Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

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2017 JGAC Local Rules and Conditions of Competition

The Rules of Golf govern play. See any applicable Notice to Players and Entry Forms for additional Local Rules and Conditions. The complete text of the Local Rules and Conditions may be found in the current Rules of Golf. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is loss of hole in match play and two strokes in stroke play. The local rules of the host course are not in effect.


Ball Crossing Road defined as Out Of Bounds:  A ball which crosses a public road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond the road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.
Water and Lateral Water Hazards: When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard line extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
Ground Under Repair:  Defined by white lines. French drains are deemed to be ground under repair. Cultivated flowerbeds and active nurseries are deemed to be ground under repair, whether or not marked, and relief is mandatory. Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage, but only when so declared by a member of the Committee. An area of ground under repair immediately adjacent to an obstruction is part of the obstruction.
Integral Parts of the Course: Cables, rods, wires or wrappings, when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers, and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards are integral parts of the course, unless otherwise provided in a Notice to Players.
Wood Chips and Mulch: Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments.
Elevated Power Lines: If a ball strikes an elevated power line or cable on the course, the stroke is canceled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5.
Accidental Movement of a Ball on the Putting Green (Local Rule): When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
Stones in Bunkers: Stone in Bunkers are moveable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).
The following Local Rules as prescribed in Appendix I are in effect: Distance Measuring Devices, page 153; Embedded Ball Through the Green, page 142; Environmentally Sensitive Areas, page 140; Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green, page 146; Seams of Cut Turf, page 145.


Footwear: Shoes with traditionally designed spikes, regardless of composition, or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal, when such metal comes in contact with the course, are prohibited. Penalty for breach: Disqualification.
Pace of Play: See separate Pace of Play memorandum. The JGAC Pace of Play Policy applies to all JGAC events.
Automotive Transportation: Automotive transportation is prohibited. The optional condition in Appendix I, Part B (page 159) is in effect.
Discontinuance of Play: The optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. All practice areas are closed to all players entered in the competition during a suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee declares them open. Practice on a closed practice area may result in a revocation of entry for the event. Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive air horn notes, repeated. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes, repeated.
Ties: Ties for first place or qualifying positions are broken by hole by hole playoff as determined by the Committee or by matching scorecards as recommended in Appendix I. If all options in Appendix I have been used and a tie still exists, the tie will be decided by lot. In a multiple tee start, holes 10-18 will be the last nine holes, holes 13-18 will be the last six holes, and so on.
Close of Competition: The competition is closed when the symbolic prize for the event has been presented, or in the absence of a ceremony, when the committee has approved all scores or results.
Dress Code: Players and caddies must be properly attired on the course, in the clubhouse and on the grounds. The JGAC Dress Code is in effect. Violation may result in revocation of the player’s entry.
Conduct: Unbecoming conduct by a player or caddie may be cause for revocation of a player’s entry or action under Rule 33-7 and possible rejection of future entries. Objectionable conduct includes, but is not limited to, club throwing, profane language, abuse of the course or course property, abuse of officials, alcohol or drug impaired behavior, or any conduct unbecoming a golfer.
Official Time: The official clock is with the starter.
The following Conditions as prescribed in Appendix I are in effect:
List of Conforming Driver Heads, page 154; List of Conforming Golf Balls, page 155.


For any JGAC competition, the Committee consists of the designated Tournament Director, the designated Chief Official and any member of the JGAC Rules of Golf Committee who is present at the tournament or can be reached by telephone. The JGAC Rules of Golf Committee includes any member of CGA, PGA, CWGA staff and all CGA Chief Rules Officials.

Pace of Play

2017 Pace of Play Policy 

Rule 6-7, Undue Delay; Slow Play states: “The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish....For the purpose of preventing slow play, the Committee may, in the conditions of a competition (Rule 33-1), establish pace of play guidelines including maximum periods of time allowed to complete a stipulated round, a hole or a stroke.”


