Gain Experience - Prep Tour

Gain Experience - Prep Tour

Prep Tour

OVERVIEW

The Junior Prep Tour is our entry level tour for junior golfers from ages 9-18 who are looking to make the jump from Team Golf and other entry level junior programs to the next level of competition.  Players must have some previous tournament experience and golf knowledge to be eligible for the Prep Tour. The Prep Tour provides a competitive, yet fun tournament atmosphere, encompassing a nine month season of golf played on some of South Florida’s best golf courses.  The Prep Tour is a great way for junior golfers to gain competitive playing experience.

AGE DIVISIONS

Boys 9-10
Boys 11-12
Boys 13-18
Girls 9-10
Girls 11-12
Girls 13-18

COST PER EVENT

$55.00

   

 

Membership Registration Opened January 3, 2018


The South Florida PGA requires all juniors to become members of the SFPGA Foundation.  This is an annual $50 membership fee that includes a golf shirt, hat, towel, cooler and more. 

Returning Members: 2017 South Florida PGA members will be able to use their 2017 login and password to sign in and register for 2018 membership.  

New Members: Once you have applied for membership, South Florida PGA Staff will approve the membership and you will receive an email with a login-in and password to sign up for events.

Please click on the link below to register for 2018 membership.  

Membership Registration

 

Tournament Registration

Registration will open four weeks prior to the event, and close five days prior to the event. Please view the schedule to see upcoming events.

Eligibility

The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour is open to junior golfers age 9-18 who have some previous tournament experience and golf knowledge. Players will not be permitted to join the Prep Tour prior to their 9th birthday, and will not be allowed to play in any Tour events on or after their 19th birthday.
 

Recommended Average Score: 110 or lower  

Yardages

Boys 9-10     (4,800-5,000 yards)               
Boys 11-12   (5,200-5,500 yards)
Boys 13-18   (5,800-6,200 yards)


Girls 9-10     (4,500-4,700 yards) 
Girls 11-12   (4,800-5,000 yards)
Girls 13-18   (5,200-5,500 yards)  

MOVING TO CHALLENGE TOUR 

Our goal is to place each junior golfer in the south Florida section in the correct environment based on their current skill level. Any player age 11 and up who begins on our Junior Prep Tour, must compete in a minimum of THREE Prep Tour events to be eligible to move to the Challenge Tour with committee approval.  That player must also meet specific scoring requirements in order to advance.  Once a player joins the Challenge Tour, they are not eligible for the Prep Tour moving forward.

Scoring Requirements:

Boys 11-18 – 77.99
Girls 11-18 – 81.99

Membership Registration is now open! Click here to register.

2018 Schedule

 
Event Site Date Registration Deadline
Prep Tour Event #1 Country Club of Coral Springs February 11 February 6
Prep Tour Event #2 Weston Hills Country Club (Players Course) March 11 March 6
Prep Tour Event #3 Eastpointe Country Club (West Course) March 24 March 19
Prep Tour Event #4 Pembroke Lakes Country Club April 14 April 9
Prep Tour Event #5 Cypress Woods Country Club May 13 May 8
Junior PGA Champ Qualifier Wycliffe Golf & Country Club May 26 May 21
Junior PGA Champ Qualifier Trump National Doral (Red Course) June 3 May 21
Junior PGA Champ Qualifier Vineyards Country Club June 3 May 21
Junior PGA Championship Broken Sound Club - Old Course June 12-13 June 7
Prep Tour Event #6 Mayacoo Lakes Country Club June 21 June 16
Prep Tour Event #7 Naples Beach Club July 14 July 9
Prep Tour Event #8 The Preserve at Ironhorse July 26 July 21
Prep Tour Event #9 The Club at Ibis (Heritage Course) August 12 August 7
Prep Tour Event #10 Eagle Lakes Golf Club September 15 September 10
Prep Tour Event #11 Sandridge Golf Club (Dunes Course) October 13 October 8
Prep Tour Event #12 Wellington National Golf Club November 3 October 29

Policies


For a printable version of the Policies & Procedures, click here.


Eligibility

  • Age Guidelines (Prep Tour)

The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour is open to junior golfers age 9-18.  9-10 year olds are eligible for the SFPGA Prep Tour ONLY. Players will not be permitted to join the Prep Tour prior to their 9th birthday, and will not be allowed to play in any Tour events on or after their 19th birthday. 

  •  Age Guidelines (Challenge & Championship Tour)

The South Florida PGA Junior Tours are open to junior golfers age 11-18.  11-12 year olds are eligible for the SFPGA Challenge Tour ONLY. Players will not be permitted to join the Challenge Tour prior to their 11th birthday, and will not be allowed to play in any Tour events (either Championship or Challenge) on or after their 19th birthday.
 
*The committee reserves the right to admit a player under the age of 11 if they feel that the player has presented an EXCEPTIONAL playing history and their caliber of play EXCEEDS the requirements to compete on the Challenge Tour.
 
