Article VII - Texas Cup


Section 1. Participation

A woman who has been a resident of Texas for at least 180 days prior to the open qualifying date of Texas Cup, who lives in the North Texas section of the state per the Texas Cup boundaries, who maintains a handicap index of 10.4 or less and who is not currently on a high school or collegiate golf team or of professional status is eligible to qualify for the North Texas Cup Team. Players may qualify to participate in Texas Cup by either of the following two methods: 1) LAGATM Rankings, or 2) Open Qualifying. The rules regarding each method are outlined below.

There are twelve positions to be filled on the Texas Cup Team. Participation in Texas Cup and Texas Cup open qualifying will be subject to approval by the LAGATM Board of Directors.

Section 2. LAGA Rankings

The first six positions for the Texas Cup team will be determined by LAGATM rankings. To be ranked, each player must have at least six eligible scores that are posted with the current Webmaster of LAGATM during the qualifying period. At least three scores must be from LAGATM playdays and only 3 scores from outside events meeting the minimum acceptable yardage of 5500 yards will be considered. The eligible scores are ranked according to the stroke differential. Eligible scores, the qualifying period, and stroke differential are defined below.

Section 2a. Eligible Scores

Eligible outside scores that must be played at a minimum acceptable yardage of 5,500 yards:

1. WTGA State Amateur Championship qualifying scores
2. WTGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship 3. WTGA Senior Stroke Play Championship 4. All USGA local and sectional qualifying events, as well as qualifying rounds or stroke play rounds at the tournament proper, including the following:

A. Women’s U.S. Open B. U.S. Women’s Amateur C. USGA Women’s State Team D. U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur E. U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur F. U.S. Women’s Senior Open 5. Texas Women’s Open 6. Southern Amateur and Mid-Amateur 7. Trans-National Amateur 8. North South Amateur 9. Southern Senior 10. North South Senior 11. Orange Blossom events:

A. Harder Hall Invitational B. South Atlantic Ladies Amateur (SALLY) C. Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship

Each player must turn in attested scorecards to the current Public Relations Chair of LAGATM from eligible rounds in a timely manner by the qualifying period deadline. Scorecards must show course slope, rating, and yardage played to be considered for Texas Cup eligibility. Minimum yardage for scores considered acceptable for Texas Cup is 5,500 yards. LAGATM playdays must be set by May 30th in order for the LAGATM playday score to count towards Texas Cup qualifying.

Section 2b. Qualifying Period

The qualifying period shall include rounds from January 1 of the current year and an ending cutoff date prior to the Texas Cup open qualifying date. The ending cutoff date will be determined by the Board and communicated to the general membership by email, and set no later than two weeks before the open qualifying date. The cutoff date will change from year to year (since the Texas Cup dates change from year to year), and will be determined by attempting to give members the most opportunities possible to establish six low qualifying scores before the Texas Cup open qualifying date. All players are responsible for insuring accuracy of scores posted to the website; corrections must be made prior to the cutoff date for open qualifying.

Section 2c. Stroke Differential

Stroke differential is defined as the difference between the number of strokes taken and the USGA course rating. For example, if your score is 79 and the USGA course rating is 73.4, this yields a stroke differential of 5.6. Ties will be broken by comparing the differentials from each player’s most difficult course rating. If this still results in a tie, successively less difficult course ratings will be used until all ties are broken.

Section 2d. Replacements

In the event that any player who qualifies for the Texas Cup by the LAGATM rankings system for one of the first six positions of the Texas Cup Team must withdraw before the Texas Cup begins, that team member position will be filled with the seventh position from the LAGATM rankings. A second withdrawal will be filled by the eighth position, and so on. In summary, the first six positions will ultimately be filled only by LAGATM rankings.

Section 3. Open Qualifying

The second six players for the Texas Cup Team will be determined by an Open Qualifying Tournament which requires an entry fee and will be held on the date selected by the Texas Cup Chairman. Players who wish to complete in the 36-hole tournament must register with the Texas Cup Chairman by the published deadline. The field will be open to a predetermined number of players to be set by the host golf course. If more than the predetermined number of players sign up for the Open Qualifying, then lowest handicaps will compete. The Texas Cup Chairman will serve as the 36-hole Tournament Chairman. Sudden Death will apply in case of ties for the six positions. Sudden death will also apply in case of ties to determine alternate positions.

Section 3a. Alternates

In the event that any player who has qualified by the Open Qualifying for one of the second six positions of the Texas Cup Team must withdraw before the Tournament begins, the replacement position will be determined beginning with the first alternate position from the 36-hole Qualifying Tournament and continue down the alternate list in numerical order to fill the second of six positions on the Texas Cup Team. In summary, the second six positions will ultimately be filled only by players from the Open Qualifying Tournament.