Overview

The policies detailed below are in effect unless otherwise specified on the tournament information page for a particular tournament. Policies for certain special events, including Spring Series tournaments, MAADA Tour Series, Season-Ending Championships, and Fall Series tournaments, will vary slightly when compared to the information below (for example, some have a cancellation deadline that is slightly earlier than indicated in the general “Schedule Changes and Withdrawals policy found below). It is important to review the tournament information page for all events in which you plan to participate in before registering.

Adjusted Scoring Average

Adjusted Scoring Average Policy

Caddies

Caddies are permitted in the Beginner Division and Intermediate 9-Hole Divisions only. There are no restrictions as to who may serve as a caddie. Caddies may carry clubs, provide advice about playing shots, and assist with club selection. Caddies may serve more than one player, but each player is limited to only one caddie. Caddies should assist with the oversight of scoring and help to improve pace of play during the round. They are also encouraged to let players make their own decisions and develop their golf skills independently. On-course swing instruction by caddies should be kept to a minimum.

Georgia Junior Golf firmly believes in upholding the traditions golf teaches, including — most importantly — the values of sportsmanship, integrity, and honesty. We expect our caddies to uphold these traditions and teachings and to make sure our players are having fun. Golf, in the end, is just a game.

Caddie Definition:

A caddie is one who carries or handles a player’s clubs during play and otherwise assists him/her in accordance with the rules. A player may only have one caddie at any given time. A caddie may be replaced or eliminated at any time by the player. No other person may offer advice or help to a player other than his/her caddie (Rule 8-1).

A caddie must not be positioned on or close to an extension of the line of play or line of putt behind the ball (Rule 14-2b).

Best Practices for Caddies:

  • Should work to have fun and keep the player having fun
  • Must conform to all code of conduct/dress code policies
  • Must refrain from over-coaching the participant for whom they are caddying
  • Must allow the junior golfers to learn and play their own game
  • Should aid tournament staff in implementing the GJG Pace of Play Policy by helping your group to expedite play and by searching for golf balls
  • May assist their player with his/her scoring and marking for their fellow competitor’s score

Note: The player and his/her caddie are responsible for knowing the rules. During a stipulated round and for any breach of a rule by his/her caddie, the player incurs the applicable penalty.

Carts

Motorized carts are prohibited in all divisions. Players must walk and carry their own bags, or they may use a non-motorized pull cart where permitted. Penalty for breach of these conditions is two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred with a maximum penalty per round of four strokes. Players may use their own pull carts or rent from the host facility when available. These carts must be in good condition (such that no damage is caused to the course) and be kept away from the surface of all tees and putting greens. Any player in violation of the rules for pull carts will lose the privilege of using one. Tournament-approved shuttles may exist at certain sites.

Code of Conduct

All members are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct at all functions. Violations of the Code of Conduct include: abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse of the golf course (divots not replaced, bunkers not raked, ball marks not repaired, and the like), discarded trash not placed in proper receptacles, vandalism, smoking or chewing tobacco products, use of drugs or alcohol, not adhering to the dress code, leaving the course during a competitive round without the permission of an GJG official, or any other conduct not becoming of an GJG member. Violations of the Code of Conduct are subject to the following: a two-stroke penalty, disqualification, or suspension for a period of time as deemed by the tournament committee. All violations will be reviewed by the GJG Tournament Committee.

Competition

All play is governed by the Rules of Golf Effective January 2016 and its Decisions, the GJG Tournament Hard Card and, where applicable, by local rules, conditions, and definitions, which are all subject to changes or amendments by the GJG Tournament Committee.

Communication

Most correspondence from the Georgia Junior Golf office is sent to members via email. If you have spam blocker software on any of the email addresses you provided during membership registration, be sure to add the following addresses to your list of trusted senders:

georgiajuniorgolf@bluegolf.us

info@georgiajuniorgolf.org

Should the primary email address listed in your player’s club account change or become inactive, please log in to update your contact information. You may also call our office to process this important change.

