Policies + General Information

Please note that this information is specific to all of the amateur events that make up the Festival. Information pertaining to the Long Beach Open appears under the dropdown menu for that tournament.

FESTIVAL STAFF 
Executive Director
Tim Forbes
6730 East Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-8163
lbgolffestival@americangolf.com

Operations Manager
Eric Beck
6730 East Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-8164
lbgfoperations@americangolf.com

OPENING DATE
Entries will be accepted for all tournaments starting February 19, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY
Individuals who have played on any tour as a "non-amateur/professional handicap golfer for cash", are NOT eligible to play as an amateur in any amateur Festival event unless they can provide proof, if requested, that they have successfully petitioned the USGA for the restoration of their amateur status. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to deny entry to those whom it feels do not meet this criteria.

Other event-specific eligibility requirements are listed in the information page linked to each individual tournament on this site. Tournament information sheets can also be obtained by contacting the Festival office. 

ESTABLISHED HANDICAPS
Most tournaments require participants to have a valid one-year 18-hole handicap established and calculated by a recognized provider (e.g. USGA, SCGA, etc.). Certain tournaments within the Festival, however, offer alternative eligibility requirements with respect to handicaps. Please consult the tournament information page for specific details on the event that you are interested in playing.

In all circumstances in which handicaps are used to determine eligibility and/or flighting, a player's Low Index for the previous 12 month period will be used. "As of" dates are published on the tournament information page of each relevant tournament. Golfers wishing to participate with an established index of less than 1 year may enter only with permission from the Tournament Director(s).

Misrepresentation of ability level could result in a reassignment of flight, or in extreme situations, disqualification with no refund, at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.

DEADLINE DATES
The event description page for each individual Long Beach Golf Festival tournament contains a "Registration Process & Key Dates" list for that specific event, but in general, the deadline to enter an event will be 8 days prior to the first day of the tournament, or when the tournament is full, whichever comes first. When applicable, a Late Registration process will begin once Preliminary Pairings have been posted, and will be open until 3 days prior to the first day of the tournament, or when the tournament is full, whichever comes first.

PAYMENT
All standard entry fees may be paid by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, cash, check, cashier's check, or money order. Credit Cards are the preferred method of payment. All Late Registrations will be subject to a $25 additional fee, and can only be paid with credit card, cashier's check, or cash. No personal checks will be accepted with a Late Registration.
All returned checks will be turned over to a collection agency and are subject to a $25 handling charge in addition to any collection costs. 

WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS
Players who withdraw from a tournament prior to the close of Registration (typically 8 days prior to the first round of the event) will receive a full refund, minus a service charge of $10. Players who withdraw after the close of Registration but prior to posting of Final Pairings (typically 3 days prior to the first round of the event) will receive a full refund, minus a service charge of $25. Players who withdraw after the posting of Final Pairings but prior to the first day of the event will receive a full refund, minus a service charge of $50. Players that do not show up for their tee time, are disqualified, or who otherwise withdraw on the first day of the tournament will not receive a refund. In cases of sickness, injury, or family emergency, a player may petition for a full refund, minus a $25 service charge. No refunds will be granted for injury or illness sustained at the course during the days of the tournament.

ALL withdrawals must be received in writing, either by email (lbgfregistration@americangolf.com) or fax (562-570-1274) in order to qualify for a refund. The time stamp of the email or fax will be used to determine the amount of refund due, if any, per the policy delineated in the previous paragraph. Withdrawals attempted by calling the Long Beach Golf Festival office and leaving a voicemail will not be considered valid.

PAIRINGS
Preliminary Pairings will be posted on the Long Beach Golf Festival website by 6:00 PM PDT on the day following close of Registration for each tournament. Final Pairings for that tournament will be posted on both the LBGF website and on the event's online portal by 6:00 PM PDT on the day following the close of Late Registration for each tournament. Players will receive an email with the link to the online portal once Final Pairings have been posted. In the vast majority of cases, a player's tee time will not change in between the two postings unless they have specifically contacted the Festival office to request a change. In those instances in which a player's tee time is altered between the two postings, it will rarely be moved more than one tee time forward or back. Players will be contacted by a Festival staff member directly should the change in their tee time be moved materially.

