Open to all professional and amateur golfers.
This is the third annual United States Match Play Championship, and for 2014 there is a guaranteed first place prize of $10,000 to the professional winner of the event! This tournament is the only national championship match play event that is open to all golfers, both professional and amateur. This event is run by the United States Golf Teachers Federation, the nation’s largest organization of Certified Golf Teaching Professionals®. USGTF membership is not required to play, and this event is open to all golfers, both professional and amateur.
A full field will consist of 64 players competing in an 18-hole stroke play qualifier on Monday, December 1. The top 32 golfers will advance to the match play portion of the championship beginning on Tuesday, December 2. In case of a tie for the final qualifying spot, a sudden-death playoff will be held immediately following play on Monday. The match play portion will consist of 18-hole matches in a single-elimination format. Seeding for the match play portion will be based upon the 18-hole qualifying scores from Monday, with any ties broken by scorecard playoff starting on hole #18 and going backwards (this also includes those who survive a sudden-death playoff for the final qualifying spot). In case more than 32 but fewer than 64 enter the championship, 32 players will still advance to the match play portion.
Should 32 or fewer players enter, all will enter the match play portion beginning on Tuesday, with first-round byes for the top qualifiers. (Example with 28 entries: Top 4 golfers receive byes into Wednesday’s second-round of match play; remaining 24 players compete in first-round matches on Tuesday). Ties for the last first-round bye will be broken by sudden-death playoff following play on Monday. If byes are necessary, all receiving a bye are entitled to play a practice round at Indian Hills on Tuesday.
Note: Amateurs who finish in the money will be provided a merchandise certificate to the retail outlet of their choice that provides and honors such certificates. Amateurs who finish in 4th place or higher (or who win more than $750) will receive the maximum amount of merchandise certificate allowed by the USGA Rules of Amateur Status, $750.
In case fewer than 64 enter the championship, first place prize money will still be $10,000, and the rest of the placings and amounts will be adjusted accordingly. A minimum of 25% of the field will be paid, and adequate prize money will be provided for those who finish in the money.
Schedule & Format - (64 players)
Monday, December 1
Stroke play qualifying, 18 holes
Tuesday, December 2
Round of 32, match play
Wednesday, December 3
Round of 16, match play
Thursday, December 4
Morning: Round of 8, match play (quarterfinals)
Friday, December 5
About The Course
Indian Hills Golf Course, in the city of Fort Pierce, Florida, is one of the best-conditioned public courses in South Florida. Maintained by GCSAA superintendent Barry Lezark, Indian Hills plays firm and fast to a yardage of 6,555 from the back tees, which means that competitors of all distance calibers can compete on equal footing. The greens are TifEagle and have a Stimpmeter reading for everyday play of 9-10, making them ideal for the championship. Competitors seeking a practice round may call the course at (772) 465-8110 for arrangements.
About the USGTF
The United States Golf Teachers Federation, founded in 1989, is the nation’s largest organization of Certified Golf Teaching Professionals®. It is a founding member of the World Golf Teachers Federation, which consists of over 25,000 members and 38 member nations. USGTF members can be found in virtually every facet of the golf business.
Since its inception, the USGTF has always adhered to strict policies concerning integrity and honesty within the golf profession. We have been conducting golf championships annually since 1996, and this, along with our track record, assures you can participate in the United States Match Play Championship with complete confidence.
The United States Match Play Championship is our effort to provide a true match play championship for all golfers in the United States. For more information on the USGTF or the championship, please call our National Office at (888) 346-3290 or (772) 335-3216, and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a dress code for this tournament?
A: It is recommended, but not required, that men wear slacks (no denim), but shorts are acceptable; collared or non-collared golf shirt. Women may wear shorts or skirts.
Q: Do women get to play a different set of tees than do the men?
A: The championship is open to everyone, male or female, professional and amateur. All participants will play from the same set of tees (gold).
Q: Will electronic measuring devices be permitted?
A: Yes, provided they measure for distance only and not for the wind, slope, etc.
Q: Will participants be allowed to ride in golf carts?
A: Yes. Participants also will have the option of walking and bringing a caddie. For those riding in a cart who wish to bring a caddie, an additional cart fee must be paid to the club for the extra cart.
Q: Will the tour rule concerning iron grooves be used?
A: No. Grooves that were legal for play prior to January 1, 2010, will be permitted.
Q. What if an amateur wins the event? What happens to the guaranteed $10,000 first-place prize money?
A. The $10,000 would be divided in an equitable manner among the professional participants who place in the money and be added to their final winnings.
Q: What if fewer than 64 participants sign up? What happens with the format and the prize money?
A: If more than 32 but fewer than 64 sign up, 32 will still advance to the match play portion on Tuesday, December 1. If 32 or fewer sign up, all will advance to match play, which will likely necessitate first-round byes (please see The Championship [hyperlink] for details). As for prize money, $10,000 is guaranteed for first place regardless of the number of entries! The rest of the purse will be adjusted accordingly, and adequate payouts for those who finish in the money will be provided.
Match Play Registration
The entry fee is $375, and includes all tournament rounds plus range balls prior to play. All entries must be received by Friday, November 21, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Phone and fax entries will not be accepted. Entries will be handled on a first-received, first-served basis. Entries may be made through US Postal Mail or through the form below. The USGTF National Office is located at 1295 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. The office is open from 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, and the phone number for those seeking further information is (888) 346-3290, and also (772) 335-3216. Checks are to be made payable to the USGTF.
The entry fee of $375 must be paid by each entrant to be considered a valid entry. For this reason, those paying by personal check are advised to have their entry in by Friday, November 7, as any player paying by a personal check that is returned due to insufficient funds and is not corrected by the entry deadline will have their entry rejected and will be charged a $100 fee. Those paying by credit card will be charged an additional 3.75% for a total entry fee of $389.
Withdrawal policy: Those who withdraw prior to the entry deadline will have their entry fee returned, minus a $100 administration fee. Withdrawals must be done by phone, signed fax to (772) 335-3822, or signed US Postal Mail. No e-mail withdrawals allowed. There will be no entry fees returned once the entry deadline has passed. Those who must withdraw after the entry deadline has passed will forfeit their entry fees, but may find a substitute player prior to Wednesday, November 25, 5:00 p.m. EDT, and must notify the USGTF National Office by this time. After this time, tee times become official and anyone not playing will be listed as a DNS.