Any player under the age of 11 who wishes to compete on the SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour must submit a formal resume including recent tournament playing history to the Junior Golf Director, Jake Weir via email (jweir@pgahq.com) or fax (561.729.0914). All resumes will be reviewed by the committee. Complete formal resume must be submitted prior to applying for SFPGA Foundation membership. 

  • Residential Requirements

Tour members must reside within the South Florida Section boundaries, which include the following counties: Indian River, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Charlotte, Glades, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Any junior attending/boarding year round at a golf academy located within the South Florida Section will be eligible to compete on the South Florida PGA Junior Tour based on written documentation provided by the academy.
Students enrolled in college are not permitted to join either Tour, or participate in Junior Tour events but are eligible to compete in our collegiate division.

  • Tour Guidelines (Prep Tour)

 Prep Tour - The Junior Prep Tour is our entry level tour for junior golfers from ages 9-18 who are looking to make the jump from Team Golf and other entry level junior programs to the next level of competition.  Players must have some previous tournament experience and golf knowledge to be eligible for the Prep Tour.
           
Recommended Average Score: 110 or lower 
South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour Age Divisions
The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour is open to the following age divisions:
Boys 9-10     (4,800-5,000 yards)                Girls 9-10     (4,500-4,700 yards)
Boys 11-12   (5,200-5,500 yards)                Girls 11-12   (4,800-5,000 yards)
Boys 13-18   (5,800-6,200 yards)                Girls 13-18   (5,200-5,500 yards)

  •  Tour Guidelines (Challenge Tour)

Challenge Tour – The Challenge Tour is our competitive level tour for junior golfers from ages 11-18 advancing from Team Golf or the Prep Tour in their careers with the SFPGA.  Players must have some previous tournament experience with Team Golf, Prep Tour or other junior golf organizations to be eligible for the Challenge Tour. Any player who is new to the SFPGA Junior Tour must start off on the Prep Tour or Challenge Tour in order to earn status on the Championship Tour. 

South Florida PGA Challenge Tour Age Divisions
The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is open to the following age divisions:
Boys 11-12   (5,600-5,900 yards)                Girls 11-12   (5,100-5,400 yards)
Boys 13-15   (6,300-6,700 yards)                Girls 13-15   (5,600-5,900 yards)
Boys 16-18   (6,300-6,700 yards)                Girls 16-18   (5,600-5,900 yards)
 
The 13-15 and 16-18 age divisions for Boys and Girls will play from the same set of tees and are eligible to compete for the Overall Championship of a tournament.  1st and 2nd place winners will be selected in each separate age division.  One Boy and one Girl overall winner will be awarded in the 13-18 age divisions.  Once awarded, this individual is not eligible to receive an award in his/her age division.  The Boys and Girls 11-12 division will also have an opportunity to play up a division in the Overall, if the request is cleared through the Junior Golf Committee prior to the start of play. 

  • Tour Guidelines (Championship Tour)

Championship Tour – The Championship Tour is our elite level junior tour for junior golfers from ages 13-18.  The Championship Tour plays at a longer yardage and provides a more challenging test of golf for juniors who are looking to take their game to the next level. 
 
Eligibility is based on scoring average and Player of the Year points from previous year. Exempt and conditional status will be awarded.  Players may also earn status on the Championship Tour by competing in at least three Challenge Tour events and having their scoring average fall in the appropriate perimeters. Players who have played previous to 2017 and did not compete in 2017 will be subject to approval based on committee discretion.
  
*Any player holding EXEMPT status on the SFPGA Championship Junior Tour will NOT be eligible to compete on the Prep or Challenge Tour.

South Florida PGA Championship Tour Age Divisions
Boys 13-15   (6600-7000+ yards)                Girls 13-15   (5800-6000+ yards)
Boys 16-18   (6600-7000+ yards)                Girls 16-18   (5800-6000+ yards)
 
The 13-15 and 16-18 age divisions for Boys and Girls will play from the same set of tees and are eligible to compete for the Overall Championship of the tournament. 1st and 2nd place winners will be selected in each separate age division.  One Boy and one Girl overall winner will be awarded in the 13-18 age divisions.  Once awarded, this individual is not eligible to receive an award in his/her age division. 
 
Three ways to gain entry to the Championship Tour:
1.       Previous Year’s South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour Performance:

Exempt:
Boys 13-18 – 81.99 or better scoring average top 25 in POY points
Girls 13-18 – 84.99 or better scoring average and top 10 in POY points

2.       Current South Florida PGA Junior Tour Performance: Players must compete in a minimum of three Challenge Tour events in order to be considered for the Championship Tour.  If a player meets the specific scoring requirements after that time, he/she may be granted access to the Championship Tour. Once a player is awarded Championship Tour status, he/she may not return to the Challenge Tour.
 
*Members must be 13 to be considered for the Championship Tour.  Members competing in the Boys or Girls 11-12 divisions on the Challenge Tour are not eligible to compete on the Championship Tour unless they declare to play up in age division on the Challenge Tour (see page 12).
 
