Scpga junior Tour Handbook




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Square One • Garb Junior Development League • Players Tour • Toyota Tour Cup Series



2014

SCPGA Junior Tour Handbook






Southern California PGA Staff
Tom Addis III, PGA - Executive Director/CEO

David Myrdahl - Foundation/Operations Director

Andrew Zeller – Junior Golf Director

Mike Mowry – Assistant Junior Golf Director

Christopher Gilkey– Junior Golf Manager

Max DeSpain – Junior Golf Manager

Kevin Smith – Junior Golf Manager

Kristine Lorencz - Junior Golf Assistant



www.scpgajrtour.com

3333 Concours Street, Bldg 2, Ste 2100, Ontario, CA 91764

Office: (951) 845-4653 Fax: (951) 331-4701

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Table of Contents

Page

Welcome 3

Rules & Regulations 3

Membership 5

  • Square One 5

  • Garb JDL 5

  • Players Tour 6

  • Toyota Tour Cup 6

  • Playing Up 7

Points 8

Tournaments 9

  • Entry & Cancellation 11

  • Starting Times 11

  • Post-Entry Procedure – Day of Event 12

  • No Shows 12

  • Withdraws 12

  • Dress Code 12

  • Pace of Play 12

  • Use of Distance Measuring Devices 15

  • Spectator Policy 15

  • Disabled Spectator Car Policy 16

  • Cheating Policy 16

  • Playoff Procedures 17

  • Inclement Weather Policy 17

Traveling Teams 17

Qualifiers 18

Banquet of Champions and Special Awards 20

Partners of the SCPGA Junior Tour 21

Welcome to the 2014 season
The Southern California PGA Junior Tour is looking forward to another full calendar year of many playing opportunities spread throughout the Southern California region in 2014. The SCPGA will offer a large magnitude of competitive events for a variety of ages and skill-levels throughout the region. With the four-tiered program that the Junior Tour offers, it allows for all sets of players to find the perfect fit for each junior. The tiered program features the Toyota Tour Cup, Players Tour, Garb Junior Development League, and Square One which are all highlighted in the following pages with details regarding each program. Included in each 2014 membership, junior members will have the opportunity to establish an official Handicap Index through the SCGA.
The SCPGA Handbook will be your guide to the SCPGA Junior Tour. This document will contain the rules, regulations, structures, and guidelines that oversee the SCPGA Junior Tour. It is VITAL that you read and understand this document. If you have any questions please contact the SCPGA Junior Tour staff who will be happy to assist you. We look forward to seeing you on the course in 2014.
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS:


  1. The USGA Rules of Golf will govern play at all times. The Conditions of Competition and Local Rules on the SCPGA Junior Tour Hard Card are also in effect.




  1. All members are required to take and pass a Rules Exam before entering any SCPGA Junior Tour event. There are Rules Exams for the Garb JDL, Players Tour and Toyota Tour Cup that are required prior to participation at that level.




  1. Players and parents should always conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen while at a tournament site. Remember, we are the guests of the host facilities, and the SCPGA needs the courses more than the courses need the SCPGA Junior Tour.




  1. Slow play will not be tolerated. Always be ready to play when it is your turn and be sure that your group maintains its position with the group in front of yours. Please refer to the Tour Hard Card and Pace of Play policy in this Handbook on page 12. Groups that fall behind will be subject to penalty under the Rules of Golf.




  1. All players must check in at registration at least 30 minutes prior to their starting time. Failure to arrive at the tee ready to play at your designated starting time may result in a penalty or disqualification under the Rules of Golf (Rule 6-3).




  1. Do not leave your clubs unattended. The SCPGA and the host facilities are NOT responsible for any lost or stolen items.




  1. Caddies are not permitted.




  1. Junior Tour Members are forbidden to ride in golf carts in all Junior Tour events, unless being shuttled by an official SCPGA Staff member or a designated shuttle. Players (all age divisions) may use pull carts if they are permitted at the host course. Motorized carts of any kind are prohibited.




  1. Distance measuring devices will be allowed in competitions. The use of cell phones, iPods, blackberry’s, etc. during competition is forbidden and will result in a general penalty and /or disqualification. Spectators are asked to NOT use cell phones during competition, and to keep ringers in the “off” or “vibrate” mode.




  1. Golf etiquette is an essential part of the game. Members and parents are expected to behave in accordance with the Rules of Golf. Players must be careful not to damage greens when putting down golf bags, the flagstick, or with shoes or clubs. Players are responsible for replacing divots, repairing ball marks and raking bunkers. Not adhering to this guideline could result in a serious breach of etiquette (Rule 33-7) and result in disqualification.



  1. Any misconduct or unbecoming behavior by the Junior Member or their parent/guardian may result in the immediate disqualification of the player from the event, or the removal of the parent/guardian from the facility. Examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to, throwing clubs, use of vulgar or obscene language, smoking, drinking, use of tobacco, littering, abuse of SCPGA Staff, volunteers, or PGA Members. If you witness any unbecoming behavior, please report it immediately to the SCPGA Staff on-site. Excessive and continued abuse of SCPGA Rules and Regulations by a Junior Member or Parent will result in a hearing with the SCPGA Advisory Committee and /or suspension or expulsion from the SCPGA Junior Tour. If a junior or a parent is suspended, the suspension may last throughout the end of the calendar year. The Junior/Parent may reapply for Membership/reinstatement the following year, and may appeal the Advisory Committee’s decision. Notification of any suspension or expulsion will be forwarded to the AJGA & USGA.



