2019 Tour Letter
                                                          Southwest Putting Tour Letter for 2019

    Southwest Putting Tour Letter for 2019


 The 2019 Southwest Putting Tour will kick off the 2019 season on March 2nd at the Webster Putt-Putt. 

The 2019 SWPT committee is:

Geoff Mosk, Tour Director, Treasurer

Mason Spradlin, Tournament Director

Jeffrey Smith, Rulings Director 

Brice Bergesen, Statistics Coordinator

Mickey Delucca Assistant Statistics Coordinator

Lee Messinger, Match Play Coordinator 

Adam Sahmel, Webmaster 

 

We would like to thank all of the course owners and managers that have allowed us to play at their facilities in the past and again in the upcoming 2019 putting season. Their generosity in allowing us to play on their courses during the year is one of the key components necessary in making our tour a success.

 Membership applications should now be mailed to the address on the application for processing and approval. Once your application is approved, your name will be posted on proputters.org. The SWPT can accept membership fees and approve membership applications. If your name is not posted on proputters.org prior to an event you will not be permitted to play unless you pay your membership fees to the Southwest Putting Tour. Please send in membership applications as soon as possible to ensure your playing privileges are approved before the season starts.

Geoff Mosk or Mason Spradlin will serve as Tournament Directors and decide all rulings during any Southwest Putting Tour event. If both Mr. Mosk and Mr. Spradlin are absent during a Southwest Putting Tour event, another committee member will be named Tournament Director. If no committee member is available to act as Tournament Director, another person will be named to act as Tournament Director. The Tournament Director’s rulings are final. A player may appeal according to the rules stated in The Professional Putters Association 2019 Rule Book.

 If a player encounters a problem or has any concerns regarding the Tour, he or she may address a Tour Committee member verbally or in writing. The Tour Committee or Tour Director may ask for the concern in writing. The Tour Committee or Tour Director will address the concern.

 Please read The Professional Putters Association 2019 Rule Book and make sure you are familiar with the rules. There may be changes from the 2018 Rule Book. Also make sure to read this letter carefully, as there are some changes made from last season.

 Entry fees

 Entry fees have changed for 2019. Entry fees for regular qualifying tournaments, either 54 or 72 holes are $43 PPA and $13 APA. Entry fees for major Southwest Putting Tour events are $86 PPA and $26 APA.

 Major events are the Louisiana State Championship, Texas Open and The Brice. There is a $7 per day greens fee- in addition to entry fees due from all players. Please note that entry fees for all Southwest Putting Tour events are due one hour prior to the posted starting time. The Tour Committee and Tournament Director have no obligation to accept late entry fees. If the Tournament Director decides to allow late entry fees there is a $3 late fee for APA participants and a $10 late fee for PPA participants. The Tournament Director may decide to waive the late fee in extenuating circumstances.

Payout and expense reimbursement schedules have changed from 2018. The payout and expense reimbursement schedules will be posted on our website, swputtingtour.com

For 2019 players will have the option to receive cash instead of a plaque noting their 2019 tournament victories.  The cash payout will equal what it would have costs the tour to purchase and ship the trophy’s.  Players must let the tour director know if they wish to receive cash instead of a trophy by August 12th.  Any cash received will count toward annual tour winnings.  Players may not opt out of receiving a trophy for Major tournament victories.

In an effort to provide more exposure for the tour video will be shot at all or most tour events that will be placed on www.youtube.com and/or Face Book.  If you do not wish for your image or likeness to be posted online, please let the tournament director know before any events.  If no notice is provided then by playing in the event you are providing permission for your name, image, and or likeness to be used to help promote the tour.