Correct Division Policy

All junior golfers must make a good faith effort to choose the correct division when registering for membership each year. If you have any questions about selecting an appropriate division, please contact us. Before choosing a division, you must ensure that you are able to meet all requirements of that division including pace of play guidelines and rules competency, and you must ensure current estimated stroke average falls within the guidelines provided on the Divisions page. Once you have registered to participate in a particular division, you are required to remain in the same division for the duration of the Summer Series (see Note 1 for exception). At the conclusion of the Summer Series, a player may choose to participate in a different division during the Fall Series.

Tournament scores are reviewed regularly by the GJG staff during the Summer Series. Any player who returns two scores that fall more than 10 strokes above or below the guidelines provided on the Divisions page or who consistently displays skills and abilities not in accord with those required of their division, will be subject to a review by the staff (see Note 2 for an overview of the review process).

  • Note 1: If a player is not competing in the correct division, he/she may request a transfer to the appropriate division by contacting the Georgia Junior Golf office. They also may be contacted and be promoted or relegated from their current division. Event selection may be subsequently limited in the case of a division transfer.
  • Note 2: Reviews of a player’s division conducted by the GJG staff will seek to identify the division which fits the skill level of the junior golfer most appropriately. The overarching goals include fitting the junior golfer to a division so they can progress, enjoy themselves on the course, and develop their skills among their peers of similar ability. The staff will be mindful of the Association as a whole in an attempt to maintain divisional integrity while considering the player’s demonstrated on-course skills and scoring history.

In the case of a transfer, the following will apply: (1) no refunds will be given for events that have already been played, (2) when transferring from one division to another, event entry fees for future events in the old division may be applied/transferred to future event entry fees in the new division, (3) contestants are responsible for paying any remaining balance that results from transferring event entry fees from one division to another, (4) no refunds or credits will be given to offset any remaining balance that results from transferring event entry fees from one division to another, (5) no points will transfer from one division to another.

When a junior golfer’s demonstrated skills, abilities, and scoring history fall marginally outside of the divisional guidelines, those who made a good faith effort to choose the correct division during the membership registration process may be allowed to remain in their original chosen division for the duration of the Summer Series. While a promotion or relegation is appropriate in most instances during the season, players who are quickly improving their scoring average and otherwise meet the requirements of their division may be allowed to remain in their registered division. If, as a result of the review process, a junior golfer prefers to transfer to a new division, the provisions found in Note 1 apply.

Those who did not make a good faith effort to choose the correct division (e.g. intentionally registered for the wrong division in order to easily earn points in a less competitive division or gain access to a different tournament schedule), will be required to compete for the duration of the season in a new division that better suits their skill level. The correct division will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the GJG staff in this instance.

Please contact the Georgia Junior Golf office if, at any time, you have questions about choosing the appropriate skill/age division.

Double Par Rule

The double par rule applies to Intermediate Divisions ONLY. The maximum number of strokes a player may record on any given hole is double par. Once double par has been reached, the player must lift their ball, discontinue their play of the hole, and continue to the next teeing ground.

Note: This procedure is a Georgia Junior Golf local rule for the specified divisions only and does not reflect the proper application of the Rules of Golf.

Dress Code

Proper attire is required at all GJG tournaments, events, seminars, and functions.

Required dress:
  • Hats/visors must be worn properly with the brim facing forward
  • Boys must remove hats/visors when indoors
  • Collared shirts must be worn and, for boys, tucked in at all times
  • Girls may wear shirts without collars, if the shirt is part of a coordinated outfit and if it has sleeves
  • Girls’ short length must be at or beyond the extended fingertips with arms hanging at sides
Prohibited dress:
  • Shoes with metal or traditionally designed spikes (penalty for wearing spikes is disqualification)
  • Tank tops, T-shirts, short shorts, denim of any kind

Any violation of this rule results in either disqualification or the junior not being allowed to participate until he/she has met the above regulations.

Driving Range

Events are sometimes held on days when a host venue’s facilities are closed. Driving ranges are only occasionally available to players and sometimes at a fee. Do not attempt to utilize a closed driving range. Doing so will be considered a breach of the code of conduct.