Membership
Membership is open to all juniors between the ages of 5 to 18 (18 year olds are eligible to participate through the end of the Summer Series –August 31, or until they begin attending college, whichever comes first). All members must complete the Membership Application including the Rules Exam each year which is all made available online. All new members must provide the SCPGA with a verification of age (copy of birth certificate or passport). Membership is based on the calendar year (expires December 31). Membership is subject to suspension or cancellation by the SCPGA Foundation and the Junior Golf Advisory Committee for violation of any SCPGA Junior Tour Rules and Regulations. Membership dues entitle member access to SCPGA sanctioned events, year-round SCGA Handicap services, and official SCPGA Junior Tour membership gifts.
Membership is structured into four tiers to

accommodate juniors of every skill level:


SQUARE ONE:
The new Square One program will create a fun, social, and safe environment where kids can learn to play the game of golf. The SCPGA will incorporate beginner instruction in a group dynamic allowing kids to learn with other individuals their own age and skill level.
The SCPGA plans on developing Square One teams in YMCA’s, Parks & Recreation departments, and Boys and Girls clubs throughout Southern California. Individuals will be subject to a series of practices/lessons with a PGA member. For information regarding the revamped program please contact Kevin Smith, (ksmith@pgahq.com).
Ages: 5-10
Garb JDL (JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE):

The Garb Junior Development League offers juniors a place to play in a semi-competitive environment. Weekly nine-hole events are held on par-3, executive and regulation courses. Juniors must play in the individual stroke-play events to qualify for graduation to the Players Tour. Three (3) scores of 8-over par or better must be shot within a calendar year, as well as showing proficiency in the rules and etiquette of golf. 7&8 year olds must remain in the Garb JDL until their ninth birthday.



Ages: 7-18

Membership Fee: $95



Players Tour
The Players Tour is the flagship level of our program. Formally titled the Junior Tour, the Players Tour is designed to serve juniors that have a wide range of playing ability – for juniors that have advanced through the JDL to those looking to earn an invite into the Toyota Tour Cup Series. Players will strive to improve their game while gaining competitive experience. Playing opportunities are available throughout Southern California at a variety of courses. Juniors compete within their age divisions, and earn points for the Player of the Year standings.
Spring Series: January 1 – May 31, 2014

Age Divisions: Determined by the players age as of the last day of the Series (May 31, 2014).

Points: Points will be awarded for top ten finishes in recognized events (Points breakdown on page 8).

Bridgestone Series Championship: Players finishing in First Place in any recognized event during the Spring Series are eligible to compete in the Bridgestone Spring Series Championship. (Typically played the last weekend in May)
Summer Series: June 1 – August 31, 2014

Age Divisions: Determined by the players age as of the last day of the Series (August 31, 2014).

Points: Points will be awarded for top ten finishes in recognized events.

Bridgestone Series Championship: Players finishing in First Place in any recognized event during the Summer Series are eligible to compete in the Bridgestone Summer Series Championship. (Typically played the last weekend in August)
Fall Series: September 1 – December 31, 2014

Age Divisions: Determined by the players age as of the last day of the Series (December 31, 2014).

Points: Points will be awarded for top ten finishes in recognized events.

Bridgestone Series Championship: Players finishing in First Place in any recognized event during the Fall Series are eligible to compete in the Bridgestone Fall Series Championship. (Typically played the second weekend in December)
Ages: 9-18

Membership Fee: $140

TOYOTA TOUR CUP:

The Toyota Tour Cup Series is a series of two-day events hosted at some of Southern California’s premier facilities showcasing the elite level of junior golf. Membership for the Toyota Tour Cup is Invitation Only. There are multiple avenues available to earn playing privileges on the TTC. Juniors are invited based on one of the following criteria’s: from the previous year’s Players Tour point standings (refer to “Series Breakdown”), Toyota Tour Cup Qualifying Schools (Spring, Summer, Fall) and final Toyota Tour Cup point standings from the previous year. In addition, the top players from the following junior golf organizations will be individually invited: Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Northern California, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Ventura County, Washington, and Canada. All Toyota Tour Cup events are nationally ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, as well as recognized by AJGA for Performance Based Entry status. Eight 2014 Toyota Tour Cup Events will be ranked by GolfWeek, including the Toyota Tour Cup Championship and both Invitational events. All Toyota Tour Cup events are 36-54 hole events, with a Boys (12-18) and Girls (12-18) division. Boys compete from the Championship tees (6600-7000+ yards), and girls compete from the middle tees (5700-6100+).


