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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 
What is the purpose of the Veteran Golfers Association?
The VGA is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the VGA is to enrich the lives of Veterans and their family members through the sportsmanship and camaraderie of golf. We accomplish this mission each year by hosting more than 250 golf tournaments for thousands of VGA members nationwide, culminating in an annual VGA National Championship. Our goal is to give veterans and their family members an opportunity to develop more active lifestyles, build stronger bonds, and provide a competitive outlet through the game of golf.

Who is eligible to participate in the Veteran Golfers Association?
Active duty, retirees, and honorably discharged members of the armed forces that are either amateur or professional golfers are eligible to join and compete in the VGA. However, professional golfers or PGA pros must compete in the A-Flight or Championship flight, regardless of their handicap index.
Additionally, any family members whose grandparents, parents, spouse, siblings, aunts/uncles, nieces/nephews, have served in the armed forces are eligible to compete in the VGA Family Division. Spouses and dependents (18+) of veterans are encouraged to apply for VGA membership to join their loved ones on the golf course.

What are the costs of a VGA membership?

Annual VGA dues are $40 per person, and must be renewed annually. 
  • Local VGA Tour 
    The VGA Tour lasts from March – June each year. During the regular VGA Tour season, the VGA charges a $10 registration fee per tournament, which are used to help the VGA cover the administrative costs of running the organization. At each tournament, VGA members are expected to pay the golf course directly for any greens fees or cart fees, which we negotiate with each golf course. Typically, we try to keep the greens fees and cart fees between the ranges of $35 - $55 per round. 
         
    VGA members can compete in any VGA Tour event across the country, regardless of the region in which they reside. VGA members compete in one of five divisions – Veterans, Female Veterans, Combat Wounded (Purple Hearts Only), Family, and Senior. Each division is further broken down into flights, based on a player’s handicap index and skill level.
     
    Players earn 1 point for participation in a VGA Tour event or 3 points for winning their flight in a VGA Tour event. Those players with the highest number of points earned throughout the VGA Tour season have priority when it comes to registering for the VGA Playoffs.
  • VGA Playoffs (Post Season)
    The VGA playoffs typically start in July/August. During our post season, the VGA charges $99 for our 18-hole sub-regional competitions, and $199 for our 36-hole regional championships. Players that advance to our national championship are required to provide a cashier’s check to the VGA for $100, which helps to cover the cost of the player’s golf bag and apparel for the event. All other costs (minus travel) are covered by the VGA for our players during the national championship, to include food, lodging, and golf.
  • VGA Sub Regionals are at the discretion of the VGA Regional Director. The cost for competing in a VGA Sub Regional is $99, and includes the greens fees and cart fees for 18 holes of competitive golf.

    Eligible players can compete in as many sub regional tournaments as they would like, given that there are slots available for them to do so. Forty players will advance from each sub regional to compete in the VGA Super Regional.
  • VGA Regional Championships – Each VGA Regional Director is required to host a VGA Region Championship tournament in their region. VGA Super Regional tournaments typically commence in August every year, and will host approximately 120 players.

    The cost for competing in a VGA Super Regional is $199, and includes the greens fees and cart fees for 36 holes of competitive golf. Eligible players can compete in as many Super Regional tournaments as they would like, given that there are slots available for them to do so. Twenty players from each Super Regional will advance to compete in the VGA Championship.
  • VGA National Championship
    Approximately 80 players (20 from each region – North, South, Central, and West) will compete in the annual VGA National Championship. The VGA covers the following costs for players that advance to the VGA Championship: food, lodging & golf. Players are responsible for their own travel to and from the VGA Championship. Players are also required to bring a money order payable to the VGA for $100, which helps the VGA cover the costs associated with bags and gifts for the participants.

What is the duration of a VGA membership?
Your VGA membership is valid from March 1st to November 30th each year, and must be renewed annually. Any VGA memberships purchased outside this time frame must be renewed by March 1st of the following year to be eligible to compete in a VGA event. Memberships purchased between March 1st and November 30th will be good for that season only.


