Tour FAQ's

  • What is the Staysure Amateur Golf Tour?

    What is the Staysure Amateur Golf Tour
    The Tour is a series of professionally organised events which provide an opportunity for amateur club golfers to play competitively in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on some of the most renowned championship courses in the UK and around the world.

    The Tour was first launched in 1997 as the FORE Tour and was renamed the European Amateur Golf Tour, EAGT in 2013. In January 2018 Staysure Insurance became the first ever title sponsor of the European Senior Tour which is now known as the Staysure Tour. Just a few months later we were delighted to announce that Staysure were to become the title sponsor of the European Amateur Golf Tour which is now known as the Staysure Amateur Golf Tour, SAGT.

    The Tour has four orders of merit. The Worldwide OoM, the Senior OoM for golfers of 60+ and the ladies OoM all of which include every event on the schedule. The UK OoM which includes those events in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Competitors can qualify, via the OoMs and the 4/5 round events, for the annual Tour Final in October which is staged at a prestigious venue over 3/4 rounds.

    "Absolutely the best golfing events to attend as someone who wants great golf, no bandits, an efficiently run event and very friendly reception"

  • Who can play on the Staysure Amateur Golf Tour?

    Who can play on the SAGT?
    All golfers, male and female of all levels of ability are welcome to play in the events. All we insist on is that you are a member of a golf club and you have a handicap issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club in the UK or the equivalent overseas handicap.
    You can enter as an individual or with friends and we will match you up with golfers of a similar handicap and ability. Competitors under the age of 18 are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Are the events CONGU qualifiers?

    Are the events CONGU qualifiers?
    Yes. The Staysure Amateur Golf Tour has CONGU status and all the events staged in the UK are run as qualifying events under the CONGU Rules.
    We use Intelligentgolf software to manage the results and if you are a member of a CONGU affiliated golf club in England the results will be automatically sent to your club via the Central Database of Handicaps. If you are a member of an affiliated golf club in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland it is your responsibility to submit your scores to your club.

  • Can I play in the events as a non member of the Tour?

    Can I play in the events as a non member of the Tour?
    Yes, you can play as a non Tour member but if you wish to be included in the Order of Merit you must join the Tour for an annual subscription of £40 which runs for 12 months from the date you join.
    A competitor new to the Tour must join the Tour before he / she plays their first event to be eligible for merit points in their first event. Merit points will not be issued retrospectively.

  • How do I enter the events / join the Tour?

    How do I enter the events / join the Tour?

    • Click the ‘ENTER’ button on the above menu
    • Email info@eagt.co.uk
    • Call the Tournament Office on 0845 466 2222
    If entering online you will first need to register by adding your email address and a password in the appropriate boxes after pressing the ‘ENTER’ button on the top menu bar.
    To secure a place in an event the relevant deposit is payable at the time of entering.
    Full payment is due one calendar month before the event unless otherwise stated.
    The Competitor’s Information, including the Draw and itinerary, is published online at www.eagt.co.uk 5/7 days before each event.

  • Which tees do you generally play from?

    Which tees do you generally play from?
    In 2019 we have introduced ‘score balancing’ which is a recognised CONGU format whereby competitors in the same competition can play from different tees and handicaps are adjusted depending on the SSS from the tees used.
    The aim is to ensure that everyone can compete and enjoy the experience, regardless of how far they are able to hit the ball.

  • What does a typical day include?

    What does a typical day include?
    Coffee and bacon rolls are served on arrival at the golf club. The first match usually tees off from about 10am. The golf is followed by a lunch / dinner and prize presentation at approximately 5.00pm and the day winds up at about 6.30pm.
    Players can request a late or early tee time depending on their journey time.
    On a day when we play 36 holes the am round starts at approximately 8.00am. A light lunch or carvery, depending on the club, is served between rounds and play starts again at approx. 1.30pm. Dinner or afternoon tea is served on a rolling basis and there’s no obligation to stay for the presentation as we appreciate some people have long journeys.

    "very well organised events, friendly atmosphere with none of the stuffiness you can experience at a lot of golf clubs"

  • What is the playing format?

    Play is either in three or fourballs and the format is always individual Stableford with full handicap allowance. The maximum playing handicap is 24 for men and 36 for ladies.

