Tournament Entry Policy

Entries are currently being accepted from the following seacoast golf courses: Abenaqui Country Club, Breakfast Hill Golf Club, Cochecho Country Club, Exeter Country Club, Farmington Country Club, The Ledges Golf Course, Nippo Lake Golf Club, Pease Golf Course, The Oaks Golf Links, Portsmouth Country Club, Rochester Country Club, Rockingham Country Club, Wentworth By The Sea Country Club, and York Golf & Tennis Club. Players must be active, current year, dues paying member or must satisfy the Committee that they play a majority of their golf at one of the above facilities.

  • All players must meet the USGA index requirement of 7.9 or less at time of sign-up.
  • The top fifteen (15) finishers from last year’s tournament are exempt into the field each year.
  • Starting in 1999, Past Champions receive a five (5) year exemption. In 2007 the winner of the Tony Loch Senior Championship will receive a one year exemption.
  • The low three (3) handicap indexes from all eleven (11) Host Clubs achieve entry into the tournament.
  • The Committee reserves ten (10) spots to be awarded to applicants that will help ensure that the strongest possible field is competing in the Championship.
  • The remainder of the field is drawn randomly by lottery. Entry deadline and lottery is determined on a yearly basis.

  The Tournament Field

The field has expanded to 96 players. The entire field plays the first two (2) rounds (36 holes) and the field is cut to low 48 scores and ties after the second day.

  Rules & Conditions of Play


The Tournament and all of our host clubs have dress codes.  As guests of these clubs, all players are expected to dress in an appropriate manner.  Players are required to wear collared shirts or mock turtlenecks with slacks or Bermuda shorts with a minimum length two inches above the knee.  Dungarees, jeans, cutoffs, gym shorts and warm-ups are prohibited.  Violators will not be allowed to play.  The decision of the Tournament Directors is final.


Players, who use loud or inappropriate language, are abusive to tournament officials or volunteers, throw golf equipment or conduct themselves in an unsportsmanlike manner will be subject to disqualification and a one year suspension.  The consumption of alcohol or the use of illegal drugs during play, by any player or caddy, will result in the immediate suspension from play, as well as a suspension of one year from the tournament.  The decision of the Tournament Directors is final.


If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within 5 minutes after his starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the penalty for failure to start on time is a two stroke penalty.  Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification. The decision of the Tournament Directors is final.


The final day’s play will be limited to the low 48 players and ties.


First place will be decided by a sudden death playoff starting from the first tee. If the final round is cancelled and there is a tie for first place, a sudden death playoff will be scheduled at the earliest convenient date and time as determined by the Committee. All other ties will share prizes equally.


There will be three low round prizes. Due to USGA prize limits, the champion cannot receive pro shop credit for a daily low round.


The low fifteen finishers and ties will receive an exemption for next year’s tournament.  The tournament champion will receive a five-year exemption. The Tony Loch Senior champion will receive a one-year exemption.


This rule is waived.


Players may use caddies or carts during play. Those players who wish to use carts are responsible for making their own arrangements with the host club. Golf carts are to be used by the player and his caddy only; there are not to be any spectator carts on course. Player’s have priority in the use of carts.  Caddies who wish to ride along do so ONLT on a space available basis.


The total field must complete play in order for rounds one and three to be official. In round two starting times will be scheduled with the low scores from the first day teeing off first. If the low forty-eight and ties complete round two it becomes official. If weather forces the cancellation of the round after this group has finished, all completed rounds will count and the cut will be made based on these rounds. If weather causes the cancellation of the first or second round before they become official, the cut will be made based on one round.  One sustained blast on an air horn means play is discontinued immediately.  Two short blasts of an air horn means play is resumed.  Three long blasts means play is discontinued.  When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a group are between the play of two holes they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play.  If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee had ordered a resumption of play.  If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in rule 33 – 7.


The Committee has voted to allow the use of distance measuring devices. In this competition, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  However, if, during a stipulated round a player uses a distance-measuring that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless or whether any such additional functions are actually used.  The decision of the Tournament Directors is final.


Except where noted.


Defined by yellow stakes or lines.


Defined by red stakes or lines.


Defined by white stakes or lines.


Defined by blue stakes or lines.


Are immovable obstructions. Relief per U.S.G.A. Rule 24-2b.


Two signatures are required on every scorecard (player and marker).


Each competitor is expected to complete their round of golf and turn in their scorecard.  In all cases of discontinuance from play, it is the responsibility of the player, unless physically impossible, to reports such discontinuance to the Scorer’s Table, in person.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic one-year suspension.


All players who cannot participate in the tournament will notify the Tournament Director at the golf course prior to their scheduled tee time.  Failure to adhere to this policy will result in an automatic one-year suspension.


If a player fails to post a score within fifteen strokes of the course rating, the Committee reserves the right to review that player’s future entries.


The three low scores from each club will be used to determine the daily team score. The total team score from each day of competition determines the winning club. In the event of a tie in the team competition, co-champions will be declared.


All competitors age fifty-five and over will compete for the Tony Loch Trophy. Competitors must be fifty-five by the first day of the championship. The winner will be the top finisher in this age group. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the lowest eighteen hole score on the final day of competition. If still tied, the lowest score over the last nine holes, then the last six holes, then the last three holes, then the last hole will be used.


Pictures of players may be displayed on the Seacoast Am web-site. Those players not wishing their picture to be used should notify the Tournament Directors prior to the start of the championship.


By submitting an entry and subsequently playing in the competition, players agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Seacoast Amateur Committee, sponsors, host clubs, volunteers, agents and assigns from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities and losses, including without limitations reasonable attorney’s fees and costs and expenses of litigation, arising out of any negligent act or mission of the indemnifying party in connection with the championship.

  Pace of Play Policy

  • Group based (penalty assessed to entire group)
  • Must complete hole within 15 minutes of group ahead (flagstick in hole)
  • Must complete 9 holes within 2hrs 15 minutes – 18 holes in 4.5 hours
  • If group is behind allotted time and 15 minutes behind group ahead, they will be liable for 1 stroke penalty after nine and additional 1 stroke after 18
  • Players are encouraged to ask officials to monitor group if they are concerned about slow play
  • Lost balls, rulings, etc., are included in the time allowed. (Rule 3-3)
  • Appeals process after 18 holes before signing scorecard.
  • Decision of Tournament Directors is Final
  • Have Fun and Thanks for Your Cooperation
  • The Committee thanks the Host Professionals, the Host Superintendents and all Volunteers.  We urge all competitors to write a note of Thanks to all host clubs.