Three Rivers Golf Association Policies

Effective January 1, 2016

Player Eligibility

  • 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.

Tournament Format

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 infrequent participants.
  • 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:
  • 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, Women's Flighted.
  • Regular Season Points will be awarded based on the following formula:
    • Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
      Points 18 15 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • 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.