Inclement Weather

The decision to cancel an event is made by GJG staff and the tournament director in conjunction with the golf professional and/or the superintendent of the golf course. You may call the office or the golf course to check on the status of an event, but please know that a tournament can be cancelled at any time during the day. All efforts are made to complete the number of holes allotted for the event, but the GJG staff reserves the right to shorten the number of holes in a stipulated round(s) prior to play beginning because of inclement weather (i.e. 9 holes for all 18-Hole Divisions and 5 holes for all 9-Hole Divisions). An event that is shortened because of inclement weather is considered complete only when all players in a specific age group have completed the shortened stipulated round(s).

If an event is canceled due to inclement weather (some or all players in an age group are unable to complete a stipulated round), that specific event will not be made up. Refunds or credits will not be given for any tournaments or events that are shortened/canceled because of inclement weather.

Exception: If a Summer Series event is cancelled because of inclement weather, your registration may be transferred to another similarly-priced Summer Series event (subject to availability). No credits or refunds will be given to players who are unable to transfer a cancelled registration to another event. You must contact the GJG office to process this request.

If a cancelled event occurs at the conclusion of the season, the requirement of a minimum of three events (in order to qualify for season-ending championships) may be waived for individual players on a case-by-case basis.

Maximum 10 Strokes (6 Shots & 4 Putts)

The maximum 10 strokes per hole rule applies to the Beginner division ONLY. The maximum number of strokes a player is allowed on a single hole is 10.

After playing their sixth shot, the player must lift the golf ball and place it, without penalty, at the front of the putting green if the ball is not already at rest on the putting green (e.g., a player’s sixth shot on the first hole (a par 3) comes to rest in a bunker behind the green; he/she must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the front of the putting green; the next stroke played will be the player’s seventh. Once 10 strokes has been reached, the player must lift their ball, discontinue play of the hole and continue to the next teeing ground.

Note: This procedure is a Georgia Junior Golf local rule for the specified divisions only and does not reflect the proper application of the Rules of Golf.

Membership Cancellation

Membership fees ($99 for Regular Membership, $49 for Beginner Division Membership, $49 for Fall Membership) will, under no circumstances, be refunded after a request for membership is submitted and approved by Georgia Junior Golf.

No Shows (NS) & No Cards (NC)

NS refers to those players who fail to appear for their assigned tee time without notifying the GJG office. NC refers to those players who fail to return their scorecards to the GJG Tournament Committee before leaving the golf course. In the event of either offense, a player will be notified in writing within 24 hours that they were recorded as a NS or NC at a recent event. If either offense occurs a second time, the player will be removed, without refund, from his/her remaining events and will be ineligible to participate in tournaments or events for the remainder of the current calendar year.

Pace of Play

Rule 6-7 of the Rules of Golf states: “The player must play without undue delay” and also provides the ability for the GJG Tournament Committee to set pace of play guidelines for a stipulated round, hole or shot.

Players themselves are responsible for maintaining their pace of play and position on the course and are also responsible, as with all other Rules of Golf, to enforce the rules upon themselves.

GJG requires each player and group to monitor their pace of play in accordance with the below policy. Groups should work together to assist one another to successfully complete their rounds within the time par.

Players’ scorecards provide detailed hole-by-hole time par. As a general rule, par-3 holes should take no longer than 14 minutes to play, par-4 holes no longer than 16 minutes to play, and par-5 holes no longer than 18 minutes to play. Total time for a 9-hole round should not exceed 2 hours and 24 minutes, while an 18-hole round should take no longer than 4 hours and 48 minutes to complete.

Pace of Play Definitions

  • Time par: The amount of time allotted to complete the play of a hole or round.
  • Out of position: Failure to complete a hole being played in less than the established time par in relation to the group immediately ahead.

