Policies

Note: The policies detailed below are in effect unless otherwise specified on the event home 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 (e.g., 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 home page for all events in which you plan to participate in before registering.

Caddies

Inclement Weather

Schedule Changes/Withdrawals

Carts

Max. 10 Strokes

Scoring

Code of Conduct

Membership Cancellation

Spectators

Communication

No Shows & No Cards

Spectators Carts

Competition

Pace of Play

Stand-By Status

Correct Division Policy

Player's Responsibilities

Starting Times

Double Par Rule

Points

Ties

Dress Code

Registration

 Waiting Lists

Driving Range

Rules Education Policy

 Walk-Around Rule

 

Caddies

Caddies are permitted in the Beginner Division and 9-Hole Club Division for Atlanta Junior Golf Tournaments. Caddies are permitted in the Boys 10 & Under and Girls 13 & Under divisions for all the other Tours. 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.

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:

   a. Should Work to have fun and keep the player having fun.

   b. Must conform to all code of conduct/dress code policies.

   c. Must refrain from over-coaching the participant for whom they are caddying.

   d. Must Allow the junior golfers to learn and play their own game.

   e. Should aid Tournament Staff in implementing the GJG Pace of Play Policy by helping your group to expedite play and search for golf balls.

   f. May assist their player with his/her scoring and marking for their fellow-competitor's score.

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

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Carts

Motorized carts are prohibited in ALL divisions and Tours. 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.

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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.

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Competition

All play is governed by the 2016-17 USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions and, where applicable, by Local Rules, Conditions and Definitions, subject to changes or amendments by the GJG Tournament Committee (2017 Rules of Play "Hard Card").

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 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[at]bluegolf[dot]us & info[at]georgiajuniorgolf[dot]org

Should the primary email address listed in your Players 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.

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Correct Division Policy

The Correct Division Policy ONLY applies Atlanta Junior Golf tournaments. 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, Rules competency and ensure current estimated stroke average falls within the guidelines provided on the Divisions and Fees 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 (2) scores that fall more than ten (10) strokes above or below the guidelines provided on the Divisions and Fees 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 or 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.

 

In the case of a transfer, the following will apply: (1) Points earned in the original division may be adjusted before competing in a new division, (2) no refunds will be given for events that have already been played, (3) 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, (4) contestants are responsible for paying any remaining balance that results from transferring event entry fees from one division to another, (5) no refunds or credits will be given to offset any remaining balance that results from transferring event entry fees from one division to another

  • 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.

 

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 along with those who fit in the division they chose while initially registering but, as a result of practice, improved their game significantly just before or during the Summer Series 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 above 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 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.

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Double Par Rule

The “Double Par Rule” applies to 9- and 18-Hole Club Divisions only and 18-Hole Boys 12 & Under* for Atlanta Junior Golf tournaments. The "Double Par Rule" applies to all divisions on the following Tours: Coastal Georgia, East Georgia, Middle Georgia, North Georgia, South Georgia, and West Georgia. The maximum number of strokes a player may record on any given hole is double par (e.g., Par 4 maximum score of 8). Once double par has been reached, the player must lift their ball, discontinue their play of the hole and continue from the next teeing ground.

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

 *Boys 12 & Under - Except for the Grand Championship. 

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Dress Code

Proper attire is required at all GJG tournaments, events, seminars, and/or functions. Required Dress: (a) hats/visors must be worn properly with the brim facing forward, (b) boys MUST remove hats/visors when indoors, (c) collared shirts must be worn and, for boys, tucked in at all times, (d) girls may wear shirts without collars, if the shirt is part of a coordinated outfit, (e) girls short length must be at or beyond the extended fingertips with arms hanging at sides. Prohibited Dress: (a) shoes with metal or traditionally designed spikes (penalty for wearing spikes is disqualification), (b) T-shirts, short shorts, denim of any kind, (c) headphones. 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.

> Dress Code Examples

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Driving Range

Events are sometimes held on days when a club'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.

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Inclement Weather

The decision to cancel an event is made by 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 required for a stipulated round (at least 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 satisfied the minimum requirements for a stipulated round detailed above. 

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 canceled event occurs at the conclusion of the season (e.g., it is the last event of the Summer Series), the requirement of a minimum of five events (in order to qualify for season-ending championships) may be waived for individual players, on a case-by-case basis. Because Player of the Year points are based on an average of points earned, no “make-up” points will be issued for a player who does not participate in the minimum of five events. Please note, however, that the divisor of five (events played) will not be reduced for players in these circumstances.

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Max. 10 Strokes (6shots - 4putts)

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 ten (10).

After playing their 6th 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 three) comes to rest in a bunker behind the green; he/she must lift the golf ball and place it without penalty at the front of the putting green; the next stroke played will be the player's seventh).

Once ten (10) strokes has been reached, the player must lift their ball, discontinue their play of the hole and continue from the next teeing ground.