The 2014 Toyota Tour Cup Series will offer a schedule of 28 events throughout the year, with a few changes coming with the new season. An important change has occurred to The Player of the Year point structure; now the top 15 finishers in each tournament will be receiving points. The new point system breakdown is listed below on page ten to review. Even though the top 15 at each tournament will be receiving points now, you must still have a top 10 finish to retain TTC membership. New additions came to the schedule and the TTC will be visiting Las Vegas for the first time and conducting two tournaments. The first tournament in Nevada will be held at Rio Secco Golf Club which hosted the Wendy’s 3-tour Challenge and the second at The Badlands over three days, 54 holes, featuring SCPGA Alum and PGA Tour player Bob May. An additional opportunity has been added to gain TTC membership in 2014 as well; now the top three (3) boys and girls point leaders from the Two-Day series on the Players Tour will receive a Toyota Tour Cup exemption for the remainder of the season. The TTC is also bringing back The Challenge Cup which will be comprised of the top ten (10) boys and girls from the TTC Player of Year points list leading up to the Tour Championship. The players invited to participate in The Challenge Cup will be placed on a two-person team (one boy, one girl) and will compete in four ball and foursomes. This event is created to offer all top players from the season an exciting and rewarding competition outside of the normal yearlong stroke play tournaments. The TTC will be offering more events with 54-holes, having a total of six tournaments on the calendar set for three rounds. Four events throughout the year will be expanded player field events consisting of 90 player boys field and 45 player girls field, being held at 36-hole facilities. Two of the 28 events will be College Showcase events which will be open only to individuals with that are current High School Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors. Finally, the SCPGA will host two Toyota Tour Cup Invitational and will invite the top 90 nationally ranked junior golfers within Southern California to compete in a two-day, 54-hole competition. Individuals will play 36 holes on the first day and 18 holes on the second.

Three ways to gain entry to the Toyota Tour Cup:

1.       Toyota Tour Cup Qualifying School: 36-hole qualifying event for a year-long exemption to the Toyota Tour Cup. Ten percent (10%) of the final field size (boys and girls) will earn an exemption. No age divisions. One Qualifying School is held in each series (Spring, Summer, Fall). *Points WILL NOT BE awarded for Qualifying School

2.       Local Qualifiers: Each Toyota Tour Cup tournament will have a local Qualifier (All College Showcase and Invitational tournaments will not have local qualifiers). Approximately six (6) boys and four (4) girls will earn exemptions to a specific Toyota Tour Cup tournament. A player may then be invited for a full-year membership with a top-ten finish in the Toyota Tour Cup played. *Points WILL BE awarded for qualifiers

3.       Players Tour Series Points Toyota Tour Cup Invitations will be extended to the following:

Spring Series (January 1st -May 31st)

Boys 12-13: top 3; Boys 14-15: top 5; Boys 16-18: top 5

Girls 12-14: top 3; Girls 15-18: top 5

Summer Series (June 1st –August 31st)

Boys 12-13: top 4; Boys 14-15: top 7; Boys 16-18: top 7

Girls 12-14: top 4; Girls 15-18: top 7

Fall Series (September 1st – December 31st)

Boys 12-13: top 3; Boys 14-15: top 5; Boys 16-18: top 5

Girls 12-14: top 3; Girls 15-18: top 5

*Each year a player must earn a top-ten finish in a Toyota Tour Cup event to be invited back for membership the following year.

**Exemptions will run through the current calendar year and next calendar year, i.e. if a player qualifies on May 27th, 2014 they will be exempt through the 2014 season and all of the 2015 season.

Ages: 12-18

Membership Fee: $230
PLAYING UP

Players are required to play in the proper age division for the current series. Players may, at their discretion, petition the SCPGA Junior Tour permission to “play up” into an older age division. The request form can be found on scpgajrtour.com under About>Forms and Applications. If the request is granted, the junior will be required to participate in the older age division for the remainder of the year. The request to play-up form must be completed and sent to Chris Gilkey via email or fax (cgilkey@pgahq.com or 951-331-4701). The individual will only be allowed to compete in an older age division if and when the request has been granted. The decision to move a player up is at the sole discretion of the SCPGA Junior Tour Staff, and will be determined based on skill level and maturity level.


POINTS:

Points are awarded to the top ten finishers (and ties) in any SCPGA sanctioned or recognized event.

Each Series (Spring, Summer, and Fall) will have its own Point Rankings.

Spring Series: January 1 – May 31, 2014

Summer Series: June 1 – August 31, 2014

Fall Series: September 1 – December 31, 2014


THE PLAYERS TOUR

2014 POINTS BREAKDOWN
18 Hole Breakdown

Points

Place

10-15 Players

16-20 Players

21-25 Players

26+ Players

1

50

60

70

80

2

40

50

60

70

3

30

40

50

60

4

20

30

40

50

5

10

20

30

40

6

5

10

15

20

7

5

10

15

20

8

5

10

15

20

9

5

10

15

20

10

5

10

15

20

36 Hole Breakdown



Points

Place

10-15 Players

16-20 Players

21-25 Players

26+ Players

1

100

120

140

160

2

80

100

120

140

3

60

80

100

120

4

40

60

80

100

5

20

40

60

80

6

10

20

30

40

7

10

20

30

40

8

10

20

30

40

9

10

20

30

40

10

10

20

30

40
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