Pace of Play Guidelines

  1. Groups must complete the play of each hole within the time par defined on the scorecard.

  2. Groups must finish each hole and replace the flagstick in accordance with the pace of play or they will assess themselves and be liable to the corresponding penalties:

    • First checkpoint over total round time par = one stroke penalty
    • Second checkpoint over total round time par = two stroke penalty
    • Third checkpoint over total round time par = disqualification
  3. Groups that are out of position and more than 15 minutes behind time par are subject to disqualification and liable to be removed from the golf course.

  4. All penalties will be confirmed in the scoring area upon completion of the round.

  5. For groups that finish at or ahead of time par for the stipulated round, all pace of play penalties will be rescinded.

Factors in which GJG uses to create a fair and equitable time par for each event:

  • Difficulty and length of course/walks between holes
  • GJG pace of play history for course
  • Conditions of competition

Note 1: In all Intermediate divisions, if a player on a particular hole is contributing to the group’s slow play, it is appropriate for that player to pick up and record double par on that hole in order to help the group maintain pace of play.

Note 2: The Georgia Junior Golf staff reserves the right to amend this policy without notice and adjust penalties on a case-by-case basis.

Player Responsibilities

Rule 6 in the Rules of Golf does not cover those responsibilities that are common sense. Remember, you’re playing golf when the heat index is often very high. Be sure to have enough liquid in your bag to last for at least nine holes, at which time you’re able to refill. Water coolers on the golf courses are constantly checked and refilled, but you may be passing by when they are either empty or gone. Also, it is often a good idea to apply sunscreen before and during each round.

Points

Points are awarded to juniors based on their finish in each event of the Summer Series. Players finishing in first through 19th place within each respective age group will receive points as follows:

For Advanced Divisions, see Adjusted Scoring Average Policy

For Regional Championships, point values are doubled.

All Intermediate Divisions

  • 1st: 100
  • 2nd: 90
  • 3rd: 80
  • 4th: 70
  • 5th: 60
  • 6th: 50
  • 7th: 40
  • 8th: 30
  • 9th: 20
  • 10th: 10
  • 11th: 9
  • 12th: 8
  • 13th: 7
  • 14th: 6
  • 15th: 5
  • 16th: 4
  • 17th: 3
  • 18th: 2
  • 19th: 1

Registration

All players MUST check in at the on-site registration table before each event at least 30 minutes before the player’s designated tee time.

Rules Education Policy

Georgia Junior Golf firmly believes that knowledge of the USGA Rules of Golf is important for anyone who wishes to play and enjoy the game — especially for junior golfers who wish to compete at any level.

All Georgia Junior Golf members are required to complete and pass an online Rules quiz before selecting any tournaments for the Summer or Fall Series. Online resources are provided to help guide juniors through the quiz. This test is designed to establish introductory knowledge of the Rules and basics of etiquette for juniors.

Advanced Division Quiz

Intermediate Division Quiz

Beginner Division Quiz

An online Rules Seminar is available for Georgia Junior Golf members to complete. While this seminar is optional, it is highly recommended for new members or returning members to view at the beginning of each year. The online seminar provides information on the Rules of Golf and important Georgia Junior Golf policies.

Click here for the Rules Seminar presentation.

Schedule Changes & Withdrawals (WD)

You may WD from a Georgia Junior Golf tournament at any time prior to your tee time in the respective event. However, to receive a partial refund you must WD from the event (either online or by contacting our office) before the tournament cancellation deadline. For WDs that meet the above criteria, you will be refunded your entry fee less an administrative charge. The administrative fees are the following: $10 for tournament entry fees ranging from $15 to $40; $20 for tournament entry fees ranging from $45 to $120; $30 for tournament entry fees ranging from $125 to $250.

If you need to WD from an event after the deadline stated above, you MUST do so by contacting our office or using the online registration system to inform our staff that you will not be participating in the tournament. If we receive notification of your WD after the cancellation deadline, your entry fee will NOT be refunded. Failure to notify our office of a WD before your tee time will result in the warning (first offense) or penalty (second offense) specified in the No Show/No Card policy listed above.

