Kootenay Pro Tour Policies & Registration Info
PGA of BC Regional Tour Policies
Each Regional Tour will be allowed to designate up to 7 regular events and their tour championship (8 events) that count toward the PGA of BC Order of Merit (OOM). Due to Covid-19, this will be reduced to 4 regular events and the Tour Championship in 2020.
Regional Tours are operated by a volunteer commissioner. When possible, competitors are encouraged to offer their time to help with certain aspects of the tour’s events, such as registration, scoring, etc.
Regional Tour commissioners hold the right to adjust event scheduling and OOM eligibility.
Competitors receive one (1) Professional Development Program (PDP) point for playing in an OOM-counting event.
Only members in good standing can earn points toward the OOM and PDP; if a member is not in good standing then their points will go to the next player that is eligible.
If a member is not in good standing they are ineligible to participate in an event, unless they are pre-approved by the tour commissioner.
If a member is unaware that they are not in good standing and earn a cheque, they may be asked to forfeit the winnings.
Players based within a tour’s region receive priority for event registration. If a member based outside the tour’s region wishes to participate in an event, they are welcome to do so if the tournament is not full at the time of the registration deadline and they are approved by the tour commissioner.
Priority will be given to members that are employed full time in the industry. The PGA of BC reserves the right to request confirmation and documentation of full-time employment.
Members can check if they are in good standing by using the “Find a Pro” function on the PGA of BC website. If a member is not in good standing, they will not appear via “Find a Pro” or on their facility’s Professional staff listing. Participants are responsible to know if they are in good standing before registering for an event.
• A PGA of BC member may not play in more than two (2) professional tour events 45 days in advance of the commencement of the PGA of BC event in order to be eligible to compete and win prize money in said event. Tours under this clause include all tours used in the Official World Golf Rankings plus the Champions Tour, European Senior Tour, LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour. Exceptions to this two-event limit include any nationally recognized Championship, such as the US Open, Open Championship, RBC Canadian Open or PGA Championship.
Each regional tour accepts registration through different means; please check each tour’s page for information on event registration.
Under no circumstances are registrations accepted verbally or via social media. Dress Code
All Professionals are required to present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming. Members are required at all times to maintain an acceptable standard of dress both on the golf course and in the clubhouse, and to observe the host facility’s relevant policies.
Exceptions such as wearing shorts may be permitted at the tour commissioners’ discretion and if communicated in advance of the event.
Consult your local tour for any penalties that may result from infractions to this rule. Female Tees
• The women’s course yardage will be set approximately 10% shorter than the men’s course yardage.
For more information on rules and policies for regional tours, please visit each tour’s website:
G&G Tour (Lower Mainland) - gandgtour.com
Vancouver Island Club Pro Series - viclubpro.com/vi-pro-tour
Interior PGA Tour - interiorpga.com
Kootenay Pro Tour - kootenayprotour.com
All competitors must be PGA of BC Members in good standing and be attached to or employed by a golf facility.
Registration for event can be completed online or an email sent to email@example.com
Cancellation must be made with 48 hours before the event.
Female and Senior Male Competitors:
Female and Senior male (60+ years of age) over the age of competitors participating in Tour events will play from a forward set of tees in which the yardage is approximately 10% less than the tees used by all other competitors.
Order of Merit:
Each competitor receives order of merit points for playing in each event. Order of Merit points for the season are counted as 4 of 5 of the single day tour events. Points are doubled for the Tour Championship!
Ties for first place will be determined in a playoff. All other ties split money and or points.
Pace of Play:
The tour will arrange to have groups play in threesomes where possible, to maintain proper pace of play. Also, as a condition of membership, a player in an early group will be expected to return to the golf course and monitor pace of play of the remaining field. If an individual or group is determined to have been slow:
1st offence: Official Warning
2nd offence: Two stroke penalty
3rd offence: Disqualification from event.
4th offence: Player will be suspended from competing in Kootenay Pro Tour events for the remainder of the year.
In the case where individuals causing a group to be slow cannot easily be identified, the entire group will receive the warning.
The following Policy is courtesy of the PGA of Canada, and applies to all members of the British Columbia Zone. For more information regarding the PGA of Canada Code of Professional Practice & Social Media Policy, please click here.
Online social networking and media sites are powerful tools that can benefit the PGA of Canada and its Members greatly, and without limiting our Members’ ability to utilize these valuable tools, online activities must be governed with a degree of care. The PGA of Canada encourages the use of social media including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other similar outlets as a way to interact and raise your profile.