The committee reserves the rights to change a player’s status on either the Challenge or Championship Tours at any time during the season based on their performance.  The committee also reserves the right to allow individuals outside of the age requirements to compete in a higher division.
 
Conditional Status – Conditional Status members are juniors who are looking to make the move from Challenge Tour to Championship Tour.  If a Conditional Status player meets the scoring criteria, they will be eligible to register for any Challenge Tour event that is open.  Conditional Status players may also sign up for Championship Tour events three weeks prior to the registration deadline if space is available.  Players holding Conditional Status will be asked to play in two tour events before being placed on the tour that fits their scoring average.  Once a player’s status is determined, he/she may only compete on that tour for the season.  Any player holding conditional status will be assigned a tour after the completion of three events and must remain there for the completion of the season.

Conditional Status Scoring Requirements:
Boys 13-18 – 81.99-84.99 scoring average
Girls 13-18 – 85-89.99 scoring average

3.         Open Events (Fall Series): The Championship Tour events during the fall series (September-November) will have an open registration period.  Fully exempt players will be able to register for these events 6 weeks prior to the event.  3 weeks prior to the event deadline, the event will open up to a select number of Challenge Tour players in the 13-18 age division (qualifications below).

Boys Challenge Tour 13-18 age division: Top 30 on Player of the Year list
Girls Challenge Tour 13-18 age division: Top 20 on Player of the Year list

  •  Spots will only be open based on availability.  Fully exempt Championship Tour players will have priority of tournament spots during the first three weeks of registration.  Any open spots after that time will be filled based on Player of the Year standings.
  • In the instance the event is full, any player that qualifies from the Challenge Tour Player of the Year standings will be put on a waitlist and added to the event based on openings. 

Moving Between Tours
  • Moving to the Challenge Tour (Prep Tour)

 Our goal is to place each junior golfer in the South Florida section in the correct environment based on their current skill level. Any player age 11 and up who begins on our Junior Prep Tour, must compete in a minimum of THREE Prep Tour events to be eligible to move to the Challenge Tour with committee approval.  That player must also meet specific scoring requirements in order to advance to the Challenge Tour.  Once a player joins the Challenge Tour, they are not eligible for the Prep Tour moving forward.
 
            Scoring Requirements:
                                    Boys 11-18 – 77.99
                                    Girls 11-18 – 81.99 
 
*The committee reserves the right to admit a player under the age of 11 to the Challenge Tour if they feel the player has presented an EXCEPTIONAL playing history on the Prep Tour and their caliber of play EXCEEDS the requirements to compete on the Challenge Tour.  An Example of this may be multiple wins by a large margin of victory.  Any player demonstrating exceptional skill on the Prep Tour will first be asked to move up an age division before being considered for the Challenge Tour.

  • Moving to the Championship Tour (Challenge Tour)

A player who begins on our Challenge Tour or has Conditional Status, must compete in a minimum of THREE Challenge Tour events to be eligible to move to the Championship Tour (Conditional/Exempt Status) with committee approval.  Any player in the 13-18 age division finishing 1st in the overall 13-18 division will receive status on the Championship Tour. After three events, if the player’s performance is consistent with the caliber of play required to compete on the Championship Tour, the committee reserves the right to grant the player fully exempt or conditional status on the Championship Tour.
 
Any player holding conditional status who competes in three Championship events and finishes within the top 10 in the boys overall age division and the top 5 in the girls overall age division will automatically become exempt onto the Championship Tour therefore only allowing that individual to compete in Championship events moving forward.  

  • Transfer of Player of the Year Points

A player who either moves from the 11-12 age division to the 13-18 age division or from Prep to Challenge or Challenge to Championship Tour during the season will receive 30% of their current Player of the Year points when changing divisions. 
 
*The Committee reserves the right to change a player’s status on either the Prep, Challenge or Championship tours at any time during the season based on their performance during the season.
 
*Any player scoring higher than 120 in a round of any Challenge Tour events will be asked to move to the Prep Tour until they are ready to compete on the Challenge Tour.


Registration Procedures
  • Membership Registration

Membership remains open throughout the course of the Junior Tour season, and individuals may apply for membership at any time, provided they meet the age and ability requirements.  There is no cap for membership, and there is no minimum or maximum number of events in which a member must participate.  It is important to take the processing time into consideration when becoming a member of the Junior Tour.  Please allow ample time for processing membership if you are interested in playing in a Junior Tour event.

The application process for new members will take up to three days.  Individuals will be notified within three (3) days of receipt of application whether their membership status has been approved, or if more information is needed for membership consideration.  If approved, a new member confirmation email will be sent out, including the new member’s login and password.  Once the login and password has been received, members will be able to sign up for events online provided they meet the eligibility requirements for that tour.  When signing up for events, the registration page will default to a rules test that must be completed before you may finish the registration process.  The membership package containing Tour information and player gifts will be given out at each new member’s first event.

While Membership registration is accepted at any time throughout the season, each tournament has a specific registration deadline.  Please take tournament registration deadlines into consideration when applying for membership on either tour.

