The Professional Golfers' Association of Japan
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THE 2007 PGA of JAPAN SENIORS TOUR

ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, February 19, 2007

Entry
  1. Complete a set of application documents. A studio portrait 3 cm by 2.5 cm must be attached.
  2. Arrange a bank transfer as follows:

    Documentary Examination fee: \5,250
    Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament fee: \52,500


    Total application fee: \57,750 (tax included)

    Our Bank Details
    Bank: Mizuho Bank, Toranomon Branch
    Account Name: PGA of Japan
    Account No: 1005136

    * Any other methods of payment are not acceptable.
    * To enable the Account Department to identify the payment on receipt, please make sure that the applicant’s name is quoted by the issuing bank, and then attach the proof of payment with your entry form.
    * In case the number of international applicants is less than 7, we do not hold the Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament. In that case the fee for the Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament shall be appropriated for a part of the fee for the Regional & Final Tournaments.
    * The fee of \84,000 for the Regional & Final Tournaments and Registration fee of \21,000 must be received by the PGA of Japan by March 10, 2006.
    * Once any fee regarding the entry has been paid, no refunds will be provided.
  3. Submit all required application documents with

    a copy of the membership certification of the PGA which must be in their own countries
    a cope of the official document that proves the applicant’s nationality or permanent residency of License Issued Country
    (a clear copy of applicant’s passport may be used as well)
    a cope of the career summary
    a copy of the receipt to prove your payment
    a designated form of guarantee

    Mailing address:

    The 2007 PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Qualifying Tournament
    Attention Naoki, SAKAMOTO MR. and Satoru, SUNAGAWA MR
    The Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan
    TOP Hamamatsucho Bldg. 8Fl., 1-5-12 Shiba, Minato-ku,
    Tokyo 105-0014
    JAPAN

    Tel: +81-3-5419-2611

    * Once entry applications have been submitted, they will not be returned.
    * Entries by telephone, email or facsimile, or incomplete entry are not acceptable.
Entry Deadline

Completely executed entry applications and required documents must reach the PGA of Japan byMonday, February 19, 2007 without exception.


Eligibility for Entry
  1. The applicant must be a male professional golfer and be at least 50 years of age, or turn 50 on or before November 2, 2006 (the first day of our last senior tournament of the year) to play the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour.
  2. Players who plan to participate in one or more than one of the Japan Senior Tournaments are required to register.
  3. Applicants who are 49 years of age are allowed to apply for the Qualifying Tournament, however, even though those ones turned out to be the leading players, they cannot participate in any event until they turn 50 years of age. In case such a player turns 50 on the first day of the tournament, the player is able to participate in the tournament.
  4. As for Supported Events, there are different requirements set for eligibility and the field size so that the leading players from the Qualifying Tournament may happen to be unable to participate in some of them. Please be notified that players might be required to play not only the tournament itself but also a Pro-Am game among some of those events.
  5. Driving Clubs: The driver the competitor carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by R&A Rules Limited. Any individual driver on the List, if tested on pendulum testing apparatus approved by R&A Rules Limited, must not have a characteristic time greater than 257 microseconds. Note: Any driver which was made and sold by December 31,1998 is allowed to use even though it is not on the List.
  6. Information regarding the 2007 eligibilities for the PGA of Japan

    1

    The players in positions 1-30 from the former PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Order of Merit

    *As for the tournament whose field size is less than 51 professionals, the players are limited to the ones in positions 1-15.
    2 The top 10 entrants from the All Time Career Money List
    3 Past winners of the Japan PGA Senior Championship, the Japan Senior Open Golf Championship, and the PGA Philanthropy Rebornest Senior Open for a 3 year period from the following year of the victory.
    4 Past winners of the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Order of Merit for a 3 year period from the following year.
    5 Past winners of professional tournaments which are, or have been, part of the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour for a 24 month period from the following week of the victory.
    6 Past winners of any professional tournaments which are, or have been, part of the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour are eligible for the very tournament for a 5 year period.
    7

    Sponsors invitations

    *These invitations to a maximum of 4 when the field is less than 51 professionals, 6 when the field is over 50 and less than 60 professionals, and 10 when the field is over 59 professionals.
    8 The winner from the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Qualifying Tournament
    9 Players who have won any official tournaments which are, or have been, part of the Japan Golf Tour for the following year or for one year after turning 50 years of age.
    10 Special exemptions selected by the PGA of Japan Senior Committee
    11 The players in positions 16-30 from the former PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Order of Merit when the field is less than 51 professionals.
    12 11th -20th place players from the All Time Career Money List
    13

