JGAC Tournament FAQs

JGAC Tournament FAQs

10 & Under FAQ

10 & Under FAQ

Q: What should I expect on tournament day?

A: When you arrive at the course, you will find a big white JGAC tent. Head there to check in. We recommend you check in no less than 30 minutes before your tee time, but no more than 1 hour. You will know your tee time about 5 days in advance through e-mail and by checking the website. After checking in, players will have access to the driving range (balls provided) and putting green to warm up.

You should be on the 1st tee box no later than 10 minutes before your tee time. Then, we will introduce you to your group, hand out scorecards and get you started so you can PLAY GOLF! You will need to have all the equipment necessary to play.

When your round is over, come back towards the clubhouse and we will finalize scores. You may stick around for the awards ceremony, but you are not required to do so!

Q: What is the competition like?

A: Players of all ability levels compete in our 10 & Under Events. A few players will shoot right around par, a few players will shoot in the 60s (on a par 3 course) and a majority of players will score between 30-50. Some players will hit their drivers 200 yards and others will hit it 60 yards. As we get to know you throughout the season, we do our best to pair you with players of similar ability to make sure everyone has a great experience.

Q: Do you require play strictly by the rules?

A: We pride ourselves on administering the game with integrity. Teaching the rules and consequences for breaking the rules begins at a young age. Players and caddies are expected to know the basic rules and follow them. We do our best to have staff and officials on the course to help players through tough situations. Parents will also have direct access to the tournament director via cell phone to answer any questions that might arise.

That said, we do implement a 10-stroke limit. If players have not reached the green in 7 strokes (including penalties) we ask that they pick up their ball, place it on the front of the green and putt out. Players will take a 10 regardless of how many putts it takes to complete the hole.

Q: Is my child ready for your program?

A: We welcome players of all ability levels in our 10 & Under events. If your child has played 9 holes before and wants to start competing-- jump in! If your child has only taken a few lessons or participated in a golf camp, we suggest they experience playing a few short holes from start to finish before competing.

We also ask that your child understands basic principles of the game before competing. Although each player has a caddie, it is very helpful if caddies let their players compete during tournaments instead of using it as practice. For example, each player should be able to align themselves towards their target and have a basic understanding of which clubs to use.

Q: Should my child be playing on par-3, executive or regulation courses?

A: New in 2017, we are holding 10 & Under events on par-3, executive and regulation length courses. Par-3 courses are suitable for all players. Executive and regulation length courses will be set up appropriately to ensure that each participant has an enjoyable experience. Par 3s will play at approximately 100 yards, par 4s at approximately 200 yards and par 5s at approximately 300 yards.

If your child has not played competitive golf before or has not scored lower than 46 on a par-3 course, we might recommend par-3 courses as a great place to start!

Q: Can my child have a caddie?

A: Yes! Caddies may be anyone you choose (parents, siblings, coaches, etc.).

Q: I see a new 18-hole option. Is this right for my child?

A: In 2016, we are offering a few tournaments with an 18-hole field. This does not require everyone participating in the tournament to play 18 holes. We strongly recommend that your child only compete in the 18 hole contest if he/she has played an entire 18 holes before.

Q: How does scorekeeping work?

A: It is developmentally difficult for children ages 6-10 to keep track of their score, a fellow-competitors score and focus on their own golf game. A volunteer or parent walking with the group will keep the official score for each player in the group. However, in attempts to teach the game, each child will receive a scorecard for him/her to keep his/her own score. We've simplified the procedure so children, not parents, can practice keeping score.

At the end of the round, we will gather the players and ask them to read the score off their individual scorecard to make sure it matches the official score. Once the entire group is in agreement, players will sign the official scorecards and take their individual card home!

Q: What do I do when my child turns 11?

A: As soon as your child turns 11, he/she is bumped up to the 11-13 Series and can no longer compete in 10 & Under events. If your child is ready to compete on longer golf courses without a caddie, this move will suit their developmental needs. If your child is not ready, we suggest you compete in a few 9 Hole Series events to continue developing the skills necessary to play at the next level!

Q: Do you post scores to GHIN?

A: If our tournament is played on a course that has been officially rated by the USGA, we will post scores to each players GHIN profile. Most often, par-3 courses are not rated as the length does not meet the Course Rating and Handicapping system's minimum requirements. We will post all scores for you when applicable!

11-13 Series FAQ

11-13 Series FAQ

Q: What should I expect on tournament day?

