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. 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. Tournament fees vary based on tournament location and 36-hole vs. 54-hole events.
Registration is limited to the first 84 players for most Georgia PGA Junior Tour events and is on a first come first serve basis.
Refund/Withdrawal/No Show Policy
Each host golf course will manage practice rounds prior to the 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 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/texted 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. 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 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 AJGA, Junior Golf Scoreboard, Global Junior Golf Ranking, and Junior Golf Hub 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.
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 Rankings at www.juniorgolfranking.com.
Tournament Results & Player of the Year Points
After the completion of each event, tournament results, player of the year points, and stroke average results can be seen on the Georgia PGA website at www.georgiapga.com.