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  - Distance Range: 6500-7000 yds   

       Players are eligible for this division: 

        - Up until the end of October after their high school graduation and 

        - Must not have started collegiate practices, tournaments, or reported to a collegiate team

        - Still be 19 years old on the June 1st cutoff date

        - This pertains to GAP year seniors as well

 

Boys 14-15  - Distance Range: 6500-7000 yds

 

Boys 13 & Under  - Distance Range: 5500-6000 yds

 

Girls 15-19  - Distance Range: 5500-5800 yds

        Players are eligible for this division: 

        - Up until the end of October after their high school graduation and 

        - Must not have started collegiate practices, tournaments, or reported to a collegiate team

        - Still be 19 years old on the June 1st cutoff date

        - This pertains to GAP year seniors as well

 

Girls 14 & Under  - Distance Range: 5200-5800 yds

*(Explanation: For the 2021-2022 Season the players age on June 1, 2021 will determine the players age group. Whatever that player’s age may be on June 1, 2021 will determine the age group for the entire season ending with the Tour Championship, Memorial Day weekend 2022)

Waitlist Policy:

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Because we do not know when or even if a player will withdrawn,  we cannot tell you what your chances are of getting in are if you email or call us and ask.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 automatically. I

f you are unable to play after being add to the field you must notify us within 24 hours and we will take you out of the field and credit your account the full registration fee or issue a refund less a $15 processing fee.

 

There is no cost or risk to signing up for a waiting list.

Withdrawal Procedure Before an Event Begins - *Updated for 2021-2022 season*:

If you need to withdraw from an event, please email the Tour staff as soon as possible to avoid fees and so we may add another player from the waitlist. 

 

All withdrawals MUST be done via email for recordkeeping purposes. Please contact us via email, staff@gwjuniortour.com. Withdrawals will NOT be accepted over the phone or text. 

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.

Withdrawals received 6 days or more before an event will receive a full credit towards any future event with us, or a refund with a $50 fee. 

Withdrawals received between 3 - 5 days before the event will receive a 50% credit towards any future events, but no refunds. 

Any withdrawals received inside 2 days of the event will not receive any credit or refund 

*11:59 pm is used as the cutoff time for a day in regards to this policy*

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:

The GolfWeek Junior Tour has 3 simple requirements in its Ready Golf policy and is expected of all players the entire round:

1)  The first player to putt out must immediately go to the next tee (and the 2nd player in a foursome) 

2)  The first player to arrive at the next tee, should be the first player to hit, the second player to arrive should be the second player to hit, and so on. 

3) The first player to arrive at the tee has 40 seconds to play their shot if the fairway (or green on a par 3) is clear and it does not create a distracting or dangerous situation 

*Waiting for your group to leave the green, or waiting for your group on the next tee is NOT ready golf, and slows down pace of play*

*A player arriving at a tee box should prepare for their shot immediately, and record scores after they have hit* 

Starting the 2021-2022 season - Ready Golf enforcement

1) A group will be deemed "out of position" if they have a par 3 open or the next fairway open in front of them after completing a hole

2) Any player that does not play Ready Golf (as defined above) when their group is "out of position" will be given a warning 

3) Any player that does not play Ready Golf (as defined above) after having been given a warning, will be given a 1 stroke penalty

4) Ready Golf penalties can be rescinded:

      - your group enters the scoring area 10 minutes or less after the group in front of you and/or

      - if the player's efforts are sufficient to waive the penalty as determined by our staff 

Please watch our 1 minute video for a demonstration of what is expected of all players on our tour 

Tie Breaks:

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).

  • Not Allowed.

    • 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cart Policy:

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.

Weather Delay/Cancellation:

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.