A: When you arrive at the course, you will find a big white JGAC tent. Head there to check in. We recommend you check in no less than 30 minutes before your tee time, but no more than 1 hour. You will know your tee time about 5 days in advance through e-mail and by checking the website. After checking in, players will have access to the driving range (balls provided) and putting green to warm up.

You should be on the 1st tee box no later than 10 minutes before your tee time. Then, we will introduce you to your group, hand out scorecards and get you started so you can PLAY GOLF! You will need to have all the equipment necessary to play.

When your round is over, come back towards the clubhouse and we will finalize scores. You may stick around for the awards ceremony, but you are not required to do so!

Q: What is the competition like?

A: Players of all ability levels compete in our 11-13 Series events. Top competitors will shoot right around even par, a majority of our competitors score between 80-95, and some new competitors work to break 100. As we get to know you throughout the season, we do our best to pair you with players of similar ability to make sure everyone has a great experience.

Q: Do you require play strictly by the rules?

A: We pride ourselves on administering the game with integrity. Teaching the rules and consequences for breaking the rules begins at a young age. Players are expected to know the basic rules and follow them. We do our best to have staff and officials on the course to help players through tough situations. Parents and players will also have direct access to the tournament director via cell phone to answer any questions that might arise.

Q: Is my child ready for your program?

A: Players of all ability levels participate in 11-13 Series events. If you child has played in our 10 & Under Series, we will be able to help you determine if the 11-13 Series is the best fit! A great option with a smaller transition is our 9-Hole series where players play only 9 holes and are allowed a caddie. However, most 11 year olds are ready to compete in the 11-13 Series. It is a great test of their independence and toughness.

If you are new to the JGAC, we recommend that your child has successfully completed 18 holes of play prior to competing. If your child has taken some lessons and attended a camp or two, we suggest they get a little bit of on course experience first. A great place to do this is our 9-Hole Series!

 Q: Can my child have a caddie?

A: No. We do not allow caddies in the 11-13 Series. We feel as though tournaments are a time for players to put their own skills and knowledge to the test. In most cases, independent play actually reduces frustration. If your child is not ready to compete without a caddie, check out the 9 Hole Series.

Q: How does scorekeeping work?

A: All players will be given their scorecard prior to the start of each round. Before teeing off, players will exchange scorecards with each other. Each player is responsible for keeping their own score as well as performing the duties of a marker for another fellow-competitor. We encourage players to confirm their score on each hole as they play.

At the completion of the round, players will head back towards the clubhouse and a staff member will help ensure accuracy of each player's score and attest cards. It is the players' responsibility to ensure everyone's scores are correct-- NOT the parents. Parents will not be allowed in the scoring area.

Q: What if my child is a very talented?

A: There are a lot of talented 11-13 year olds that compete in the 11-13 Series! It is a great place for them to continue competing, learn to win and have fun with their peers. You’ll notice we set a minimum recommended age of 12 for JGAC Tour events. If your child meets the Handicap Index requirements (Boys – 8.1, Girls 14.1), he/she is eligible to play. Please note that these events are competitions against the top players (up to age 18) and course set up is significantly more difficult (longer yardages, more carries, challenging layout, etc.). If it’s the right fit, we recommend that players play a few JGAC Tour events to gain experience, but we also suggest they continue competing in 11-13 Series events.

Q: Do you post scores to GHIN?

A: Yes! All scores shot during JGAC events will be posted to GHIN by the tournament director.

 

14-18 Series FAQ

14-18 Series FAQ

Q: What is the difference between the JGAC Series and JGAC Tour?

A: The JGAC Series consists mostly of one-day events. There is no handicap index requirement to participate in Series events. The JGAC Tour is designed for high level players who are looking to play at the collegiate level and beyond. These two-day events require players to meet a handicap index requirement (Boys 8.1 or lower, Girls 14.1 or lower). Meeting these requirements make players eligible for, but does not mandate participation in JGAC Tour events.

Q: What should I expect on tournament day?

A: When you arrive at the course, you will find a big white JGAC tent. Head there to check in. We recommend you check in no less than 45 minutes before the shotgun starting time, but no more than 75 minutes. You will know the starting time about 5 days in advance through e-mail and by checking the website. After checking in, players will have access to the driving range (balls provided) and putting green to warm up.

Most 14-18 Series events are shotgun starts, meaning every player starts at the same time. JGAC Staff will gather all player for announcements 20 minutes before the start time. We will then get players to their starting holes. Players will be expected to exchange scorecards with their fellow competitors on their starting tee box and begin play on time!
 
