Policies and Procedures
Age Groups and Distances:
Below are the age divisions and distances set for the GJT. Age groups are established based on the player’s age on June 1st of that year’s schedule.
(See Explanation Below)
Boys 16-19 6500-7000 yds
(Player taking a gap year after high school is eligible for the Boys 16-19 division, or a player who is in college, but not yet started playing for a collegiate team )
Boys 14-15 6500-7000 yds
Boys 13 & Under 5500-6000 yds
Girls 15-19 5500-5800 yds
(Player taking a gap year after high school is eligible for the Girls 15-19 division, or a player who is in college, but not yet started playing for a collegiate team)
Girls 14 & Under 5200-5800 yds
*(Explanation: For the 2020-2021 Season the players age on June 1, 2020 will determine the players age group. Whatever that player’s age may be on June 1, 2020 will determine the age group for the entire season ending with the Tour Championship, Memorial Day weekend 2021)
Players are brought in from waiting lists based on Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, NOT the order they signed up for the waiting list.
The waiting list will change frequently, with players being added or taken off if their plans change.
Unfortunately, the nature of a waiting list requires a player to withdraw for a spot to become available.
Because we do not know when or even if a player will withdrawn, we cannot tell you what your chances are of getting in are if you email or call us and ask.
Also, because we bring in players based on Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, highly ranked players can register late, but still get in off the waiting list should a spot come open. This is also why we are unable to tell you your chances of getting in are if you email or call us and ask.
If you are no longer able to play, please email us and will take you off the waiting list.
If a spot comes available, and you are next on the list, you will be added to the field, but if you are unable to play, we will take you out of the field and refund or credit your account the full registration fee.
There is no cost or risk to signing up for a waiting list.
Withdrawal Procedure Before an Event Begins:
If you need to withdraw from an event, please email the Tour staff as soon as possible so we may add another player from the waitlist. A withdrawal must be done via email for recordkeeping purposes. Please contact us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Withdrawals will NOT be accepted over the phone.
In the body of the email, make sure to include the player’s full name, the name of the event(s), and the date of the event(s). If there is no stated request for either a refund or credit, GJT will default to issuing credit. Once this has been received by the staff, you will receive an email confirming your withdrawal.
If a player withdraws from an event before 11:59 pm on Monday during the week of the event, they will have two options:
-transfer all of the credit towards another upcoming tournament with no fee
-or receive a refund of their registration with a $50 fee
If a player withdraws from an event before 11:59 pm on Wednesday during the week of the event, they will have two options:
-transfer all of the credit towards another upcoming tournament with a $50 fee
-or receive a refund of their registration with a $75 fee
If a player withdraws any later than this, there will be no refund available with no exceptions. A withdrawal on Thursday or thereafter during the week of the event will be able to transfer half of the tournament registration fee to another tournament. Any other fees incurred are non-transferable.
Did Not Start, No Show, Withdrawal, No Card, and Disqualification Policies:
Did Not Start – Not submitted for rankings (DNS):
If a player does not hit the first shot of the tournament for any reason, the player will be removed from the leaderboard and not submitted for any rankings.
No Show – Submitted for Rankings (NS):
If a player begins a tournament and completes one or more rounds, signs a scorecard, and does not show up for a subsequent tee time without contacting an official, it will be recorded as a No Show (NS) and all official round scores for the event will be submitted for rankings
Withdrawal – Submitted for Rankings (WD):
If a player begins a tournament and completes one or more rounds, signs a scorecard, and notifies an official they will not be going on, it will be recorded as a Withdrawal (WD) and all official round scores for the event will be submitted for rankings
No Card – Submitted for Rankings (NC):
If a player begins a tournament round and fails to turn in a signed scorecard for a completed round, it will be recorded as a No Card (NC). All official round scores for the event will be submitted for the rankings
Disqualification – Submitted for Rankings (DQ):
If a player tees it up and commits a USGA Rules infraction during the course of play or unintentionally fails to sign a scorecard before leaving the scoring area it will be recorded as a Disqualification (DQ) and all official round scores will be submitted for the rankings
*NEW FOR 2019 - There are no more Justified Withdrawals. The junior golf community and rankings are no longer accepting JWD as a tournament designation.
Pace of Play Policy:
Pace of play is important on the GolfWeek Junior Tour for several reasons:
1) We visit some of the best private and public golf courses in the Midwest. Keeping members and players at these courses that are playing behind us happy and playing at a reasonable pace helps us to be invited to come back to these top facilities.
2) Slow play can negatively affect players and their scores if they have to wait between shots.
3) The AJGA enforces this policy and expects their players to always play ready golf. The GolfWeek Junior Tour is preparing our players for those expectations.
4) No one wants to play a slow round of golf!
The GolfWeek Junior Tour has several requirements in its Ready Golf policy:
1) The first player to putt out must immediately go to the next tee
2) That player must be the first player to tee off on the next hole, and should play once the fairway is clear. (If that tee box is close to the previous green, the player should be aware of players putting out)
3) Players should walk with a purpose between shots
Please watch our 1 minute video for a demonstration of what is expected of all players on our tour
A tie for 1st place will be dealt with a by a sudden death playoff. Playoff holes will be decided by the committee. Ties for any other place will be handled according to the scorecard playoff procedure.
Scorecard Playoff Procedure:
A winner will be decided by the lowest score on the last nine holes played, (the last nine holes will be 10-18, for a shotgun start). If a tie still exists after the last nine holes, then the winner will be decided by the last six holes. If a tie still exists, the winner will be decided by the last three holes. If a tie still exists, the winner will be decided by the last hole. If a tie still exists, the scorecard procedure will be applied to the first nine holes until a winner is decided.
Note: Our first priority is a sudden death playoff, but if for any reason, a sudden death playoff cannot occur, (inclement weather, course availability, etc) then we will resort to a scorecard playoff.
Tournament Registration & Tee-Times:
All tournament registration will take place online. Tournament registration for Golfweek Junior Tour events will be accepted up until 5 days prior to the event, provided the event is not sold out before then. Tee times will be posted online 2 days prior to the event. If there is a waitlist, players will be moved from the waitlist into the tournament field as spots open up. If a player does not desire to play in the event once they are on the waitlist, it is the responsibility of the player to inform GJT staff of that decision.
Distance Measuring Devices & Cell Phone Policy (Per USGA Rule 4.3a):
Distance and Directional Information.
Allowed. Getting information on distance or direction (such as from a distance-measuring device or compass).
Measuring elevation changes, or
Interpreting distance or directional information (such as using a device to get a recommended line of play or club selection based on the location of the player’s ball).
Players are not allowed to rent motorized carts. There may be shuttle services provided at some events and players will be notified at the start if this applies to an event they are participating in. Pull carts are allowed as long as they are in compliance with the host course’s policy. Parents/Spectators may rent carts, if the course allows. Carts will be rented to parents/spectators on a 1st come, 1st served basis. All cart rental for spectators is at the discretion of the course. All pull/push carts are allowed.
In the event of inclement weather, the GJT staff will sound one long air horn. At that point, play must stop immediately and shelter found. An event will only be cancelled if the players’ safety and well-being is threatened or if the course becomes unplayable.