Rules of Play
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ALD™ Tour Cards
Event Registration Costs
- $50 CAD for Youth and Junior.
- $75 CAD for 18+.
- Regional Major - $100 USD
- Last Chance Qualifier- $100 USD
If you qualify for the World Championships Aug 16-17, Myrtle Beach, the cost is $200 USD.
Youth Male and Female - (13 and under)
Junior Male and Female - (14-17)
- Youths may also compete in this division
Open Male and Female - (18+)
- all divisions can compete in this division
Senior Male and Female - (45-59)
- super seniors may compete in this division
Super Senior Male and Female - (60+)
To qualify in the male division you must have been born a male and to qualify in the female division you must have been born a female.
The effective age for competition in any division is based upon your age on the day of competition. When your age changes, your base division changes.
There will be a Veteran/Military division for both male and female Open, Senior, and Super Senior divisions at the Major qualifying events (USA) and the World Championships. To compete as a veteran, competitors must be a current or former member of the United States or Canadian Military.
There will be an Adaptive Division for both male and female competitors at the Major qualifying events (USA) and World Championships.
Golf clubs must appear on the United States Golf Association USGA® Conforming List. Clubs on the USGA® Non-conforming list will not be allowed. Golf clubs must conform to the USGA® Rules of Golf (appendix ll, 1c), which limits golf club length to a maximum of forty-eight inches (48”). All competitors are required to have their clubs inspected and cleared on site before competition. Clubs will be measured on a Mitchell Golf CLUBLENGTH Measuring Ruler.
Players are required to hit the golf ball provided by ALD™ at all events. Players are required to ensure their issued balls are visible at all times on the hitting tee.
Any legal tee is allowed in ALD™ competition.
Only a player’s longest Qualified Drive will be measured and recorded. Official Yardages will be determined utilizing grid workers, Leupold laser rangefinder equipment, and/or physical yardage markers. In events and qualifiers where laser range finders are utilized, grid workers positioned along the sides of the grid will mark the longest ball for each hitter in each group by standing over the ball wearing a color-matched vest. An ALD™ official will record the (laser calculated) distance from the tee box to the grid worker.
Each player will be scored based on their longest drives. Qualifying drives must come to rest inside the grid and meet or exceed the minimum length for the respective division. Qualifying drive lengths may be adjusted for weather and grid conditions at the discretion of the ALD™ official. Standard qualifying drive lengths for each division are as follows.
Actual qualifying drive minimums will be determined on the day of qualification based on grid conditions.
Drives that exceed the length of the grid shall qualify if (in the opinion of the ALD™ official) they are within the established grid width using his/her best judgement. In the event two or more qualifying drives exceed the grid, and the measurement of those drives are necessary to determine round transfers or wins, the ALD™ officials will use their best judgement to determine the winner.
Any drives that are deemed to be in the running as a winner in a division that are within six inches (6”) of each other are considered a tie. In the event there are two or more such confirmed yardages recorded, those tied players will hit four (4) additional balls in one minute and thirty seconds (1:30) playoff to determine the final winning drive. A playoff will continue until a winner is determined. If one of the players is not present for the playoff, the player present will be deemed the winner.
- An ALD™ Tour Card is required to receive competition points
- Points are only awarded at ALD™ Sanctioned Events
- ALD™ World Rankings reset at the beginning of each season (no points are carried over from season to season)
All players receive 100 points per Series event that they participate in.
Bonus points are awarded based on results:
First Place in each Division
500 bonus points
25 bonus points for longest drive in a division with 12 or more Players
450 bonus points for 2nd place
25 bonus points for 2nd place in a division with 12 or more players
400 bonus points for 3rd place
25 bonus points for 3rd place in a division with 12 or more players
350 bonus points for 4th place
25 bonus points for 4th place in a division with 12 or more players
300 bonus points for 5th place
25 bonus points for 5th place in a division with 12 or more players
250 bonus points for 6th place
25 bonus points for 6th place in a division with 12 or more players
200 bonus points for 7th place
25 bonus points for 7th place in a division with 12 or more players
150 bonus points for 8th place
25 bonus points for 8th place in a division with 12 or more players
100 bonus points for 9th place
25 bonus points for 9th place in a division with 12 or more players
50 bonus points for 10th place
25 bonus points for 10th place in a division with 12 or more players
Pathway To The World Championships
You can qualify for the World Championships by being the top points winner in your division in your Series. World ranking points are awarded for participation and bonus points are awarded based on results. ALD Canada will hold Series events in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
ALD Canada Schedule
World Ranking Points
You can qualify for the World Championships by being the top points winner in your division at the end of the qualifying season, Aug 1st. World ranking points can be earned via Series events and double points can be earned at Regional Majors.
Major Qualifying Events for the World Championships
You can qualify for the World Championships by winning your division at any major qualifying event. Major qualifying events are Regional Majors or the Last Chance Qualifier. Currently the majors are only held in the United State but are open to entry by any ALD™ Canada member.
Major Qualifying Events Schedule
The top player in each division from each ALD Canada Series will transfer to the World Championships.
The top player in each division as of Aug 1 based on World Ranking Points will transfer to the World Championships.
The top player in each division from a Regional Major will transfer to the World Championships.
There is a Last Chance Qualifier the day before the World Championships. The top player in each division will transfer to the World Championships.
In addition to these spots, the ALD™ Canada Tour Commissioner may offer Wild Card spots based upon performance and participation.
Series Events Format
Before the competition, via blind draw (and/or seeding), ALD™ officials will divide the field (by division) into groups of (up to) four (4) players. Smaller fields will be accommodated. Format and groups may be adjusted according to the ALD™ official’s decision. Each group will hit at least two (2) sets of six (6) balls to determine the winner in each division. World Ranking Points will be awarded based upon the results of the competition. At the end of the Series, the winner (most points) of each division will automatically transfer to the World Championship.
Regional Major Qualifier Format
Before the competition, via blind draw (and/or seeding), ALD™ officials will divide the field (by division) into groups of (up to) four (4) players. Smaller fields will be accommodated. Format and groups may be adjusted according to the ALD™ official’s decision. Each group will hit two (2) sets of six (6) balls to determine the winner in each division. Additional sets of six (6) balls may be purchased for $55 USD if the ALD™ official agrees there is sufficient opportunity to allow additional competition. World Ranking Points will be awarded based upon the results of the final competition. The winner in each division will automatically transfer to the World Championship. Any ALD™ Canada member with a current tour card may compete in any Regional Major qualifier.