Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

 
Age Divisions & Playing Up

Age Divisions & Playing Up

Age Divisions

Age eligibility for events will be determined by the age of the competitor as of the final day of the tournament. For example, if a player turns 14 on the second day of an 11-13 event, they are not eligible to compete in that event.

There are exceptions to this policy for national qualifying events. Please confirm details on each event's Tournament Information Page.

Playing Up

Players may play up an age division, but will not be able to play back down except when approved by JGAC staff in extenuating circumstances. If you wish to play out of your age division, please contact the JGAC.
 
Dress Code

Dress Code

While on golf course property, players are expected to present themselves in a way that best represents themselves and the JGAC. Players are required to follow the guidelines below. If a host facility has a more restrictive dress code, players and spectators must abide by those guidelines.

Golf Appropriate Attire

Golf appropriate attire must be worn at all times. Golf shirts should have a collar or mock collar. If a golf-specific shirt does not have a collar, it must not be low cut, halter cut, or spaghetti strapped. Shorts and skirts must be of an appropriate length-- no shorter than the player’s fingertips when their arms are down by their sides. Metal spikes, jeans, sweatpants, spandex, basketball/running shorts, saggy bottoms, and tee shirts are not allowed. Playing barefoot is not an option.

Hats

Hats must be worn properly (bills forward) and removed when indoors on golf course property.

Violations

The tournament director has sole discretion regarding participants’ clothing. If a player is found in violation of the Dress Code at the start of a round or during a round, he/she will be required to conform to the dress code prior to teeing off or continuing play. Failure to comply will result in disqualification and removal from the course.

 
Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices

Rangefinders

Distance Measuring Devices (DMDs), or rangefinders, are permitted for all JGAC events. Features used to gauge other factors such as slope, wind, temperature, etc., must be disabled. Cell phones are permitted if the app is being used to measure distance only.

Cell Phones

A player may only use devices that do not make audible noise. If a player's phone makes an audible noise (including vibrations that can be heard) during a round, the player will receive one warning. Subsequent offenses may result in disqualification.
 
Local Rule G-8 is in effect at all JGAC events: “Rule 4.3a(4) is modified in this way: During a round, a player must not listen to or watch content of any nature on a personal audio or video device.”
 
Players are encouraged to use their cell phones to contact the tournament director in emergency situations. The tournament director may also assist with rulings over the phone and will be able to quickly respond to on-course issues when made aware via cell phone.
 
Disrupting cell phone use during a round is considered unbecoming conduct and the tournament committee may disqualify a player under Rule 1.2b for a serious breach of etiquette and may reject a player’s entry into future events. 
Financial Assistance Policy

Financial Assistance Policy

Financial assistance is available to any junior unable to afford tournament entry fees. Please visit our Resources page or contact the JGAC at 303-4JR-GOLF for more information about the application process. Once applications are received, the JGAC Committee will determine if, and to what amount financial assistance is to be granted.
Hard Card

Hard Card

2021 JGAC Local Rules and Conditions of Competition

The Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA and The R&A, effective January 1, 2019, 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 the general penalty, loss of hole in match play and two strokes in stroke play. The local rules of the host course are not in effect.

LOCAL RULES

Out of Bounds – A boundary edge is defined by white lines or the inside points at ground level of white stakes or fence posts, and those stakes or fence posts are out of bounds.
 
Penalty Area Stakes and Lines – When a penalty area is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a yellow or red penalty area is bounded by out of bounds, the penalty area edge extends to and coincides with the boundary edge.

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, which are further defined as No Play Zones. 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 Objects – Include cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in penalty areas unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players.

