The Georgia PGA Junior Tour is open to all males and females between the ages of 11-18. Age is determined upon the first round of a tournament. All entries are subject to rejection at any time by the Georgia PGA Junior Tour.
The Georgia PGA Junior Tour provides a competitive, yet fun tournament atmosphere, encompassing a 10-month season of golf played on some Georgia’s best golf courses. The 2020 membership fee is $90 per member, effective January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The membership fee must be received prior to the first event in which the junior wishes to play.
Returning Members – 2019 Georgia PGA Junior Tour members will be able to use their 2019 login and password to sign in and register for the 2020 membership. If a login or password has been misplaced from last year, please email Michael Rakowski at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain that information.
New Members – Juniors who were not members in 2019 will be required to complete a registration form online. Applicants can CLICK HERE to be taken to the registration page. Once the application has been accepted, the player will receive notification via e-mail, and with the member’s login and password and will then be allowed to register for tournaments.
Benefits of Membership
All Junior Golfers who purchase the 2020 Georgia PGA Junior Tour Membership will receive:
Membership Gifts will be distributed at the first tournament played in by the member.
Age Divisions and Yardages
The Georgia PGA Junior Tour is open to the following age divisions:
Boys 11-13 (5,600-6,200 yards)
Boys 14-15 (6,300-6,800 yards)
Boys 16-18 (6,300-6,800 yards)
Girls 11-14 (5,400-6,000 yards)
Girls 15-18 (5,400-6,000 yards)
All yardages are subject to change based on individual courses and the condition of each course.
The 14-15 and 16-18 Boys divisions and 11-14 and 15-18 Girls divisions will play from the same set of tees and are eligible to compete for the Overall Championship of a tournament. One Boy and one Girl overall winner will be awarded.
Determining Age Divisions
A player’s age division is determined as of their age on the first day of each tournament. For example, a player who turns 16 on July 1st will play all events before July 1st in the 14-15-age division, and will be automatically moved to the 16-18 division after that date. If that player turns 16 on the first day of an event, he or she will be moved into the 16-18-age division for that event.
If a player changes ages in the middle of the season, their Player of the Year points for that age division will be lost and they will start fresh in his/her new age division. If a player does not want to lose his/her points, they may “play up” a division at any point during the year. The request to declare to “play up” must be made before the registration deadline of a tournament to be considered. Requests to declare to “play up” will not be accepted once tee times are made for a tournament, and the player will have to wait until the next tournament in order to participate in an older age division.
Tournament Entry Fee and Procedure
Tournament entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis for each event after the tournament entry date is open. No entries will be accepted before this date. Members will have priority for the first two weeks of each entry period before entries open to non-members. All entries must be registered online with the Junior Tour office by the stated deadline. Most tournament entry fees will be $160.
To enter online, CLICK HERE and select the tournament you wish to register for.
Registration is limited to the first 84 players for most Georgia PGA Junior Tour events and is on a first come first serve basis, with no consideration for age division or gender.
Refund/Withdrawal/No Show Policy
Each host golf course will set aside some time for practice rounds prior to their tournament. Practice round information will be listed on the Georgia PGA web site at www.georgiapga.com and each player should contact to host golf course to set up a practice round. **This is at the discretion of the club**
Pairings / Starting Times
Pairings for all Junior Tour events will be made by random selection groups of two or three players based on age group and gender for the first round of play at each event.
For the second round, the field will be re-paired by score. Field size and number of players per age division will dictate which divisions tee off in which order.
For all events, requesting starting times or specific groupings will not be accommodated. Players will NOT be called to their tees. Each contestant is responsible for obtaining his / her starting time prior to the round. Please arrive to your starting hole at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled tee time.
Starting times will be posted on the Georgia PGA website, Georgia PGA Junior Tour App and emailed to each player. Please note the date for each tournament that Round 1 tee times will be available. This can be found on the Tournament Information page for each event on the Georgia PGA website.
Caddies and/or Carts
Caddies are not permitted at any Junior Tour event. Each player must walk and carry their clubs or use a pull cart where permitted by the host facility.
Rules of Play
USGA Rules of Golf and the Georgia PGA Rules of Play Card shall govern all play, in addition to local rules on the Notice to Competitors (Rules Sheet), which is distributed at every event. Be sure to read the Rules of Play Card in its entirety prior to your first event.
Distance measuring devices are allowed in all Georgia PGA Junior Tour events, assuming the device measures distance ONLY. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (gradient, wind-speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 4.3, for which the penalty is the General Penalty for the first breach and for the second breach, the penalty is Disqualification.
Pace of Play
An average pace of play is set for each Georgia PGA Junior Tour tournament based on yardage and difficulty of each hole. Each player will receive a Local Rules Sheet when arriving to his or her starting tee, which has the allotted time per hole. According to Rule 5.6 Unreasonable Delay; Prompt Pace of Play, the player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish. Between completion of a hole and playing the next teeing ground, the player must not unduly delay play.
