on it on occasion.

Pinehurst Resort & CC, Pinehurst, NC

Exemptions:
- Provides exemption to the top 200 WAGR players. Rankings are also used in consideration for selection of non-exempt players.

Pinehurst Resort & CC, Pinehurst, NC

Exemptions;
- Provides exemption to the top 300 WAGR players. Rankings are also used in consideration for selection of non-exempt players.

We will use the WAGR as a main category to qualify to play in national tournaments counting towards the WAGR. We are using WAGR as a ranking to pick our national teams in all groups; girls, boys, women and men.
 
In addition, we also use the WAGR to rank players that are not eligible for our national teams but are put in observation groups. i.e. criteria to qualify for our national men’s team is top 100 and to be picked in an observation group is 1500.
 
Although this is not our only criteria, it is an important one. We are also using the WAGR as a criteria to qualify directly to attend certain tournaments. Here we will set different levels during the season depending on the level of the tournament.

Exemptions:
 - The top 500 are exempt into the NCGA Public Links Championship, NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, and NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship. 

 - The top 500 are also exempt into the California State Amateur Championship run in collaboration with the Southern California Golf Association.

The Golf Association of Ontario will be using the WAGR as one of the selection criteria for selecting athletes that are eligible for subsidy for athlete assistance from our Ontario “Quest for Gold” program.
The Palmetto Amateur provided exemptions to the Top 200 WAGR players.
Used for team selection and entry criteria.

We don’t have a set guideline for using the rankings for selection purposes, but we do take them into consideration when selecting for regional events (e.g. Pacific Games) together with selection trials based on results from a number of locally organised events.

For the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, the WAGR is used, when ranked players are available.

We don’t use the rankings for entry into any of our tournaments as a qualification requirement as we use handicaps rather than rankings as a cut off should we have a full field.

Singapore Open - The top Singapore player ranked in WAGR will be invited to play in the Singapore Open. The selection will be made one month before the event date.

We also use WAGR to award points for our own local Ranking Order of Merit. It is especially for our golfers who are not ranked in the WAGR.

We use this to determine selection of players for overseas tournaments as well as selection to our national teams.

We consider the WAGR for international selection.
Top 200 WAGR ranked players

Exemptions:

 - Men
   The top 500 in WAGR rankings are exempt in to the Southern California Amateur and the California Amateur

 - Women
    The top 500 in WAGR rankings are exempt into the Southern California Women’s Amateur

Regarding the men’s and ladies’ amateur committees of the Spanish Golf Federation, we have an order of merit (ranking) based in the WAGR and WWAGR year, from the 1 January - 31 December. To select players, we use the best 6 tournaments (men) and best 5 tournaments (women). 

We also use the WAGR and WWAGR position as a minimum requirement for selection into the national squads (must be within the first x number of Spanish ranked players to be eligible).

Exemptions:
 - Spanish International Amateur: we use the WAGR since 2008, and it works very well.
 - Spanish International Ladies Amateur: we use the WWAGR since 2012.

Use WAGR as entry criteria for ANNIKA Invitational Europe. Nordic Golf League (Satellite Tour, 3rd level for men). A maximum of 5 spots are allocated in category 9 for amateurs within top-500 (in ranking order) in WAGR upon close of entry for each event on Nordic Golf League.

Use the rankings for selections into the national squads and to play tournaments abroad. Also, use them for male and female Order of Merits.

Exemptions:
- Men’s Swiss International Amateur - After other exemption categories have been filled, all remaining entries (up to 90 competitors) will be accepted according to WAGR (up to 1000 - as of closing           date).
- Women’s Swiss International Amateur - After other exemption categories have been filled, all remaining entries (up to 54 competitors) will be accepted according to WAGR (up to 1500 - as of closing      date).
 

 

The Texas Golf Association (TGA) is using the WAGR as an exemption category for the Texas Amateur Championship and the Texas Mid-Amateur Championship for entrants who meet eligibility criteria outlined in the Texas Golf Association Policies and Procedures.

Exemptions:

- Texas Amateur Championship: Top 700 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at time of entry.
- Texas Mid-Amateur Championship: Top 1500 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at time of entry.