If the tournament is a tee-time start, you will know your tee time about 5 days in advance. After checking in, you are required to be on the tee no less than 10 minutes before your starting time.

When your round is over, come back towards the clubhouse and we will finalize scores. You may stick around for the awards ceremony, but you are not required to do so!

Q: What is the competition like?

A: Players of all ability levels compete in 14-18 Series events. Top competitors will shoot right around even par, a majority of our competitors score between 75-95, and some new competitors work to break 100. We create pairings based on each players Handicap Index to pair you with players of similar ability to make sure everyone has a great experience.

Q: Do you require play strictly by the rules?

A: We pride ourselves on administering the game with integrity. Teaching honesty and equitable play is important at all levels. Players are expected to know the basic rules and follow them. We do our best to have staff and officials on the course to help players through tough situations. Players will also have direct access to the tournament director via cell phone to answer any questions that might arise.

Q: Can my child have a caddie?

A: No. We do not allow caddies in the 14-18 Series. We feel as though tournaments are a time for players to put their own skills and knowledge to the test. In most cases, independent play actually reduces frustration and helps the golfer improve. If your child is not ready to compete without a caddie, check out the 9 Hole Series.

Q: How does scorekeeping work?

A: All players will be given their scorecard prior to the start of each round. Before teeing off, players will exchange scorecards with each other. Each player is responsible for keeping their own score as well as performing the duties of a marker for another fellow-competitor. We encourage players to confirm their score on each hole as they play.
 
At the completion of the round, players will head back towards the clubhouse and a staff member will help ensure accuracy of each player's score and attest cards. It is the players' responsibility to ensure everyone's scores are correct-- NOT the parents. Parents will not be allowed in the scoring area.

Q: Do you post scores to GHIN?

A: Yes! All scores shot during JGAC events will be posted to GHIN by the tournament director.

 

JGAC Tour FAQ

JGAC Tour FAQ

Q: What is the difference between the JGAC Series and JGAC Tour?

A: The JGAC Series consists mostly of one-day events. There is no handicap index requirement to participate in Series events. The JGAC Tour is designed for high level players who are looking to play at the collegiate level and beyond. These two-day events require players to meet a handicap index requirement (Boys 8.1 or lower, Girls 14.1 or lower). Meeting these requirements make players eligible for, but does not mandate participation in JGAC Tour events.

Q: What should I expect on tournament day?

A: When you arrive at the course, you will find a big white JGAC tent. Head there to check in. We recommend you check in no less than 30 minutes before your starting time, but no more than 75 minutes. You will know your tee time about 5 days in advance through e-mail and by checking the website. After checking in, players will have access to the driving range (balls provided) and putting green to warm up.

Players are required to be on their respective starting tee no less than 10 minutes before their published tee time. JGAC staff will then get each group their scorecards, local rules, hole locations and start your round.

When the round is over, come back towards the clubhouse and we will finalize scores. You may stick around for the awards ceremony, but you are not required to do so!

Q: Do you require play strictly by the rules?

A: Yes. We pride ourselves on administering the game with integrity. Honesty and equitable play is important at all levels. Players are expected to know the basic rules and follow them. We do our best to have staff and officials on the course to help players through tough situations. Players will also have direct access to the tournament director via cell phone to answer any questions that might arise.

  Q: Can my child have a caddie?

A: No. We do not allow caddies in the JGAC Tour. We feel as though tournaments are a time for players to put their own skills and knowledge to the test. In most cases, independent play actually reduces frustration and helps improve pace of play. Additionally, caddies are not allowed in college events, which we try to emulate for the future success of our athletes.

Q: Do you post scores to GHIN?

A: Yes! All scores shot during JGAC events will be posted to GHIN by the tournament director.

Q: How many of your tournaments receive PBE Status with the AJGA?

A: The AJGA grants PBE status for most JGAC Tour events—for detailed information, please visit each tournament’s information webpage. Provided our field sizes meet the AJGA’s minimum requirements (40 Boys, 12 Girls), results will be submitted for PBE Status.

Q: Do college coaches recruit from these tournaments?

A: Yes. JGAC events are highly regarded by college coaches in the region. The strength of our field (both boys and girls) is typically very strong, and the course is set up in a way that reflects high quality golf. In addition to looking at results, college coaches will be on site for our Major Championships as well as other local Tour events.