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

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Membership Cancellation

Membership fees ($125 for Premium Membership, $70 Beginner Division Membership or $50 for Standard Membership) will, under no circumstances, be refunded after a request for membership is submitted and approved by Georgia Junior Golf. 

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No Shows (NS) and 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 score cards to the Georgia Junior Golf 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.

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Pace of Play

Rule 6-7 of the 2016-17 USGA Rules of Golf states: "The player must play without undue delay” and also provides the ability for the Committee (GJG) to set Pace of Play guidelines for a stipulated round, hole or shot.

Player’s themselves are responsible for maintaining their Pace of Play, position on the course and are also responsible, through this policy, like 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.

Player’s score cards 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.

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.

i. Groups must complete the play of each hole within the time par defined on the score card.

ii. 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 penalty:

  • 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

iii. Groups that are out of position and more than fifteen (15) minutes behind time par are subject to disqualification and liable to be removed from the golf course.

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

v. For groups that finish at or ahead of time par for the stipulated round; all Pace of Play penalties will be rescinded.      

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

  1. Difficulty and length of course / walks between holes
  2. GJG Pace of Play history for course
  3. Conditions of competition

Note: In all club 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.

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

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Player's Responsibilities

Rule 6 in the 2016-17 USGA 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 (water, etc.) 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. 

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Points

Player of the Year (POY) points are awarded to juniors based on their finish in each event of the Summer Series. Players finishing in first through nineteenth place within each respective age group will receive points as follows:

Points Per Finish
9-Hole Club 9-Hole Open 18-Hole Club 18-Hole Open
1st - 25
1st - 50 1st - 75 1st - 100
2nd - 22.5
2nd - 45
2nd - 67.5
2nd - 90
3rd - 20
3rd - 40
3rd - 60
3rd - 80
4th - 17.5
4th - 35
4th - 52.5
4th - 70
5th - 15
5th - 30
5th - 45
5th - 60
6th - 12.5 6th - 25 6th - 37.5 6th - 50
7th - 10 7th - 20 7th - 30 7th - 40
8th - 7.5 8th - 15 8th - 22.5 8th - 30
9th - 5 9th - 10 9th - 15 9th - 20
10th - 2.5 10th - 5 10th - 7.5 10th - 10
11th - 2.25 11th - 4.5 11th - 6.75 11th - 9
12th - 2 12th - 4 12th - 6 12th - 8
13th - 1.75 13th - 3.5 13th - 5.25 13th - 7
14th - 1.5 14th - 3 14th - 4.5 14th - 6
15th - 1.25 15th - 2.5 15th - 3.75 15th - 5
16th - 1 16th - 2 16th - 3 16th - 4
17th - 0.75 17th - 1.5 17th - 2.25 17th - 3
18th - 0.5 18th - 1 18th - 1.5 18th - 2
19th - 0.25 19th - 0.5 19th - 0.75 19th - 1

 

POY points are accumulated throughout the Summer Series based on performance in each daily event. These points are then used to calculate a POY points average. A player's POY points average is calculated by considering the average points earned while participating in five Summer Series tournaments. The total points earned during the junior's best five Summer Series events are divided by five (total points earned/five) to determine the player’s POY points average.

Should a junior participate in fewer than five events, his/her point total will still be divided by five. It is important to note that participation in a minimum of five events is required in order to be eligible to qualify for Season-Ending Championships. If a player participates in more than five events, his/her best five events (based on points earned) will be used to determine the POY points average.

Points are only awarded at events where a division has at least two (2) players present. If two players are not present in the division, a single player may play during the tournament and receive an award but Player of the Year points will not be awarded.

Points earned at Season-Ending Championships are worth double the normal value. For those who participate in a championship, final POY points averages are still computed using the best five events, which may include points earned during a championship.

 

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Registration

All players and spectators should check-in at the on-site registration table before each event at least 30 minutes before the player's designated tee time.

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Rules Education Policy

Georgia Junior Golf firmly believes that knowledge of the Rules of Golf is important for anyone who wishes to play and enjoy the game; most importantly 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 and 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 and can be completed before or after the Orientation/Rules Seminar (for those required to participate - see below).

18-Hole Quiz - 9-Hole Quiz - Beginner Quiz

First-year members and ALL Standard Membership members are required to take the online Orientation Seminar during their first year of participation with Georgia Junior Golf which will briefly outline organizational policies and procedures, as well as some etiquette and basic Rules information. There will be a 10 question quiz at the end of the presentation. Juniors MUST pass the quiz to meet the Orientation Seminar requirement. *The Orientation Seminar presentation will be available online by March 15*

Note: Beginner Divisions
Players are responsible for completing this Orientation Seminar during their first year of membership with Georgia Junior Golf and will fulfill the Rules Seminar requirement “second year” upon their graduation from the Beginner Division into a 9- or 18-Hole Division.

Second-year members are required to take the online Rules Seminar during their second year (or upon graduation from a Beginner Division) of participation with Georgia Junior Golf which will provide more in-depth coverage of the Rules of Golf. There will be a 15 question quiz at the end of the presentation. Juniors MUST pass the quiz to meet the Rules Seminar requirement. *The Rules Seminar presentation will be available online by March 15*

JUNIOR GOLFERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO FULFILL THE SEMINAR TO COMPETE IN A SPRING SERIES EVENT.