Qualifying spots for Tour Championship

Each player may earn up to four qualifying spots for the 2019 Southwest Putting Tour Championship. The tour schedule states how spots are earned for each tournament. If you earn a qualifying spot at an event the fee for the spot is $10 for Pros and $5 for Amateurs.  The 2018 APA and PPA Tour Champions will be awarded free spots for the 2019 Tour Championship if they remain in the same division. No player will be eligible to earn more than one free spot for 2019. In 2019 a player may purchase one spot by May 1st for the tour finals provided he/she plays in at least two events. The cost to buy a spot is $175 for PPA and $50 for APA. Stroke play spots will be earned by the number of top finishers in the stroke play portion of qualifying tournaments and major tournaments. The number of stroke (medal) play spots is listed on the 2019 Southwest Putting Tour schedule.  A player may decline their stroke play spot. The next finisher in stroke play will then be offered the spot. A player must notify the Tournament Director immediately following the stroke play portion of a tournament of their intent not to participate in the match play portion. A player with four spots will not be eligible for the match play portion of a qualifying tournament or eligible to earn stroke play spots.

 Players of the Year 

We have a points system to determine PPA and APA Players of the Year in 2019. The points system will be posted at swputtingtour.com. Thanks to Joe Lea for his work on the points system. There is no money paid to this year’s Players of the Year. There will be an award given to the Players of the Year to recognize their excellent play.

 Low stroke average 

The low stroke average will be kept by the Tour Statistician. A player must complete a minimum of 51% of Southwest Putting Tour competitive stroke play rounds to be eligible to win low stroke average. There is no money paid to the winner of the low stroke average. There will be an award given to the players who earn PPA and APA low stroke averages. The events at Longview Greens will not count towards the Stroke average statistics for 2019.

 Southwest Putting Tour Championship

The Southwest Putting Tour Championship will be contested on Saturday,September 8th, 2019 in Lake Charles Louisiana. The Tour Champion in the PPA and APA will be decided by match play. All matches will be 36 holes. We will hold a spot pick on September 7th at the Lake Charles Putt Putt Course. The spot pick will start two hours following the conclusion of the Pro-Am event. The spot pick procedure changed in 2013. We will go by the POY standings instead of the first to whatever spot total a player has. You have a choice of picking a spot on the board and/or picking an opponent directly. The top one spotter will pick first. He can either pick another one spotter to play, if the board allows for that, or locate his name somewhere on the board. He will be followed by the next one spotter. After the one spotters have picked, the top two spotter picks and must pick another two spotter to play or the winner of two one spotters. They are followed by the top three spotter, who must pick a one spotter. Then the top four spotter picks and can either pick his opponent from the names already on the board or pick another four spotter to play. He can also put his name on the board and not pick an opponent. The player with four spots and the most POY points goes next. This continues until all players have placed their names on the brackets. The Tour Director with the assistance of the Tour Committee can require players to place their names in certain places on the brackets if it becomes clear that the brackets may not be completed properly.

 Sportsmanship

There is a growing concern with sportsmanship in the PPA and APA. Our players have not had too many issues but remember to display good sportsmanship at all times during practice and tournament play. When a player draws undue attention to himself or herself during a tournament or practice for a tournament due to unsportsmanlike conduct, the Tour Director with assistance from the Tour Committee may levy sanctions and penalties.

Any player who receives three warnings in 2019 may be fined or suspended by the Tour Committee for a number of SWPT events. When a player draws undue attention to himself or herself due to the use of language that is obscene or derogatory, discriminatory or offensive based upon race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background or national origin it greatly hurts the integrity of the game and the image of the SWPT and the PPA. Such language is not acceptable during practice or competition or on any facility where the SWPT may hold a scheduled event. First occurrence in 2019 (after three warnings): player may be fined or disqualified for the present tournament (or if in practice, disqualification from the next scheduled tournament). Second occurrence in 2019: player may be disqualified from the present tournament and suspended from the next scheduled SWPT event (or if in practice, disqualification/suspension from the next two scheduled SWPT events). 

Third occurrence in 2019 

The player will be suspended for all remaining SWPT events for the balance of the season, including any year end events the SWPT may be hosting and for which that player may have already qualified. (SWPT Tour Championship, for example). No monies paid for greens fees or entry fees, including prepayment for an event for which the player is subsequently suspended or qualification fees for season’s end events for which the player is subsequently suspended, will be refunded should a suspension occur as described above. These monies will be considered as fines for the occurrence(s). All fines are payable to The Southwest Putting Tour within 5 days following the occurrence.

