FAQ

  1. What is the SPH Golf-World Amateur Golfers Championship (Singapore Qualifiers)?

    The SPH Golf-World Amateur Golfers Championship (Singapore Qualifiers) is an amateur tournament organised by SPH Golf, a unit of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). It is a qualifying tournament to enter a Singapore team into the World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC), which is played every year at a leading golf location. This year’s WAGC is the 24th edition of the tournament and will be played in Johor, Malaysia. Countries from all around the world send teams to participate in this event.

  2. Is this a professional event or an amateur one?

    The WAGC and the SPH Golf, Singapore qualifiers are both amateur events. You must have an SGA recognised handicap to qualify to play. The competition is open to men and women, who will compete against each other. Women will play off the red tees and men off the white tees.

  3. What is the format of the SPH Golf-World Amateur Golfers Championship (Singapore Qualifiers)?

    There is one Singapore qualifier. At this qualifier, golfers will play in their respective handicap divisions. The five divisions are 0-5.4, 5.5-10.4, 10.5-15.4, 15.5-20.4 and 20.5-25.4. The top 30% of their respective handicap division from the Singapore qualifying tournament will enter the Singapore final. The top player from each handicap category in the final will be declared the winner. They will represent Singapore at the WAGC in Malaysia.

  4. Can I still play if my handicap is higher than 25.4?

    Yes you can. But you will be entered in the 20.5-25.4 category and will play against players in that group.

  5. How will the winners be decided at the qualifiers and the national final?

    The tournament format will be similar to that played at the WAGC world finals. The Singapore qualifiers and final will be played in a timesheet or shotgun format. It will be a stroke play competition based on gross scores.

  6. How will individual handicaps be taken into account?

    Individual handicaps are used only to place players in their respective divisions. For example, a 6 handicap player shoots a 80. Another player, an 8-handicapper, in his same division (5.5-10.4) shoots a 81. The 6 handicap player is the winner based on gross score.

  7. If I blow a hole, do I have to keep playing the hole until I finish?

    Yes, otherwise you may be disqualified.

  8. Can I play in more than one qualifier?

    Yes. You can enter both qualifiers as you wish, but you will have to pay for each qualifier you enter. 
 Are some people allowed to enter the final directly?
No. There will be no direct entries into the final this year.

  9. If I win a place from the qualifiers, do I have to pay for the final round?

    No. If you are one of the top 30% from your respective handicap division who qualify for the final, your Singapore final at The Els Club, Desaru Coast and the championship lunch are completely free.

  10. If I make the Singapore team, do I have to pay for the trip to the world finals?

    No. Your accommodation, travel, meals and golf are fully paid for. Breakfast is also provided at the hotels and lunch at the golf courses. There are also be official dinners you will be invited to.

  11. What if I win and make the Singapore team but cannot make the trip for the WAGC world finals in Johor, Malaysia?

    Your place will be given to the next best qualifier. Tournament organisers reserve the right to pick the eventual WAGC participants if the winners cannot meet the requirements of travel and play in Johor, Malaysia.

  12. How many rounds will the winners play in Johor, Malaysia?

    There will be six rounds in total – two practice rounds followed by four competitive rounds. All players will be playing as individuals and as part of the Singapore team as well.

  13. What does the $500 I pay for one qualifier entitle me to?

    The $480 entitles you to your qualifying round at The Els Club, Desaru Coast, Valley Course plus a goodie bag. And if you are among the top 30% from your respective handicap division, you will play in the final at The Els Club, Desaru Coast for free. And if you are among the five winners in the respective divisions, you will be selected for the Singapore team and will not have to pay for your trip to Johor, Malaysia.

  14. If I make my own arrangements for accommodation and transport, will I enjoy a rebate on the registration fees?

    No. The registration fees are inclusive of specially negotiated rates for transportation and accommodation at the Amansari Hotel Desaru. Should you choose to make alternative arrangements, there will be no rebate on the registration fees.

  15. How old do I have to be to enter the tournament?

    All participants must be at least 14 to enter. Anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they reach the world finals in Johor, Malaysia. The parent or guardian must pay for his own flight, accommodation, meals and golf.

  16. Is it open to men and women?

    Yes. Men and women compete against each other in the various handicap divisions. Men will play off the white tees and women off the red tees.

  17. I will be signing up with my friends. Can we play in the same flight?

    Yes. However, your flight will be categorized as a social flight and will not be eligible to qualify for the WAGC World Final on 20-28 October 2018 in Johor, Malaysia.