The following Local Rules are in effect as prescribed in Committee Procedures, Section 8 of the USGA Official Guide to the Rules of Golf.
  • Relief from seams of Cut Turf (Sod Seams) Relief is for lie of ball and area of intended swing only (F-7)
  • Ball Played from Outside Relief Area When Taking Back-On-the-Line Relief (E-12)
  • Immovable Obstructions Close to the Putting Green when Both the Ball and Obstruction are in General Area Cut to Fairway Height or Less (F-5)
  • Ball Deflected By Power Line On the Course (E-11)
  • Out of bounds When Public Road Runs Through Course (A-3)
  • Temporary Immovable Obstructions (“Either Side” Relief Option: F-23e(2))
  • List of Conforming Driver Heads (G-1)
  • List of Conforming Golf Balls (G-3)
  • Limiting When Stroke Made From Putting Green Must Be Replayed Under Exc. 2 to Rule 11.1b —. (D-7).
  • Replacing Club that is Broken or Significantly Damaged (G-9)

TERMS OF THE COMPETITION

Footwear – Shoes with metal or ceramic spikes that come in contact with the golf course are prohibited (G-7). Penalty for breach of Local Rule, see Rule 4.3.

Dress Code – The JGAC Dress Code is in effect.

Pace of Play – See separate memorandum to players for pace of play policy and guidelines.
 
Automotive Transportation – Automotive transportation is prohibited for players.
 
Scoring Area – Defined by a roped area or tape on the ground.
 
Prohibiting Use of Audio and Video Devices – During a round, a player must not listen to or watch content of any nature on a personal audio or video device (G-8). Penalty for breach of Local Rule, see Rule 4.3.

Discontinuance of Play – A suspension of play 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. In either case, resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes. See Rule 5.7b. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to stop practicing; failure to stop practicing might result in disqualification.
 
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 to the winner or in the absence of a ceremony, when the committee has approved all scores or results. A match is final when it has been posted to the official scoreboard.


THE COMMITTEE

For any JGAC competition, the Committee consists of the designated Tournament Director, the designated Rules Captain 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 staff, PGA staff and all CGA Chief Rules Officials.
 
No Show & No Card Policy

No Show & No Card Policy

No Show

Failure to withdraw prior to the event (no show) will result in forfeited entry fee for that event. The second time this occurs, players may be suspended from entry in future events.

No Card

Failure to return a scorecard without justification (no card) will result in forfeited entry fee for that event. The second time this occurs, players may be suspended from entry in future events.

Pace of Play

Pace of Play

2021 Pace of Play Policy

Rule 5.6, Unreasonable Delay; Prompt Pace of Play, states: “A player must not unreasonably delay play, either when playing a hole or between two holes…To encourage and enforce prompt play, the Committee should adopt a Local Rule setting a Pace of Play Policy.” 

GUIDELINES: STAY IN POSITION

Allotted Time: Groups will be required to play at no more than a 4-hour and 30 minute pace for an 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.

PENALTIES

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.

RECOMMENDATIONS

As a recommendation to improve each group’s pace of play, the following guidelines as laid out by the AJGA should be followed.
 
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 three minutes.
 
4. Walk with a purpose between shots and from green to tee.
Pairings & Tee Times

Pairings & Tee Times

Pairing Groups

Players with similar handicap indexes will be paired together with the intention of playing with someone of similar playing ability. Players who have not posted a minimum of five 18-hole rounds to their GHIN number will show up as an "NH". Players with an "NH" will all be paired together. There is then a chance that the player will be paired with someone of either a higher or lower playing ability. Specific tee time and pairing group requests will not be accommodated. Family members will not be paired together except in rare circumstances that have been pre-approved by JGAC staff. 

Tee Times

Approximately four days prior to the event, pairings and tee times will be e-mailed to participants and published on the JGAC website. The e-mail will state the time that check-in and the course driving range opens. Please do not arrive at the facility before that time. The staff and course need time to prepare the venue.
 

 
Parent Code of Conduct

Parent Code of Conduct

When you come to watch your son or daughter play in a JGAC tournament, you should keep in mind that the competition is between him or her and the rest of the field. You should never involve yourself with the players in any way that could be considered unethical or impolite.

If there is something you wish to discuss, please respectfully ask a JGAC staff member when a good time to discuss may be. We will hear your concerns and do our best to ensure each JGAC member has a positive experience--but we need your help.

