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World Class Junior Golf

The North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation provides affordable, high level competitions for all junior golfers from North Carolina as well as other states and countries. Tournaments are combined to form the North Carolina Junior Tour.

Playing Divisions

NCJGF playing divisions include High School Boys, Middle School Boys and Girls. Middle school players include junior golfers who are in the 6th, 7th or 8th grades and who have not yet turned 15. Once a middle school student turns 15, he or she may no longer compete in the middle school division. A division must have a minimum of 5 qualified entrants. Players may elect to “play up” into older divisions with the approval of a tournament director. Such approval needs to be requested at time of entry. Younger players that demonstrate exceptional playing capability and maturity may be granted special status to compete.

Format of Tournaments

All events are stroke play unless otherwise noted.

The competition is 36 holes of stroke play consisting of four 9-hole stipulated rounds. If a round can not be completed due to darkness/weather, the round will be 9 holes.

Terms of Entry Acceptance

  • Members must register for events before the closing date determined by the NCJGF to assure acceptance into an event.
  • Tournament entry is available to members only. Membership information must be complete and parental consent and waiver of liability acceptance must be completed before a player may compete.
  • Full payment of entry fees must be provided online at the time of entry for entry to be considered complete.
  • Entries will not be accepted via phone or fax.
  • A member must be in good standing with the Foundation in order to participate in events.

Starting Times and Pairings

Starting times and official pairings will be posted on the NC Junior Golf Foundation website two days prior to an event.

Tournament Registration/Check-in

Players are requested to check-in at designated event registration tables at least 30 minutes prior to their tee time.

Discontinuing Play

Competitors are permitted to discontinue play in accordance with Rule 6-8 (USGA Rules of Golf). The tournament committee and host club superintendent may also discontinue play.

Any interruption of play is noted by a siren blast. When play is discontinued, a competitor should mark and lift his/her ball.

When play is discontinued for a dangerous situation, a competitor who is between the play of two holes may not resume play until the committee has ordered a resumption of play.

Continuation of play is signaled by two blasts of a siren (or when directed by a tournament director).

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are not included in tournament entry fees. Some courses offer special junior practice round rates to tournament participants. Players should contact the host golf course directly to make practice round tee times.

Use of Caddies/Pull Carts/Motorized Transportation

Use of caddies is not permitted at any regular NCJGF event.

Players may use non-motorized pull carts at any event, provided that they are permitted by the host club.

Players are not permitted to use motorized transportation (golf carts) during the course of play. Use of unauthorized motorized transportation during the course of play will result in disqualification.

Ties and Playoffs

Whenever possible, a tie for first place will be decided by a sudden death playoff. It is each player’s responsibility to know where they stand and to be prepared for a playoff upon completion of regulation play.

Ties for all other places will be decided by matching of scorecards.

Awards

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each tournament division.

Top performing players will also be recognized with year end awards upon completion of the final spring tournament. Awards include recognizing the player with the lowest scoring differential, and points leaders based on tournament finishes. To be eligible for season ending awards, players must be in good standing and must have completed no less than 60% of tournament rounds.

Inclement Weather

There will be no refunds for weather related cancellations once play has started for the tournament. Every attempt will be made to complete an event. If the course is open, we will play.

Withdrawals & Entry Fee Refunds

Players who withdraw from an event prior to the close of entries will receive a refund of the entry fees paid, less a $25.00 administrative fee. Players who withdraw from an event after the stated closing date, but more than 72 hours before the date of the event, will receive a refund of 50% of the entry fees, up to a maximum of $50.00. No refunds are available to players who withdraw within 72 hours of the date of an event.

NOTE: At times a golf course may require that the Foundation provide the field size to the host facility sooner than 72 hours prior to the start date of an event. When this happens, an exception to the withdrawal and refund policies will be noted on the tournament information page.

Spectator Carts

When permitted by the host club, spectator carts may be available. Food, umbrellas, rain gear and clothing may be carried on spectator carts. A player’s clubs may not be placed on a spectator cart during the course of play. Players may not ride on spectator carts during the course of play.

Rules

USGA rules govern play at all events.

Tournament rules sheets are posted at the starter’s desk/check-in area and will also be posted at the tournament page online.