 Exemptions:

- The Open, Exempt: The Mark H McCormack Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking) winner for the previous year.

- The Open FQ: The leading 10 World Amateur Golf Ranked entrants, not otherwise exempt, as at WAGR week 22.

- The Open RQ: WAGR ranked 1-2000 during the period WAGR Week 2019/01 to date of entry.

- The Amateur: Entries accepted from players ranked 1-2000; winners of Category A and B events.

- The Boys Amateur: Entries accepted from players ranked 1-2000. 

 

Exemptions:
- Tennessee State Open – top 500 WAGR ranked players
- Tennessee State Amateur – top 500 WAGR ranked players
- Tennessee State Junior – top 500 WAGR ranked players
- Tennessee State Mid-Amateur – top 500 WAGR ranked players

The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association (TMGA) uses WAGR as an exemption category for the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship. 

In addition, the Championship Committee uses WAGR as a consideration for selection criteria for non-exempt entries.

Exemptions:
  - Trans-Mississippi Amateur: Top 300 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

  WAGR will be used to select our teams to the Copa De Las Americas.

Exemptions:
   - The Trinidad &Tobago Open will be granting exemptions from qualifying to the top 50 male golfers.

 

  Strongly considers WAGR for international team selection, but not sole determining factor.

Exemptions:
- U.S. Junior Amateur: Low 25 players within top 400 and ties
- U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur: Low 15 players within top 75 and ties
- U.S. Amateur: top 50 and ties
- U.S. Women’s Amateur: top 25 and ties
- U.S. Mid-Amateur: top 400 and ties
- U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: top 500 and ties
- USGA Senior Amateur: top 500 and ties
- USGA Senior Women’s Amateur: top 500 and ties
- USGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship: top 400 and ties (both players), Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship: top 500 and ties (both players)

 

World Amateur Team Championships (men’s and women’s 3-person USA teams):

  • The best-ranked female or male player in WAGR will be automatically named to each respective team, as of the July 25 WAGR update for women and the Aug. 1 WAGR update for men
  • The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and U.S. Amateur champion will be automatically named to each respective team 
  • The men’s and women’s Mark H. McCormack Medal winners (WAGR world No. 1) will be automatically named to each respective team (named immediately after each U.S. Amateur championship)
  • Any other remaining selections will be decided by the USGA’s International Team Selection (ITS) Committee
  • All selections assume the player is a U.S. citizen and remains an amateur through the Team Championships

USA Walker Cup Team (10-person team – selected in two segments in August)

  • Top 3 ranked USA players in WAGR (as of early August) will be automatically named to the team 
  • 2019 U.S. Amateur champion will be automatically named to the team 
  • 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal winner (WAGR world No. 1) will be automatically named to the team (named immediately after U.S. Amateur Championship)
  • The remaining selections, which will include at least one mid-amateur player, will be decided by the USGA’s International Team Selection (ITS) Committee
  • All selections assume the player is a U.S. citizen and remains an amateur through the Walker Cup Match

USA Curtis Cup Team (8-person team selected all at once in spring)

  • 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion will be automatically named to the team 
  • Top 3 ranked USA players in WAGR (as of team selection date) will be automatically named to the team
  • 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal winner (WAGR world No. 1) will be automatically named to the team (named immediately after U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship)
  • The remaining selections will be decided by the USGA’s International Team Selection (ITS) Committee
  • All selections assume the player is a U.S. citizen and remains an amateur though the Curtis Cup Match

 

U.S. Amateur Second Cut-Off Exemption:

 

*From the current Men’s World Amateur Golf Rankings, the five lowest ranked players within the top 50 point leaders as of August 8, 2018, if not previously exempt. Players eligible under this category will be determined on August 8, 2018.

 

Each club competing in GV Pennant is restricted to a maximum of two male and two female players who are defined as being either from Interstate or Overseas.

An International player is a non-permanent resident of Australia who holds an R&A World Ranking of less than 1000 as at 1 January of the year of the competition.

