Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ page should be used as an introduction to the SFPGA Junior Tour for both Players and Parents. It contains brief summaries of information that might be helpful as you’re getting started. However, for full details, we HIGHLY recommend you read through and are familiar with the SFPGA Jr. Tour Policies and Procedures.
Membership & Registration
At an Event
As the Season Progresses
- All new participants to the SFPGA Junior Tour will be required to participate in the Links, Prep or Challenge Tour. From there, multiple avenues for advancement are available (winning an event, qualifying for Jr. PGA Championship, scoring average and seasonal checkpoints). Only on very rare occasions is a Junior granted status to the Championship Tour immediately, and if so, that status will typically be conditional in nature.
- What are the eligibility requirements of each tour?
Links Tour- The South Florida PGA Junior Links Tour is a great way for junior golfers to gain individual stroke play experience and learn the game from an individual standpoint. The only requirment is to be a SFPGA Junior Tour Member. This tour has been created to show the players what they should expect on our prep tour and prepare them for a future in tournament golf
- Prep Tour- The purpose of the Junior Prep Tour is to bridge the gap for juniors who have advanced through the 9-hole Links Tour but are not ready for the 36-hole events and extensive yardages yet.The Junior Prep Tour features competitive 18-hole events for golfers ages 9-18 who are looking to gain tournament experience.
- Challenge Tour – Players must have previous tournament experience to be eligible for the Challenge Tour. All new SFPGA Foundation members must play on the Challenge Tour prior to competing on the Championship Tour. Open to boys and girls ages 11-18.
Championship Tour – Eligibility is based on scoring average and Player of the Year points from the years before. Open to boys and girls ages 13-18. Players who have played previous years and did not compete in the most recent season will be subject to approval based on committee discretion.
- How do we register for membership?
Membership of the South Florida PGA Foundation is a prerequisite for all programs and provides access to each program based on eligibility requirements. You may use the same account (username and password) year to year. To login or create a new account, please visit www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com/become-a-member. For new members, please complete the requested resume including recent tournament scores, relevant playing experience and PGA instructor. All of our applications are reviewed by our Junior Golf committee prior to approval (within five days of submission) and until such time your application will be pending (unable to register for an event). Please keep in mind, that prior to registering for an open event, you must first go through the membership application process outlined above and the Junior will be required to complete the online rules quiz.
- How do we register for individual tournaments?
Tournament registration can be completed by logging into your account here by clicking here.
- How much does each event cost?
LinksTour - $30.00
Prep Tour - $55.00
Challenge Tour - $110.00
Championship Tour - $110.00
- Are there any scholarships available?
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 help pay for South Florida PGA Junior Tour tournament entry fees. All information and guidelines, including the actual application, can be found here: Mirasol Scholarship Fund
- When does registration open for each event?
Six weeks prior to each event on Prep, Challenge and Champ Tours. Links Tour will be 5-3 Weeks prior to the first event of the season (Spring, Summer, Fall).
- How does the waitlist policy work?
The waitlist policy is VERY straightforward. If the field for an event is full (typically 84 players for Challenge and Championship Tour and 72 players for Prep Tour), players may still register for the tournament. Upon the removal or cancellation of any active participant, the first player on the waitlist will be contacted by SFPGA via telephone to confirm entry. We want to reiterate, if you are next on the waitlist and space becomes available, we will absolutely call you via telephone. Once pairings have been posted for an event, the waitlist policy moves from first-come-first-serve overall to first-come-first-serve by the division of the player who withdrew. Lastly, players are always welcome to come the morning of an event to the tournament, and should we have a no-show or last-minute withdraw, the player would be eligible to play. Please advise tournament staff upon your arrival.
- How does cancellation at an event work?
In order to receive a full refund, you must cancel from the event prior to the registration deadline. Please contact the SFPGA Staff member who is running the event to cancel.
At an Event
- When are pairings released?
Pairings will be posted on the South Florida PGA website four 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.
- Are practice rounds available?
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.
- How early should we arrive?
That is entirely up to you and how long it takes you to prepare and warm-up. Please consider that you should allow time for Registration (only for shotgun starts) and arrive at your assigned tee 10 minutes prior to your tee time (Round 1 and 2).
- Can we caddie for our juniors?