Scoring

Rule 6-6 (a & b) of the Rules of Golf provides: “After each hole, the marker should check the score with the competitor and record it. On completion of the round, the marker must sign the score card and hand it to the competitor. If more than one marker records the scores, each must sign for the part for which he is responsible. After completion of the round, the competitor should check his score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the Committee. He must ensure that the marker has signed the score card, countersign the score card himself, and return it to the Committee as soon as possible.” At each GJG event, a scoring area will be provided following play, and a GJG staff member will assist with the scoring process. To avoid the possibility of being disqualified, remain in the scoring area until your card has been checked and the scorer dismisses you.

Spectators

Spectators must adhere to the dress code to be permitted on the golf course. Spectators wearing denim attire or T-shirts will not be permitted on the course! Courses where spectating is permitted, spectators are required to follow the spectator code of conduct.

GJG staff members have the authority to remove any spectator who is not abiding by the policy.

Spectators may use cell phones at courses where permitted, but they must not distract players. Phones must be in silent mode and used away from play at all times. For more information, please review our Spectator Code of Conduct. This policy is subject to change at any time.

Spectator Carts

While not guaranteed, spectator carts may be rented by spectators based on availability. The daily fee is determined by each individual host facility. Please note that requests for spectator carts may be limited or denied in some circumstances (poor weather conditions, lack of available carts at host site, etc.) and use of a cart is subject to final approval by the host facility. All spectator carts MUST remain on the cart path. When helping a junior search for a golf ball, please park the cart on the path and go over by foot. Spectators not abiding by this policy will have their spectator cart privileges removed with no refund.

Standby Status

For an event that is full, the first five players on the waiting list for each division are deemed to be on standby status. Players will be contacted via email that they are on standby status.

After being placed on standby status, you have the option to arrive at the course at least 30 minutes prior to the first tee time for your age group to wait for an open spot. Always be sure to check in with the tournament staff upon arrival. Those players on standby status who decide to go to the course to standby will fill open spots on a first-come, first-serve basis (the status on the waiting list is irrelevant once having arrived on-site).

There is no guarantee that any standby status player will play. If there are no open spots available, standby players must leave the facility after the last tee time for their age group. Players who have not been contacted via email and notified of their standby status by the GJG office may not go to the golf course and will not be allowed to play if they do so.

Starting Times

Tee times are available online by logging into your account and viewing the tournaments you are scheduled to play. Tee times will be available three days prior to the tournament.

Rule 6-3a of the Rules of Golf provides: “The player must start at the time established by the committee. If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after his starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Otherwise, the penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.”

Ties

Where applicable, ties for awarded positions will be decided by a hole-by-hole playoff and/or by a match of cards (see Rules of Golf). In the event a winner cannot be decided, a sudden death putt-off will be held immediately following the conclusion of play to resolve any ties for awarded positions.

All ties for awarded (medal) positions at Summer Series events are resolved by a match of cards. All ties for points will be averaged except when hole-by-hole playoffs are conducted for awarded positions.

Waiting List (WL)

Waiting Lists (WL) for each age group at each event are maintained to offer the greatest number of playing opportunities to as many juniors as possible. If you select an event that is full during tournament selection, you will be placed on the WL for that event. When a spot becomes available in your division because another player cancels or withdraws, that spot is then filled by the first player on the WL within that division. Priority on all waiting lists is determined by the date and time at which a player is added to the WL (within each division, the first player on the list is the first to fill an open spot). Your presence on a waiting list communicates to our office that you would like to participate in that event, even if you are already scheduled to play another tournament on the same day.

If you are the first player on a WL for an event and a spot becomes available, you will be automatically added to the tournament (this will occur even if you are already scheduled to play another event on the same day). You will be contacted by our office via email if this occurs before the entry deadline. Should a spot become available after the entry deadline, we will contact you by phone before adding you to the field.