 

International Games:
- Youth Olympic Games
o NOC Qualification – A field of 32 boys and 32 girls
 One (1) Host Country place is available for each gender.
 Utilizing the WAGR at the end of the qualification period, the highest ranked place of each country’s man and woman is added together. The countries with the lowest 26 totals enable their NOC to          qualify.
• For Great Britain the highest ranked place of each country’s man and woman for England, Scotland and Wales on the WAGR will be averaged and their eligibility be calculated accordingly.
• Should there be a tie for the 26th for the final qualifying spot(s), the order of eligibility will be determined as follows:
o The points average of the highest ranked player of each country’s man and woman in the WAGR at the end of the qualification period is added together. The country with the highest combined points      average qualifying
o If tied, the country with the most number of female and male players on the WAGR at the end of the qualification period
o If still tied, positions will be determined by lot
 Five (5) Universality Places per gender are available for eligible NOCs, pending that the technical level of the athletes allows it.  Any unused Universality places will be reallocated to the next highest       ranked NOC in accordance with the method above
o Athlete Eligibility –
 The athletes selected by the NOC for the Boys and Girls Individual Stroke Play events must be amateur golfers that hold a recognised Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4.
 Those NOCs and their selected athletes, who qualify for the Girls and Boys Individual Stroke Play events, qualify for the mixed gender team event.
- 2015 Pan American Games, Toronto, Canada
o NOC Qualification – A field of 32 men and 32 women, with a maximum of two players per NOC per gender as follows:
 Two host country places
 30 direct acceptances based on the top 500 of the World Golf Rankings as of April 28, 2015
 If qualification places are still available, the best-ranked players of the World Amateur Golf Rankings as of April 30, 2015
o Athlete Eligibility – Athletes selected by their NOC for the men’s and women’s events must be professional golfers who are ranked within the top 500 of the World Golf Rankings, Rolex Women’s World    Golf Rankings or any amateur golfer ranked in the World Amateur Golf Ranking who holds a recognised handicap index not exceeding 4.0. Those NOCs and their selected athletes who qualify for the     men’s and women’s individual stroke-play events will also represent their country for the mixed-gender team event. Those NOCs who do not qualify an athlete for both the men’s and women’s                 individual stroke-play events will not qualify for the mixed-gender team event.
McCormack Medal Winner Exemptions

Women’s Winner – Exempt into the next Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship.

                            – Exempt into the next U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

Men’s Winner – Exempt into next The Open Championship.

                       – Exempt into the next U.S. Open Championship.

List of Professional Exemptions

The leading 3 entrants to a limit of 10th place in WAGR.

Players currently listed on Women’s WAGR Top 100 as of the event deadline (3 events each year – British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec).

Three (3) players can play from the second stage in Q-School. Second Stage Eligibility No. 13: three (3) players from top 10 of World Amateur Ranking.

The top 25 of WAGR rankings go straight to the Final Stage of Q-School, as long as they have entered Q-School by the closing date.

Category for invitations which includes amateurs ranked by a priority list according to WAGR, to a maximum of six invitations.

Top three WAGR players exempt to Stage II.

10 from the top 400 will be eligible for Final Stage Q-School.

The leading 5 entrants as at 29th August to a limit of 15th place in WAGR provided that the relevant applicants have applied to enter the First Stage by 29th August.

Q-School First Qualifying Stage – Applicants ranked 6-25 on WAGR as of the qualifying tournament entry deadline.

Q-School Second Qualifying Stage – Applicants ranked 1-5 on WAGR as of the qualifying tournament entry deadline.

Q-School exempts the leading 3 players from WAGR to a ceiling of 10th position.

The Open: the leading 10 entrants, not otherwise exempt, as at closing date.

The Open FQ: The leading 10 World Amateur Golf Ranked entrants, not otherwise exempt, as at WAGR week 22.

The Open RQ: WAGR ranked 1-2000 during the period WAGR Week 2015/01 to date of entry.

Ricoh Women’s British Open: Entry accepted from players who have been within the Women’s WAGR listing 1-1,000, and the leading 10 Women’s entrants, not already exempt as at closing date.

3 spots to WAGR ranked players according to their positions 3 weeks before the tournament starts.

U.S. Open: top 50 and ties (local qualifying).