  • Tournament Registration

Entries for all tournaments conducted by the South Florida PGA during the 2018 season may be registered for no earlier than January 3rd, 2018. Before members may complete registration to play in an event they must complete an online rules test.  This procedure is to help member’s be more aware of rules they may encounter on the course during competition. There is no limit to the number of events members can enter.  Online registration will be activated for each of the tournaments at 10:00AM approximately 6 weeks prior to each event start date for members of the Prep Tour, Challenge Tour and Championship Tour events. An email will be sent to all members prior to each event registration opening as a reminder. Players who hold conditional status on the Championship Tour may register at 10:00 AM 4 weeks prior to each event based on availability.  Open Championship Tour series events in the fall will open 6 weeks prior to each event start date. 3 weeks before the event they will open to players on the Challenge Tour who qualified based on standings. Telephone, mailed or faxed entries will not be accepted.

  • Tournament Fees

Prep Tour Tournament Entry Fee - $55.00
Prep Tour Championship Entry Fee - $75.00 (end of the year Championship event)
Challenge Tour Tournament Entry Fee – $100.00
Championship Tour Tournament Entry Fee - $100.00

  • Registration Procedure

Directions for online registration:
Go to www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com, enter the site and click the Registration link on the top right corner of the page.
After entering the registration page, click Sign Up Now under the Player’s Club box to proceed with the registration process.

This link will take you directly to the Membership Registration form.  If you are a returning member from 2017, all you need to do is enter your login and password into the Player’s Club box.  For new members, your registration will be pending until approved by the Junior Golf Director.  Once approval has been granted, you will then receive an email notification with your ID and password allowing you to login into the Player’s Club for Tournament Registration.
Please make sure that you save your ID and password, you will need this information to register for your tournaments and to obtain vital tournament information.

  • Determining Age Divisions

A player’s age division is determined as of their age on the final day of each tournament (first day for Prep Tour).  For example, a player who turns 16 on July 1st will play all events before July 1st in the 13-15 age division, and will be automatically moved to the 16-18 division after that date.  If that player turns 16 on the second day of an event he or she will be moved into the 16-18 age division, prior to round 1 of the event.

  • Declaring Up in Age Division

Members may “declare up” to an older age group anytime during the Junior Tour season.  Once a member declares up, he/she must play in the older age group for the entire season and must play by the applicable rules and regulations.  Members must email their request to the Junior Golf Director, Jake Weir, at jweir@pgahq.com in order to officially declare up.

The request to declare up must be made before the registration deadline of a tournament to be considered. Requests to declare up will not be accepted once tee times are made for a tournament, and the player will have to wait until the next tournament in order to participate in an older age division.

  • Field Size

Registration is limited to 72 players for Prep Tour events, and is based on a first come first serve basis, with no consideration for age division or gender.

Registration is limited to 84 players for both Championship and Challenge Tour events, and is based on a first come first serve basis, with no consideration for age division or gender.

  • Tour Refund Policy and Withdraws

Prior to the event deadline cancellations/withdrawals MUST be submitted via EMAIL to the Junior Golf Director, Jake Weir at jweir@pgahq.com.

If a request for cancellation is received after the event deadline and the event does not have a waitlist or no one from the waitlist can fill the spot, NO refund will be granted.  In the case of an emergency or medical illness, a written doctor’s note must be submitted to the Section office within five days immediately following the event.
All refunds will be issued minus a $10 processing fee.

  • Junior Tour Release Waiver

During online registration all members of the South Florida PGA Junior Tour MUST sign the electronic Junior Tour release waiver.  The South Florida PGA reserves the right to disqualify a member from a scheduled event if a release waiver has not been completed. If this occurs, the member will be provided with a full refund for the event in which he/she was scheduled to participate.

  • Mirasol Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund for Tournament Entry Fees
The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol along with the South Florida PGA Foundation developed a scholarship fund to help provide South Florida PGA Junior Tour Members with grants to assist with South Florida PGA Junior Tour tournament entry fees.  To be granted assistance you must complete the application located on the Foundation page of the Junior Golf website.  All information and guidelines can be found within the application.


Tournament Policies and Procedures
  • Pairings and Starting Times

Pairings for all Junior Tour events will be made by randomly selecting groups of three to four players based on age group and gender for the first round of play at each event.  Tee time request cannot be accommodated for.
 
For the second round of Challenge and Championship Tour events, the field will be re-paired by score.  Field size and number of players per age division will dictate which divisions tee off in which order.

For all events, request for starting times or specific groupings will not be accommodated.  Players will NOT be called to their tees.  Each contestant is responsible for obtaining his / her starting time and arriving to the tee 10 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time.

Starting times will be posted on the South Florida PGA website three days prior to the event.  Players will be notified via email of any changes that might occur after the initial release of pairings and starting times.  Any changes will be immediately updated on the South Florida PGA website.

  • No Show Policy

It is the responsibility of the participant to email the South Florida PGA Junior Golf Director, Jake Weir, when canceling out of a Challenge or Championship Tour tournament or Junior Golf Coordinator, Caitlin Huiting when canceling out of a Prep Tour tournament.  When canceling on the day of the tournament, members must notify the SFPGA Section staff and in case of medical reasons, provide a doctor’s note.  Any member who does not follow this procedure will be considered a “no show.” 