Who can I contact to assist me with challenges joining the VGA or renewing my VGA membership?

If you are having any technical issues signing up or registering for the VGA, please contact the VGA IT Director, Joan Tishman at 503-510-8336 or joan@vgagolf.org.

Once I have registered online to be a VGA member, how long does it take to process my membership?

Typically, it will take 3-5 business days to process your VGA membership. If you are having issues, please contact the VGA IT Director, Joan Tishman at 503-510-8336 or joan@vgagolf.org.

I have downloaded the VGA App but cannot access it. What is the password?
The password for the VGA app for all VGA members is vgagolf (lowercase). A VGA member’s username will be the same as the username for the website. If you are still having issues, please contact the VGA IT Director, Joan Tishman at 503-510-8336 or joan@vgagolf.org.

What courses does the VGA play?

The VGA plays private, public, and MWR courses. Our goal is to play quality courses at the best price with the intent of securing 3-4 courses in each member’s home state throughout the season. Your VGA State and Regional Directors work hard to secure the best courses at the best possible rates to pass those savings onto all VGA members.

Is there a Senior Division?
Yes. The VGA Senior Division is for all VGA members 50 years of age and older. The overall Gross winner and Net winner from the Senior VGA Championship will advance to compete in the VGA National Championship. The Gross Winner will play in the Championship A Flight at the VGA National Championship, and the Net Winner will play in the corresponding flight to player’s index.

If I'm a senior, can I play in the Senior Championship and a Sub Regional?
Yes. Some VGA members may qualify for multiple divisions; ie. a senior division player may also be a purple heart recipient and qualify for the combat wounded division. In this case, space permitting, the player may play in the Senior Championship and a Sub Regional tournament if they have qualified with points earned during the current VGA Tour season.

How can I compete with low handicap golfers?

All VGA events are flighted according to the player’s ability and USGA handicap index. The VGA is divided into flights based on an individual golfer’s skill level. The VGA does our best to make sure that players are competing against other players of similar skill and ability. Players are required to compete in their flight based off of their current verified USGA approved golf handicap index.

How is the VGA champion determined?

The overall VGA champion, male or female, must be a veteran and win the Championship A Flight with the lowest overall gross score during the VGA National Championship.

How many flights are there in the VGA?
The VGA consists of 5 divisions:
Veterans, Female Veterans, Combat Wounded Veterans, Family, and Seniors

Each division contains 4 flights, as follows:
  • Veterans Division (Male)
    A Flight – 0-4.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    B Flight – 5-9.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    C Flight – 10-14.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    D Flight – 15+ (Net Flight)
  • Veterans Division (Female)
    A Flight – 0 - 10 handicap (Gross Flight)
    B Flight – 10.1 - 17 handicap (Gross Flight)
    C Flight – 17.1 - 23.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    D Flight – 24+ (Net Flight)
  • Combat Wounded Division (Purple Heart Recipients Only)
    A Flight – 0-4.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    B Flight – 5-9.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    C Flight – 10-14.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    D Flight – 15+ (Net Flight)
  • Family Division
    A Flight – 0-4.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    B Flight – 5-9.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    C Flight – 10+ (Net Flight)
    Female Flight – Net Flight
  • Seniors Division (50+)
    A Flight – 0-4.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    B Flight – 5-9.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    C Flight – 10-14.9 handicap (Gross Flight)
    D Flight – 15+ (Net Flight)
What Tees would I be playing from?
During the VGA Tour Regular Season, each tee will be in the approximate distance ranges as follows:
Championship/A Flight: ~6,900 Yard (commonly Blue)
B, C, and D Flights: ~6,500 Yard (commonly White)
Females: ~5,700 Yard (commonly Red)
Seniors: (A-D Flights, Ages 50-59): ~6,500 Yard (commonly White)
Seniors (A-D Flights, Ages 60-69): ~5,900 Yard (commonly Gold)
Super Seniors (A-D Flights, Ages 70+): ~5,700 Yard (commonly Red)