Each player must follow the ready golf procedures during their round.
Each player must play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 60 seconds to play a shot. Those players who are first to play from a given area (tee, fairway, green, etc.) will have 15 extra seconds to play their shot. A group will be monitored for pace of play based upon their time par and position (staying up with the group in front).
If any group falls behind their time par, the group will be given notice by a Georgia PGA official. The official will give the group three holes to make up the time. During this three-hole stretch, the rules official will stay with the group ensuring that time is being made up. If the group fails to make up time during the three-hole stretch, they will remain on the clock until the end of their round. If the group fails to make up the time before completing the round, they will be issued a 1 stroke penalty for undue delay.
Notification: Immediately after all of the players have left the teeing ground, but before the next shot, a Rules Official will inform a group that they are out of position and that they will be monitored and timed. It is the player’s responsibility to recognize when they have fallen out of position.
Penalties: First Breach of Round = 1 stroke penalty to each player in the group. If the group fails to make up lost time or fall back into position before the completing of play, they will be issued a 1 stroke penalty for undue delay. Penalties are to be added to the final hole of the round.
When a group will be notified: Given when a group is more than 15 minutes behind the group ahead (out of position) and over the allotted time.
Position with Group Ahead: To stay within 15 minutes of the group ahead, players should never have an open hole and they should be in the fairway on par 4’s and 5’s when the group ahead leaves the green. To remain in position, at least one player from the group must have a ball in play on the hole of the group ahead of them.
Every competitor must return a signed scorecard even if the card is marked “no card”. It is not sufficient to merely tell someone at the scoring table you are “no carding”. If you tee off, you must turn in a scorecard.
On Course Withdrawals
If a player must leave a tournament site because of illness or injury, a tournament official must be notified. Any player failing to notify a tournament official and turn in a scorecard will not be eligible to participate in their next scheduled event and no refund will be made.
Completion of 18 holes by all contestants will constitute an official event for each 36-hole tournament. It is unlikely that an event will be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Refunds on player fees are subject to vary based on agreements to host facilities and how much golf was completed.
Tournament results will be posted immediately following play of each round the on the Junior Tour website and app. To access results please CLICK HERE, or use the Georgia PGA Junior Tour mobile app to access tournament results quickly via a mobile device. All scores will be sent to Junior Golf Scoreboard and Global Junior Golf Ranking no later than five (5) days following the event.
Player Dress Code & Conduct
Teaching sportsmanship, etiquette and the Rules of Golf are of major importance to the Georgia PGA Junior Tour. To promote these areas and to maintain the integrity of the Junior Tour the following guidelines for dress and conduct will apply. Tournament officials will enforce these guidelines at all Junior Tour functions.
Dress Code for Player and Spectators
Any conduct that is detrimental to the Junior Tour will not be tolerated, including, but not limited to the following:
Any breach of the above guidelines will result in disqualification from the event where the incident occurred. You will also be disqualified from the next event in which you are entered without refund. Continued violations will result in dismissal from the Junior Tour.
Care for the Golf Course
All players are expected to maintain the golf course by repairing ball marks, raking bunkers, replacing divots, etc. Any abuse to the course or other club facilities will result in immediate disqualification. All players and parents are encouraged to thank the host club, staff, and volunteers for their support of junior golf.
Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend tournaments. However, it is a privilege for spectators to attend and they are therefore required to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. The Georgia PGA Junior Tour reserves the right to suspend and/or ban any spectator from one or more events. Failure to comply with the Rules and Regulations may result in immediate removal from the host facility and/or suspension of playing privileges for the member. Rules for spectators are as follows:
Any player seen speaking to a spectator during the play of a hole, or for any reason other than for health concerns, is subject to the General Penalty based on Rule 10.2
6. The player is responsible for the actions of their spectators.
7. Spectators may not carry a player’s golf bag and/or clubs.
8. Spectators are not permitted to walk on the fairways, tees or greens.
9. Spectators are encouraged to walk ahead of the group they are watching so as to act as a forecaddie and help spot balls. Spectators are allowed and are encouraged to assist in a search for lost golf balls. Spectators should not lag behind the participants as this can delay the group behind.
10. Spectators are asked to stay away from the players when turning in their scorecards in the scoring tent. Each player is responsible for his or her own score to be correct.
Trophies will be awarded to the 1st Place in each age division as well as the Overall Boy and Girl Champion. Gift certificates will also be awarded to the top individuals based on the number of players in each age division.
Player of the Year Points
Points will be awarded in each age division to all regular 36-hole Junior Tour events as follows: *Only Georgia PGA Junior Tour Members will receive points
Boys 14-15 and 16-18 Age Divisions:
1st – 100
2nd – 85
3rd – 70
4th – 60
5th – 50
6th – 40
7th – 30
8th – 20
9th – 15
10th – 10
Girls 11-14, 15-18 and Boys 11-13 Divisions:
1st – 100
2nd – 75
3rd – 50
4th – 35
5th – 25
6th – 20
7th – 15
8th – 10
Ties will split points equally.
