Frequently Asked Questions
What are the contact details of the International Golf Federation (IGF)?
International Golf Federation Av Rhodanie 54 1007 Lausanne Tel: +41 21 623 12 12 Fax: +41 21 601 64 77 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I find the current Rules of Golf?
The Rules of Golf have developed over a period of more than 250 years and are written and revised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA). Since 1952, The R&A and USGA have worked closely to produce a joint code of Rules so that, wherever the game is played around the world, the same laws apply. Click here to find more information regarding the Rules of Golf.
How does an athlete qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018?
To be eligible to participate in the Buenos Aires YOG Golf Competition, athletes must be amateur golfers born between 01 January 2000 and 31 December 2003. Qualification is based on the Youth Olympic Golf Rankings. The Youth Olympic Golf Rankings are formed by adding the highest ranked man and woman on the Men World Amateur Golf Rankings and Women World Amateur Golf Rankings. The top 26 NOCs on the Youth Olympic Golf Rankings will be eligible for their NOC to enter one (1) man and one (1) woman.
Five (5) Universality Places per gender are available for eligible NOCs and One (1) Host Country place is available for each gender.
Those NOCs and their selected athletes, who qualify for the Women’s and Men’s Individual Stroke Play events, qualify for the mixed gender team event. The mixed gender team event will consist of one (1) man and one (1) woman from the same NOC. In the event that a team from the same NOC cannot be formed, where possible, a mixed NOC team will be formed.
The full 2018 Youth Olympic Games Qualification system may be found here: Buenos Aires 2018 – Qualification System – IGF (PDF) (updated on 16.10.2017)
For the Youth Olympic Games, can an NOC enter only one player (either male or female)?
Qualified NOCs are requested to enter 1 man and 1 woman. Should an NOC decide to enter only 1 of the 2 quota places obtained, the unused quota place will be reallocated in the respective gender to the next best ranked NOC on the ranking. For the mixed gender team event, where possible, a mixed NOC team will be formed. More information may be found in the Buenos Aires Qualification System.
Which countries have been offered Universality Places for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018?
The following NOCs have been allocated Universality Places by the IOC:
- Saint Lucia
- Papua New Guinea
- United Arab Emirates
I would like to be a volunteer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. What do I have to do?
The invitation process for volunteers would be launched in mid-September 2018. More information may be found here on the Tokyo 2020 website. Keep an eye on the IGF website and the Tokyo 2020 website for updates as to how to apply.
How does an athlete qualify for the Olympic Games?
60 players will be able to qualify for each of the men’s and women’s competition utilising the Official World Golf Rankings as a method of determining eligibility. The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15. The Olympic rankings for men and women are available in the Olympic Games section of the IGF website.
What will be the format of the Golf Competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
The golf competition consists of 72 holes of individual stroke play for both men and women (four rounds scheduled over four consecutive days). Scores are cumulative from round to round. The athlete with the lowest aggregate score wins. The field size will be 60 athletes in both instances.
How can I buy tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games competitions?
Tokyo 2020 has yet to make a decision regarding ticket sales. Once this has been finalised, details will be made available on the official website of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. As a point of reference, London 2012 and Rio 2016 began ticket sales approximately 18 months before the Games and conducted sales in various stages.
Can I get an accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
The IOC issues accreditation to the IGF for operational needs. National Federation Members wishing to request tickets, accreditation or accommodation at the Olympic Games, they should refer to the National Olympic Committee of their country.
How does a National Federation Member register for the IGF Biennial Meeting (3 September 2018)?
The IGF Biennial Meeting of the National Federation Members will take place on 3 September 2018 at 9:00.
Each IGF Member Organisation is entitled to send up to two Biennial Meeting representatives to the Biennial Meeting*. Each Biennial Meeting representative is entitled to cast one vote and must be present at the Biennial Meeting in order to vote. It is preferable that one representative be female and one representative be male.
*The following Member Organizations are entitled to one representative only at the Biennial Meeting and one vote each:
– Irish Ladies’ Golf Union – Golfing Union of Ireland – Women’s Golf South Africa – South African Golf Association
The deadline to register NFM representative(s) for the biennial meeting is 1 August 2018.
To register a delegate: 1) Go to: http://watc.igfgolf.org/ 2) On the Dashboard, click on “Official Delegation” 3) Select the number of Biennial Meeting representatives and fill in the required fields.
Where can I find the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships Entries Guide?
The WATC Entries Guide may be found here: https://d2aygmo1xd84v8.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2018/03/2018-WATC-Entries-Guide.pdf
What are the IGF rules regarding Nationality?
The IGF Nationality Policy may be found here.
Are there any employment opportunities with the IGF?
All vacancies at the International Golf Federation are advertised on the IGF Job Centre section of the IGF website.