In addition to the JGAC Spectator Policy, please observe the following regulations:
  • Minimize all contact between yourself and the players, including your own child. If you wish to hand your child a drink, snack, jacket, etc., feel free to do so, but keep any conversations brief and make sure you are not giving any advice to your child. 
  • Keep a reasonable distance from the players. Do NOT walk down the hole with them and do NOT go on the greens or tees.
  • Parents may NOT be in or near the scoring area at the conclusion of play.
  • Parents may NOT give rulings or other playing information to their child or others. If there is a question, call the tournament director.
  • If you walk ahead of the group, do not position yourself in a manner that would give your child some information on how to play a shot.
  • Disrespect of and negative comments towards other spectators, parents, players, tournament officials, volunteers will not be tolerated.
If you violate these policies one of our officials will speak with you and if the violation is serious enough, you might be asked to leave the course. Please enjoy your day on the course, watching your child learn and compete without causing your child embarrassment by your behavior.

 
Player Code of Conduct

Player Code of Conduct

The JGAC provides a venue for our members to participate in a game that can be pursued throughout life and which helps to develop character, sportsmanship, and the values of integrity, honesty, self-discipline, and competitive spirit.
 
Junior golfers are expected to demonstrate these values throughout the tournament season, both on and off the course. Participants are expected to show good sportsmanship and proper conduct during all JGAC events.
 
Any of the below behaviors will be met with severe consequences, including a one-stroke penalty, two-stroke penalty, disqualification, or suspension of JGAC membership at the discretion of the tournament committee. Players are not entitled to a warning before receiving a penalty for code of conduct breaches. 
 
Examples of behaviors that breach the JGAC Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to:
  • Cheating, lying, and all other forms of dishonesty
  • Disrespect of officials, course staff, and tournament directors
  • Throwing/slamming clubs or balls
  • Inappropriate language
  • Inappropriate attire
  • Damage to golf course property (slamming putters into greens, making divots in frustration, etc.)
  • Damage to other competitors’ property (i.e. clubs)
  • Disrespect of other competitors or spectators
  • Littering on golf course property
  • Distracting and inappropriate use of cell phones and other electronic devices 
  • Use of any type of tobacco, marajuana, vape, alcohol drugs or related products and devices (unless by written medical authorization)
It is solely the players' responsibility to ensure their score and the score of the player they are marking for is accurate. At no time should parents be consulted unless authorized by JGAC staff. If you can not come to agreement with your group, report the incident to the JGAC staff.
Points & Awards Tiebreaking

Points & Awards Tiebreaking

Tiebreaking

In the event of a tie in a stroke play competition, first place ties will be decided by a sudden-death playoff on the course, time, space, and weather permitting. If a playoff is not feasible (determined by the tournament director), the tie will be broken by using a scorecard playoff. Ties for 2nd, 3rd, etc. will be determined by a scorecard playoff, unless otherwise specified by the tournament committee, commonly due to qualifying events.

Scorecard Playoff Procedure

The winner will be determined by the best total score on holes 10-18 of the final round, regardless of the players’ starting hole. If the tying players have the same total score on holes 10-18, the winner will be determined by total score on holes 13-18. If a tie still exists, the winner will be determined by total score on holes 16-18. If a tie still exists, the winner will be determined by score on hole 18. If a tie still exists, the winner will be determined by lot.

Points

Points are awarded by "Overall" division. For example, if you place 1st in the boys 14-15 division, but 3rd overall, you will receive 3rd place points for that event.

In circumstances where ties are not broken by on-course playoffs, points will be allocated evenly between tied players. 
 
Score Requirement *TOUR ONLY*

Score Requirement *TOUR ONLY*


This policy applies only to JGAC Tour events. 

