The World Amateur Golfers Championship world final and World Amateur Golfers Invitational is played over 72 holes, stroke play, with hcp adjustments after each round, giving all a fair and equal opportunity both in the team championship and individually within each flight.
Team and individual
Players in both the Championship and the Invitational compete for individual titles within each flight, as well as a team title.
The Championship Team Competition combines the best four scores (of five) per day from the national team whereas the Invitational counts the combined total score of both team members.
In order to participate in the world final you must be at least 16 years of age before the championship starts (and must be accompanied by an adult if under 18).
All Partners/ team managers/captains supply WAGC with a signed document listing their five championship players and the handicaps of the players on qualification. This signed document must be countersigned by a representative of the home country amateur golf union. I have attached a draft copy of what I would require to be on the document(Team Hcap Letter). This letter must be sent to WAGC (firstname.lastname@example.org ) prior to arrival in South Africa.
Countries that do not supply this completed document would be required to start the championship off the minimum allowable handicap in each flight. Handicap 0 – 5.4, without paperwork means you start at 0.
The Championship is played in five handicap flights and the Invitational in six handicap flights, each played separately.
0 – 5.4
5.5 – 10.4
10.5 – 15.4
15.5 – 20.4
20.5 – 25.4
25.5 – 30.4*
* This flight is only in the Invitational, not in the Championship. Players with hcp 30.5 and over must enter with a hcp 30.4.
All WAGC players compete in the handicap flights they qualified into and most will play with their exact handicaps, with the following exceptions:
Players entering the world final with higher handicaps than the flights they qualified into will play with the highest handicap for their flight.
Players who enter the world final with lower handicaps than the flights into which they qualified will play with their current handicaps, even though they are lower then the flight.
Equitable Stroke Control
Equitable Stroke Control sets a maximum number of strokes that a player can post on any hole during the tournament to par +5 (special rule agreed with PGA South Africa).
In other words: If you are four over par on a hole, you pick up the ball and write the maximum strokes as shown below:
Par 3 = 8 strokes, Par 4 = 9 strokes, Par 5 = 10 strokes
This saves both time and frustration!