Kentucky Golf Association

KGA Tournament Eligibility Policy

All Kentucky Golf Association tournament contestants are required to join the KGA Player's Program prior to registration for a tournament. Joining the Player's Program will be done automatically when you sign up for your first tournament of the season.


To compete in a tournament, an applicant must be a resident of Kentucky and possess a current KGA handicap from a KGA Member Club.

Date of Residency

The date for meeting the residency requirement or the nonresident requirement is the entry closing date for each competition.

Kentucky Resident

“Kentucky resident” is a person who maintains his or her legal place of residence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. To establish residency for the purpose of KGA eligibility, an applicant must meet one of the criteria listed below in subsections 1-4:

1) Is a person who meets one of the criteria listed in paragraphs (a)-(d):

a) Has resided in Kentucky for thirty (30) consecutive days immediately preceding the date of the entry deadline of the event; or

b) Holds a Kentucky Driver’s License; or

c) Is registered to vote in Kentucky; or

d) Owns property in Kentucky; or

2) Is a student who physically attended a high school or college in Kentucky at any time during the four months before the date of the entry deadline; or

3) Is a student who graduated from a Kentucky high school and who attends an out-of-state college, but remains a legal dependent of a parent or guardian who meets the Kentucky residency requirement; or

4) Is a member of the military who is based in Kentucky on active duty as of the date of the entry deadline.

Nonresident Requirements

To be eligible to participate in a KGA event other than the Kentucky Amateur, a nonresident shall:

Be a dues paying member of a private Type 1 KGA member club and hold an active KGA Handicap Index from that club at the time of entry; or

Be an annual fee paying member of a semi-private or public Type 1 KGA member club and hold an active KGA Handicap Index from that club at the time of entry.

“Annual fee paying member” includes all arrangements whereby a nonresident pays some form of fee or charge for the privilege of playing golf at a discounted rate for either a specified number of rounds or period of time in the current calendar year.

“A Type 1 KGA Member Club” shall include any KGA member club that holds real estate consisting of a golf course.


As a part of the application process, an applicant shall attest on the application that he or she meets either the residency requirements or the nonresident requirements listed above. 

The KGA has the right, at any time, to request documentation from an applicant verifying that claimed status.  

Any falsification or misrepresentation of the facts pertaining to the applicant’s eligibility may result in that person being disqualified, pursuant to Amateur Status Rule 8-1, stripped of any prize or title, and that person being declared ineligible to participate in any future KGA events.

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About Golf House Kentucky

Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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