Generally rules include:

  • The “One-Ball Rule” is not in effect.
  • Embedded ball relief is “through the green” except in sand not in closely mowed areas.
  • Regular water hazards are identified by yellow stakes and may also be defined by yellow lines. Stakes and lines are deemed to be in a hazard.
  • Lateral water hazards are identified by red stakes and may be also be defined by red lines. Stakes and lines are deemed to be in a hazard.
  • Ground under repair is defined by white lines. White-lined areas tying into a cart path are deemed to be part of that obstruction.
  • Out of bounds is defined by the inside points of white stakes at ground level and other items as defined in the local rule sheet.
  • Non-metal spikes are required at events.

Playing a Second Ball

Doubt as to Procedure/Second Ball--Stroke play only, Rule 3-3 is in effect.

Before proceeding under this rule a player must:

  • Declare his/her intentions to invoke this rule.
  • Declare which ball he/she will score with if the Rules permit. See Rule 3-3 for complete details. A second ball played under Rule 3-3 is not a provisional ball. Player must report all facts to the committee.

Measuring Devices

Distance measuring devices that measure distance only are allowed for tournament play. If a device is used that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions (gradient, wind-speed, temperatures, etc.) the players is in breach of rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such functions are actually used.

Code of Conduct

The NCJGF expects all competitors to adhere to the “Etiquette and Behavior on the Course” section of the USGA Rules of Golf. Entries are subject to rejection at any time, including during an event, by the NCJGF or the host club. The reason for rejection may include unbecoming conduct, did not start (DNS) or no card (NC). Failure to follow the NCJGF Code of Conduct may result in a competitor’s suspension from participation in future NCJGF competitions.

Some examples of Code of Conduct violations include:

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct, including abusive language, cheating, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers, officials, fellow competitors and abuse of host facility property.
  • Failure to adhere to NCJGF and/or host facility dress codes.
  • Generally disruptive behavior, acting in anger and creating other distractions.

Alcohol, Tobacco, & Drugs

The use of any of these substances on the golf course or at host facilities will be considered a breach of the Code of Conduct resulting in disqualification and/or suspension of NCJGF membership at the Foundation’s absolute discretion.

Dress Code

The NCJGF defers to the dress code of the host club but also enforces its own code. Unsuitable attire at tournaments, and practice rounds, includes shirts without collars, pants or shorts made of denim, shorts less than 5” above the knee, tank tops, T-shirts and cutoffs. Caps must be worn brim forward. Attire that may be considered offensive, distracting to other players, parents, spectators of the host facility are prohibited.

A competitor whose dress does not conform to the NCJGF, or host facility‘s dress code will be asked to change prior to his/her starting time. The penalty for non-compliance is disqualification.

Non Metal Spikes

Only golf shoes with non-metal, or soft spikes, are permitted at NCJGF events.

Pace of Play

Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The Player shall play without undue delay and in the accordance with the pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the committee, ” and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play. In order to prevent such a penalty, we suggest that you review carefully the following guidelines.

Allotted Time

Groups will be required to play at no more than the allotted time published for the event. The allotted time for each course will be determined prior to each event and posted in a prominent location at the tournament site.

Definition of “Out of Position”

The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind their allotted time.

Any following group will be considered out of position if it (a) is taking more than the allotted time to play and (b) reaches the tee of a par 3 hole and the hole is clear, fails to clear the tee of a par 4 hole before the preceding group clears the putting green or arrives at the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.

Group Notification

Groups MAY BE NOTIFIED when they are out of position and given an opportunity to regain their position. If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes a group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position in a reasonable time [within two holes]. If a group fails to regain their position, they will be notified and subject to being timed.

Timing

A group may be monitored or timed for compliance with this pace of play guideline if it is “out of position.” When a group is “out of position” a player in the group is expected to play any stroke within 40 seconds.

Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stroke will begin when he has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his ball, it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

On the putting green, timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace his ball, repair his ball mark and other ball marks on his line of putt and remove loose impediments on his line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

NOTE: The Committee reserves the right, at any time, to time a group when the Committee deems it necessary. Players should also be aware that the Committee may assess a “bad time” to a player in a group which is out of position if the player makes no effort to help his group get back in position. An example of this would be a player who unduly delays play between shots.

Pace of Play Penalties

The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group out of position who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke when it is his turn to play:

Stroke Play

One bad timing gives a warning.

A second bad timing is given one penalty stroke.

A third bad timing is given two penalty strokes.

A fourth bad timing is given Disqualification.

NOTE: If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous timings of more than 40 seconds will be carried over for the remainder of that round, in the event that the group requires additional monitoring.