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
Boys 14-15 6500-7000 yds
Boys 13 & Under 5500-6000 yds
Girls 15-19 5500-5800 yds
Girls 14 & Under 5200-5800 yds
*(Explanation: For the 2018-2019 Summer, Fall, and Spring schedules the players age on June 1, 2018 will determine the players age group. Whatever that player’s age may be on June 1, 2018 will determine the age group for the Summer, Fall, and Spring schedules)
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, it will be recorded as a Did Not Start (DNS) and will not submitted for the 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 the tournament and fails to turn in a signed scorecard for a completed round, it will be recorded as a No Card (NC) and 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.
The Golfweek Junior Tour routinely has events which fill and are deemed to be sold out. At this point, anyone wishing to enter the event will be put onto a waitlist. As a spot becomes available in the tournament, the player(s) with the best National Junior Golf Scoreboard scoring differential will have the highest waitlist priority. The Golfweek Junior Tour strives to have the best competition at all events and this allows the field to be as strong as possible. 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, iit is the responsibility of the player to inform GJT staff of that decision.
Pace of Play Policy:
The pace of play at our events is very important to us. To alleviate pace of play issues, please keep in mind the amount of time allotted for each hole:
-par 5: 18 minutes
-par 4: 15 minutes
-par 3: 12 minutes
At the start of every event, the starter will announce the amount of time in which you are allotted to play the course. If the first group plays longer than the allotted time, they will be considered “out of position.” For all of the groups following to be considered “out of position” they will have failed in two ways. They will have taken longer than the allotted time to play and have an entire hole open ahead of them. We will notify a group when they are out of position and will give them a chance to regain their position. If a ruling or ball search has delayed the group and caused them to become “out of position”, the group will be expected to regain its position within two holes. If they fail to regain their position, they will be subject to penalty.
Penalties for being “out of position”:
1st violation: verbal warning
2nd violation: 1 stroke penalty
3rd violation: 2 stroke penalty
Additional violations: disqualification
Once we have realized that a group is “out of position”, monitoring will occur by a Rules Official or other GJT Staff Member. Each player is expected to play a shot in no longer than 40 seconds, excluding play on the putting green. Timing will begin once the player has reached his/her ball, it’s his/her time to play, and there are no distractions. Determining yardages is considered as part of your shot and will be included in the timing.
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.
Cell Phone Policy:
Use of cell phones by players will not be permitted at any time during tournament play. IPOD and MP3 Players are not permitted. Violation of this policy results in disqualification.
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.
Measuring Devices/Range Finders:
Measuring devices and range finders are allowed in all Golfweek Junior Tour events.
Players must be aware of Rule 14-3 in regard to the use of a distance-measuring device. This means that in accordance with the local rule allowing for the use of measuring devices, those devices may measure or gauge distance only. The use of a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect a player’s play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.) is not permitted regardless of whether such an additional function is used.