Players who do not properly notify the Junior Golf Director of their withdrawal are subject to the following penalties:
First Offense – EMAIL warning issued from Junior Golf Director
Second Offense – EMAIL notification of Suspension from next scheduled event
Third Offense – WRITTEN notification of Suspension from the Junior Tour for the remainder of the season.

Any player that receives a third offense and is suspended for the Junior Tour will be subject to possible rejection of membership for the following season, regardless of skill level.

  • Tournament Cancellation Procedure

The South Florida PGA reserves the right to cancel tournaments in the event of inclement weather or other incidents.  The South Florida PGA recommends checking the status of the tournament by calling the SFPGA staff the morning of the event.  If a tournament is cancelled, members scheduled to participate in the event will be refunded the full entry fee to their credit card on file.  If the tournament is cancelled during play, the South Florida PGA reserves the right to retain the full entry fee.  Best efforts to reschedule a cancelled event will be made.  Players who were entered in the first event will automatically be entered into the rescheduled event.  If they are unable to participate on the rescheduled date they may transfer registration to a later event to receive a refund.  If the rescheduled event has available space, juniors who were not entered in the original event will be afforded an opportunity to register for the rescheduled event. 

  • Withdraw Policy – Withdrawing During an Event

In addition to the “no show” procedure, any member who has repeated withdrawals during tournament play MUST:
            1. Turn in their scorecard before leaving the facility if leaving mid-round.
            2. If leaving for medical reasons, provide a doctor’s note to the Junior Golf Director.

Failure to meet either of these two requirements may result in suspension from the player’s next event, events, or suspension of membership for the duration of tournament season.

  • Rules of Play

USGA Rules of Golf and the SFPGA Junior Tour Rules of Play Card shall govern all play, in addition to local rules on the Notice to Competitors (Rules Sheet), which is distributed at every event, and is also available on our website.  Be sure to read the Rules of Play Card in its entirety prior to your first event.

Distance measuring devices are allowed in all SFPGA Junior Tour events, assuming the device measures distance ONLY. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (gradient, wind-speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification.

  • Breaking Ties

Ties for first and second place within the specified age divisions will be broken by the USGA recommended method of breaking ties. (See Appendix I, Part C-11, Page 123)

Scores will be compared using the final day total, followed by the final nine holes (holes 10-18) of the final round of play. If that does not produce a winner, then the last six holes, then the last three holes, then hole by hole; starting with #18 backwards.

Ties for the Boys and Girls Overall Division (13-18), as well as the Boys and Girls 11-12 Champion will be broken by a sudden death playoff (Challenge and Championship Tour only).  Playoffs will begin immediately following completion of the final round of play.

  • Weather Policy

Completion of 18 holes by all contestants will constitute an official event for each 36-hole tournament.
It is unlikely that an event will be rescheduled due to inclement weather.  Refunds on player fees are subject to the host site’s rain check policy.

In an event that a Prep Tour event is shortened due to weather, all players are must return their respective score cards to the SFPGA Junior Tour staff once they have completed.

The SFPGA staff will make every effort to score the event for each age division competing in the tournament. However, should a particular age division fail to collectively complete 5 holes, the tournament will not be official; therefore, the results/points will not be posted.

Should an age division collectively complete 5 holes or more, but collectively fewer than 9 holes, the event will be considered official and the SFPGA Junior Tour staff will score the tournament as follows:

  1. The results for each age division will be calculated relative to par for the first holes that each player completed during their respective round. For example, if Player A started the tournament on Hole 1, his/her score relative to par for holes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 would be used for his/her score.

  • Tournament Results

Tournament results will be posted immediately following the first round of play at each event on the Junior Tour website.  Official tournament results for the final round will be posted on the South Florida PGA Junior Golf website no later than one (1) day following the event.  To access results visit, www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com, or use the SFPGA mobile app to access tournament results quickly via mobile device. 

All scores will be sent to Junior Golf Scoreboard no later than two (2) days following the event (Challenge and Championship Tour only).

  • Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are offered to Tour members and are based on each individual club’s availability.  Some clubs may offer play to parents, but this is not the standard and should not be expected.  The South Florida PGA Junior Tour Code of Conduct is in effect during practice rounds.  Should parents be allowed to play, they too must abide by the Tour Code of Conduct.

  • Hotel Accommodations

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour will attempt to secure discounted rates at hotels near tournament sites.  Information on hotels will be available on the SFPGA Junior Tour website.  It is the responsibility of Tour members and parents to make hotel accommodations for overnight stays for Tour events.

  • Accommodations for Junior Golfers with Disabilities or Chronic Health Conditions

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour will, at its sole discretion and upon receipt of applicable medical documentation, make reasonable accommodations for junior golfers with disabilities or chronic health condition.  Subject to applicable rules established by the host site, reasonable accommodations may include the use of a pull cart or motorized golf cart for the transportation of golf clubs and competitors during Junior Tour events.  All related inquiries and communications should be directed to the Junior Golf Director prior to the event.

