BJGT

You don’t have to have a handicap.
You don’t have to be a member of a golf club.
You don’t have to be a member of BJGT, although there are benefits in being so..
Anyone can play at our events!
What is essential, you must ENJOY GOLF!

Age group and handicap qualifying events.

Event Entry

Age Qualifying Date: 24th June 2019 (unless specified on the event page)

Two main reasons for this date: it minimizes changes for the Junior World Championships age groups, which is a couple of weeks later, and the other is that players will only play a maximum of half the season in the ‘wrong’ age group.

There are a couple of exceptions (e.g. Junior World Championships qualifiers), but any changes will be specified on the individual event page.

As a member of the BJGT, you will receive a membership entry code that will give you 20% discount for every event entered. If you choose to become a member of the BJGT, you must purchase membership first, then use the code provided via email to enter events.

Entering a BJGT tournament couldn’t be easier: just fill out the online entry form and select one or more events, you will then be asked for payment of the entry fee(s), and finally you’ll receive an email confirming your entry.
After the closing date, which is usually seven days prior, all entrants will be listed on the tee sheet and displayed on the competition page.
It is the responsibility of the player to know his or her own tee time.
All tee times and groupings are subject to change and you must check again before travelling.

Arriving at the event
Registration opens 1 hour before the first tee time. At the venue, look for our BJGT registration desk and make yourself known to the Event Secretary.
Once you have signed in, you will receive your scorecard and confirmation of your tee time and groupings.

You must be at the first tee 10 minutes prior to your tee time.
Late arrival to the tee may result in two stroke penalty or disqualification.
The Event starter will announce on the tee each player’s name before he or she tees off.
It is acceptable to applaud and give a warm welcome to every player.
All players must walk unless there has been a prior agreement with tournament organisers.

Competition Levels

Age Qualifying Date: 24th June 2019 (unless specified on the event page)

6 & Under (blue tee) – 9 holes – Gross
7-8 (black tee) – 9 holes – Gross
9-10 (red tee) – 9 holes – Gross
Age-related competitions on shortened courses, played over nine holes. Age 9-10 plays off the red tees, over nine holes.
Once younger players obtain a CONGU handicap, they can, if they choose, play in either their own age group competition or the full 18-hole Junior Open (Under 18) competition.

Age 11-12 (red tee) – 18 holes – Gross
Once players in this division obtain a CONGU handicap, they can, if they choose, play in either their own age group competition or the full Junior Open (Under 18) event. This division will be handicap-qualifying for girls, but non-qualifying for boys.

Age 13-17 (Junior Open/Under 18): boys (white tee) and girls (red tee) – 18 holes – Gross and Net
Handicap-qualifying competitions for players of aged 7 to 17 years, with a maximum CONGU handicap of 28 for Boys & 36 for Girls, played over 18 holes.

Born between   25th June 2013 – onwards              Age 5 – (Enter 6/Under)
Born between   25th June 2012 – 24th June 2013   Age 6 – (Enter 6/Under)
Born between   25th June 2011 – 24th June 2012   Age 7 – (Enter 7-8 or Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2010 – 24th June 2011   Age 8 – (Enter 7-8 or Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2009 – 24th June 2010   Age 9 – (Enter 9-10 or Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2008 – 24th June 2009   Age 10 – (Enter 9-10 or Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2007 – 24th June 2008   Age 11 – (Enter 11-12 or Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2006 – 24th June 2007   Age 12 – (Enter 11-12 or Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2005 – 24th June 2006   Age 13 – (Enter Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2004 – 24th June 2005   Age 14 – (Enter Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2003 – 24th June 2004   Age 15 – (Enter Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2002 – 24th June 2003   Age 16 – (Enter Junior Open)
Born between   25th June 2001 – 24th June 2002   Age 17 – (Enter Junior Open)

Approximate Yardages for younger age categories (9 Holes)

Boys & Girls

Par 3

Par 4

Par 5

Total (9 Holes)

6 & Under

60-90

120-180

180-250

1500

7-8

80-110

150-240

240-320

2000

Prizes

Trophies will be awarded in each division at every competition, depending on the following conditions:

Girls will play for separate trophies at events where there are 3 or more in any division. Order of Merit points, however, will be awarded depending on the overall position as a mixed competition.