    The top 10 entrants from the last year’s very tournament

    14 The leading players from the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Qualifying Tournament
  7. (7) We are expecting to hold 7 tournaments of the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour in 2007. One specific player is allowed to participate in up to 3 tournaments through category 7. As for former winners of the Japan PGA Championship and the Japan Open Championship, there is no such a limit.
  8. For your reference, please be notified how to allot a field size to each category. The following is an example and it is subject to differ to each tournament this year.

    Field size   category 1 to 6 and 8 to 13   category 7   category 14
    70 = 50 + up to 10 + 10

    We need at least 51 applicants to hold a tournament as specified in the Rule 5-8-4 of the PGA of Japan Senior Tournament Rules, therefore the number of the field size allotted to category 14 may become less than 10.
    *

    The field sizes which were allotted to category 14 (,to the leading players from the 2006 Qualifying Tournament,) last year were as follows:

    Aderans Wellness Open 15
    Fancl Classic 29
    PGA Philanthropy Senior Open 83
    PGA Senior Championship 91
    Kinojyo Senior Open 14

    Each tournament field size is subject to be changed in 2007.
    As for the Japan Senior Open, the Japan Golf Association is the host organization and they set their own qualifying tournament for the Open.
  9. We ask your understanding and cooperation to join charitable events to entertain the gallery if there is such an event on-site.
  10. Total cards issued to category 7 are to a maximum of 10 when the field size is 60 and over, and to a maximum of 6 when the filed size is less than 60.
  11. Applicants must have adequate insurance prior to participating in Qualifying Tournament and any event on the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Schedule.
  12. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant. The PGA of Japan will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.
  13. Entries by telephone or facsimile are not acceptable.

Procedure / Fee
  Item Fee Deadline Others
1 Documentary
examination
examination fee \5,250 February 20, 2006
* Please enclose a copy of the proof of payment
This is held when applicants get more than 6.
2 Pre-Regional
Qualifying
Tournament
participation fee \52,500
3 Regional
Qualifying
Tournament
participation fee \84,000
* Please transfer the designated fee by March 10.
* We will let the applicants know if there is the Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament.
There were about 300 players participated in last year.
* Applicants will be allotted to 3 sites.
4 Final Qualifying
Tournament
* There were 120 players participated in last year. (105 leading players from the Regional Qualifying Tournament, and about 15 exempted players from the Regional Qualifying Tournament.
5 Registration registration fee \10,500
* Please transfer the designated fee by March 10.
For registration for membership of the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour
Total application fee
In case there is a Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament
\152,250
In case there is no Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament
\99,750

THE 2007 PGA of JAPAN SENIORS TOUR
QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
Host Organizer The Professional Golfers' Association of Japan
Eligibility Male professional golfers who are 50 years of age on or by the first day of our last senior tournament of the year are eligible for entry. (As for 2007, applicants must be 50 years of age on or by the first day of the last tournament of PGA of Japan Seniors Tour, Kinojyo Senior Open, on November 2nd, 2007.)
Rules

Play shall be governed in accordance with the rules of the Japan Golf Associations (JGA), the PGA of Japan conditions of competition and Local Rules.

* Driving Clubs: The driver the competitor carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by R&A Rules Limited. Any individual driver on the List, if tested on pendulum testing apparatus approved by R&A Rules Limited, must not have a characteristic time greater than 257 microseconds.

Regional Qualifying Tournament
Eligibility
  1. Members who joined the PGA of Japan by 1984.
  2. Tournament player (TP) members who joined the PGA of Japan after 1985.
  3. Teaching Professional (TCP) members who joined the PGA of Japan after 1985. (Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament will be conducted in the event that these applicants exceed 30 players)
  4. International PGA members, to a maximum of six.