During the Senior VGA Championship, each tee will be in the approximate distance ranges as follows:
Seniors: (A-D Flights, Ages 50-59): ~6,500 Yard (commonly White)
Seniors (A-D Flights, Ages 60-69): ~5,900 Yard (commonly Gold)
Super Seniors (A-D Flights, Ages 70+): ~5,700 Yard (commonly Red)
Females: ~5,700 Yard (commonly Red)

During the VGA Playoffs, including VGA Sub Regionals and Super Regionals, each tee will be in the approximate distance ranges, regardless of age:
Championship/A Flight: ~6,900 Yard (commonly Blue)
B, C, and D Flights: ~6,500 Yard (commonly White)
Females: ~5,700 Yard (commonly Red)

When does the season start and end?

The VGA Tour season begins March 1st and ends June 30th with the playoff season beginning July/August and lasting through November.

Is there a maximum score per hole?

The VGA utilizes the USGA’s Rules of Golf to administer our local, regional, and national golf tournaments. However, to help speed up events, the VGA imposes double par maximum per hole. For example, if a player has 6 strokes on a par three, they must pick up and move on to the next hole. Same goes for par 4s (max 8 strokes) and par 5s (max 10 strokes).

Are there any other special VGA rules I should be aware of?

Yes, in addition to the maximum score rule above, the VGA also imposes a no lost ball or out-of-bounds rule. Meaning that all lost balls or shots hit out of bounds during a tournament are considered lateral hazards.

How many Regions are there?

There are four Regions: North, South, Central, and West. Each region consists of 1 x VGA Regional Director, and several VGA State Directors who report directly to their Regional Director.

Do I have to qualify for the VGA National Tournament?

Yes. Twenty players from each Regional Championship will advance to the VGA National Championship. To be eligible for a Regional Championship, a player must first advance from a Sub-Regional competition.

Who advances to the 2018 VGA National Championship?
20 players from each VGA Regional Championship. All winners will be by gross score except for those noted below by (Net).
  • Male Veteran Flight
    Vet A: 2
    Vet B: 2
    Vet C: 2
    Vet D: 2 (Net)
  • Wounded Veteran Flight (Purple Heart Recipients)
    WV A: 1
    WV B: 1
    WV C: 1
    WV D: 1 (Net)
  • Female Veteran Flight
    F Vet A: 1
    F Vet B: 1
    F Vet C: 1
    F Vet D: 1 (Net)
  • Family Flight
    Family A: 1
    Family B: 1
    Family C: 1 (Net)
    Family Female: 1 (Net)
What are the Prizes and Awards for VGA Events?
Typically, players receive a VGA Medal for winning a local or regional event. Players do not receive cash prizes or equivalents by participating in VGA events.

Are there discounts for families with multiple VGA memberships?

No. Each VGA member enrolls as an individual. Family members are always welcome, and get an equal opportunity to compete in our events through our Family Division.

Are there membership recruiting incentives?

Yes. The VGA's current membership recruiting incentive is The Drive 4 Five. If you recruit five new members from November 1st - February 28th, your $40 membership fee is waived for the year.

How do I get involved to support the VGA or become a sponsor?

Please send us an email to info@vgagolf.org.

The VGA does not have a tournament in my area. How can I bring one here?

If you are interested in hosting a VGA Tour event in your area, please contact one of your Regional Directors:
South Region: 1SG Gary Yeatts – gary.yeatts@vgagolf.org
North Region: SrA Kevin Frey – kevin.frey@vgagolf.org
Central Region: SGT John Teller – john.teller@vgagolf.org
West Region: SSgt Lucas O’Neill – lucas.oneill@vgagolf.org



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