9-Hole Age Divisions:
Ten or more players – Top three. Between five and nine players – Top two. Fewer than four players – Winner only.
If an age category has 3 or more girls playing, the girls will have their own trophies.

18-Hole Divisions:
Gross – Winner, Runner-Up and 3rd for both Boys and Girls, depending on entries.
Net – Winner, Runner-Up and 3rd, Boys and Girls combined.
Girls will play for separate Gross trophies at events where there are 3 or more in the Mixed Age category.

In 2019, there will be some events run directly by the club on the day, but they will be part of the BJGT Order of Merit.  At these events (identified on the 2019 schedule as ‘BJGT affiliated event’), countback will decide the overall positions.

Where the BJGT are running the event on the day, countback only applies for the winner; in cases of ties for Runner-Up and 3rd, trophies will be awarded to all involved.

Junior World Championships Qualifier:
Ten or more players – Top three. Between five and nine players – Top two. Fewer than four players – Winner only.

In the event of a tie, the winner and runner-up places at the Junior World Championships Qualifiers will be decided by a sudden death play-off.

Spot prizes may also be on offer at certain events.
The presentation at each event will take place after play in each division has finished, except for the Tour Championship, where there will be a single presentation once all play has concluded.

This is an important part of every event, since it allows players and families to socialise and is an excellent opportunity to interact with other players. Hence we always encourage players to stay for the presentation.

Tournament Field

The field may be limited at certain events, depending on tee time or light restrictions.
Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, with a waiting list in operation once full.  Members of the BJGT will have priority on the reserve list.

Tee Times

Tee times will be on the website three days before the event.

Order of Merit

The 2019 British Junior Golf Tour Order of Merit will run from the first event, Sunday 24th February, through to the Tour Championship at Foxhills GC, on Sunday 6th October.
Points will be awarded at each event listed on the BJGT schedule, up to and including the Tour Championship (excluding the IMG Academy Junior World Championship Qualifiers).

The 2019 Order of Merit will be a ‘best of’ series, which will take players’ top 8 results across the season; however, you do not need to play in 8  events to appear in the Order of Merit.

Qualification for the Tour Championship will be based on a player’s position on the Order of Merit following the final tour event.

  • 6 & Under – Top 21
  • 7-8 – Top 15
  • 9-10 – Top 15
  • 11-12 – Top 15
  • Mixed Division – Gross – Top 9
  • Mixed Division – Net – Top 9 (Not already qualified through Gross OOM)

Players may feature in more than one division – for example, a 9-year old with a CONGU handicap of 28 may play in either their age division, or the main ‘Mixed Division’ from white tees, at any event and earn the relevant points for their finishing position. Should they qualify for the Tour Championship in both divisions, it will be their choice as to which division they play at that event.

Special Scoring Events:
The 3-day event will carry event points on each of the 3 days, with an additional 50 bonus points being awarded to every player playing all 3 days.
The Tour Championship will carry double points.

Tour Champion:
The 2019 BJGT Tour Champion of each division will be decided following the conclusion of play at Foxhills GC, once the points earned have been added from that event.

The table shows the points system in place.

Points example:
In a field of 20 players, the winner would receive 30 points plus 20 bonus points (the number of players they beat), giving an event total of 50 points.
The runner up would receive 25 points plus 19 bonus points, giving a total 44.

Pace of Play

This is a very important aspect of the game and one we are constantly monitoring at events!

9 holes should take no longer then 2 – 2 1/4 hours and 18 holes no longer than 4 – 4 1/2 hourrs.

It is a requirement that all groups keep pace with the preceding group, NOT just keep ahead of the group behind!
‘Play-ready golf’ – be prepared to play before it’s your turn, walk between shots at a good pace, leave the green once you have finished a hole and mark your card on the next tee.
Unless there is a mitigating circumstance, i.e. a ruling is required (in which case the group behind should be called through), slow play will be monitored and penalised in the usual way.

Electronic Measuring Devices

Distance only devices, GPS or rangefinders, are permitted for all players; slope measuring devices are not allowed.

