Information and Admission Criteria for Candidates for Membership in the European Senior Golf Association (ESGA).
Conforming with its statutes the object of ESGA, established in 1981, is to promote and facilitate golf and friendly relations between its members. It will for this purpose organize championships and tournaments. Members are limited to National Associations of Amateur Golfers in Europe. Senior golfers are male amateur players of age 55 and above. The Senior Golfers Association must be acknowledged by their National Golf Federation as an association representing senior golf in their country. The National Golf Federation has to be a member of the European Golf Association (EGA).
The ESGA Board examines applications for membership addressed to the General Secretary and shall submit them to the General Assembly for decision.
Members pay an annual contribution, starting at € 500,- per annum (level 2015) and € 1,- per individual male member with a minimum of € 600,- and a maximum of € 1.200,- (level 2014).
The ESGA organizes two tournaments per annum:
I. The ESGA Senior Team Championship and Cup for teams of six senior players each.
The ESGA Senior Team Championship is gross without handicap allowance over 54 holes strokeplay. 18 holes per day. Participants shall have an exact handicap of max. 14,0. The ESGA Senior Team Cup is net with handicap allowance over 54 holes. 18 holes per day. Participants shall have an exact handicap restricted to 20,0 at the time of entry, but limited to 16,00 in the competition.
The ESGA Senior Team Championship and Cup are organized by one of the ESGA members, in principle by rotation. Both tournaments take place in the same place during the same week. Therefore, it is necessary that two good and mature golf courses are available nearby and, in addition, one course for the Presidents' Cup and Ladies' Tournament.
II. The ESGA Masters Team Championship and Cup for teams of six senior players of age 70 and above.
The ESGA Masters Team Championship is gross, without handicap allowance over 54 holes. 18 holes per day: 1st and 2nd day Four Ball Better Ball, 3rd day Singles. Participants shall have an exact handicap of max. 20,0. The ESGAMasters Team Cup is net with handicap allowance. Participants shall have an exact handicap restricted to 24,0 at the time of entry, but limited to 20,0 in the competition.
The ESGA Masters Team Championship and Cup are also organized by one of the ESGA members and in principle by rotation. Both tournaments take place in the same location during the same week. It is, therefore, necessary that two good and mature golf courses are available nearby.
Criteria for New Members
The criteria for new members basically require the capability to organize and host an ESGA Championship & Cup. Finally to have access to at least two good and mature 18 hole golf courses nearby plus an extra one to accommodate the Presidents' and Ladies' Cup as well as adequate hosting facilities.
As the ESGA language in force is English, sufficient knowledge of this language is required.
As soon as a golfing country has a National Senior Association, which wants to become a member of ESGA and which is convinced to be able to meet the ESGA criteria, an ESGA Board delegation will visit the applying National Senior Association. If the ESGA Board reaches a positive vote, a proposal to the ESGA General Assembly will follow.
Today ESGA has 24 members and we look forward to welcoming new countries to experience new cultures and to meet new friends to play golf with.
For further information please see the ESGA website.