LINKS TOUR ONLY, cadding is allowed, but we ask that caddies stay off the putting greens. All other tours there will be NO CADDIES. We understand that many of our Juniors are making the transition from Links Tour, US Kids or other Junior Golf programs where caddying was allowed. The SFPGA Jr. Tour is widely viewed as the transition for many juniors to college golf. If it’s a matter of physical stamina, we highly recommend push carts.
- What’s your spectator policy?
Since we are encouraging the kids to play on their own, we ask that spectators follow a few simple guidelines: No advice, stay at least 50 yards away, carts on cart paths only, may provide food/drink/clothing in between holes and may help with lost ball searches (to aid pace of play – however, no advice on how to proceed once the ball is found). This is just a summary of our carefully crafted Spectator Policy, which is strongly recommended for all spectators and can be found here.
- Will spectator carts be available for purchase?
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 is set by the host facility. 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 shuttled by spectators will be in inclement weather in which we ask that you please help shuttle players back to the clubhouse.
- Can we help search for lost balls?
Yes, you may help with lost ball searches for any Junior. However, once the ball has been found no further communication or advice on how to proceed is allowed.
- How can we aide with pace of play?
The SFPGA employs a Pace of Policy which requires groups to be either (a) under their time par on the scorecard and/or (b) within fifteen minutes of the group in front of them. These are checked at both Holes 9 and 18, where players are subject to a one-stroke penalty should they be in breach of both (a) and (b). Should players either regain their time or position by their second checkpoint, the one-stroke penalty will be removed. Spectators can aid our pace of play by watching from in front (do not lag behind the group), keeping all landing areas clear of obstruction for groups behind to play to, helping with lost ball searches and shuttling a player who may need to return and replay a previous shot.
- I disagree with a ruling, what should I do?
During a round, all on course rulings will be dealt with between the relevant player and his playing competitors and the accompanying rules official. Input from spectators will generally not be considered during a ruling. It is up to the players fellow competitors in the pairing to protect the rest of the field. Should you like to discuss an on-course ruling or situation, we ask that you speak with us after the day's events are over. We will gladly take your feedback and work with you to understand the disagreement. However, from the time the day starts through scoring and awards, our PGA member volunteers and staff need to be focused on the Juniors. We ask for your understanding in this.
- I disagree with a score, what should I do?
Contact the SFPGA Staff member running the event to double-check the scorecard and score posted online.
As the Season Progresses
- What do the juniors earn for their performance in an event?
At all events, Juniors earn points for their performance. These points, which differ by division, contribute to both their respective “Player of the Year” standings, in addition to qualifying in the top 60 from both Challenge & Championship Tours for the season-ending “Tour Championship.” All SFPGA Jr. Tour events, which successfully complete 36-holes of competition, are ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard. Additionally, those individuals who win Overall Titles at a Challenge or Championship Event will receive various AJGA Performance Stars for entry into an AJGA event.
- How can my child advance through the different tours?
We ask that all new participants play in at least three Prep Tour events prior to consideration of the Challenge Tour. After three events, if the player’s performance is consistent with the caliber of play required to compete on the Challenge Tour, the committee reserves the right to grant the player exempt on the Challenge Tour. While the full process for moving between tours is outlined in our Policies and Procedures, advancement is typically determined by an established scoring average, seasonal checkpoints and event victories. The same process applies for players moving from the Challenge to Championship Tour.
- How does the Junior PGA Championship differ from the ongoing Jr. Tours?
The South Florida Junior PGA Championship is a marquee event outside of the Prep, Challenge and Championship Tours. Tour membership is not required for participation, however, nearly all players must play through local qualifiers to earn their spot in the Junior PGA Championship. The Overall Boy and Girl winners and runner-up finishers of the event will receive an invite to play in the nationally sanctioned Jr. PGA Championship. For more information on the Jr. PGA Championship, please visit: Jr. PGA Championship.
- How do you qualify for the Jr. PGA Championship?
All players will need to qualify to attend the South Florida Junior PGA Championship. There will be three qualifiers held throughout the section, and players will be required to participate in one of the three qualifiers. It is suggested that the players register for their nearest qualifying location.
- How do you qualify for the season-ending Junior Tour Championship?
The Tour Championship will require season-long qualifying to participate. Qualifications will be determined based on Player of the Year Points earned throughout the year. The number of spots available for each age division will be decided based on the percent of total members of the Junior Tour in that division as of September 1. The Tour Championship will be a 60 player field of Championship Tour players, and a 60 player field of Challenge Tour players. For more information please visit: Jr. Tour Championship.