Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

2018 Policies and Procedures

With a new membership structure, a few policies have changed regarding tournament entry. Please note the following changes.

  • All JGAC Tour Members will be allowed to compete in JGAC Tour tournaments since members met the handicap index to become a Tour Member (Boys - 8.1, Girls - 14.1). There will not be handicap index cut-offs for each tournament.
  • If a boy cards 3 consecutive scores at 90 or above at JGAC Tour events, he will be required to play in JGAC Series events until he shoots three scores 79 or lower. If a girl cards 3 consecutive scores at 95 or above at JGAC Tour events, she will be required to play in JGAC Series events until she shoots three scores of 85 of lower.
  • JGAC Series Members may participate in JGAC Major Qualifiers if he/she meets the JGAC Tour handicap index requirement (Boys - 8.1, Girls - 14.1). Series members may NOT play both JGAC Tour and Series events with the exception of Qualifiers and the corresponding Major Championships (once qualified).

*NEW* 10 & Under Policy Change

In attempts to improve the pace of play at our 10 & Under events, we are implementing MANDATORY Continuous Putting. Please communicate (and practice) this with your child!!
Continuous putting is when the first player to putt must putt until his/her ball is holed. The player may not mark his/her ball between putts on the putting green. The player may only be lined up by his/her caddie on the first putt. Once the first player has holed out, the remaining players do the same.

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2018 JGAC Local Rules and Conditions of Competition

The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A, effective January 1, 2016 govern play. See the applicable tournament Notice to Players for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for a breach of a local rule is loss of hole in match play and two strokes in stroke play. The local rules of the host course are not in effect unless otherwise noted.


Out of Bounds – Defined by white lines or the inside points at ground level of white states and fence posts.
Water and Lateral Water Hazards Stakes and Lines – If 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 margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
Ground Under Repair – Defined by white lines. French drains filled with stones that are exposed or discovered by probing are ground under repair. Ground under repair includes, whether or not marked: Cultivated flowerbeds and active nurseries where relief is mandatory. Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage, but only when so declared by an authorized member of the Committee. When adjacent to an obstruction, such an area is part of the obstruction. Thinly grassed areas resulting from winterkill or drought conditions are not considered and are not marked as ground under repair.
Integral Parts of the Course – Include cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players.
The following Local Rules are in effect as prescribed in either Appendix I or as 2017 and 2018 USGA Local Rules.

  • Embedded Ball Through the Green

  • Seams of Cut Turf (Sod Seams) Note: Relief is for lie of ball and area of intended swing only

  • Stones in Bunkers are Moveable Obstructions

  • Immovable Obstructions Close to the Putting Green

  • Elevated Power Lines and Cables

  • White-Lined areas tying into artificially-surfaced Roads and Paths

  • Distance Measuring Devices

  • Ball crossing a road defined as Out of Bounds and coming to rest on another part of the course

  • Repair of Turf Plugs on the Putting Green which are not 4 ¼ inches

  • Accidental Movement of a Ball on the Putting Green

  • Waiver of additional two-stroke penalty under the 2018 local rule exception to Rule 6-6d

  • Temporary Immovable Obstructions

  • Aeration Holes


List of Conforming Driver Heads – Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
List of Conforming Golf Balls – Any golf ball put into play must have once been listed on the list of conforming golf balls.
Footwear – Shoes with metal or traditionally designed spikes are prohibited. Penalty for breach of Condition: Disqualification.
Dress Code – Players and caddies must be properly attired on the course, in the clubhouse and on the grounds.
Pace of Play – 2018 JGAC Pace of Play policy is in effect.
Automated Transportation – Automotive transportation is prohibited.
Discontinuance of Play – Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn note. All other suspensions will be signaled by three consecutive air horn notes. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes.
Official Time – The official clock is with the starter.
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.


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 staff and all CGA Chief Rules Officials.

Pace of Play

2018 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. All spectators understand the risks associated with being on a golf course (flying projectiles, swinging clubs, severe weather and the like).

  • 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 construed 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.