A junior golfer who fails to take a mandatory Orientation or Rules Seminar will be prohibited from participating in Summer Series events, without refund of his/her membership fee.

Junior golfers who have participated in BOTH an Orientation Seminar (during year one) and a Rules Seminar (during year two) are only required to take an online Rules of Golf Quiz before they are allowed to register for golf tournaments each subsequent year. Third-year members (and beyond) are not required to physically attend any seminar, but are welcome to do so if they desire. While participation for additional Rules Seminars is not mandatory, it is certainly encouraged, as the Rules of Golf are complex and change frequently.

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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 cancelation deadline. For WDs that meet the above criteria, you will be refunded your entry fee less an administrative charge. The adminstrative fees are the following: $10 for tournament entry fees ranging $15-$40, $20 for tournament entry fees ranging $45-$120 and $30 for tournament entry fees ranging $125-$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 cancelation deadline, your entry fee will NOT be refunded. You may, however, register for another event and pay the associated entry fee using the online registration system, if you choose to do so. 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 NS/NC policy listed above.

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Scoring

Rule 6-6 (a & b) of the 2016-17 USGA 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 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 card, countersign the card himself and return it to the scorer's table. To avoid the possibility of being disqualified, remain in the scoring area until your card has been checked and the scorer dismisses you.

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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! When courses prohibit spectators, play may be viewed only from the 1st and 10th tees and the 9th and 18th greens (spectators are not allowed on the golf course at any time during play). At courses where spectating is permitted, spectators are required to follow the Spectator Code of Conduct.

All spectators are required to check-in with the Staff at EVERY event to sign a spectator contract before proceeding onto the course. This contract represents your receipt and understanding of our 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 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.

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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 (e.g. poor weather conditions, lack of available carts at host site, ect.) and use of a cart is subject to final approval by the host facility. In order to avoid unnecessary distractions to play, all riders in the spectator cart must adhere to the following Spectator Cart Policy.

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Stand-By Status

For an event that is full, the first five (5) players on the waiting list for each division are deemed to be on "Stand-By Status." Players will be contacted via email shortly after 12:00 noon the day preceding an event with notification that they are on Stand-By Status.

After being placed on Stand-By Status you have the OPTION to arrive at the course at least one-half hour 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 Stand-By Status who decide to go to the course to stand-by will fill open spots on a first-come, first-served basis (the status on the waiting list is irrelevant once having arrived on-site).

There is NO guarantee that any Stand-By Status player will play. If there are no open spots available, stand-by 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 Stand-By Status by the GJG office may NOT go to the golf course and will not be allowed to play if they do so.

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Starting Times

Tee times are available online by logging into your online account and viewing the tournaments you are scheduled to play. Summer Series tee times are typically available seven (7) days before your event. You will receive an e-mail from our office detailing your tee time as soon as it is available.

Rule 6-3a of the 2016-17 USGA 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.

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Ties

Where applicable, ties for awarded positions will be decided by a hole-by-hole playoff and/or by a match of cards (see 2016-17 USGA 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.

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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 WL 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 WL communicates to our office that you would like to participate in that particular event, even if 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 12:00 noon the day preceding the event. Should a spot become available after 12:00 noon the day before an event, we will contact you by phone before adding you to the field.

Once added to the field, you must follow the directions above (Schedule Changes) 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 online account or call the office to remove yourself from a WL (watch your schedule carefully).

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Walk-Around Rule

The walk-around rule applies to the Beginner Division and the 9-Hole Club Division only. A player having difficulty crossing a water hazard should follow this procedure: after the first ball enters the water hazard, water hazard relief must be taken under penalty of one stroke in accordance with Rule 26-1. After the second ball enters the water hazard, water hazard relief must again be taken under penalty of one stroke in accordance with Rule 26-1. After correctly taking relief for the second time under the Rules, the player may choose to lift the ball, adding an additional penalty of one stroke, and walk around the water hazard and drop the ball at the nearest point on the other side of the water hazard that enables the player to play his/her next shot without having to negotiate the hazard.

  • Note 1: This procedure is an Georgia Junior Golf local rule for the specified divisions only and does NOT reflect the proper application of the Rules of Golf.
  • Note 2: The walk-around rule is available as an option to the player so long as the junior is not delaying play. A player may choose to continue until he/she has negotiated the hazard, however, if his/her group is out of position and behind on time, the player must utilize this procedure if a second ball enters the same water hazard during play of a particular hole.
  • Note 3: A player may opt to walk around after the first ball enters the water hazard, but will be assessed the same number of penalty strokes as if he/she played two shots into the water hazard (e.g., if a player's first shot on a par-three enters a water hazard, and he/she decides to utilize the walk-around rule without playing a second shot, he/she will still be playing his/her sixth shot from the opposite side of the hazard).

 

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

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