If a male competitor shoots two consecutive scores of 87 or above at JGAC Tour events, he may be required to play in JGAC Series events until he shoots two scores of 77 or lower. If a female competitor shoots two consecutive scores of 92 or above at JGAC Tour events, she may be required to play in JGAC Series events until she shoots two scores of 82 or lower. At the conclusion of an event, players will be notified of their flagged score.
Spectator Policy

Spectator Policy

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 are not allowed in or near the scoring area.
  • Spectators are not to be involved with any scoring or Rules related discussions at any time. If there is an issue, encourage the players to contact a tournament official.
  • 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 (don’t hold up the group behind you).
  • The availability of spectator carts is at the host course's discretion. If you require a cart for medical or ADA reasons, contact the JGAC prior to the event.
  • Spectators must stay a reasonable distance away from players at all times.
    • Do NOT walk alongside players while walking down the hole or to the next teeing area.
    • 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. Players may also call the rules phone number that is provided at every event.
  • Spectators are encouraged to help look for balls. This should be done with no other interaction with the players.
  • Disrespect to tournament officials, volunteers, players, or spectators will not be tolerated.
  • Obscene, abusive, or vulgar language will not be tolerated.
  • Distracting play by loud talking with other spectators and use of camera, cell phones, or other electronic devices during competition is strictly prohibited. Cameras and/or video cameras may be used if they do not cause a distraction to the players.
Parental or spectator interference may result in disqualification of the related participant. Any continued non-compliance with these policies will result in being asked to leave the course and possibly a loss of future spectating privileges.
Tournament Registration *NEW*
Tournament registration will be available on the first Monday of the month prior to the event.
 

Registration Open Date

Events Opening

March 1 April 1 - 30
April 5 May 1 – 31
May 3 June 1 – 30
June 7 July 1 - 31
July 5 August 1 - 31
August 2 September 1 - 30
September 6 October 1 - 31
 
When you register, you will automatically be placed in a pending cue. Your registration status will be updated one week after the registration open date. This is when you will know if you are approved to play or on the waiting list.

Approvals will be primarily established on a first come, first served basis within age/gender divisions. However, the JGAC staff may adjust to ensure players who register within the first week of the registration open date are not continually waitlisted.

If spots remain available one week after the registration open date, spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis within age/gender divisions until registration closes on the date specified on each event’s Tournament Information Page.

Note: this does not apply to invitational events or Major Championships that require exemption or qualification. If you earn an invitation, exemption, or qualify for an event, you will be notified via e-mail about registration dates. You will also find information on the Tournament Information Page.

Please note this is a new process that may be refined as the 2021 season progresses. 

Membership Required

Tournament registration is only available for current JGAC members.
 
Tournament Withdrawal & Refunds

Tournament Withdrawal & Refunds

In the event that it is necessary to withdraw from an event, please do so online or by contacting the JGAC.
  • If players withdraw prior to the registration deadline (as stated on the Tournament Information Page), a full refund of the tournament entry fee will be credited to their account for future use. If the player specifically requests a credit card or check refund, a $5.00 credit card processing fee will be assessed.
  • If players withdraw between the registration deadline and 48 hours before the start of the event, a 50% refund of the tournament entry fee will be credited to their account for future use. If the player specifically requests a credit card or check refund, a $5.00 credit card processing fee will be assessed.
  • If players must withdraw less than 48 hours before the start of the event, please call the JGAC office or text/e-mail the tournament director. No refund will be issued. Receiving a credit is not an option.
If players must cancel or withdraw on the day of an event, please text or e-mail the tournament director.
Waitlist Protocol

Waitlist Protocol

As a waitlisted player, it is expected that you will be available to play if a spot becomes available. You will be notified by e-mail, placed in the event, and your credit card will be charged only at this time.
 
Waitlisted players will be admitted in the order of registration within age/gender divisions. Players will be notified as soon as a spot is open.

Standby

Waitlisted players are welcome to wait at the tournament site the day of the first round for players who may cancel the day of the tournament or who are no shows within their age/gender division. If multiple players are standing by at the tournament site they will be entered into the event based on their number on the tournament waitlist.
Weather Delay & Cancellation

Weather Delay & Cancellation

Events will be held unless the conditions are unsafe or the course is unplayable. Cold and rain are not necessarily indicators that an event will not be contested.

It will be at the discretion of the tournament director or tournament committee to suspend or cancel play. In the event of lightning or other dangerous situations, play will be suspended until conditions are safe.
 
Please check emails or cell phones for texts prior to the event in the case of inclement weather. The JGAC staff will contact the host course and email/text all players if there is a change or cancellation of an event.

Please do NOT contact the host golf course for information the morning of the event.