    "I play cricket - but I cannot play at Lords, I play tennis but I cannot play at Wimbledon, I play golf and on the Tour I can play the best courses"

  • Can I invite friends to play?

    Can I invite friends to play?
    Yes Tour Members are welcome to invite guests and we can put you in the same match. It is popular for business people to entertain colleagues and clients on a great day out.

    "a brilliant day out, I look forward to every event"

  • What kind of prizes can you win?

    At least the leading three competitors receive prizes which in the UK are normally FootJoy apparel and we give Tour vouchers for overseas events to avoid excess baggage. We also run two Nearest the Pin competitions.

    In addition, our association with the Staysure has introduced the opportunity for Tour members to win a whole range of money can't buy prizes and experiences.
    SAGT members will be able to win tickets to attend events as well as the chance to play alongside some of golf’s most recognisable names and faces in official Staysure Tour events.

    Approximately 48 competitors qualify for the Staysure Tour Final which is normally staged in October at a prestigious overseas venue and typically includes three nights in a four star hotel and three rounds on a premier course/s. The 2019 Staysure Tour Final will be played over three of Portugal’s leading courses including Monte Rei (No1 in Portugal), Quinta do Lago South and Laranjal. The winner of the 2019 Tour Final will be invited, along with a non playing partner, to take part in the Staysure Tour season ending MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius in December 2019.

    To see details of the fantastic prizes on offer for the leading three competitors in each of the Orders of Merit click here

  • How do the Orders of Merit Work?

    Every event on the schedule counts towards the World OoM, the Senior OoM and the Ladies OoM. Only those events in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland count towards the UK OoM.

    Merit points are awarded on the basis of 100 to the winner of each event, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for third and so on. Any tied scores will be decided by a card play off over the last nine holes as they appear on the scorecard. Merit points will then be issued based on finishing position.

    A competitor's OoM position is determined by the total merit points accumulated in his/her best seven results throughout the season. On a day when there are two rounds, both rounds count as two of the seven events.

    Competitors can play in as few or as many events as they wish but it is only their best seven results that count on the OoM so that no one can buy their way to the top of the table.

    Competitors must be a member of the SAGT to be eligible for merit points. The annual membership fee is £40 for 12 months from the date of joining.

  • How are the final positions in the OoM decided?

    A competitor’s final OoM position is determined by the total merit points accumulated in his/her best nine results throughout the season which may include the three rounds in the Tour Final.

    Any tied positions in any of the Orders of Merit following the last round of the Tour Final will be decided by taking into account the competitor’s tenth best merit point score and so on.

  • What is a Staysure Championship Event?

    Certain events are designated Staysure Championship Events and these are denoted by a trophy image on the schedule.

    The prizes will be upgraded at the Championship Events and in addition to OoM points being awarded for both rounds, OoM points will also be awarded for the overall 36 hole score.

    In 2019 the winner of each of the Staysure Championship Events, plus the winners of the 3, 4 and 5 day events on the 2019 schedule, will qualify to play alongside two senior professionals in a team of three at the Staysure PGA Senior’s Championship as part of the official Alliance event on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd August, on the International Course at the prestigious London Club. There are some great prizes on offer for the winners.

  • How do I qualify for the Staysure Tour Final?

    How do I qualify for the Staysure Tour Final?
    After the last event of the season prior to the Tour Final the following competitors will qualify for the Staysure Tour Final:

    • 1. The overall winner of each of the 3, 4 & 5 round tournaments;
    • 2. The leading three competitors in the Senior Order of Merit**;
    • 3. The leading two competitors in the Ladies Order of Merit;
    • 4. The top 10 and ties in the UK OoM excluding anyone qualifying in categories 1 – 3 above;
    • 5. The top 15 and ties in the Worldwide OoM excluding anyone qualifying in categories 1 – 4 above;

    ** To qualify as a senior competitor in any given year you must have had your 60th birthday before the 1st October, that is at the beginning on the Tour schedule.

  • Who organises the Staysure Amateur Golf Tour?

    Who organises the Staysure Amateur Golf Tour?
    The GMM team is headed by David Hughes who is a former professional golfer and an ex PGA and Ladies European Tour Tournament Director with responsibility for managing in excess of 70 professional tournaments throughout Europe. There is usually a minimum of two staff at each event with a wealth of experience and knowledge about golf and event management.