 Schedule changes

 Please note that locations for tour events are subject to change. Players are encouraged to verify sites by visiting either swputtingtour.com or proputters.org web sites. All SWPT event sites and dates posted on swputtingtour.com and proputters.org two weeks prior to the scheduled playing dates are considered final sites. 

. Closing Remarks

Please review the tour schedule and make plans to play in as many Southwest Putting Tour events as possible this year. If there are any questions or comments regarding this letter or anything regarding the tour, feel free to contact any member of the SWPT committee. Several contact numbers and email addresses appear below. We all look forward to seeing you again this year!

Geoff Mosk, 281-202-5413

Mason Spradlin, 903-617-8131

Brice Bergesen, putterbrice@gmail.com 713-298-2698

Jeffrey Smith,  texasputter1@yahoo.com 214-236-5831 

Lee Messinger, leemer@verizon.net 469-544-3688

Adam Sahmel, asahmel@gmail.com 832-771-
8737

2019 Payout Structure

PPA Payout 3/4 rd. event                                  
Players 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1st place 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 145 150 155 160 165 170 175 180 180 190 190 200 200
2nd Place 40 50 60 65 65 70 75 80 80 90 95 100 100 105 105 110 110 110 110 115 120
3rd 20 30 30 35 35 40 40 45 45 50 55 60 60 70 70 75 75 75 80 90 120
4th 20 20 25 30 30 30 35 40 40 50 50 50 50 50 55 60 70 70 90
5th 20 20 25 25 30 35 35 40 40 40 45 45 50 50 55 55 70
6th 20 20 25 30 30 30 35 35 40 40 45 45 50 50 60
7th 20 20 25 25 30 30 35 35 40 40 45 45 50
8th 20 20 25 25 30 30 35 35 40 40 40
9th 20 20 25 25 30 30 35 35 35
10th 20 20 25 25 30 30 30
11th 20 20 25 25 25
12th 20 20 20
15th 15
14th  
   
   
   
   
   
   
PPA Payout 8 rd. event  
Players 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1st place 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50
2nd Place 140 160 180 200 220 240 260 280 290 300 310 320 330 340 350 360 360 380 380 400 400
3rd 80 100 120 130 130 140 150 160 160 180 190 200 200 210 210 220 220 220 220 230 240
4th 60 70 70 80 80 90 90 100 110 120 120 140 140 150 150 150 160 180 240
5th 50 60 60 60 70 80 80 100 100 100 100 100 110 120 140 140 180
6th 50 50 60 70 70 80 80 80 90 90 100 100 110 110 140
7th 50 60 60 60 70 70 80 80 90 90 100 100 120
8th 50 50 60 60 70 70 80 80 90 90 90
9th 40 40 50 50 60 60 70 70 80
10th 40 40 50 50 60 60 70
11th 40 40 50 50 60
12th 40 40 50
15th 40
14th  
   
   
   
   
APA Payout 3/4 rd. event  
Players 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1st 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
2nd 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
3rd 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
4th 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
5th 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
6th 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
7th 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
8th 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
9th 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
10th 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
11th 13 13 13 13 13
12th 13 13 13
13th                                         13
   
   
   
   
   
APA Payout 8 rd. event  
Players 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1st 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52
2nd 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
3rd 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
4th 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
5th 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
6th 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
7th 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
8th 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
9th 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
10th 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
11th 26 26 26 26 26
12th 26 26 26
13th                                          
SWPT 2019 Tour Committee

Geoff Mosk, Tour Director, Treasurer

Mason Spradlin, Tournament Director

Jeffrey Smith,  Rules Director

Brice Bergesen Statistics Coordination

Mickey DeLucca Statistics Assistant

Lee Messinger, Match Play Coordinator

Adam Sahmel, Webmaster

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