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 101ST OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY LECOM

Location: Gulph Mills Golf Club
(Directions)
Dates:Aug. 14-16 2017 
Entries Deadline:7/6/2017
Player Fee:Amateur: $175.00    Professional: $225.00
Qualifiers:July 20 - Hannastown GC   (Directions)
July 24 - Chambersburg CC   (Directions)
July 27 - Concord CC   (Directions)
Tee Times: Pairings  
 
 Overview
ENTRY FEES:
AMATEUR - $175
PROFESSIONAL - $225
 Format
The Open Championship will be played over 54 holes of stroke play with the lowest gross score determining the winner. Play is scheduled as follows: First round, 18 Holes. Second round, 18 Holes. Third round, 18 holes. The low 40 and ties continue to third round. Players will be re-paired according to 36-hole results.
 Eligibility
The Open Championship is open to any male amateur golfer who is a member of a club belonging to the Pennsylvania Golf Association or is an individual member of the Pennsylvania Golf Association. Amateurs need to have a USGA Handicap Index of 7.4 or lower as of June 29. The championship is also open to all professional golfers residing in Pennsylvania or those who are golf professionals of a Member Club.
 Exemptions
Close Player Exemptions
Exemtption Classes
1. PA Open Champions (2007 - 2016)
2. PA Amateur Champions (2007 - 2016)
3. PA Mid-Amateur Champions (2012 - 2016)
4. R. Jay Sigel Amateur Match Play Champions (2012 - 2016)
5. Top 10, 2016 W.C. Fownes POY
6. Top 25, 2016 PA Open
7. Top 10, 2016 PA Amateur
8. Top 5, 2016 PA Middle-Amateur
9. 2016 Art Wall, Jr. Memorial Champion
10. 2016 PA Junior Champion
11. 2016 PA George Dressler Memorial Champion
12. Top 5, 2016 GAP Open
13. Top 5, 2016 WPGA Open
14. Top 10, 2016 Philadelphia Section PGA Point Standings
15. Top 10, 2016 Tri-State Section PGA Point Standings
16. 2016 GAP Amateur Champion
17. 2016 WPGA Amateur Champion
18. Host Site Club Champion
19. Host Site Golf Professional
20. Open Champions prior to 1995 - Lifetime Exemption
21. Semifinalist, 2016 PA Sigel Amateur Match Play
22. Committee Exemption
NameExemption
Christopher Ault 
Bob Beck 
William Betts 13 
Carey Bina 
Joe Boros 15,20 
Daniel Braun 15 
David Brown 
Dan Brown 3,8 
Michael Brown, Jr. 
Dewey Burke 18 
Jim Cichra 15 
Benjamin Cooley 
Christopher Crawford 5,7,12,21 
Arnie Cutrell 5,7,9 
David Denlinger 
Dennis Dolci 15 
J.D. Dornes 5,7 
Jordan Eck 
Jimmy Ellis 5,6 
Derek Evans 
Bob Ford 20 
Zachary Ford 
George Forster 14 
Jeff Frazier 
Devin Gee 6,13,15 
Jordan Gibbs 14 
Tom Gilbert 19 
Adam Hofmann 
Matt Holuta 4,5,6,21 
JD Hughes 5,6 
Stuart Ingraham 14 
Rodney James 22 
Greg Jarmas 
Tom Keenan 
Brian Kelly 20 
Sean Knapp 3,6 
Kevin Kraft 
James Lasher 12 
Michael Little 14 
Isaiah Logue 
Andrew Mason 1,2 
Keith Matt 
Matthew Mattare 12 
Corey McAlarney 6,14 
Robert McClellan 6,15 
Michael McDermott 12,16 
Scott McLaughlin 
David McNabb 14 
Scott McNeil 3,8 
Mitchell Mercer 
Oscar Mestre 
Luke Miller 5,6 
Cole Miller 2,5,7 
Michael Moses 20 
Daniel Obremski 6,13 
Marc Oliveri, Jr. 
Jeff Osberg 12 
John Pillar, Sr. 
Ryan Prokay 
David Quinn 14 
Easton Renwick 22 
Robert Rohanna 1,6,13 
Clayton Rotz 
William Sautter 14 
John Sawin 
Braden Shattuck 22 
Mark Sheftic 1,14 
Kevin Shields 6,15 
Cory Siegfried 
Grant Skyllas 
Nathan Smith 2,4 
Benjamin Smith 12 
Rich Steinmetz 6,14 
Kyle Sterbinsky 5,21 
Thomas Steve 
Billy Stewart 
Rick Stimmel 22 
Jarred Texter 
Dan Thompson 17 
Thomas E. Timby, Jr. 11 
Beau Titsworth 
Tony Traci 15 
John Updike 10 
Mike Van Sickle 1,2,6,13 
Gordon Vietmeier 15 
Todd Vonderheid 
Roy Vucinich 15,20 
Jack Wallace 
Chad Warmbein 5,21 
Cole Willcox 
Eric Williams 4,6 
Stephen Wojnar 
 Field
The Open Championship field is limited to 120 entries. The field will consist of exempt and at large players. Each entrant, not exempt, shall compete in a sectional qualifying event to determine the 120 player field. At closing it will be determined how many spots are available for qualifying once exempt players have been identified. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the entry closing date. Entry Fees are as follows: AMATEUR $175 - PROFESSIONAL $225
 Pairings
Players who have been accepted as participants in Pennsylvania Golf Association championships will receive event information concerning course assignment, practice rounds, pairings, and starting times approximately 10 days prior to the event. If you have not received your information seven days prior to the event, it is your responsibility to contact the Pennsylvania Golf Association. Information can also be found at www.pagolf.org.
 Starting Times
The PAGA staff, following as closely as practical the preferences indicated on the entry blanks will determine pairings and tee times. Contestants will be notified of starting times by mail. The "Official Time" will be maintained at the starting tee(s) only. Starters will not page players in advance of their starting time. Players should report to the tee one starting interval prior to their tee time.
 Caddie & Cart
The Open Championship is a walking only event. All players and caddies must walk at all times during the stipulated round. Pull/push carts are permitted. Caddies are available on a limited basis at Gulph Mills. Please call the golf shop at 610-828-9370 to reserve a caddie. Caddie fees: Single bag: $100 Double bag: $70
 Prizes
The player returning the lowest 54-hole score will be awarded the title of Open Champion and his name engraved on the Arnold Palmer Trophy. Prizes will be awarded to the top six amateur contestants with the lowest scores.

First place prize money TBD.

 Ties
In the event of a tie for the lowest score in the Open Championship, a sudden-death playoff will be held following conclusion of play, Wednesday afternoon.

In the event of a tie for the final qualifying positions in an Open qualifier, the number of qualifying positions plus ties will gain entrance into the Championship Proper.

 Trophy
The Arnold Palmer Trophy
Total Purse $40,000.
 Practice Round
Practice rounds will be permitted at no cost at the following dates and times:
Local Competitors: Monday, August 7, after 1:00, Walking Only. Please call the golf shop to make proper arrangements.
Out of Town Competitors: Sunday, August 13, from 1:00-3:00. Cart optional for fee of $40. Please contact the golf shop to make proper arrangements.
Golf Shop number: 610-828-9370
 Practice Range
Will be open approximately one hour prior to the first tee time.
 Registration
Please be at your starting tee ten minutes prior to your tee time.
 Food & Beverage
Will be available for purchase. Lunch is included in entry fee for all players on each day of competition. Caddies/spectators may purchase the lunch buffet via cash.
 Hotel
There are several hotels available in various price ranges in the King of Prussia and surrounding area.

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