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What is the Mission 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. Annually, the VGA hosts more than 450 local tournaments across the country, culminating in a VGA National Championship each fall. 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?

Local VGA Tour

The VGA Tour lasts from September – August each year. VGA membership subscriptions are $76 per person and are auto-renewed on September 1st each year. During the regular VGA Tour season, the VGA charges a $20 registration fee per tournament, which is 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.

VGA State Championships

The VGA State Championships typically commence in July every year. You must have an established VGA handicap index to play in a State Championship. The cost of competing in a State Championship is generally $99 and includes the greens fees and cart fees for 18-holes of competitive golf. Eligible players can compete in as many State Championships as they would like, given that there are slots available for them to do so.

VGA Regional Championships

Each VGA Regional Director is required to host a VGA Regional Championship tournament in their region. VGA Regional Championships typically commence in August every year, and will host approximately 120 players. You must play in a State Championship to advance to a Regional Championship unless you are a VGA State Director. All VGA State Directors automatically advance to their region’s Regional Championship for their volunteer efforts throughout the season/year coordinating and hosting their state’s tournaments. Eligible players can compete in as many Regional Championships as they would like, given that there are slots available for them to do so.

The cost for competing in a VGA Regional Championship is generally $199 and includes the greens fees and cart fees for 36 holes of competitive golf. Eligible players can compete in as many Regional Championships as they would like, given that there are slots available for them to do so. Twenty players from each Regional Championship will advance to compete in the VGA National 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 $200, 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 August 1 – July 31 and will be automatically renewed on September 1st each year.

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 Director of Operations, 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?

You will receive an email to set your password to allow you to login to the VGA website.

Once I have registered online to be a VGA member, when can I register for VGA events?

Please allow 24 hours for your VGA membership to be processed before registering for events. If you have difficulty registering for events after 24 hours, please contact the VGA Director of Operations, Joan Tishman at 503-510-8336 or joan@vgagolf.org.

I have downloaded the Golf Genius App but cannot access it. What is the password?

Your State Director will provide you a GGID number for Golf Genius that you will use to record live scoring only. No password is required. If you are still having issues, the VGA Director of Operations, Joan Tishman at 503-510-8336 or joan@vgagolf.org.

I have downloaded the Golf Genius App but cannot access it. What is the password?

Your State Director will provide you a GGID number for Golf Genius that you will use to record live scoring only. No password is required. If you are still having issues, the VGA Director of Operations, 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 male and female Gross 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 the player’s index.

If I'm a senior, can I play in the Senior Championship and the State, Regional and National Championships?

Yes. However, there are no senior tees at the State, Regional or National Championships. All senior division players must compete in one of the following divisions for those Championships: Male Veteran, Female Veteran, Wounded Veteran or Family.

How can I compete with low handicap golfers?

All VGA events are flighted according to the player’s ability and VGA 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 VGA Handicap index.

Is there a cap on Handicap Indexes for events?

Yes. Men Indexes are capped at 36 and Women indexes are capped at 40.

How is the VGA points system calculated?

The VGA Tour points system is designed to provide a qualification system for all VGA Tour members into the Regional and National Armed Forces Cup, an annual Ryder Cup-style VGA Tournament held in October and May each year. To qualify for the National Armed Forces Cup, players must finish in the top two points per branch per region. To qualify for the Regional Armed Forces Cup, players must finish with the top eight points per branch per region.

Regular Season Points Matrix

Participation:

For each regular season VGA event that a player participates in, they will receive 10 participation points regardless of the results of the event.

Competition

If a player competes in a regular-season event with five or more players in their flight, additional competition points will be awarded as follows:

1st place – 5 points
2nd place – 4 points
3rd place – 3 points
4th place – 2 points
5th place – 1 point
All additional places will be awarded zero additional points.

If a player competes in a regular-season event with four or less players in their flight, additional competition points will be awarded as follows:

1st place – 3 points
2nd place – 2 points
3rd place – 1 point
All additional places will be awarded zero additional points.

Post Season Points Matrix – State Championship Events

Participation:

For each VGA state championship a player participates in, they will receive 15 participation points regardless of the results of the event.

Competition:

If a player competes in a state championship event with seven or more players in their flight, additional competition points will be awarded as follows:

1st place – 7 points
2nd place – 6 points
3rd place – 5 points
4th place – 4 points
5th place – 3 points
6th place – 2 points
7th place – 1 point
All additional places will be awarded zero additional points.

