A field of around 90 juniors will be joining us at The Bedford Golf Club for the first standard BJGT Junior Open of 2020.
This is a hugely over subscribed event on the BJGT calendar, but due to the time of year, we are restricted in the number that we can accommodate - apologies to all those who have missed out.
The Bedford is always in good condition in the winter, and we know you will all enjoy your game. HAVE FUN!
NOTE. Pace of play is very important, and this will be monitored strictly on the BJGT in 2020; slow play will be penalised!
Please ensure that you check the link again prior to the event on Sunday 23rd Feb, as there WILL be updates to the start sheets.
We highly recommend that you read our Tour Policy, showing all you need to know about the rules and regulations regarding playing an event with the British Junior Golf Tour.
Please register and collect your scorecard at the event desk, at least 45 minutes before your start time; this will be located in the clubhouse.
This is to be undertaken on the driving range, putting green or practice facilities that the club may have. Players are not allowed to warm up on the course before the event.
Please make sure that you are on the putting green at least 15 minutes before your start time, then at the tee at least 10 minutes prior to your start time to meet your partners, exchange scorecards and get any final instructions. You should make sure that you watch the group ahead of you tee off, then make yourself known to the starter.
Players are permitted one caddie to assist them on the course; they are there to help with pace of play by carrying the bag, handing clubs and raking bunkers, etc.
A caddie will be wearing a caddie bib collected from the BJGT team at the start of the day, and they will need to return their caddie bib at the end of play.
Coaching is not permitted, lining up is not permitted, and NO assistance may be given on the green.
Caddies are to stay off the greens at all times.
Pace of Play
This is a very important aspect of the game and one that we are constantly monitoring at events!
9 holes should take no longer than 2 – 2 1/4 hours and 18 holes no longer than 4 – 4 1/2 hours.
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. If a group does not finish within 15 minutes of the group in front, a penalty of 2 strokes will be added to all players in the group. We will be very strict on this rule in 2020, so caddies and players, please encourage your playing partners to play at the recommended speed.
All events are played using standard R&A strokeplay rules.
Please make sure that you familiarise yourselves with the 2019 R&A rule changes, as the BJGT is going to be implementing these new rules in all categories.
It is a player’s and caddie’s responsibility to learn the rules of golf, and penalties will be applied if rules are broken.
Here is a link to the R&A website, where you will find great videos explaining the 2019 rule changes. https://www.randa.org/
Distance Measuring Devices:
Range finders and GPS devices are allowed, as long as they measure distance only.
People may watch you on the way round, but they should keep off the fairways and be ahead of the group that they are watching; this will ensure that they are not in danger of being hit by, or holding up, the group behind.
After Your Round:
All players are required to present themselves at the scoring desk following their round. Failing to do so will result in disqualification. Please do not sign your card until you are at the scoring desk and have agreed scores with the official; we don’t want anyone signing for an incorrect score, so we will make sure that the computer agrees with your adding up.
Parents, players and friends will have the option to purchase meals in the clubhouse throughout the day.
This will take place in the clubhouse following the conclusion of play in each category and it would be much appreciated if everyone can stay to show their support.
6&Under and 7-8 age groups have the following ‘Academy Rules‘; these are designed to keep the game fun, to stop younger players 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, although lining up is not permitted (rule 10.2b, as above). Caddies may mark their player’s ball on the green and attend flags; it is hoped that players will learn these skills as they play on the Tour.