Awards
  • Tournament Awards (Prep Tour)

Age Division Awards
Awards for 1st and 2nd place in the 9-10, 11-12, and 13-18 age divisions will be issued for both Boys and Girls.  Age Division Awards will be presented on-site following play on the final day of the tournament for each of the events.  For the tie-breaking procedure, see Breaking Ties in the Tournament Policies/Procedures section.

Season Ending Awards

All members of the 2017 South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour are encouraged to attend the season-ending Tour Championship Awards Luncheon, regardless of their participation in the event.  All members in attendance will receive a complimentary lunch during the awards program.  Parents and spectators are also welcome and encouraged to attend the Awards Luncheon.  The cost of lunch for parents and spectators will be determined at a later date.  The lunch will be held after the Prep Tour Championship.

The following awards will be given to 2018 Junior Prep Tour members:
Player of the Year:
Boys & Girls 9-10 Age Division
Boys & Girls 11-12 Age Division
Boys & Girls 13-18 Age Division 

  • Player of The Year Points (Prep Tour)

The following point system will be used to determine the Boy and Girl Players of the Year. Points will be awarded after each event has been conducted:

Boys 9-10, 11-12 & 13-18
1st 250             3rd 150             5th 100             7th 65               9th 50
2nd 200            4th 125             6th 75               8th 55               10th 45
 
Girls 9-10, 11-12 & 13-18
1st 200             3rd 125             5th 75               7th 65              
2nd 150            4th 100             6th 70               8th 55       
       
The Player of the Year point race will be the only determining factor of the Player of the Year in the previously mentioned divisions.

  • Tournament Awards (Challenge and Championship Tour)

Overall Champion (Boy & Girl)
Challenge Tour - The Overall Champion will be the top Boy and Girl in the 13-18 age division.  Boys and Girls in the 11-12 age division will not be eligible for the Overall Championship.  The Overall Champion is not eligible to receive an award in his/her age division.  Overall Champions will be presented trophies on-site following play on the final day of the tournament for each of the 13 events.  Ties for Overall Champion will be determined by sudden death playoff.
Championship Tour - The Overall Champion will be the top Boy and Girl in the 13-18 age division. The Overall Champion is not eligible to receive an award in his/her age division.  Overall Champions will be presented trophies on-site following play on the final day of the tournament for each of the 10 events.  Ties for Overall Champion will be determined by sudden death playoff.

Age Division Awards
Awards for 1st and 2nd place in the 13-15 and 16-18 age divisions and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in 11-12 age division will also be issued for both Boys and Girls.  Age Division Awards will be presented on-site following play on the final day of the tournament for each of the thirteen events.  For the tie-breaking procedure, see Breaking Ties in the Tournament Policies/Procedures Section.

Season Ending Awards

All members of the 2018 South Florida PGA Junior Tours (both Championship and Challenge) are encouraged to attend the season-ending Tour Championship Awards Luncheon, regardless of their participation in the event.  All members in attendance will receive a complimentary lunch during the awards program.  Parents and spectators are also welcome and encouraged to attend the Awards Luncheon.  The cost of lunch for parents and spectators will be determined at a later date.  The lunch will be held after the second round of the Junior Tour Championship.
 
The following awards will be given to 2018 Junior Tour members
 
Player of the Year
Championship Tour – Boys Overall 13-18 & Girls Overall 13-18
Challenge Tour - Boys Overall 13-18, Girls Overall 13-18, Boys 11-12 and Girls 11-12

  • Player of The Year Points (Challenge and Championship)

The following point system will be used to determine the Boy and Girl Players of the Year. Points will be awarded after each event has been conducted:

Girls Overall / Boys 11-12 / Girls 11-12

1st 250            3rd 150             5th 100             7th 65               
2nd 200            4th 125             6th 75               8th 55              

Boys Overall  

1st 300             6th 130             11th 100             16th 60                21st 35
2nd 250            7th 110             12th 80               17th 55                22nd 30
3rd 200             8th 100             13th 75               18th 50                23rd 25
4th 175             9th  95              14th 70               19th 45                24th 20
5th 150             10th 90             15th 65               20th 40               25th 15

Player of the Year Points – Junior Majors
1st 350            3rd 250             5th 150             7th 90               
2nd 300           4th 200             6th 100              8th 80   

Boys Overall 
1st 400            6th 150             11th 100             16th 60                21st 35
2nd 300           7th 140             12th 90               17th 55                22nd 30
3rd 250            8th 130             13th 80               18th 50                23rd 25
4th 225            9th  120            14th 75               19th 45                24th 20
5th 200            10th 110           15th 70               20th 40               25th 15

The Player of the Year point race will be the only determining factor of the Player of the Year in the previously mentioned divisions.

Any points earned in a Championship Tour event or a Challenge Tour event will earn you points on that Player of the Year roster respectively. Players with Conditional Status on the Championship Tour, or players who join a new tour mid-season can earn points on both rosters, but points will not be carried over from one tour to the other.
 