Points will be awarded in each age division to all MAJOR Junior Tour events as follows:
*Only Georgia PGA Junior Tour Members will receive points
Boys 14-15 and 16-18 Age Divisions:
1st – 200
2nd – 150
3rd – 125
4th – 100
5th – 85
6th – 70
7th – 60
8th – 50
9th – 40
10th – 30
11th – 20
12th – 15
Girls 11-14, 15-18 and Boys 11-13 Divisions:
1st – 200
2nd – 150
3rd – 100
4th – 75
5th – 60
6th – 50
7th – 40
8th – 30
Ties will split points equally.
*Majors for 2020 will be the Georgia PGA Junior Championship and Haskins Junior Invitational*.
**All awards will be determined following the last official event of the 2020 schedule.
Player of the Year
Player of the Year Awards will be given to the top player in the Boys 11-13, 14-15 and 16-18 and Girls 11-14 and 15-18 Age Divisions at the Junior Tour Championship Awards Banquet. The 2020 Player of the Year in the Boy’s 16-18 age division will receive an exemption into the 2021 Georgia Open and the 2020 Player of the Year in the Girl’s 15-18 age division will receive an exemption into the 2021 Georgia Women’s Open.
Stroke Average Award
The top players from each age division will play in a season ending Tour Championship. In addition, to the top players in each age division, any player who won an individual age division in any tournament will be invited to play even if they have changed age divisions throughout the year and have lost their points. That person will play in their new age division for the Tour Championship. Any player who would change age divisions after the last regular tournament will not lose their Player of the Year points and will play in the age division they competed in throughout the year in the Tour Championship.
16-18 – Top 30
14-15 – Top 25
11-13 – Top 15
15-18 – Top 20
11-14 – Top 7
These numbers are subject to change if there are not enough players to fill each age division.
Considered one of golf’s major championships for juniors, the Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start. Beginning in 1976 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the Championship has been a summer stop for many of today’s tour professionals.
The Georgia PGA Junior PGA Championship will award the top 2 boys and girls the opportunity to represent the Georgia PGA Section in the Junior PGA Championship. The Boys and Girls Overall Champion will receive an invite to the Georgia Open and the Georgia Women’s Open respectively.
The Georgia PGA Junior Championship will be open to boys and girls in the following three divisions:
Boys 11-13*, 14-15 and 16-18
Girls 11-14 and 15-18
* Boys 11-13 age division will play shorter tees and are not be eligible to advance to the Junior PGA Championship. This division will only play 36 holes of competition.
Only players located within the Georgia Section are eligible to compete in the Georgia PGA Junior Championship.
How to Register: Sign up online at http://www.georgiapga.com.
Deadline: June 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Price: $160 for Boys 11-13 Division; $190 for ALL other divisions.
2020 Georgia PGA Junior Championship
Date: Monday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Course: The Legends at Château Élan, Braselton, GA
*The Boys & Girls Champions will receive 4 AJGA PBE Stars
*Ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard
*Ranked by Global Junior Golf Ranking
American Junior Golf Association Exemptions
The Georgia PGA is pleased to have the support of the AJGA. They recognize the Georgia PGA Junior Tour as quality competition for junior golfers. The AJGA will provide the Georgia PGA Junior Tour with Performance Stars for select events. For the latest information on AJGA exemptions, go online to www.georgiapga.com.
Junior Golf Scoreboard
Each Georgia PGA Junior Tour tournament will be a ranked event by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. You can access the Junior Golf Scoreboard at www.juniorgolfscoreboard.com.
Global Junior Golf Ranking
Each Georgia PGA Junior Tour tournament will be a ranked event by Global Junior Golf Rankings. You can access Global Junior Golf Ranking at www.juniorgolfranking.com.
The Georgia PGA Junior Tour is designed to teach the values of sportsmanship, honesty, self-discipline, integrity and competitive spirit through the game of golf. This will be accomplished by conducting a series of competitions on some of the state’s finest courses and with the highest level of professionalism. Our mission is to keep costs low while providing first-class quality golf to the youth of Georgia. We strive to provide opportunities to those juniors who possess the potential skill and aspirations to compete at the high school or collegiate level, in addition to those who are new to the game.
The purpose of the Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarship Program is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education goals for youth who have demonstrated a high level of achievement during high school, have financial need and have shown an interest in the game of golf. Two scholarships will be awarded, the Bill Cowles Scholarship and the Chuck Edmonson Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500 each. Applications must be returned to the Foundation by April 30, 2019, with a deadline of May 10th for school transcripts to be submitted. Click here for more information and to download the application.
After 17 years of developing junior golfers through some of the finest tournaments in the region, the Georgia PGA Junior Tour continues to see its members make the progression to collegiate level. The link below is a list of juniors and the college they attended out of high school that we are aware of. If you are not listed, please send your name and school to the below email.
GEORGIA PGA JUNIOR TOUR Members Playing Collegiate Golf