The final lead up event to the 2021 US Champs is headed to upstate New York in August! Two days, two rounds, two courses – one incredible Speedgolf experience!
On Sunday and Monday, August 8th and 9th, the Thirsty Owl New York Speedgolf Open presented by Rome Sentinel Company returns to Rome, New York, site of the annual tournament since 2016 and host of the US Championships in 2018. Rome Country Club will once again welcome players on Day 1, and the nearby Donald Ross gem – Teugega Country Club will host Speedgolfers for Day 2 of competition.
Entry options for every type of Speedgolfer: curious, beginners, amateurs, professionals. Play as little or as much as you want! Choose from 9 or 18 holes on Day 1, or 18 holes on both days.
The tournament will be contested over two days, with a projected 3:00 p.m. start on Day 1 at Rome Country Club and 8:00 a.m. on Day 2 at Teugega Country Club (weather dependent). There will be multiple divisions to accommodate all participant abilities:
1) 9 & 18 hole Open-to-all Divisions: Shorter distance options for beginner Speedgolfers and/or those who are not interested or able to play 36 holes over 2 days. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers.
2) 36 hole Amateur Divisions: Amateurs who want to play both tournament days in stroke play format. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers from each age-group division: Amateur(18-39), Masters (40-54), Senior(55+), and Womens division.
3) 36 hole Open Division: Elite Amateurs and Professional Speedgolfers who want to compete at the highest level for the title of 2020 New York Speedgolf Champion. Medals, points, and a cash purse will be distributed to the top finishers.
The 2021 Thirsty Owl New York Speedgolf Open entry fees are as follows: $45 for the 9 hole Open Entry, $70 for the 18 hole Open Entry, $120 for the 36 hole Amateur + Age group Entries, $250 for the 36 Pro Entry - (plus processing fees). Entry fee includes greens fees, range balls, tournament shirt (please comment with shirt size at registration), light snacks and refreshments, and the chance to win awards and prizes. Depending on the sponsorships we receive, players may also receive additional benefits and the Open prize purse may increase. If you are interested in sponsorships please contact the tournament host Wes Cupp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOURNAMENT RULES & SCORING
The ISGA Official Rules of Speedgolf will govern play. USGA rules apply. Rule 27-1 concerning lost balls & out of bounds is in effect, but shall be modified to a 1-stroke penalty. Official timing - the elapsed time for a player's round will start at the official tee time. Timing will be stopped when the ball is holed on the player's final green.
SCOREKEEPERS / CADDIES
**Volunteers are encouraged to sign up here by selecting the Volunteer option. All players will be assigned a volunteer scorekeeper who runs or drives a cart along with them during their tournament round. Scorekeepers will perform the following duties: a) Mark their player's score on the official scorecard. b) Help their player find their ball (forecaddying is encouraged). c) Rake sandtraps for their player. d)Repair ball marks on greens made by their player.
All players have the option to bring their own scorekeeper with them to the tournament. Aside from the ability to keep up with their players, volunteer scorekeepers must meet additional requirements: 1)arrive at the 1st tee staging area 15 minutes before their player's scheduled tee time. 2)commit to accurately and honestly recording player scores and following the above guidelines.
If you do not bring your own scorekeeper, we will pair you with a friendly and capable volunteer recruited from the local community. **ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VOLUNTEER AS A SCOREKEEPER FOR ANOTHER PLAYER.
Advice - USGA Rule 8 shall remain in effect, and advice is not permitted from players or spectators. Any verbal or physical communications between players and spectators could be construed as giving/receiving advice and may result in a 2-stroke penalty. The scorekeeper will serve as an eyewitness.
Spectators are allowed to help search for lost balls.
No Equipment on Greens - Per SGUSA policy, players may not place or drop bags/clubs/equipment (other than the ball) on the surface of the putting green. Violations of this rule shall incur a 1-stroke penalty per incident.
Finish With All Equipment - Players must finish their round with all of their equipment through the green of the last hole played. The penalty for leaving equipment on the course is 1-stroke per incident.
A complete list of local rules will be made available to all participants the week of the event.
Thanks to title sponsorship by Thirsty Owl Wine Company as well as our other major sponsors – Driftwood Inn B&B, Rome Daily Sentinel, and the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, a cash purse will be offered to 36 hole Open Division professionals. The professional purse is a guaranteed minimum $3,500 and could reach $6,000 or more depending on field size and sponsorships. Medals/awards will also be provided to division and category winners.
Practice rounds will be available the week of the tournament. Call the Rome Country Club proshop at 315-336-6464 to reserve your practice round tee time. Call the Teugega Country Club proshop at 315-337-7151 to reserve your practice round tee time. Be sure to mention you are playing in the New York Speedgolf Open.
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP DINNER
A private party for players, sponsors, volunteers, and their guests will be held at Rome Country Club immediately following the conclusion of DAY 1 play. Burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian/vegan options, sides and refreshments provided. There may also be a corn hole tournament that all are encouraged to attend and join in on the fun!
GETTING TO THE TOURNAMENT
Rome Country Club is located at 5342 Rome-Taberg Rd, Rome, NY 13440. From Syracuse International Airport, take I-90 east for 32 miles to Verona. Take 365-E for 15 miles to Erie Blvd E and merge onto Rome-Taberg Rd. Rome Country Club will approximately 3 miles be on your left. To get to Teugega Country Club from downtown Rome, take Ridge Mills Rd approximately 3 miles to Golf Course Rd. Take a left and the course parking lot is on your right.
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If you desire private housing, please e-mail Wes & Lauren at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the tournament, please contact Wes Cupp at email@example.com.
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