Allotted Time: Groups will be required to play at no more than a 4-hour and 30 minute pace for the 18 hole stipulated round or within such other time specified in a separate Notice to Players.
Definition of “Out of Position”: The first groups will be considered out of position, if at any time during the round, the group is not playing within the allotted time. Any following group will be considered out of position if it (a) takes more than the allotted time to play and (b) reaches the tee of a par-3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the next tee; reaches the tee of a par-4 hole and the putting green is clear; or reaches the tee of a par-5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
Group Out of Position: If a group is out of position, the players in that group may be monitored and timed. Anytime a group is to be monitored and timed, they will be notified by the timing official that they are being timed.
Timing: When a group is being monitored and timed each player in the group is expected to make any stroke within 40 seconds after timing of the player’s stroke begins.
Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stoke will begin when he has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his ball, it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage, selecting a club, making practice swings, gauging wind, determining strategy and the like will count as time taken for the stroke. 
On the putting green, timing starts when the player has had reasonable time to lift, clean and replace his ball, repair ball marks and remove loose impediments on his line of putt.
Timing ends with the stroke.
Warnings: No warnings are required prior to a group being monitored or timed or before a penalty is issued. It is the player’s responsibility to be in position and not unduly delay play.


The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group being timed who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke (a “Bad Time”) after timing of the player’s stroke begins:
First Bad Time – One stroke penalty
Second Bad Time – Additional two stroke penalty
Third Bad Time – Disqualification
Note 1: If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous Bad Times will be carried over for the remainder of that round in the event that group requires additional monitoring and timing
Note 2: The Committee reserves the right at any time to assess a Bad Time to a player in a group which is out of position if the player delays play between strokes or makes no effort to help the group get back in position.


As a recommendation to improve each group’s pace of play, the following guidelines as laid out by the AJGA may be implemented.
1. Play ready golf throughout your entire round.
2. Must, Must, May

Must - The first player to finish playing a hole MUST immediately grab their bag and start making their way to the next tee. In doing this, the player walking ahead is expected to be quiet and courteous to his/her fellow-competitors. The player should periodically look back to watch the other players’ shots.
Must - The player MUST be the first person to play from the next teeing ground. This player must be getting their yardage and deter-mining club selection while the other players are finishing the previous hole and walking to the tee.
May - This player MAY tee off if he/she chooses to. All players must confirm scores on the previous hole prior to leaving the tee.

3. When spotters, officials or parents are available to help search for a lost ball, other players in the group will go forward to play their next shot in attempts to hold the group’s position on the golf course. After advancing their ball, the entire group may search for the remainder of the five minutes.
4. Walk with a purpose between shots and from green to tee.

Spectator Policy


We realize that it is enjoyable for friends and family members to watch junior golfers, but in order to protect the competition and the junior golfers, and in keeping with the traditional role of a spectator, so as not to interfere with any player on the course, all spectators are required to adhere to the following guidelines while watching a JGAC Tournament Event.

  • Spectators and parents, except those volunteers acting in an official capacity, are not allowed in the scoring area.

  • Walk only on the cart paths or in the rough where cart paths are not available. Always be aware of other groups on the course. (i.e. don’t hold up the group behind you.)

  • The use of spectator carts is at the discretion of the host facility. If the facility will allow spectator carts, they may be rented for a cost.

  • All spectators shall stay a reasonable distance away from the junior golfers at all times.

    • Do NOT walk alongside the junior golfers while walking down the fairway or to the next teeing ground.

    • Do NOT talk with the players in a way that may be con-strued as giving advice, resulting in a penalty for the player.

    • Do NOT attempt to give rulings or advice. There are several rules officials on the course to provide the players with assistance if they need it. Spectators may assist a player call the rules phone number if needed.

  • Spectators are encouraged to look for balls. This should be done with no other interaction with the player.

  • Disrespect to tournament officials, volunteers and other players will not be tolerated.

  • Obscene, abusive or vulgar language will not be tolerated.

  • Interfering with discussions on rulings and scores will not be permitted.

  • Distracting play by loud talking with other spectators and use of camera, cellular phones, radios, or beepers during competition is strictly prohibited. Cameras and/or video cameras may be used if they do not cause a distraction to the players.

  • Spectators are asked to encourage all participants with polite clapping.

Parental or spectator interference may result in disqualification of the related participant. Warnings will not be issued. This policy has been adopted to protect the players. Any continued non-compliance with these policies will result in being asked to leave the course and possibly a loss of future spectating privileges.