TOURNAMENT FORMATS AND TEE TIMES
At the discretion of the Festival Director, all tournament formats and tee times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances related to the availability of courses, weather, a material change in the number of tournament entries, etc. In the event of any such changes, all registered players will be notified as soon as practically possible.

GOLF CARTS
With the exception of the Crosby Memorial Junior Golf Championship, players are allowed to use golf carts. The golf cart rental terms and conditions are governed by the golf courses themselves, and not by the Long Beach Golf Festival, and are as follows:

Cart Fee: $30.00 per cart
Cost per person (2 people in cart): $ 15.00 per rider
Maximum 2 carts per group.
Maximum of 2 people and 2 sets of clubs per cart.

In some Festival events, a “Tournament Services Package” is offered to enable players to pre-pay during registration for discounted prices on cart rentals and range balls. These packages are all-inclusive and “all or none”, meaning that if a golfer chooses to register and pre-pay for the Package, it applies to ALL applicable rounds of that tournament. No partial refunds will be issued, and once the golfer has begun to make use of the Package, no refund of any kind will be made.

Spectator carts will not be allowed during tournaments, with the sole exception being that of carts requested due to physical handicaps. In those instances, a Disabled Spectator Cart agreement must be obtained from a tournament staff member and returned to the onsite Tournament Headquarters along with proof of disability (e.g. a handicapped driver hangtag, placard, etc.) The handicapped spectator will then be given a golf cart placard to bring to the golf shop when securing a cart rental.

CADDIES
With the exception of the Crosby Memorial Junior Golf Championship, caddies are allowed in all tournaments, under the following conditions:

  1. Caddies may ride in one of the two carts allowed per group in lieu of the player they are caddying for. They may not, however, take the place of another player in the group.

  2. Caddies must not hold up play or challenge Rules Committee or Tournament Officials' directions.

  3. Caddies may not give a "playing lesson" during the tournament or hold up play in any manner. Caddies may be asked to leave by the Rules Committee or Tournament Director if a delay occurs due to their actions.

  4. Individuals designated as Caddies are therefore subject to the USGA Rules of Golf. Specifically, a rules violation by a caddie is the same as a rules violation by their player.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
Hand-held or other devices (yardage or GPS devices) may be used, but ONLY to measure distance. Players using devices with features that gauge or measure other conditions in addition to distance (e.g. wind or gradient) must switch those feature(s) off during tournament play.

PRACTICE ROUNDS
Practice rounds are not included as part of any tournament's entry fee. Players that wish to schedule a practice tee time must contact the golf course directly to do so. 
With the sole exception of the Match Play Championship, in tournaments where competition takes place at two or more golf courses, players may NOT practice on a competition course between rounds of a tournament. 

DRESS CODE
Proper golf attire is required. Players may not wear short-shorts, tank tops, halter-tops, tee shirts or jeans. Players are strongly encouraged to direct their caddies to also adhere to this dress code.

CONDUCT
Unsportsmanlike conduct (i.e. vulgar or abusive language, club throwing, etc.) will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification from the tournament and/or future tournaments. 
Cellular phones must be silenced during the play of all rounds of any Long Beach Golf Festival tournament.

SPECTATORS
Spectators are permitted at all Long Beach Golf Festival events. Spectators must not interfere with play or cause slow play in the group they are following or any other group on the course. During the Crosby Memorial Junior Championship, spectators may not talk with players or interfere with their play.

PRIZES
In keeping with USGA rules regarding the definition of amateurs, the Festival will not issue cash prizes to players that earn awards. Instead, the Festival will issue prize vouchers whose market value will not exceed the maximum allowable, as specified in Rule 3-2a (currently $750). Prizes that are issued in the form of American Golf gift cards are redeemable at any American Golf facility. No duplicate gift cards will be issued if the original is lost by recipient.

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