Once added to the field, you must follow the directions outlined in schedule changes and withdrawals if you are no longer able to play. Please note that normal cancellation fees do apply. If you are no longer interested in participating in an event for which you appear on the WL but have not been added to the field, you must remove yourself from the WL to avoid paying a cancellation fee if added. You may log in to your account or call the office to remove yourself from a WL. Please watch your schedule carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member to play in GJG tournaments?

No. However, players will be limited in the number of tournaments they can play as a nonmember. Players may play up to TWO events as a nonmember during the Summer Series and ONE event during the Fall Series. Only select events will be allowed for nonmembers. Please be sure to check the Tournament Information page to see if nonmembers are permitted to play. Nonmembers WILL NOT be eligible for Season-Ending Championships. There are no restrictions for nonmembers during the Spring Series. Please note - tournament fees are higher for nonmembers.

What division do I choose?

We have 14 different divisions based on a player’s age and skill level. Please click here to view the different divisions. If you have questions, please contact our office.

How do I know which tournaments are for my division?

Not every tournament has every division. There is a “Search for Tournaments” button on the top right hand corner of the schedule. When you click on it, a drop down menu will appear. Select the appropriate division and click “submit.” A new list will provide all the tournaments for that specific division.

How many events can I play in?

There is no limit to the number of tournaments a player can play in. However, players will be limited to registering for six (6) Summer Series tournaments before May 16. On May 16, players can register for as many as they would like.

How do I qualify for a Season-Ending Championship?

Advanced division players will be eligible to qualify for the Grand Championship. Players must compete in at least three (3) Summer Series tournaments and will qualify based on the lowest adjusted scoring average in each division. Invitations will be sent out by the GJG staff.

Intermediate division players will be eligible to compete in a Regional Championship. Players must compete in at least three (3) Summer Series tournaments. The fields will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Players do not have to qualify based on points.

Beginner division players will be eligible to compete in the Beginner Championship. Players must compete in at least two (2) Summer Series tournaments. The field will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I have a caddie?

Players in the Intermediate 9-Hole divisions and Beginner divisions are allowed to have a caddie. Players in an 18-hole division ARE NOT allowed to have a caddie.

What is double par? Does my division have the double par rule?

The double par rule is the maximum number of strokes a player can take on a hole. On a par-3, the maximum number of strokes is six (6), a par-4 is eight (8) and a par-5 is 10. The double par rule is in effective for all those in the Intermediate Division.

Are distance measuring devices allowed?

Yes - all Georgia Junior Golf events allow the use of distance measuring devices that measure distance only.

When do I receive my tee time?

Tee times are released three (3) days prior to the tournament. You will receive your tee time via email and this will also be posted on the Tournament Information page.

When is the tournament deadline?

Typically events close at 11:59 p.m. three (3) days prior to the tournament. (example: for a tournament Monday, June 11, the deadline would be Thursday, June 7, at 11:59 p.m.) Please be sure to check the Tournament Information page for each specific event. Some events might have different deadlines.

How much does it cost to play in a tournament?

Entry fees are as follows: Spring Series (open to members and nonmembers for the same price) 18-hole - $60 9-hole - $40 Beginner - $20

Summer Series (nonmembers can only compete in TWO Summer Series tournaments) 18-hole - $30 member / $55 nonmember 9-hole - $20 member / $45 nonmember Beginner - $10 member / $25 nonmember

Fall Series (nonmembers can only compete in ONE Fall Series tournament) 18-hole - $60 member / $85 nonmember 9-hole - $40 member / $65 nonmember Beginner - $20 member / $45 nonmember

MAADA Tour Series Member $150 Nonmember $195

How do I cancel or withdraw from a tournament?

You can cancel the tournament through your Players Club account if it is before the cancellation deadline. You will receive a refund minus a cancellation fee. However, if there is another tournament you would like to play in, we can transfer the entry fee. If you want to transfer, YOU MUST CALL OR EMAIL US. If you cancel the tournament before contacting us we cannot transfer the entry fee. If you need to withdraw (after the cancellation deadline), please call or email us. You will not receive a refund, but we need to know you will not be at the tournament. If you do not, you will receive a NO SHOW. Please see our No Show/No Card policy here.