    Pre-Regional Qualifying Tournament will be conducted in case that more than 7 international players apply.
    Site: Shizu Hills Country Club
    5766 Oba, Hitachiomiya-city, Ibaraki
    319-2132
    Phone: +81-(0)29-296-2000
    Date:

    Practice Round March 13, 2007
    Pre-Regional QT March 14, 2007

    Format: 18-holes of stroke play
    Top six players will advance to the regional qualifying tournament which will be held from the following day at Shizu Hill Country Club. If there is a tie, the count back method shall be used from 18-holes. In the event that there is still a tie, the order will be determined by drawing lots.
Fields Approximately 270 players (in reference to a total participants of 3 sites in 2006)
Site1

Shizu Hills Country Club
5766 Oba, Hitachiomiya-city, Ibaraki
319-2132
Phone: +81-(0)29-296-2000
Practice Round: March 14, 2007
Tournament 1st Round: March 15, 2007
Tournament Final Round: March 16, 2007

Site2

Shizu Hills Country Club
81 Tsukide, Ichihara-city, Chiba 290-0527
Phone: +81-(0)436-96-1111

Practice Round: March 12, 2007
Tournament 1st Round: March 13, 2007
Tournament Final Round: March 14, 2007

Site3

NaraOnotoyo Golf Club
570-1 Hiyoshi−chou, Ono-city, Hyogo 675-1315
Phone: +81-(0)784-62-6881

Practice Round: March 13, 2006
Tournament 1st Round: March 14, 2006
Tournament Final Round: March 15, 2006

NOTICE: Please note that ONLY Shizu Hills Country Club will be available for international players due to consideration of pre-qualifying tournament which may be held on the day of practice round. (Please see Eligibility 4)
Format 36-holes of stroke play (18-holes per day)
  1. If, in the judgment of the on-site PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Tournament Director, adverse weather conditions or any other occurrence or condition renders commencement or continuation of tournament play inadvisable, there is a case that play shall be postponed or shortened to 27-holes or 18-holes.
  2. The PGA of Japan method shall be used to determine a top player if there is a tie.
Successful Applicants 103 players
The number of players to advance from each Regional Qualifying Tournament site to the Final will be on a pro rata basis from each Regional Qualifying Tournament site determined.
Allocation of the Sites In principle, applicants will be allotted to three sites on a first-come-first-served basis in order to average the number of contestants in each site. Therefore, players will not be necessarily allotted to sites they wish. If any choices are not made on the application form, it is regarded that no choice of sites was made. Notification of assignment to Regional Site(s) will be sent after the entry deadline.

Final Qualifying Tournament
Eligibility
  1. Top 50 leaders from the 2006 PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Money List, who have a will to put their competitive bases in Japan.
  2. The leading players from three Regional Qualifying sites.
Fields 120 players
Site

Narita Golf Club
127 Omuro, Narita-city, Chiba 286-0821
Phone: +81-(0)476-36-0111

Practice Round: April 3, 2007
Tournament 1st Round: April 4, 2007
Tournament 2nd Round: April 5, 2007
Tournament Final Round: April 6, 2007

Format 54-holes of stroke play (18-holes per day)
If, in the judgment of the on-site PGA of Japan Seniors Tour Tournament Director, adverse weather conditions or any other occurrence or condition renders commencement or continuation of tournament play inadvisable, there is a case that play shall be postponed or shortened to 36-holes or 18-holes.

Alternates for the Final Qualifying Tournament

No alternates will be added to the Final Qualifying Tournament even if a successful Regional Qualifying Stage entrant withdraws.

Notes
The applicants who play in the Qualifying Tournament and any tournaments of the PGA of Japan shall agree to abide by the Tournament Regulations of the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour.
The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the PGA of Japan will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.
Caddies are not permitted in the Qualifying Tournament.
During official practice and tournament round days no one except for the tournament staffs and media is allowed to enter the course.
If a player is determined by Tournament Officials on-site at any stage of the Qualifying Tournament to be non competitive, the PGA of Japan reserves the right to remove the said player from the competition.
Ranking Method
(PGA of
Japan Method)
54-holes
  1. A player who has the best score on the 18th hole of the 3rd Round is considered as a leader.
  2. A player who has the best score on the 18th hole of the 2nd Round is considered as a leader.
  3. A player who has the best score from the18th hole of the 3rd Round by the count-back method is considered as a leader
36-holes
  1. A player who has the best score on the 18th hole of the 2nd Round is considered as a leader.
  2. A player who has the best score from the 18th hole of the 2nd Round by the count-back method is considered as a leader
18-holes
  1. A player who has the best score from the 18th hole of the round by the count-back method is considered as a leader.