As the largest junior golf tour in the UK, we at the BJGT are fully aware that events are needed in more areas of the country to enable more junior golfers to compete without having to travel very long distances.
Some of you will know that we gave a limited number of clubs from around the UK the opportunity to host a BJGT affiliated event; the response has been amazing, so these events are now being listed on the 2020 schedule.
There are only a certain number of events that the BJGT team can actually run themselves on the day, so these affiliated events will be operated by officials from the host clubs, although we may have a BJGT director overseeing those on the day.
However, players will still get the same experience as with BJGT-run events: banners on the first tee, registration, card signing and prize giving.
The course setup will remain exactly the same, with age-related categories for those aged 12 and under (with the younger age groups playing from reduced yardage tees), as well as a Junior Open from competition tees.
Order of Merit points will be awarded as usual, using the same format, so the standard will be maintained throughout all events.
Due to logistics, caddie bibs will not be in use at affiliated events.
These new events are an exciting development for the BJGT, as we look to link junior golf events across the UK, thus providing a Tour to benefit junior golfers everywhere.
We anticipate an increase of these events year-on-year, as new clubs come on board looking to be part of the BJGT.