Rules and Regulations

Welcome to the 2018 Birmingham Golf Association Junior Tour! (INFORMATION ON THE 2019 TOUR WILL BE POSTED BY THE END OF 2018, SO WATCH THIS SPACE…INFORMATION BELOW RELATES TO THE CONCLUDED 2018 SEASON.)

All events have a maximum number of players allowed in each age division. Each player gets entry into up to six events for their entry fee, but there is also the option to sign up for “extra events” if space permits. This begins one month after initial sign up opens. The places are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

There are four premium events:

Event 13, Country Club of Birmingham (East Course)

Event 15, Greystone Golf & CC (Founders Course)

Event 16, Shoal Creek

Event 19, Willow Point Golf & CC

You can play in up to a max of two of them. However, there is no requirement to play in any of them.

Shoal Creek event is open to all players, but 10-11 and Girls 10-18, nine holes, will be playing the Little Links, Shoal Creek’s par 3 nine-hole course.

Note to Parents of players who are advancing to the 12-13 Age Division: Things change significantly when your child enters the 12-13 Age Division. It will become the player’s responsibility to keep score, obtain rulings when necessary, and all other aspects of playing the game. If parents or friends follow a player the only contact they can have with the player is to provide food or drink, unless an emergency is evident. No coaching or advice of any kind from the gallery is allowed.

Ethics & Code of Conduct: Golf is a game which teaches integrity, honesty and sportsmanship. As such, cheating on scores, use of inappropriate language, throwing clubs and other conduct unbecoming a golfer will result in the player being removed from the event. The BGA Junior Tour gives players an opportunity to learn how to become an accomplished tournament player in a relaxed atmosphere. It is important to take advantage of this opportunity by learning the Rules of Golf and how to conduct yourself while on the golf course.

WD Policy: Once a player begins his or her round, that round will be a counting round. Even if they have to withdraw due to illness, injury or for some other reason, the round will count for their overall points. However, I will endeavor to find a spot for them in a future event, if they desire one, so they can get in six complete rounds, but this “make-up” round will not count in the overall points for them.

We are looking forward to the 2018 season which, of course, would not be possible without the commitment from the local golf professionals, golf course superintendents, club members and volunteers. At every golf course at which a tournament is held, we are guests and we must treat the staff, members, and the golf facility with respect. When you are at these clubs, please have your child thank these individuals for the use of their facility. It is a privilege, not a right, to play golf at these clubs and we must act accordingly

Having over 300 members requires strict adherence to all printed deadlines. We urge you to call the BGA office at 532-3457 or e-mail at thompsonteesoff@gmail.com, if you have questions.

Points System

The points system will determine the final field of the BGA Junior Championship. Points are distributed as follows:

1st: 20 points 2nd: 18 points 3rd: 16 points 4th: 14 points 5th: 12 points
6th: 10 points 7th: 8 points 8th: 6 points 9th: 4 points 10th: 2 points

The 2018 BGA Junior Championship will be July 17-19 at Hoover CC. It is a two-day championship with an optional practice round on July 17. You must be enrolled in the BGA Junior Tour to be eligible for the BGA Junior Championship. There is a $75.00 entry fee for the BGA Championship that will be payable online after the final field is determined.

Dress Code: The BGA policy of NO METAL SPIKES, is in effect for all courses. Golf shoes having soft spikes or tennis shoes are examples of appropriate footwear. No jeans or cut offs are allowed. All shirts must have collars and sleeves. Hats must have bills facing forward and shirts must be tucked in. We thank you in advance for your cooperation

Age Divisions: There are six age divisions. Eligibility for boys and girls is as follows: 10-11 must have reached 10th birthday but not 12th birthday by July 18, 2018. The 10-11 age group plays nine holes. 12-13 must have reached 12th birthday but not 14th birthday by July 18, 2018. 14-15 must have reached 14th birthday but not 16th birthday by July 18, 2018. 16-18 must have reached 16th birthday but not 19th birthday by July 18, 2018. Also, if 18, must have graduated from high school this year (not a previous year) and not be enrolled in college currently.

Any child is eligible to play “up” in the next age group. However, if the decision is made to play “up”, that child must stay in the new age group for the rest of the season. A child may also play “down” a division, but cannot win any points and cannot compete in the championship. Both such scenarios must be discussed with Ian Thompson first.

EXCEPTIONS. If a girl, of any age from 10-18, wants to play in the girls only nine-hole division, she must register for the tour for the girls nine-hole division. Also girls, ages 13-18, wanting to play 18 holes will play in the girls, 13-18 division. Both girls divisions will play from the ladies tees.

Eligibility: The Birmingham Golf Association Junior Tour is open to children who are residents in the following counties: Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Walker, Cullman and Tuscaloosa.

Entry Procedure:
1) Participants can begin registering online between April 3 – May 3, 2018. Entry fee is $240 ($225 for 10-11 and nine-hole, 10-18, girls division) and includes all green fees for up to six events. Entrants are notified via email of those events in which they are playing. Events are filled on first come, first serve basis. Each club has a different policy regarding the number of children playing at each event and times to begin. The BGA Executive Director determines playing groups and tee times. The tee times will be email to participants and posted on the website typically three or four days in advance of an event.
2) All schedule change requests must be made via email. As per your requests and in the absence of space availability, you will be placed on the waiting lists in the applicable position. The BGA is not responsible for the weather and everything possible is done to complete play at an event, even if we have to reduce the number of holes in a stipulated round. No make-ups are available.
3) Entries are limited to 320 and only 60 entries are available for the 10-11 age group.

RULES OF PLAY

The Rules of the United States Golf Association govern play. Additional Local Rules and Conditions (if any) will be provided to the players on their first tee prior to their round.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is two strokes.

LOCAL RULES
Out of Bounds: Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and property fence posts. Rule 27-1.

Ground Under Repair: Defined by white lines. Fire ant hills and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair (Rule 25-1).

Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are deemed to be movable obstructions (Rule 24-1).

Integral Parts of the Course: includes cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in the Tournament Instructions.

CONDITIONS

Discontinuance of Play: All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Tournament Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.

 

Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn blast. All other types of suspension will be signaled by two consecutive blasts, repeated. Resumption of play will be signaled by three short air horn blasts, repeated.

 

Distance Measuring Devices are permitted, but must be used to measure distance only, and may not be used to measure other conditions such as wind speed or direction, temperature or elevation.

Caddies: A player is prohibited from using a caddie.