ENTRY CRITERIA & RULES

NORTHERN JUNIOR GOLF TOUR 2022 – 

ENTRY CRITERIA & RULES

Rookies Tour 2022

1.    ENTRIES

 Entries are open to players who:

·         Are aged 6 to 14yrs (Boys & Girls) on 1st January 2022. 

·         Have a WHS handicap index and CDH number (Advanced & Intermediate Categories only)

·         Do not have a handicap.

Entry fee ranges from £13.50 – £15.00 for the Rookies Tour. 

All players must enter online and create a free profile via our Golf Genius portal. 

Entries will be limited to a maximum of 90 places per County, subject to tee time availability.

 Confirmation of entry will be made via email once application and full payment has been received.

 2.    DIVISIONS

 

DIVISION

HANDICAP INDEX

GENDER

AGE

TEE

1

Advanced Boys

19.0 & below

Boys

Under 15

White

2

Advanced Boys

19.1 – 28.4

Boys

Under 15

Yellow

3

Intermediate Boys

28.5 – 40.0

Boys

Under 15

Red

4

Advanced Girls

36.4 & below

Girls

Under 15

Red

5

Beginner Boys

40.1 – 54 / No Handicap

Boys

12 – 15 yrs.

Red / Yellow

6

Beginner Boys

40.1 – 54 / No Handicap

Boys

11 & under

Blue

7

Beginner Girls

36.5 – 54 / No Handicap

Girls

Under 15

Blue

Categories/Handicap Index bandings are subject to change dependent upon entries, but they will be decided before the first event in each county.

Players will remain in the category that they play the first event in for all of the qualifying events and final, regardless whether they reduce their NJGT handicap and obtain a WHS handicap index.

3.    FORMAT

 All five qualifying events will be played over 9 holes at each venue.

All categories will play a Strokeplay format, meaning that the score they enter for each hole will be the number of strokes taken to complete the hole.

Players in categories 1, 2, 3 & 4 will receive shots as per the 9 hole course handicap table and a playing handicap of 95% for the competition (best nett & gross) purposes.

Players in categories 5, 6 and 7 will receive half of their full handicap allowance (for 9 holes).

4.    RULES

Players with a WHS Handicap Index (HI) must be able to prove their HI by using the My EG app or Handicap Certificate. 

Players must register a minimum of 20 minutes before their tee time and must be with the starter 10 minutes before their tee time.

All players are responsible for their own scorecard and must sign it before bringing it to the registration desk immediately after the completion of play. We will also using the Golf Genius App to score all events & one person per group will be responsible to accurately score each grouping. 

Failure to inform the organiser that you are unable to attend an event you have entered, unless an emergency will result in the junior being unable to win a prize at the following event they play in.

ADVANCED BOYS, INTERMEDIATE BOYS AND ADVANCED GIRLS

Advanced Boys, Intermediate Boys and Advanced Girls will play to the normal rules of Golf as set out by the R&A but will also adopt the below ruling on a maximum shot per hole to ensure a consistent pace of play.

All categories (Blue, Red, Yellow tees & White tees) will follow R&A and Local Rules on scorecards with a 5 over shot maximum per hole (maximum of 8 on a par 3, 9 on a par 4 & 10 on a par 5), when a player has played the maximum number of shots, they MUST pick up their ball and mark the appropriate 5 over par maximum on their scorecard.

ADDITIONAL NJGT BEGINNER RULES (Blue tees only)

BUNKERS: If a player is in a bunker and cannot get out after TWO attempts, they pick up their ball and take a FREE drop to the nearest side of the bunker within 2 club lengths.

WATER HAZARDS: Players are NOT allowed to try and collect their ball. Players should drop a ball within a safe distance to the side of the hazard for a ONE STROKE PENALTY.

STAKED TREES: Must NOT be damaged. Players MUST pick up their ball and take a FREE DROP away from the tree. This rule applies to staked trees only.

BALL LOST OR OUT OF BOUNDS: If a ball is lost or out of bounds, a ball should be dropped as near as possible to where the ball went for a ONE STROKE PENALTY.

AIR SHOTS: Nobody wants an air shot, so as long as you don’t make contact with the ball that stroke does not count. 

Tournament Directors decision will be FINAL on all disputes.

5.    ETIQUETTE & FAIR PLAY

Due to consistent feedback a decision has been made that caddying is permitted at any of the Northern Junior Golf Tour events. However, “caddying” should only extend to carrying a players’ bag ensuring that players are selecting their own clubs and making their own decisions.

A parent or guardian must remain at the golf club unless another parent is prepared to take responsibility for the player. 

