NYS Men's Amateur Championship

Host: Crag Burn Golf Club

Dates: August 6-8, 2019

Entry Fee: $175 ($100 qualifying fee + $75 championship fee)

Deadline: Wednesday, June 26th at 5:00pm


Terms of the Competition



1. Gender: The Championship is open to male amateur golfers.
2. Membership: Players must be a member of the NYSGA, defined as either (1) belonging to an NYSGA member club or (2) joining as an NYSGA eClub member (NYS residency required of eClub members).

3. Age: There are no age restrictions for the Championship.

4. USGA Handicap Index: Players must have an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index of 8.4 or less issued through their NYSGA member club.



Entries: All players, including those who are exempt, must register online prior to the established deadline (see below). Entries by mail or fax will not be accepted. A player may only submit one entry. Any player found to have submitted more than one entry may be subject to disqualification.
Fee: This championship utilizes a two-tiered entry fee, with a total fee of $175.

  • Qualifying Fee: $100

  • Championship Fee: $75, charged to players who advance through qualifying

Deadline: Entries must be received prior to the deadline (5PM EST on Wednesday, June 26, 2019). Late entries will not be accepted, regardless of reason.

Refund Policy: A portion of the entry fee, based on the schedule below, will be refunded regardless of reason if the NYSGA is notified (315-471-6979 or via email at deb@nysga.org):

  • Prior to Deadline: Entry fee less $20

  • 48 Hours Prior to Qualifier: Entry fee less $50



This Championship will be in two stages, at stroke play:

1. Sectional Qualifying - 18 holes: Non-exempt players must qualify at one of the sectional qualifying sites listed below.

2. Championship - 72 holes: The championship field consists of place-winners from sectional qualifying and exempt players.

  • Monday, August 5 // Practice rounds
  • Tuesday, August 6 // Round 1, 18 holes
  • Wednesday, August 7 // Round 2, 18 holes
  • Thursday, August 8 // Rounds 3 & 4, 36 holes

The lowest scorer for 72 holes will be the champion. In the event of a tie for the Championship, a sudden-death playoff will be held immediately following play.



All non-exempt players must qualify in order to earn a spot in this championship. Once entries close, the number of qualifying spots available per qualifying site will be available and posted. Any player tied for the last qualifying spot will advance (no playoff required).
    Albany Qualifier* | Colonie G&CC | July 1

    Binghamton Qualifier* | Links at Hiawatha | June 30

    Buffalo Qualifier | Glen Oak GC | July 1

    Elmira Qualifier* | Elmira CC | July 7

    Finger Lakes Qualifier* | Wayne Hills | June 30

    Jamestown Qualifier* | Chautauqua GC (Lake) | June 29

    Long Island Qualifier* | Mill Pond GC | July 2

    Hudson Valley Qualifier* | Wiltwyck | July 16

    N. Country Qualifier* | Malone GC | July 14

    Rochester Qualifier* | Mendon GC | July 15

    Syracuse Qualifier* | Tuscarora GC | July 1

    Utica Qualifier* | Yahnundasis GC | June 28

    Watertown Qualifier* | Watertown GC | June 29



A dual qualifier allows boys (ages 15-18) to qualify for both the NYS Men's Amateur & Junior Amateur Championship at the same time. To dual qualify, an entrant must register for both championships separately and select the same qualifying site. Dual qualifiers will not be permitted to use a motorized golf cart or a caddie.



Players in the following categories are exempt into the 2019 Championship. The NYSGA reserves the right to revise any of the exemption categories. Exempt players must submit an entry prior to the deadline (5PM EST on Wednesday, June 26, 2019). Requests for a special exemption may be emailed, along with a tournament resume, to Jim Ironside, PGA (Jim@nysga.org) by 5PM EST on June 18.


E1. Winners of the NYS Men's Amateur Championship from the last 10 years.

E2. From the 2018 NYS Men's Amateur Championship, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tied for 20th place.

E3. Winners of the NYS Men's Mid-Amateur Championship from the last 5 years.

E4. From the 2018 NYS Men's Mid-Men's Amateur Championship, the10 lowest scorers and anyone tied for 10th place.

E5. Winners of the 2019 NYS Men's Amateur Four-Ball Championships.

E6. Winner and runner-up of the 2019 NYS Boys' Junior Amateur Championship.
E7. Winner of the 2018 NYS Men's Senior Amateur Championship.

E8. Winner and runner-up of the 2019 NYSPHSAA Boys' Golf Championship.

E9. Most recent (as of August 6, 2019) winner or low amateur (*professional events) of the following regional championships:

  • Apogee Investment Management Championship

  • BDGA Buffalo District Individual Championship

  • CCR Invitational

  • CRAGA Capital Region Amateur Championship

  • Delaware County Amateur Championship

  • Dutchess County Amateur Championship

  • LIGA Hebron Individual Championship

  • MGA Ike Championship

  • MGA MET Amateur Championship

  • MGA MET Open*

  • NYC Amateur

  • NYS Open*

  • RDGA Rochester District Individual Championship

  • SDGA Gerry Ashe Memorial

  • TCGA Court Jester Amateur Championship

  • Ulster County Amateur Championship (Herdegan)

  • Watertown City Championship

  • WGA Westchester Individual Championship

E10. From the 2019 Monroe Invitational, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tied for 20th place.

E11. From the 2019 Porter Cup, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tied for 20th place.

E12. Players ranked in the top-1500 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).

E13. Host club exemptions

E14. Special exemptions as selected by the NYSGA


1. Championship: The winner, runner-up, and top-10 finishers will each receive a trophy to commemorate their finish. The winner will also receive custody of the permanent Championship trophy for the ensuing year, subject to any conditions the NYSGA may establish.

2. Sectional Qualifying: The low scorer from each sectional qualifier will receive a medalist medal.


A player may provide his own caddie for any round of the Championship.



The use of a motorized golf cart for this championship is outlined below:

1. Sectional Qualifying: A player may use a golf cart during sectional qualifying rounds, payment for which is included in the entry fee.

2. Championship: A player is prohibited from using a golf cart during the Championship practice and competition rounds.


The use of a  push cart is approved. See below for spectators use of golf carts.

During Championship rounds, a volunteer from each grouping (either a player or caddie) will enter hole-by-hole scores into the USGA's Tournament Management (Golf Genius) app, available on Android and Apple App Stores. If there is no volunteer, the starter will randomly assign a player to this role. Participation in live scoring is mandatory.



Spectators are always welcome at NYSGA championships. As a guest of the NYSGA and the host club, spectators are expected to dress in golf appropriate clothing and quietly follow players. Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages should be kept at a minimum. Cell phones must be either turned off or set to silent. Follow your players from a distance (at least 20 yards) and stay in the rough or on the cart paths. Do not lag behind the players as this often delays players in the group behind. Spectator carts are not permitted, exceptions are only allowed if the Handicap Cart Request form (see below) is submitted seven days prior to the start of the competition.



Click here to download and print the form that must be completed for a disabled spectator requesting the use of a motorized golf cart. Note that this form must be emailed at least seven days prior to the start of the competition.



Players must be neat in appearance with respect to clothing and personal appearance.



The pertinent information for this championship will be provided upon completion of qualifying rounds. Exempt players will receive this information directly from the NYSGA.



The NYSGA reserves the right to amend any of the conditions, terms, or schedules published for this Championship. The decision of the NYSGA in any matter will be final.