Don Law Service Award: One Individual
Chosen by SFPGA Staff, Don Law & Jr Golf Chairperson. All Players eligible.
  
Ed Ficker Sportsmanship Award: Boys & Girls
Chosen by SFPGA Staff & Jr. Golf Chairperson.  All players eligible.

Honda Classic Most Improved Player Award: Boys & Girls
Chosen by SFPGA Staff & Jr. Golf Chairperson based upon performance throughout the year.


Rankings and AJGA Stars

(Challenge and Championship Tours)

  • AJGA Performance Stars

For the 2018 season, the AJGA has stopped issuing provisional stars based on tournament fields.  Each field now has guaranteed stars for each division.  Each tournament home page list how many stars contest winners will receive.  Please visit our tournament home pages to view the AJGA star breakdown. 

  • Junior Golf Scoreboard

 All SFPGA Junior Challenge and Championship Tour events are ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard.  Results will be sent to JGS not later than two days following an event.  

  • Golfweek 

The 2018 South Florida Junior Open will be ranked by Golfweek. 

  • World Amateur Golf Rankings 

The 2018 South Florida Junior Open will be ranked by WAGR.


Pace of Play Policy

An average rate per hole will be set for all SFPGA Jr. Tour events.  Each competitor’s scorecard will reflect their allotted time per hole, and a timing sheet will be posted and distributed at the first tee.
 
Each player must follow the ready golf procedures during their round. 
  • When arriving to your tee shot, you must determine your yardage and be ready to play as soon as your fellow competitors hit.
  • If you are the first to hole out, you must gather your equipment and head to the next hole.  The second player to hole out is responsible for picking up the flagstick while the final competitor finishes.
  • You must walk with a purpose at all times.
 
Each player must play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 45 seconds to play a shot.  Those players who are first to play from a given area (tee, fairway, green, etc.) will have 10 extra seconds to play their shot.  A group will be monitored for pace of play based upon their time par and position (staying up with the group in front).
 
If any group falls behind their time par, the group will be given notice by an SFPGA official.  The official will give the group three holes to make up the time.  During this three hole stretch, the rules official will stay with the group ensuring that time is being made up. If the group fails to make up time during the three hole stretch, they will remain on the clock until the end of their round.  If the group fails to make up the time before completing the round, they will be issued a 1 stroke penalty for undue delay. 
 
Penalties:
First Breach of Round = 1 stroke penalty to each player in the group.
If the group fails to make up lost time or fall back into position before the completing of play, they will be issued a 1 stroke penalty for undue delay.
 
Notification:
Any group falling out of position or over their time par will be notified immediately by an SFPGA Rules Official.
 
It is the player’s responsibility to recognize when they have fallen out of position.  Penalties are to be added to the final hole of the round.
 
When a group will be notified:
Given when a group is more than 15 minutes behind the group ahead (out of position) and over the allotted time.
 
  • Position: First Group(s) off Either Tee: The first group(s) will be in breach of the pace of play policy if they take more than the allotted time to finish a hole until they reach (within 15 minutes) any group ahead. After they reach any group ahead, both conditions must be met to be in breach of the pace of play policy.
Position with Group Ahead: To stay within 15 minutes of the group ahead, players should never have an open hole and they should be in the fairway on par 4’s and 5’s when the group ahead leaves the green. To remain in position, at least one player from the group must have a ball in play on the hole of the group ahead of them.
  • Allotted time: the maximum time allowed to complete play of the course.  The allotted time is predetermined by the Tournament Committee and may be adjusted between rounds.  Time for ball searches, rulings and walking time between holes is included in the allotted time.  The allotted time will be printed on each scorecard and posted at the first tee.
  • Timing: a group’s completion time at each hole is measured when the flagstick is replaced in the hole once all players in the group have holed out.
  • Appeals: if a player is concerned about slow play of one of their competitors they must remind that competitor of the Pace of Play Policy and encourage them to play more efficiently.  The player may ask an official to monitor the group during any point of the round.

Spectator Policy

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour encourages spectators and parents to attend any and all Tour events.  However, it is a privilege for spectators to attend and they are therefore required to conduct themselves appropriately at all times.
The South Florida PGA Junior Tour reserves the right to suspend and/or ban any spectator from one or more events.
Failure to comply with the Rules and Regulations may result in immediate removal from the facility and/or suspension of playing privileges for the member.

Spectators must stay 50 yards away from competitors so as to avoid the appearance of giving advice. (Rule 8-1, Rules of Golf)  Spectators are asked that they do not communicate with players during any competitive round. Examples are:
 
Verbal Communication
Hand signals to the participant, including gestures to influence player decisions
Providing participant with written material
Positional to assist with aim or alignment
Aiding in rulings or giving rulings
 
Interaction for health issues, must only take place prior to the hole being played or after. Examples include but are not limited to: the handing of medication, food, beverages or sunscreen.