We encourage parents/guardians and family to go on the course to watch and encourage the golfers, but they must refrain from standing on the greens.

6.    HANDICAPS

Players without a formal WHS handicap index at the point of entry (under 40.0) will all start the 2021 events with a handicap of 54 and play from blue tees. These “Blue” tee handicaps will be managed by the Northern Junior Golf Tour team as these players will not be playing off an officially rated course. 

Any player who has a WHS handicap index of 40.0 (at the point of entry) or less must enter the in an advanced or intermediate division (1, 2, 3 or 4)

Players in all divisions will be subject to revisions as per the NJGT handicap reduction & WHS for NJGT events. Those participants in divisions 1, 2, 3 & 4 will have WHS handicap index adjustments made at each event as per the qualifying status rules. The results will be recorded & sent back to your home club via the Golf Genius Software

NJGT HANDICAP REDUCTION SYSTEM (Division 5, 6 and 7 only)

For every shot played under nett par a player’s handicap will reduce by 0.5.

E.g. Luke has a 40 Northern JGT Handicap and receives 20 shots for the 9-hole event. Course Par is 36. Luke scored 50 gross, minus his 20 handicap allowance giving him a nett score of 30. This is 6 under nett par. Luke’s handicap will be reduced from 40 to 37 and therefore will receive 18.5 shots (19) at the next event.

The NJGT reserves the right to reduce handicaps for all players for the purpose of the NJGT in the event that a player has an exceptional score/s.

All handicap alterations will be made by the Tournament Organisers and will be available for the next event. 

7. PRIZES/TROPHIES

Prizes/Trophies and Order of Merit points will be awarded to the best net and best gross score in each category.

Presentation of prizes for all six events will take place after play at the 6th qualifying event. All players are encouraged to attend, and winners should ensure they extend their apologies if unable to.                                                               

8.    ORDER OF MERIT (Net & Gross)

The following points will be awarded to each placed player in each category

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

250 pts

200 pts

180 pts

170 pts

160 pts

150 pts

140 pts

130 pts

120 pts

110 pts

 

11th

12th

13th

14th

15th

16th

17th

18th

19th

20th

100 pts

90 pts

80 pts

70 pts

60 pts

50 pts

40 pts

30 pts

20 pts

10 pts

 

 

 

 

 

N.B – If 2 or more players finish with the same score, then a countback will be applied to determine the winner (i.e. Last 9, 6, 3, 1 holes) 

There are 7 different playing categories within the Northern Junior Golf Tour; Advanced Boys (White Tees), Advanced Boys (Yellow Tees), Intermediate Boys (Red Tees), Advanced Girls, Beginner Boys (10 & under), Beginner Boys (11-14) & Beginner Girls.

Each player competes in an Order of Merit with the Best 4 scores out of 5 within a designated County will Count. The winner of the Gross and Nett Order of Merit within each Division will qualify for the Grand Final giving a total of 14 players from each County.

In the event of two players having the same Order of Merit points’ total, the player with the highest finish in any one event will finish higher in table. If the two players have the same best finish it will be decided by their second-best finish and so on.

Please note, a player cannot win both the net and gross category. If a player does this the Net Order of Merit will take precedent and the person in 2nd position in the Gross Order of Merit will qualify for the Grand Final.

In the event of an event being cancelled due to weather or other reason, the organisers will try to reschedule if possible, otherwise the tour will be reduced in events.  

The Order of Merit net & gross winners in each category will qualify to represent their County at the Grand Final, giving a 14-player team at the Grand Final.

9. REFUNDS

A full refund will be given if the request is received via the Golf Genius portal within 7 days of the event. 

Any withdrawls received within 3 days (72 hours) of the event will result in a 50% refund. 

Any withdrawls received within 2 days (48 hours) of the event will result in the refund being forfeited. 

All requests for refunds must be received via the Golf Genius platform. 

10. NORTHERN JUNIOR GOLF TOUR – GRAND FINAL

Players will be informed of their place on their County Final Team within a week of the last qualifying event (where possible)

Revised rules may be in place at the Final and will be made available to all finalists before the event.

Any player who knows he or she will not be available to take part in the Grand Final is still welcome to play in the qualifying events and order of merit but is encouraged to tell the Tournament Director in advance of the last qualifying event.

Each finalist is responsible for telling the County Coordinator their shirt size as soon as possible after the qualifiers have been announced.

Each player who qualifies for the Grand Final (playing in the Northern Junior Golf Tour events only) will receive a FREE playing shirt from our sponsor, Chinny Dipper.

The 2022 Grand Final will be held on Wednesday 31st August 2021 at Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club (Prince Bishops Course)