STARTING FIELD: (For 2016) Season
The categories of players below (who shall be fully paid up members of the SAST unless otherwise stated) shall be eligible to enter SAST Order of Merit (OOM) events and in the event of players wishing to enter the tournament exceeds the number of places available in the tournament, priority will be given sequentially from the following exemption categories.
Category 1: Former World Major winners, former SA Open/SAPGA/SA Masters Champions, SA World Cup representation, Presidents Cup representation, SAST OOM Leader(5 years), SAST SA Senior Open Champions, SAST SA Senior PGA Champions, SA Senior Tour Players Championship(5 years)
Category 2: Players finishing in positions 1-30 on the SAST OOM 2015.
Category 3: Winners of an official SAST OOM tournament from the date of the win to the end of the year and for two further years.18 Hole OOM events only carry a 1 year exemption from date of win.
Category 4: Sponsors invitation to a maximum of four players for any event. No non-member or affiliate member may receive more than three invitations in one official season.
Category 5: Top twenty players within the top 100 of the all time career earnings list as supplied by the Southern African PGA Tour (SAPGAT) and the SAST combined.
Category 6: Winners of an official OOM tournament on the SA Tour, European Tour, US Tour, not otherwise exempt, in their fiftieth year only.
Category 7: Top ten players available from the SAST qualifying school for 2016 events finishing in positions 1 – 20.
Category8: Players finishing in position 31 – 40 on the 2015 SAST OOM.
Category 9: Players who pre-qualify for an O0M Event- minimum 8 for a 72 player field.
If categories 1-7 fill a 72 player field, then the 8 qualifiers will be added to the starting field. The Pre qualifier number may increase for starting fields larger than 72 as per the conditions of entry for such an event.
Category 10: Once the above categories have been exhausted, entries will be taken sequentially from the following alternatives:
10.1. Next available player from the all time career money list of the SAPGAT and SAST combined, up to 100th position.
10.2. Next available player from the SAST qualifying school finishing within the positions 11-20 after category 6 selections are complete.
10.3. Next available player finishing within 41- 100 of the SAST 2015 OOM.
Category 11: A player who has a Top 10 or ties for 10th spot in the previous OOM event in the same season: Players qualifying for an OOM event in this category will be added to the starting field if not exempt by way of the above categories.
Category12: An amateur player aged 50+ who is eligible to play through the SAST Rules and Regulations-2016 if the event allows for such an entry. These players will make up a maximum of 22 entrants in a SA Senior Open event or 10 entrants in a 72 player starting field, with the exception of the PGA Senior Championship. They will be added to the Regular Member starting field. In field sizes larger than 72, amateurs may pre-qualify for places in the event starting field. There will also be specific rules for OOM Pro-am events that have limited field sizes according to sponsor requests and category 2 above.