About the CPGA Senior Associate Program
The CPGA Senior Associate Program is a tournament series available to amateurs and CPGA Professionals age 50 and up. Our senior tournaments give senior golfers a chance to compete in a stroke-play, gross score format against other senior amateurs and professionals. The program promotes an enjoyable tournament experience for players of all levels, while providing a chance to play some of the finest courses in the Carolinas.
Membership in the Senior Associate Program is open to amateur golfers who are 50 (yes 50, not 55) years of age or older. There are no handicap requirements. Amateurs residing outside of the Carolinas are also welcome. Eligible CPGA Professionals do not need to "join" the program.
The annual Senior Associate Program membership fee is $50.00.
This fee gains you access to compete in any CPGA senior tournament for the calendar year. This fee is non-refundable.
Click "Become a Member" below to register for the 2017 season (even if you're ALREADY a Member, you must click to proceed)!
Each member will receive an ID & Password for the BlueGolf system. BlueGolf is the tournament software the CPGA uses to run its tournaments. You will use this ID & Password to login and register for tournaments.
Membership Drive: Recruit 3, Get 1 Free
CPGA Senior Associates and Professionals have the opportunity to recruit three (3) new Associate members and receive one (1) free tournament entry. New members must not have previously been a member of the program. The free tournament entry can be applied to any future senior tournament of your choice. Please contact CPGA Headquarters with information on your recruitment.
Current Senior Associate members (have paid 2016 membership dues) and CPGA Professionals are welcome to invite guests to compete in any senior tournament. These guests may play in one (1) event without having to join the program by paying the membership fee. If they want to play in any subsequent tournament, they must join and pay the fee. All guests will be placed on the waiting list for the event, thus giving members and professionals a chance to register first. Once the registration deadline for the event has passed, if the registration capacity is not met, guests will be added to the field in order of registration date/time. Guests will not be able to register online, and must either mail/fax a registration form or contact CPGA Headquarters to register for an event.
Or, you can print the tournament schedule:
DIVISIONS OF COMPETITION
Super Senior Division
Note: Players may move back to a division with longer tees, but must satisfy age requirements to move up to a division with shorter tees.
The following individuals will be exempt (guaranteed a spot) into each senior tournament:
- Any eligible CPGA Professional or apprentice (excluding the Senior Associate Championship).
- Any CPGA Senior Associate member who competed in 5 or more events in 2016.
- CPGA Senior Associate members in the top 10 of the 2016 Player of the Year lists.
All exempt players must register themselves for an event, and must register by the registration deadline date/time to be guaranteed entry.
There are 50 total Senior Associate members who fall into the exempt categories for the 2017 season:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does it cost to play in a tournament?
Each tournament has a $150.00 entry fee. This includes two rounds of golf with a cart and range balls before your round. A portion of the entry fee goes towards the prize purse.
What is the format of the tournaments?
CPGA senior tournaments are typically 2-day, 36-hole stroke play competitions (18 holes per day). Occasionally, there will be a 2-man competition on the schedule.
How do tee times work?
Starting times vary at each tournament. Starting methods depend on number of players in the field, host club preference, and golf car availability. Some events will be a shotgun start, and some will be morning and afternoon tee times. Starting time information is relayed through email and posted online near the tournament deadline.
Is there a deadline to register for tournaments?
The deadline to register for tournaments is usually by 5:00 PM exactly one week before the first tournament day, unless otherwise posted.
What prizes are given out at the tournaments?
Amateurs have the opportunity to win gift certificates to the host club's golf shop based on their finish. Payout spots are determined by the number of players in the field, in each division, and in each age group. Gift certificate amounts may be anywhere from $50 to $400. Each age division winner will receive same amount. Overall winners in each division will receive a bonus gift certificate amount. Professionals play for separate cash prize purse. All division winners will receive an award.
Can I bring a guest to a tournament?
Actually, you can! We have a "Bring a Guest" policy in which members are encouraged to bring a guest to a tournament without them having to pay the $50 membership fee. This person must not have been a member of the program in 2016. To play in a second or subsequent event, the guest will have to join the program. Guests will not be able to register online and will either need to contact CPGA Headquarters to register or fill out a tournament entry form, clearly identify their sponsor member, and mail or fax in the form. All guests will be placed on the waiting list until the deadline to allow for members and professionals to register. If the field is not full, guests on the waiting list will be added to the field in order of registration.
Are there any handicap requirements?
No. There is no handicap requirement to join the program, and none of our tournaments are handicap-based.
I'm 65, but want to play from a longer set of tees. Can I play in the Champions Division?
Yes, anyone can play in a division with longer tees. As long as you meet the minimum age requirement, you can play in any division you wish.
Are practice rounds available before the tournaments?
Typically the official practice round is the day before the tournament. Practice round tee times, availability, and prices are at the discretion of the host club. Competitors are instructed to contact the host club to inquire about a practice round. Cost is usually around $30. Showing up to play a practice round without scheduling a time is not acceptable or recommended, and individuals doing so will not be guaranteed a practice round.
Are range finders allowed?
Yes, distance-measuring devices are allowed at all senior tournaments.