About the SGA Tour

About The SGA Tour (Victoria)

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The Social Golf Australia (SGA) Tour is an amateur golf event series played on some of the best courses in Victoria. Anyone can play on the SGA Tour - simply pay as you play in as many events as you like. Non-handicapped or social players can enter the events and enjoy a game with friends and they are eligible to win the novelty events. A $10 comp fee is included in the listed entry prices on the Event Schedule (see menu on the left) and players with a handicap compete for the great prizes we have on offer at each event. If you are already a member of a golf club, the Tour can provide you with variety of other exciting courses to play in competitions for great prizes.


For golfers interested in engaging with the community that the Tour offers, we also offer the option of annual SGA Tour Memberships. Usually about half the golfers at each event are SGA Tour Members – they earn Order of Merit points and are eligible for our course records and to win our six prestigious trophy events in Victoria - the Order of Merit; Club Championships, the 4BBB Championships; The SGA Matchplay; the Golfer of the Year and The Tour Championship. At $50 for the year, it is awesome value and being a member has a lot of great benefits. Whether you are learning the game, a member of a club, don't have a handicap, or are just an enthusiastic golfer simply wanting to expand your social circle, the SGA Tour is a place where you can come and enjoy the game with like-minded people. All enthusiastic golfers are welcome.
 

How to Enter a Vic SGA Tour Event

  • Your name and the event you wish to enter
  • Your GOLF Link number (if you have one)
  • Preferred tee time and/or playing partners


Bank:
Account:
BSB #:
Account #:

 
 Bendigo Bank
 Social Golf Australia
 633000
 130203821

Confirm attendance by making payment by EFT or direct deposit – with your full name in the payment reference.

You can also call through credit card details (payments attract a 2% fee) to (03) 5433 3213.
 

Notes on the entry process for SGA Tour events

  • When booking you can request playing partners if you have pals playing you want to be grouped with.
  • For events with two-tee starts you can request a preferred tee-time within the range of times we have.
  • With two-tee starts, the starting time listed on the event schedule is when the first groups hit off.
  • At events with a shotgun start, players commence together, so preferred tee times don’t apply.
  • When entering for the first time, please supply your GOLF Link number if you have one.
  • SGA keeps GOLF Link numbers on file in the booking sheet, so you only need to supply once.
  • SGA reserves carts for most events that players can book and pay for through SGA.
  • If a player does not mention carting when they book, we presume they are walking.
  • We require pre-payments – most players make an EFT with their name in the reference.
  • If you want up to date info, check out and like the SGA Tour Victoria Facebook page.
  • A few days prior to each event, we send an event info email (draw etc) to all booked players.
  • All new players receive three Srixon golf balls as a welcome gift at their first event.
  • By entering an event, players accept and agree to the Terms & Conditions of entry.
     

Annual SGA Tour Membership – Come and be part of something special

Anyone can play on the SGA Tour and players with an official handicap can compete for the great prizes on offer at each event. However, to earn Order of Merit points and compete for our six annual trophy events, you need to be a card-carrying member of the Tour. Our Tour Members love their golf and competing in a friendly seting and have a established a friendly and inclusive community of golfers that is great fun to be a part of. At $50 for the year, it is outstanding value and your annual SGA Tour Membership entitles you to the following benefits, exclusive opportunities and playing privileg

SGA Tour Member Benefits

 

Cost 
Annual SGA Tour Membership is just $50.00.

Pro-rata Tour Membership for the year can be arranged by discussion with Vic Tour Manager: Richard Mitchell E vic@sgatour.com.au M 0413257099

 

How to join as an SGA Tour Member

Email vic (at) sgatour.com.au with:

  • Your name
  • GOLF Link number (if you have one)
  • Make your $50 payment via the details above
  • Email your EFT transfer via the email above
  • Or  pay $50 cash for SGA Tour Membership at an event


Notes on annual SGA Tour Membership:

  • SGA Tour Membership is available to all golfers but is not compulsory to play in the events.
  • SGA Tour Membership is annual – running from Kanuary to December each calander year.
  • The cost is $50 for the year and reduces pro-rata through the year by $10 as each 4BBB event passes.
  • Should you have any further questions regarding SGA Tour Membership, please feel free to contact us.
  • An official handicap is required to compete for the main event prizes and to earn Order of Merit points.
  • If you don't have a handicap, we can help. Social Golf Australia has founded The SGA Golf Club as a national golf handicap provider. An official Australian golf handicap and GOLF Link number is just $95 for 12 months. For more info, see the Handicap FAQs page, and to apply for a handicap go to the SGA Golf Club Online Handicap Application.
     

