Three Rivers Golf Association Policies
Effective January 1, 2016
- All players must submit membership form and be approved for membership to the TRGA.
The TRGA reserves the right to refuse membership privileges to any player based upon previous incidents
or (history of) matters concerning player conduct and/or etiquette.
- Minimum 18 years of age.
- All players must have a current United States Golf Association (USGA) handicap.
- Both male and female amateur and professional players are eligible. Professional status pays 80% cash.
Ten (10) regular season 18-hole stroke-play tournaments and one (1) post-season 36-hole stroke play tournament will be held.
Regular Season Format
Each tournament will normally consist of eight (8) flights: Men's Championship, First, Second, Third, Fourth
and Men's Net (fka Fifth) and Women's Championship and Women's Flighted.
Flighting for all TRGA tournaments is based on each player’s current TRGA index. A player’s TRGA index is
calculated and kept current using the USGA formula. The TRGA index applies only to TRGA events and has no
bearing on a player’s home course USGA index. All players must still maintain a current USGA index. A NEW
player’s USGA index applies until the player has posted three (3) TRGA tournament scores. Each TRGA score
is equivalent to two (2) USGA scores. The histories of past TRGA players apply to the calculation of indexes
for the season. All TRGA indexes are kept current with only TRGA scores using the USGA formula. Each player’s
applicable index is used for flighting all TRGA events. The committee may use current USGA indexes for
An entry cap of 125 players per 18-hole tournament is in effect. Initially, entries will be limited to the
first 95 men and 25 women. If, however, at the time the entry deadline closes, either the women's or the
men's field has not filled, players from the other field's waiting list will be accepted.
Any male player whose applicable index is 5.0 or less must play in Men’s Championship Flight. Any male
player with an applicable index of 18.5 or higher will play in the Men’s Net/Fifth Flight. The remaining male
players will be divided equally among First, Second, Third and Fourth Flights. Any female player whose
applicable index is 13.0 or less must play in Women’s Championship Flight.
Male and female players wishing to declare Championship Flight may do so regardless of handicap.
Players must pay $25 season membership fee prior to playing in an event.
Player entry fee is $50 for all entrants who are not members of the host course. ($35 for members of host course).
Entry fees and forms must be received by the TRGA by Tuesday prior to tournament weekend.
TRGA membership fee and form, tournament entry fees and entry forms can be mailed to the Three Rivers Golf Association office at:
- TRGA/P.O. Box 505/Onalaska, WI 54650
- OR dropped off at the TRGA drop box at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, WI
Entry fees will not be refunded after entry deadline.
Power golf carts will be limited to a first-come, first-serve basis. All power cart reservations and/or rentals are handled through the host facilities.
Tee times will be available a minimum of two (2) days prior to the tournament at the Three Rivers Golf Association web site: www.trgagolf.com
The TRGA requires the use of non-metal golf spikes. Accordingly, metal or ceramic spikes may not be used at
any TRGA tournaments. Players who do not conform will be prohibited from play and will forfeit their entry fee.
Dress Code: Proper golfing attire must be worn at all times. Collared shirts, walking shorts or pants and shoes are examples.
Players who do not conform to the dress code will be prohibited from play and will forfeit their entry fee.
The Executive Committee is empowered to reduce the handicap of a player who consistently scores much better in competitions
than in informal games, as felt to be appropriate (Section 8-3d, USGA Handicap System Manual). In the case of an individual
with multiple indexes, the lowest index must be listed on the entry form. And individual failing to comply will be
disqualified from play for the remainder of the season.
The Tournament Committee and Executive Board reserve the right to refuse or disqualify any player who does not meet
tournament criteria or conducts him or herself in a manner unbecoming of a golfer.
Rule: Section 1 of the USGA rulebook includes, "Players should ensure that any electronic device
taken onto the course does not distract other players." A penalty could be imposed under Rule 33-7. This
relates to cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices.
The TRGA will allow the use of electronic measuring devices as long as the devices measure only distance and not any
other condition that might affect play, such as gradient, wind velocity, wind direction, etc.
Post Season Format
The 36-hole TRGA Championship is based on the following format:
- Hosted by The Bridges Golf Club and La Crosse Country Club.
- Limited to a field of 120 players.
To qualify, players must play in a minimum of four (4) TRGA regular season events. In the event that more
than 120 players are eligible for the Season Championship, the field will be limited to 120 players based
on the players individual season point totals.
Player of the Year System
Player of the Year categories are: Men's Championship, Men's Flighted, Women's Championship,
Regular Season Points will be awarded based on the following formula:
- Points will double for the 36-hole Season Championship. (ie: 1st Place=36 points, 2nd Place=30 points).
Policy for Immediate Course Evaluation
The TRGA continues to work to assure that quality tournament conditions exist for the players throughout
our calendar of events. TRGA Tournament Policies and Procedure guidelines are regularly reviewed to ensure
that all events on our schedule meet and maintain the highest standards of preparedness and member/customer
service. This periodic review is necessary to maintain the quality of ALL competitive events on the TRGA
schedule and to provide TRGA members with a guarantee of value for their time, money and effort in support
of our Association.
TRGA items of emphasis
Speed of play
Golf course marking and overall condition
Availability and quality of player materials. (hole location sheet, local rules, etc.)
Amount of quality merchandise available to redeem gift certificates
TRGA Tournament sites will be provided with a copy of these revised policies and procedures as changes are implemented.