Planning for the Future
Our 2006 tournament season was very successful. The membership that participated in NCGA tournaments had an opportunity to select from many different formats and levels of competition. However, many members missed a great experience because they were not aware of the program, the club did not hold qualifiers or a player incurred a one-year suspension for missing a starting time. This should not happen.
It is the player’s responsibility to know the dates of qualifying and the championship. This information can be found in the Bluebook and on the NCGA website. All players with an e-mail address will be notified that the pairings and player information sheets are posted on the web for all events. Players without e-mail will be sent their pairings in the mail.
To resolve some of these issues and make the 2007 NCGA tournament season even more successful, here are a few suggestions and reminders that should help the registration process.
The 2007 calendar is divided into groups of tournaments to help distinguish who (regular clubs, associate clubs or both) is eligible to participate. All the tournaments listed under regular and associate require qualifying at the club level. The entry, whether paper or online, must be processed by a club official only. All the individual tournaments do not require qualifying at the club level and any NCGA member can enter as long as the eligibility requirements are met.
The most important dates on the calendar are the entry closing dates. It is the club or player’s responsibility to meet these deadlines. The NCGA provides every opportunity for closing dates to be honored; therefore late entries will not be accepted. All clubs will be provided paper entries, but the use of the online registration is highly recommended. Online registration provides instant confirmation, qualifying sites can be selected immediately and the time for receipt of entry on the closing day is extended from 5:00 p.m. to midnight.
In order to control the online entry procedure for club entries so only players who officially qualified are entered, a password-protection requirement is in place. Therefore, to utilize online registration, all clubs must provide the NCGA with two club officials for a database which allows only the selected two officials to register on behalf of their club. If a club has not provided these names, it is highly recommended that it be done now so the club is ready in January when registration begins. Please consider using online registration as it saves time for everyone.
All NCGA members (men and women) are eligible to participate in the tournament program and it is important to plan your calendar now so all entry closing dates can be met. PLEASE USE ONLINE REGISTRATION AT NCGA.ORG