Prizes & Grades at SGA Tour events

Each event is run as an open comp that all golfers can enter an features between $700 and $1000 of prizes thanks to our sponsors Golf Clearance Outlet, Good Food Gift Cards, Heathcote Winery, GAZMAN, Garmin, Srixon and Kieser Golf Fitness. The final event of the year features over $5000 of trophies and prizes and we give away over $25,000 of prizes throughout the year. For all the single Stableford, Par & Stroke events, we have a prize pool for each of A, B & C grades. The grade divisions are organised by Daily Handicaps for each event so that there are similar numbers of people in each grade – it it usually approximately A Grade 0 – 13, Brade 14 – 19 and C Grade 20 & above.
 

The Order of Merit

The Victorian SGA Tour Order of Merit (OOM) is the annual award for the best, most committed and most consistent Tour player of the year. The guiding principle for the OOM is to reward regular attendance and consistent performance in Tour events throughout the year. The point scoring format has been calibrated to reflect this and to foster a close race for the OOM title. Tour Members receive entry points for each event they enter and the top 20 Tour Members at each event score placing points (20 for first, 19 for second, etc). Furthermore, only the top seven performances (placing points) by a player count towards their final points tally.

Club Championships

The Victorian SGA Tour Club Championships is played over four rounds spread throughout the year with a golfer needing to participate in three of the four nominated events to be eligible. The four rounds generally correspond with the four Major Championships of professional golf and a player’s three best scores count towards the combined total. Club Championships scores are added together and the player(s) with the highest cumulative total from their best three Club Championships rounds wins. 

The Four Ball Better Ball (4BBB) Championships

The SGA Tour Four Ball Better Ball (4BBB) Championships is an award for best cumulative score by individuals in the four events each year where we play 4BBB. These events are our Mini-Majors for the year as they carry extra importance. Firstly there are double the number of Order of Merit (OOM) points to be won as the 4BBB pairs each win the same points as we run OOM points down to 20th place, so 40 players can receive placing points as opposed to usual 20 per event. For more info, see the Four Ball Better Ball Championships page. 

The SGA Matchplay

The Victorian SGA Matchplay is a new SGA Tour trophy event established in 2015 as a response to the interest in matchplay after the success of the Trans-Murray Matchplay between teams representing the Victorian and NSW SGA Tours. The SGA Matchplay is an annual individual Matchplay Championship where golfers are drawn to play matches and arrange the matches themselves with the winners progressing to the next round. From 2016, our 3rd SGA Tour event of the year will be the first round of the SGA Matchplay with individual matches played. After that individuals play matches privately and the Final will be played at Southern Golf Club on Sunday December 4.

The Golfer of the Year

The Victorian SGA Tour Golfer of the Year (GOTY) is the annual award for the SGA Tour Member(s) who epitomises the principles of the game and what the SGA Tour stands for: to enjoy sharing a round of golf in good humour with respect and consideration for the laws and traditions of the game and for fellow golfers. The GOTY winner is announced and presented with the Neil Hocking Memorial Trophy at the final event of the Tour season: The Tour Championship. 2010 was the first year this prestigious award was presented.

The guiding principle for the GOTY is to recognise fair play, sportsmanship, consideration for others, respect for the rules and traditions of the game and golfing etiquette. These are the foundations upon which golf is built and there is great value in fostering and supporting these ideals. Hence, the GOTY is not an award for the best player, but for excellence in golf. It may be awarded for ongoing achievement through the course of the year, or for a single act of sportsmanship that is a worthy example of what is great about the game of golf.

The Tour Championship

The Tour Championship is the final event of the year and played at Victoria Golf Club – one of Australia’s most prestigious golf clubs. It is intended to be a celebration of the golfing year and all golfers are welcome to join the fun. The day features a presentation dinner after golf where all our major awards for the year are presented to the winners. See the Tour Championship web page for more information.
 

Contact

Matthew Pitt
Social Golf Australia
Phone:  03 5433 3213
Mobile: 0425 742 501
Email: matt (at) sgatour.com.au 
Richard Mitchell
SGA Group Partnerships Manager
Vic SGA Tour Manager
Mobile:  0413 257 099
Email: richard (at) sgatour.com.au 

 

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