Any player seen speaking to a spectator during the play of a hole, or for any reason other than for health concerns, is subject to a 2 stroke penalty based on Rule 8-1.

Spectators MUST remain on cart paths or in the rough areas at all times.  Walking in the fairways not only causes concern about interactions with players, but it can be dangerous and cause the group behind to be slowed down. Please walk ahead of the group you are watching to avoid delay of the group behind.

Spectators should never be on the putting surface or teeing area, and should observe these areas from a minimum of 50 yards so that there will be no interference.

Spectators are not allowed to use cell phones on the course, and request that they are turned off or left in the car during play.

Should inclement weather force a delay in play, we ask that you please help shuttle players back to the clubhouse.  A delay will be signaled by one long blast.

All spectators must dress appropriately in golf attire when attending South Florida PGA Junior Tour Events. Blue jeans, t-shirts, tank tops and short shorts are not to be worn.
 
Spectator Carts
Spectator golf carts will be available at the discretion of the host facility. If spectator carts are permissible, they must remain on cart paths at all times.  Cost of spectator carts are set by the host facility. Any spectator who violates the spectator cart policy may have their privileges of renting a cart revoked. 

Spectators are not permitted to give rides to competitors between holes.  SFPGA Staff will provide shuttles if and when they are necessary. The only time a player will be shuttle by spectators will be in inclement weather in which we ask that you please help shuttle players back to the clubhouse.


Code of Conduct Policy

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour takes great pride in the quality of its players, host facilities, and sponsors.  The Tour requires all members to adhere to the Code of Conduct.  The purpose is to help all Tour participants grow and mature by understanding and accepting the consequences of their actions, both on and off the golf course. (Tournament officials will enforce these rules at all SFPGA Junior Tour events) 

  • Respect for the Course

All players are expected to maintain golf course conditions by repairing ball marks, raking bunkers, picking up and disposing of trash, etc.  Any abuse of the course or other club facilities will result in immediate suspension from the Junior Tour.  All players and parents are also encouraged to thank the host club, staff and volunteers for their support of junior golf. 

Sand Bottles
All players will receive a sand bottle prior to starting their round.  Players are to use these bottles to sand fill all divots they take on the course.  Players will be subject to a penalty of 1 stroke for failing to care for the course if they are seen not filling their divots.  Players must return their sand bottles following the round in order to turn in their scorecard. 

  • Dress Code is for Players and Spectators
    • All male’s shirts must have collars and sleeves
    • Mock neck shirts are only acceptable based on the facility’s dress code standards

    • T-shirts and tank tops are not acceptable

    • All males must have their shirts tucked in at all times

    • All males must remove any earrings

    • All females must have golf-style shirts, and girls shirts may or may not have collars and sleeves

    • Women’s fashion shirts must not rise above the belt line at any time during the golf swing

    • Women’s shorts/skirts/skorts must be no more than 5” above the knee OR the inseam of the shorts must measure at least 5”

      • If you are unsure if you shorts/skirts/skorts meet this requirement, stand straight up with your arms by your side.  If you attire extends below your hands when they are relaxed by your side, then you are adhering to the rule.  If your attire is shorter than the tips of your fingers, than you are not adhering to the rules and you will not be able to tee off until you comply with the rule.

    • Tennis shorts, gym shorts, cut-offs, swimsuits, short-shorts are not acceptable

    • Sandals are not acceptable

    • Blue jeans are not acceptable

    • Clothing containing offensive slogans, languages or pictures, and references to drugs, tobacco or alcohol are not acceptable

    • It is suggested that everyone wear sunscreen

    • Hats/visors must be worn with brim forward, males must remove hat/visor while indoors

    • All events are non-metal spikes only

    • Any player or spectator not adhering to these guidelines will be asked to leave or correct the violation before participating

Any of the following actions by an SFPGA Junior Tour member at an SFPGA event or toward another SFPGA member or staff, constitutes a violation of the SFPGA Code of Conduct:

  •  Unsportsmanlike conduct, including abusive language, cheating, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers, officials or fellow competitors, or abuse of golf course property
  • Not adhering to the dress code at the host golf course
  • Use or association with drugs, alcohol, or smoking or chewing tobacco products
  • Vandalism at the host facility, including golf course, club house, or property.
  • Conduct not becoming of an SFPGA player, such as acting in anger or creating other distractions, or performing any inappropriate behavior on a the course.
  • Failure to treat host facility with respect by ignoring the responsibility of caring for the course, filling divots and fixing ball marks
  • Physical abuse, threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, slander or libel towards other players, parents, coaches, sponsors, host golf course staff or members, SFPGA staff or volunteers in any medium

The South Florida PGA Junior Committee may assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity of the Code of Conduct violation:

  • Issue a written letter of warning to the player and his/her parent/guardian

  • Require the player to write a letter of apology to his/her fellow competitors

  • Enforce a two-stroke penalty

  • Disqualify the player from the tournament where the violation occurs

  • Suspend the player for a portion of the tournament season or the remainder of the season

  • Suspend the player’s membership indefinitely