Tournament Withdrawals

This should be done via email to golf@juniorgolftour.co.uk or text 07747 847857, as soon as a player is aware that he/she can no longer take part. Also, if you receive any email from the BJGT asking you to confirm the player’s attendance, please do so as soon as possible.

Players may withdraw from events up to five days before the competition and receive a refund, minus a £5 admin fee.
Withdrawal later than five days before will mean that the entry fee is forfeited.

Should a player not turn up to an event, without prior notice, a warning will be issued.
If this happens on a second occasion, they will be banned from the next BJGT event entered or for 1 calendar month, depending on the schedule.

Event Cancellation

British Junior Golf Tour always endeavours to run all tournaments as advertised; however, in the event of any competition being cancelled, possibly due to the weather, the website will be updated immediately; players will then be notified asap by email, text or phone.
All entries fees will be refunded or carried over to a future tournament.
If accommodation has been booked, your golf insurance should cover this. We recommend that all players purchase golf insurance.

Caddy Policy

We firmly believe that players should be permitted assistance during a competition, therefore juniors are allowed one caddie to help them on the course.

Caddies may pull or carry the bag, clean clubs, rake bunkers, and, if asked, give basic shot advice. For players with a seat on their trolley, they must not be seated whilst the trolley is moving.

The role of the caddie is to support, advise on club selection and the shot required, but they must allow the player to take responsibility for their own golf game.

  • Coaching, in any form, is NOT permitted; leave this for the range.
  • Caddies must NOT line up a player!

You may pick out a line or target, but then move from behind the player – Adjusting left and right is not allowed.

  • Caddies are NOT permitted to give advice or assistance on the green.
  • Caddies must wear a caddie bib, collected from the BJGT team at the start of the day, and returned at the end.
  • And finally: caddies, please do not be critical on the course, this does not help! Please offer encouragement and stay positive!

Academy Rules

We have a set of ‘Local Rules’ in play for age groups 6 & Under and 7-8 only; these are designed to keep the game fun, to stop younger players from becoming demoralised and keep play moving.

  • 10-Shot maximum per hole
  • After 3 failed shots to escape a bunker, players may take a free drop to the side of the hazard, only counting the 3 failed shots.
  • All water hazards are considered ‘Lateral’, so take a penalty drop to the side of the hazard where possible, but should a stream cross the hole a drop may be taken on the other side of the hazard (meaning players don’t have to hit over the water a second time).
  • Out of Bounds is considered a ‘Lateral Hazard’, so drop a ball back in play 2 club lengths from where the original shot crossed the boundary, with a 1-shot penalty.
  • Caddies may help tee the ball up when playing from the tee and mark the ball on the greens, it is hoped players learn these skills as they play.

Spectators

All spectators should stay off fairways, tees and greens and walk in front of the group they are watching; this way, you won’t be causing a delay to the group behind or in any danger of being hit.

Photography and Videography

There will be an event photographer/videographer at all BJGT competitions, plus a media photographer/videographer at some events.
As a standard condition of entry, photos and videos may be used by British Junior Golf Tour for all promotional purposes. This includes website, newsletters, newspaper publications and social media.
If you don’t wish for photos or videos to be taken or used, please inform us via email at the time of entry.
Photos will be available to purchase after the event.

Accident and Injuries

Competitors play at their own risk. Spectators and caddies also walk the course at their own risk.
BJGT takes no responsibility for any accidents or injuries that happen at any of the events.
We do recommend that all players have golf insurance, covering personal and 3rd parties.

Code of Conduct

The British Junior Golf Tour runs high quality, professional, and fun competitions for all junior players.
Players and parents must abide by the Rules of Golf and maintain good golfing etiquette both on and off the course.

VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
Unsportsman-like conduct, including abusive language, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers, officials or fellow competitors.
Deliberate miss-counting of shots.
Any abusive behaviour to any other persons and property at the Golf Club.
Any breach of these rules may cause a ban from attending future BJGT events, and persons guilty of improper conduct at any competition will be asked to leave.
In the event of any unresolved issues, parents should speak, in private, to the BJGT Directors at an agreed time and not in front of children.
BJGT officials decisions are final.