If a player competes in a regular-season event with six or less players in their flight, additional competition points will be awarded as follows:

1st place – 4 points
2nd place – 3 points
3rd place – 2 points
4th place – 1 point
All additional places will be awarded zero additional points.

Post Season Points Matrix – Regional Championship Events

Participation:

For each VGA regional championship a player participates in, they will receive 20 participation points regardless of the results of the event.

Competition:

If a player competes in a regional championship event with ten or more players in their flight, additional competition points will be awarded as follows:

1st place – 10 points
2nd place – 9 points
3rd place – 8 points
4th place – 7 points
5th place – 6 points
6th place – 5 points
7th place – 4 points
8th place – 3 points
9th place – 2 points
10th place – 1 point
All additional places will be awarded zero additional points.

If a player competes in a regional championship event with nine or less players in their flight, additional competition points will be awarded as follows:

1st place – 6 points
2nd place – 5 points
3rd place – 4 points
4th place – 3 points
5th place – 2 points
6th place – 1 point
All additional places will be awarded zero additional points.

Post Season Points Matrix – National Championship

For 2021, the VGA will not award any additional points for members that make it to the 2021 VGA National Championship.

Post Season Points Matrix – Regional Armed Forces Cup

For 2021, any VGA members that advance to, and participate in, their regional Armed Forces cup will receive an additional 15 participation points regardless of the outcome of the regional AFC.

If a player competes in their regional AFC and wins their match, they will receive an additional 5 points.

How are the VGA champion determined?

The overall VGA champions, male and female, must be Veterans and win their 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)

Which tees will 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 State, Regional and National Championships, 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)

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.

When does the season start and end?

The VGA Tour season begins August 1st and ends July 31st with the playoff season beginning June and lasting through August.

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. Players have a maximum of 3 minutes to locate a lost ball. When a player suffers a lost ball, after looking for 3 minutes, the group must determine where the ball was last seen. The ball will be dropped as close as possible to where it was last seen or estimated to have landed and stopped but not in a bunker or penalty area.

The Veteran Golfers Association will not assess stroke and distance penalties for out-of-bounds and lost balls. In the case of a lost ball, out of bounds or relief from a penalty area, the player will drop according to the rules of golf and take a 1 stroke penalty. Lost ball and out of bounds will be resolved in the same manner with these 4 steps.

Step 1: You’ve hit your ball out of bounds or have lost your ball.
Step 2: You and one fellow playing partner in your group determine the line of flight where your ball went out of bounds or the line of flight your ball crossed when it was lost.
Step 3: Find the nearest place to play golf from inside the out of bounds or from the nearest line your ball was lost (2 club lengths) no closer to the hole.
Step 4: Drop your ball from mid-thigh or just above the knee, no closer to the hole. Continue to play under the pace of play rules.

How many Regions are there?

There are four Regions: North, South, Central, and West. Each region has one VGA Regional Director and several VGA State & Assistant State Directors, who report directly to their Regional Director.

Who advances to the VGA National Championship?

20 players from each VGA Regional Championship and 4 players from the Senior VGA Championship. All winners will be by gross score except for those noted below by (Net).

VGA Regional Championships

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
Family Female: 1 (Net)

Senior VGA Championship
Gross Male Champion: 1
Net Male Champion: 1
Gross Female Champion: 1
Net Female Champion: 1

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.

Do I have to qualify for the VGA Armed Forces Cup?

To qualify for the VGA Armed Forces Cup players must first qualify for their Regional Armed Forces Cup. To quality for your Regional Armed Forces Cup players must participate and earn points in their local VGA tour events. The top 8 points earners per branch, per region, will be invited to participate in their Regional Armed Forces Cup. The top 2 points earners, per branch, per region will be invited to the VGA National Armed Forces Cup in Pinehurst, NC each Memorial Day.

Are there discounts for families with multiple VGA memberships?
<p>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.</p>
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:

Robert Powell, Central Region Director – robert.powell@vgagolf.org
Kevin Frey, North Region Director – kevin.frey@vgagolf.org
Central Region: John Teller – Danny Foster, South Region Director – danny.foster@vgagolf.org
Jerome Moore, West Region Director –
jerome.moore@vgagolf.org