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Conditions of Play





The Championship will have a maximum field of 48 players age 30+ with the minimum set at 45 players.  Competition commences over a 36 hole stroke play format each of the first two days.  The field is cut after 36 holes to top 16 for match play. Players are also cut who fail to break 90 the first round.


Ties for the 16th match play spot are determined via a "sudden death" playoff commencing immediately after the conclusion of stroke play.        

    Prizes (assumes full field)  

Champion – Crystal Trophy, merchandise*, points, 5 year SPMA invite

Finalist – Crystal award, merchandise*, points, 3 year SPMA invite

Semi-Finalist  – merchandise*, points, 2 year SPMA invite

Quarter-Finalist  merchandise*, SPWAR points & 1 year SPMA invite

make match play  – merchandise* & 1 year SPMA invite

Course Record – Custom Plaque ordered & delivered subsequent to SPMA


*  any contestant winning merchandise who does not take such merchandise with them upon the conclusion of the tournament,

    will be deemed to have forfeited such merchandise which will then be distributed to volunteers helping with the event.


  Rules & Conditions  

Play will be governed by the Rules of Golf as currently approved by the USGA  with "distance measuring devices" permitted and carts not allowed as prescribed below under "Carts & Caddies".  The pace of play for any stroke play round is a 4 hours & 40 minutes and 4 hours & 25 minutes for any match play round.  The SPMA Pace of Play will be strictly enforced.  Local rules, tournament conditions and registration requirements will be provided via email or upon player registration.  Contestants failing to register, in person, at the tournament site by the morning of the first round risk losing their place in the field to an alternate unless an exception is previously granted by the Tournament Director.  The Tournament Committee (TC) requires  that all players wear softspikes shoes.  Golf shorts of appropriate length are permitted.  The TC reserves the right to reject an entry at any time before or after the start of tournament play.  Any player engaging in unbecoming or unsportsmanlike conduct is subject to ejection.  The TC reserves the right to alter the conditions & schedules herein prior to or during the championship.




  Schedule of Tournament      


Wednesday, March 21

SPMA  practice round day with times available all day

SPMA contestants make their own tee times via the tournament site Pro Shop


Thursday, March 22

First Round of the Championship.

SPMA contestants may make tee time and/or pairing requests via the Tournament Director.

HORSESKINS event at 4’ish; optional and limited to SPMA & SPSA contestants or Club members ($40 buy in)


Friday, March 23

Second Round of the Championship

Field is cut to low 16 (playoff for last spots as may be necessary)


Saturday, March 24

First Match Round of the Championship with twosomes every 8 minutes off the first tee from 7:30 to 8:26AM

Quarter-Finals of Championship with twosomes every 8 minutes off the first tee from 12:45 to 1:09PM


Sunday, March 25

Semi-Finals of Championship with twosomes every 10 minutes off the first tee at 7:50 and 8:00AM

Championship Finals at 1:00 off the first tee

SPMA award presentation and other prizes immediately after the conclusion of play


   Carts & Caddies   no motor carts are allowed at Mayacama  

Mayacama is a "walking only" course with no carts allowed or available.  Players may carry their own bag or provide their own caddie during any round.  Mayacama has an extensive caddy program and contestants can secure such caddies at the member rate of $20 per round payable through the Club via credit card plus $75 payable directly to the caddie in cash (includes tip) or $95 total.  To be assured that a contestant gets a Mayacama caddy, such request needs to be made at time of entry.  There is no assurance that Mayacama caddies will be available at contestant registration.  Do not expect caddies to be available during the SPMA if prior arrangements have not been made.  If a contestant requests a Mayacama provided caddie, such player obligates themselves to cover their caddy’s fee for, at least, the first day.  Should a contestant have any other specific questions regarding the Mayacama caddy program, they are directed to contact the Club directly.

   Course & Venue Set Up

· greens are cut & rolled to be quick and smooth daily.

· the inner cup dirt is chalked white on all fresh holes daily.

· custom scorecards with Rules  &  Conditions on back + pin sheets daily

· on course snack & beverage provided throughout the course

· Titleist & other tour level, non-striped balls provided on the practice range

· multiple practice & putting greens as well as practice bunkers available

· use of locker room, related services and guest lockers provided


   Key 09 Dates Summary  
        January 1
March 19
March 21
March 22
March 23
March 24
March 25
– first day invitation requests are considered
– last day to request complimentary shuttle from the SFO or OAK airport
– practice round day
– first stroke round of championship
– second stroke round of championship
– match round of 16 and Quarter-finals
– Semi-finals and Final