ELIGIBILITY - To be eligible to play in a regular and post season event, golf participant must a tour member in good standing. To be eligible to play in postseason events, tour member is invited based on season performance.
AGE DIVISIONS AND TEES - Ages 9 to 18, Junior Girl & Boy Golfers. Girls and Boys Divisions 15 to 18 and 12 to 14 play 18 holes. Co-ed Division 9 to 12 plays 9 holes. Divisions / Yardages:
15 – 18 age div. – BOYS ~6,600 to 6,800 yds
15 – 18 age div. – GIRLS ~5,700 to 6,100 yds
12 – 14 age div. – BOYS ~5,700 to 6,100 yds
13 – 14 age div. – GIRLS ~5,000 to 5,400 yds
9 – 12 age div. – COED ~2,000 to 2,400 yds
For each AGE Div. points are earned based on finish as shown below:
Practice rounds can be played one week prior based on availability.
A golf participant may not practice on the competition course day of or between rounds. Penalty for first breach: General Penalty. Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.
Pairings for stroke play events will be mostly based on handicap or season point standings but UGE has the right to make adjustments as necessary.
GOLF RULES - USGA will govern all play except as where modified by local rule. A tournament rule sheet will be provided and it is the golf participant's responsibility to pick up a rules sheet at check-in or at 1st tee. Disregard Local Rules printed on golf course scorecards or posted at the golf course unless otherwise directed. The tournament committee's decision will be final in matters concerning Rules of Golf and Local Rules interpretation and enforcement. Golf participants are encouraged to play a 2nd ball, per USGA rules, should the group not reach agreement on a rule while on the course.
Stroke Play - At the sole discretion of event director or golf course either sudden death playoff until tie is broken (weather / daylight / course conditions permitting) or USGA (Last 9,6,3,1 holes). To break tie(s), the last 9 holes for each tied golfer is used to break the tie (lowest 9-hole score wins). If the tying golfers have the same score for the last nine holes, the winner will be determined based on the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole. If event is shortened, then (9, 6, 3, 1) applies working back from the last hole that every golfer completed...
WEATHER and OFFICIAL ROUND - UGE will make every effort to complete full round each day. However, UGE has the right to end tournament play each day before completing full 9/18 holes if the venue deems the course unplayable or unsafe, inclement weather puts the players, spectators, volunteers, etc. at risk. Play suspension will be at the host venue's sole discretion. Stroke play events will be deemed official if each player has completed the same 9 holes. Every effort under safe conditions will be made to complete at least 9 holes to make the event official. Participants will NOT receive a refund nor credit for a weather shortened event. A minimum of 4 holes must be played for a 9-hole match to be official. If the match duration is shortened due to the potential conditions discussed above, the participant that is leading (in holes won, i.e. 1 up) will be deemed the match winner.
PACE of PLAY - Stroke Play - Golf participants should play at a prompt pace throughout the round. Players are both allowed and encouraged to play “ready golf” in a safe and responsible way (Rule 6.4b) and should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (Rule 5.6b). Groups must stay within 15 minutes of the group in front of them. In order to stay within 15 minutes of the group ahead, the group should never have an open hole and they should be in the fairway on par 4’s and 5’s when the group immediately ahead of them leaves the green. If a golf participant is being timed by an official or UGE staff member and takes more than 90 seconds to play a stroke, the player may receive a warning for unreasonable delay. Each group is responsible for monitoring their own pace. A golf participant concerned about slow golf participants (golfers) in his or her group should first remind that golfer of the pace of play policy and encourage them to play more efficiently. The concerned golfer may, before or after penalties are assessed, request a Tournament Official to monitor the group. All golf participants in a group in breach of the pace of play policy are subject to penalty.
SPECTATORS / PARENTS / GUESTS / CADDIES
Spectator carts are allowed and will be based on availability. Check in with Proshop.
Parents, family, and spectators are NOT allowed in the scoring area.
Parents, family, and spectators may NOT provide any golf advice, coaching, or rules interpretations to the golfing participants. Spectators who must talk to a golfing participant such as due to health situation, provide beverage / food, provide medicine must do so in open area.
Proper dress attire must be worn on the golf course at all times. The golf venue and/or UGE has the right to ask a spectator to leave premise if they do not address an improper dress attire issue.
CADDIES are allowed for the 9 to 12 and 12 to 14 age divisions
NATIONAL RANKINGS - Event scores will be input into the national Global Junior Golf Rankings (GJGR) and Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS) for 2-day events .
GENERAL POLICIES / RULES
All golf participants will walk the course and carry their own bags except as noted (certain events may allow golf carts). Push carts are allowable.
Golf Participants are able to use mobile phones for scoring and emergencies. Mobiles are not allowed to be used for obtaining advice, coaching, etc.
Live scoring / leaderboard will be used and golf participants are expected to keep score with both electronic device and on hard copy of scorecard. Signed hard copy of the scorecard is the official scorecard and will be texted to the director after completion of the round.
Golf participants, parents, spectators, etc. are guests of the host golf club and must follow their rules. UGE and the host golf club has the right to ask a golf participant, parent, spectator, or others should conduct be unbecoming of UGE and the golf course.
Please review safety rules prior to playing in any event.