As part of our Association’s Code of Professional Practice, it is essential to extend rules governing Member behaviour to these online social media networks, as by participating in and contributing to these sites as individuals, Members still bear the responsibility of appropriately representing the PGA of Canada as a membership organization and its values. It is essential that Members understand that utilizing social media to communicate with family, friends, fans and the general public leaves them open to scrutiny by the public and the media and may reflect on the PGA of Canada and the game of golf.
The PGA of Canada has developed this Social Media Policy for the protection of its Members. Where possible the PGA of Canada has condensed this policy to provide a basic outline of guiding principles that you as a PGA of Canada Member should keep in mind and adhere to at all times when participating in social media activities.
This Social Media Policy attempts to cover all forms of social media including but not limited to;
maintaining a profile page on one of the social or business networking sites (like LinkedIn and Facebook, etc.);
actively engaging in live feed social media communication such as Twitter;
producing online video content on YouTube or similar mass media sites;
creating a blog or commenting on other people’s blogs for personal or business reasons;
leaving product or service reviews on retailer sites, or customer review sites;
taking part in online votes and polls; or
participating in conversations on public and private web forums (message boards).
Most of these activities can be grouped together under the heading social media.
Anything you do online where you share information that might affect fellow PGA of Canada Members, work colleagues, clients, industry partners, sponsors, competitors, golf club members, Pro-Am partners and industry participants will hereafter be referred to as ‘the Scope’.
The web is not anonymous. Assume that everything you write can and will be traced back to the PGA of Canada as an Association, if not you personally.
There is no longer a clear boundary between your personal life and your work life
Do not lie, deliberately deceive or withhold the truth
The web contains a permanent record of our mistakes. We cannot try to change things retrospectively
Be honest, straightforward and respectful, and you will enjoy everything you do on the web
Social Media Policy All Media:
This policy is to be read in conjunction with other clauses in the PGA of Canada Code of Professional Practice. For the sake of clarity, whatever you do as a PGA of Canada Member online must:
not interfere with your work commitments or the place you work. In the absence of a specific policy within the workplace of a PGA of Canada Member, this policy may apply as a complementary policy;
not mention or link to libelous, defamatory or harassing content, even by way of example or illustration;
not publish information that is confidential or proprietary to the PGA of Canada or your workplace, affiliates, or clients;
refrain from using offensive language; and
do nothing to bring the PGA of Canada into disrepute.Furthermore, you may not represent that the PGA of Canada brand endorses or promotes any product or service, opinion, cause or position; and it must be abundantly clear to readers that all opinions are yours, and do not represent the views of the PGA of Canada .
PGA of Canada Member Blogs:
Posts must not contain or link to pornographic or indecent content
Posts must not be defamatory in any way to either a fellow PGA of Canada Member (or any other person or company).
The PGA of Canada has the right to request and ask for removal any such content that maybe deemed as contravening this policy
All materials published or used must respect the copyright of third parties Personal Blogs, Social Networks, Forums, Micro blogs, Social Mews, etc.
Anonymous or Pseudonymous—The PGA of Canada takes the position that a Member will write as though everyone knows who they are. The PGA of Canada does not endorse a Member hiding behind anonymous or pseudonymous postings. A PGA of Canada Member shall not maintain anonymous accounts on social media sites for the purpose of accessing or commenting on other people or products relating to the PGA of Canada. Named Your profile when commenting on PGA of Canada related matters (as per the Scope) should include an explicit statement that you are a Member of the PGA of Canada , including the following minimum information: “I am a PGA of Canada Member”
Friends & Connections—Use your own best judgment in deciding whether and how deeply to connect to fellow Members, clients, peers, supervisors, vendors and journalists on social networks. Connections to certain individuals or profiles that are represented may unwittingly cause harm to yourself and the PGA of Canada if not managed wisely.
Comments on Blogs, Forums, etc. by PGA of Canada Members:
Anonymous—You must never post anonymous comments particularly as they relate to matters involving your status as a PGA of Canada Member and The Scope.
Pseudonymous—For various reasons, sometimes you may want to comment using a nickname. It is advised that any PGA of Canada Member should write as though the audience would still know who they were.
Named—Include an explicit statement that you are a PGA of Canada Member, as appropriate and when relevant. Consider carefully when something may be relevant. A comment on a friend’s blog or wall is still a comment in a public space. Be guided by the content of your comment, not the context.
A rule of thumb is “Don’t say something your mother wouldn’t approve of.”
The PGA of Canada Member and Live Feeds of Member Social Media Pages:
The PGA of Canada utilizes a number of online communication tools in order to raise the profile of its Members, promote Members’ vocational and tournament activities, and assist them to engage with a number of stakeholders including the media, potential sponsors and the public.
This Social Media Policy forms part of the PGA of Canada’s Code of Professional Practice.