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Exemptions and Team Selection Criteria

In order to receive an exemption, players are required to register for that tournament prior to the closing date and must meet all eligibility requirements unless indicated otherwise.  When exemptions are determined an e-mail invitation will be sent to remind players to submit their entries.

NCGA Points Lists

2014 NCGA Exemptions From Qualifying

In order to receive an exemption, players are required to register for that tournament prior to the closing date and must meet all eligibility requirements unless indicated otherwise. When exemptions are determined an e‐mail invitation will be sent to remind players to submit their entries.

NCGA Exemptions From Qualifying

For all individual events, all past champions prior to 2004 are exempt for life. Champions after 2004 are exempt for 10 years, and champions in senior events are exempt for 5 years. Additionally, any eligible player is exempt if he/she has qualified for the match play portion of a USGA event within 12 months of the championship start date, or is ranked in the top-500 of amateur world golf rankings as of the closing date.

NCGA Four-Ball Championship -  The top 10 teams and ties from the preceding year, playing with the same partner and both players must meet eligibility requirements. Each exempt team is required to register prior to the closing date.

Master Division Championship -  The top 10 and ties from the preceding year. The following current NCGA Champions are exempt if they meet age eligibility requirements: Public Links, Valley Amateur, Amateur Stroke Play, Senior, Senor Valley, Amateur Match Play and CGA Senior. Each exempt player is required to register prior to the closing date.

Master Division Four-Ball Championship -  The top 10 teams and ties from the preceding year, with the same partner. Both partners must meet eligibility requirements. Since there is no qualifying for the Championship, the exemption is for a spot in the championship field. Each exempt team is required to register prior to the closing date.

Public Links Championship -  The top 4 and ties in the Championship Flight from the preceding year. Each exempt player is required to register prior to the closing date.

Amateur Match Play Championship ‐ Players who reached the quarterfinals in the preceding year, the top 10 and ties from the preceding year’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, the following current NCGA Champions: Public Links, Senior, Junior, Master Division, Valley Amateur, Senior Valley and players who reached the quarterfinals of the CGA in the current year. Exemptions are also granted to the top 15 players on the preceding year’s final NCGA Points List. Each exempt player is required to register prior to the closing date.

Amateur Stroke Play Championship – The top 10 and ties from the preceding year, players who reached the quarter‐finals of the Amateur Match Play of the preceding year and the following current NCGA Champions: Public Links, Senior, Junior, Master Division, Valley Amateur and Senior Valley Amateur. Players who reached the quarter‐finals of the CGA in the previous year are also exempt. Exemptions are also granted to the top 15 players on the preceding year’s final NCGA Points List. Each exempt player is required to register prior to the closing date.

Valley Amateur Championship - All past champions of the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley, the top 10 and ties from the preceding year and the following current NCGA Champions: Public Links, Junior, Master Division, Amateur Stroke Play and Amateur Match Play. Exemptions are also granted to the top 10 players on the preceding year’s final NCGA Points List. Each exempt player is required to register prior to the closing date.

Senior Valley Amateur Championship ‐ All past champions of the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley, the top 5 and ties from the preceding year and the current CGA Senior, NCGA Senior, Senior Match Play and Master Division (if eligible) Champions. Exemptions are also granted to the top 5 players on the preceding year’s final NCGA Senior Points List. Each exempt player is required to register prior to the closing date.

Senior Championship ‐ The top 5 and ties from the preceding year, the Senior Valley Amateur Champion, the Senior Match Play Champion, Master Division Champion (if eligible) and the CGA Senior Champion. Exemptions are also granted to the top 15 players on the preceding year’s final NCGA Senior Points List. Each exempt player is required to register prior to the closing date.

Senior Four-Ball Championship ‐ The top 10 teams and ties from the preceding year, with same partner. Both partners must meet eligibility requirements. Since there is no qualifying for the Championship, the exemption is for a spot in the championship field. Each exempt team is required to register prior to the closing date.

Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateur Championship ‐ All past NCGA Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateur Champions receive a 10‐year exemption.

*Special Exemption Category – In all NCGA Championships (with the exception of any Four-Ball Championship) players can request a special exemption based on current performance in NCGA, CGA and USGA events.  All requests must be made before the entry deadline date. The NCGA also reserves the right to award special exemptions based on special circumstances. Each request will be reviewed by the NCGA and make a decision as soon as possible. Players must still submit an entry prior to the closing date.

NCGA Junior Player Exemptions

All exempt players must meet tournament eligibility requirements and register prior to the closing date. A spot will be held for those players who earn an exemption based on the tournaments below marked with an *.

Junior Championship

  • NCGA Junior Past overall boys and girls champions
  • NCGA Junior Flight winners
  • NCGA Junior Players of the Year 2011
  • Top 5 on 2012 NCGA Boys point list not otherwise exempt
  • Top 5 on 2012 NCGA Girls point list not otherwise exempt
  • 2013 CGA Amateur Championship Qualifiers
  • 2012 U.S. Junior Championship Qualifiers*
  • 2012 U.S. Girls Championship Qualifiers*
  • 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifiers (Boys and Girls)*
  • 2012 Any other qualifier for a USGA championship* (Opens, APL, & WAPL)
  • 2012 CIF Girls Individual Champion
  • 2013 CIF Boys Individual Champion*
  • Winners of NCGA Junior Tour championships from 6/1/2012 through 5/31/2013 for which low handicap players were eligible
  • Top 50 in Golfweek Rankings as of May 1, 2013
  • Semifinalists at 2012 CWAC Girls Junior Championship (Championship Flight only)*
  • Winner of the Helen Lengfeld Flight of the CWAC Girls Junior Championship*
  • Presidential Invitation: The committee may select five players who do not fall into any of the previous categories.

Northern California Junior Players Championship

  • Previous year NCGA Junior Champions
  • Top five players from previous year’s JGANC Points Lists.
  • Presidential Invitation: The committee may select five players who do not fall into any of the previous categories.

Team Selection Criteria

Because of various intercollegiate eligibility concerns, current members of any intercollegiate golf team will not be considered for any NCGA selected team events during the school year. This is to prevent any intercollegiate golfer from jeopardizing their intercollegiate eligibility.

Team Selection Criteria