List of Amateur Exemptions

Uses WAGR® for selections when our entries exceed available space.

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

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®. 

Remaining positions are filled by invitation of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Committee.

With respect to Australian team selection, The World Amateur Golf Ranking® is utilized as a tool (along with several other things).

Exemptions:
Australian Amateur Championship: Any player in the Top 200 (Men) and in the Top 100 (Women) of WAGR® as at close of entries.
 
Sanctioned events by Golf Australia that 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
 

 

The World Amateur Golf Ranking® is used for team selection.
As we are a small island, we only have one player in WAGR® therefore we have started a national team and training for those who may represent Bermuda in world events.
Utilizes WAGR® for team selection for international and regional participation and for determining the Order of Merits.
The Confederacao Brasileira de Golfe utilizes WAGR® as a determining factor during team selection.
The top Canadian player in the WAGR® Top 100 (Men’s and Women’s) is automatically selected for the national team.  WAGR® is used when evaluating head-to-head stats for additional player selections (Men’s and Women’s).
 
Golf Canada operates its own National Orders of Merit with many WAGR® Counting Events included.
 
Exemptions:
Canadian Men’s Amateur: Considers the WAGR® rank of players who submit an exemption request.  Generally, if the player is in the Top 100, he will get into the field.
Canadian Women’s Amateur: Considers the WAGR® rank of players who submit an exemption request.  Generally, if the player is in the Top 100, she will get into the field.

China Junior Golf Ranking Events:
   - Top 1,000 in WAGR® (Men’s and Women’s)

The three highest ranked Mid-Amateur and Senior amateurs from the USA within WAGR® earn automatic spots on the team.
- 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 Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, GA uses the WAGR® to ID the top 100 ranked players as invitees.
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® is used to guide selections (generally find it very reliable for over-18, and a good guide for under-18).

Finnish Amateur Championship (Men and Ladies) 
  - WAGR® 1 – 2400
Finnish International Junior Championships (Girls and Boys)
  - WAGR® 1 - 4000

WAGR® is used for our closed Championships 
All main Junior tournaments use WAGR® as an entry method

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 Florida Women’s Open, any women ranked in the top 500 are given a priority entry.

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.

WAGR® is used for three tournaments – Esmond, Carlhian, and Murat
WAGR® is used to select one French player for the World Amateur Team Championship
WAGR® is used to select two French players (Men and Women) for the European Team Championship 
WAGR® is used for entry to the French Ladies’ Amateur Stroke Play Championship 

 

 

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.
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 WAGR® (on selection date)

- European Young Masters (U16s) - Top 1 player from WAGR® (on selection date)

- Home International Matches (Ladies and Girls) - Top 3 players from WAGR® (on selection date)

For all non-automatic WAGR® 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 player selection to the National Team as well as international major events – WATC, Nomura Cup, SEA Amateur Team Championship, SEA Games, and Asian Games. 
 
If otherwise eligible, Top 500 in WAGR® are exempt into the MGA Public Links, Ike Stroke Play Championship, Met Junior Championship, Met Amateur Championship, and Met Open Championship.
WAGR® is taken into account as selection criteria for both Men’s and Women’s National Teams.
We 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.

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

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

We will use WAGR® as a main category to qualify to play in national tournaments counting towards 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 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.
We are also using WAGR® as a criterion to qualify directly to attend certain tournaments. Here we will set different levels during the season depending on the level of the tournament.
 

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.

NCGA Mid-Amateur: Top 150 players after filtering for ages 25 and over

NCGA Senior Championship: Top 150 players after filtering for ages 55 and over

 
The Golf Association of Ontario will be using 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.
Top 200 in WAGR®

We don’t have a set guideline for using WAGR® 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 organized events.

WAGR® is used for the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship when ranked players are available.

Scottish Men’s Open Championship – Top 100 entrants from WAGR®

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 Ranking Order of Merit. It is especially for our golfers who are not ranked in WAGR®.

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

Top 200 WAGR® ranked players

Men
The top 500 in WAGR® rankings are exempt into the Southern California Amateur and the California Amateur
The top 10 SCGA members in the Senior Filtered WAGR® rankings are exempt into Southern California Senior 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 based on WAGR® from 1 January - 31 December.  To select players, we use the best 6 tournaments (men) and best 5 tournaments (women). 

We also use WAGR® positions 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
 - Spanish International Ladies Amateur

Use WAGR® as entry criteria for ANNIKA Invitational Europe and 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 WAGR® 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 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 The World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®) at time of entry.
Texas Mid-Amateur Championship: Top 1500 in the R&A/USGA The World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®) at time of entry.

 Exemptions:

- The Amateur: Entries accepted from players ranked 1 – 2000 at date of entry.

- The Amateur, exempt into field: Winners of WAGR® Events with a Power Rating of 400 or greater ending in the period 18 May 2020 to 16 May 2021. The     Mark H McCormack Medal winner 2011 - 2020

The Women’s Amateur: Entries accepted from players ranked 1 – 2000 at date of entry.

The Women’s Amateur, exempt into field: The Mark H McCormack Medal winner 2011 - 2020  

- The R&A Boys’ Amateur: Entries accepted from players ranked 1 – 2000 at date of entry.

 

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

 

Trans-Mississippi Amateur: Top 300 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking®

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

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

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

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship: The Top 75 point leaders using the WAGR® Age Filter
U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship: The Top 40 point leaders using the WAGR® Age Filter
U.S. Amateur: Top 50 and ties
U.S. Women’s Amateur: Top 25 and ties
U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship: The Top 40 point leaders using the WAGR® Age Filter
U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship: The Top 30 point leaders using the WAGR® Age Filter
U.S. Senior Amateur Championship: The Top 25 point leaders using the WAGR® Age Filter
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship: The Top 30 point leaders using the WAGR® Age Filter
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship: Top 400 and ties (both players)
U.S. 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

 

 

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.

We consider the WAGR® for international selection.
Top 300 in WAGR® as of date of entry
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 AIG Women’s British Open Championship (must be an amateur)

                                        – Exempt into the next U.S. Women’s Open Championship (must be an amateur)

Men’s Winner – Exempt into next The Open Championship (must be an amateur)

                                – Exempt into the next U.S. Open Championship (must be an amateur)

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, 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.

 
AIG 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).

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