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Players Tour

The SCPGA Players Tour is designed for High school and College golfers looking to keep their game sharp during the summer.

Handicap, proof-of-age and graduating year will be required.

***Maximum of 15.0 handicap index for Boys Division & 30.0 handicap index for Girls Division***.

All Players Tour Boys will play from approximately 6,200 yards

All Players Tour Girls will play from approximately 5,500 yards

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SECTION 1: Organization Summaries

  • PGA of America
  • South Central PGA

 

SECTION 2: South Central PGA Junior Golf

  • South Central PGA Staff
  • Junior Golf Committee
  • Program Overview
  • Eligibility
  • Level of Play, Ages & Yardage Guidelines
  • Tournament Entry Fees

 

SECTION 3: Policies & Procedures

  • Code of Conduct
  • Entry Procedures
  • Refund Policy
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Membership Cancellation Policy
  • Transfer Policy
  • On-Site Check-In-Policy
  • Inclement Weather Policy
    • Junior Tour Tournament Cancelation
    • Players Tour Tournament Cancelation
  • Breaking Ties
  • No Shows & No Cards
  • Arrangement of Starting Times & Groupings
  • Grievance Committee
  • Assumption of Risk
  • Accommodations for Junior Golfers with Disabilities or Chronic Health Conditions
  • Miscellaneous

 

SECTION 4: Rules of Play

  • Rules of Play Overview
    • Junior Tour
    • Players Tour
  • Distance Measuring Devices

 

SECTION 5: Pace of Play

  • Pace of Play Policy
  • Pace of Play Tactics

 

SECTION 6: Spectators

  • Spectator Guidelines

 

SECTION 7: Player of the Year Points

  • Junior Tour
  • Players Tour

 

SECTION 8: Qualifying Guidelines

  • Walter Hopper Championship
  • The Oakley Cup

PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

South Central PGA

The South Central PGA is one of 41 sections that comprise The Professional Golfers’ Association of America, and it is the ninth largest geographical section. Its boundaries include the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Southern Kansas. The South Central PGA has a professional membership of more than 450.

In addition to managing the day-to-day affairs of the Section, the headquarters operates the South Central PGA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The Foundation provides The PGA golf professional an opportunity to impact the game in a most important and lasting fashion. Active involvement with the community and junior golf is, indeed, an opportunity to promote and teach this game of a lifetime to the youth of our communities.

The PGA has the responsibility to impact the traditions and history of golf to the future caretakers of the game. The PGA of America, the South Central PGA and its member golf professionals are recognized as the leaders in the world of golf today.

South Central PGA Staff

Brian Davis, PGA – Executive Director – bdavis@pgahq.com
Joyce Cherblanc – Operations Manager – jcherblanc@pgahq.com
Tory Hayes, PGA – Tournament Director – thayes@pgahq.com

Program Overview

The South Central PGA (SCPGA) Junior Program has a membership of over 1,000 junior golfers ages 9-18 and conducts over 50 tournaments annually. Tournaments offered vary in their degree of competitiveness as we provide programs for junior golfers of all skill levels. We ask that you read the following Rules and Regulations to gain a better understanding of our Junior Program. Thank you for your cooperation and support and we look forward to seeing you on the course.

Eligibility

The SCPGA Junior Tour is open to junior golfers ages 9-18 who are not currently attending college. Players who have graduated from high school may only play in SCPGA Junior Tour sanctioned tournaments until August 15 of the season directly following high school graduation. A player’s age division is based on their age as of June 1 of the calendar year. The membership fee is $75.

Level of Play, Ages & Yardage Guidelines

Members will have the right to participate in any level, in any area for which their age allows. However, the SCPGA reserves the right to restrict members to certain Levels of Play based on their performance and ability. It is suggested that members use the following guidelines when selecting a Level of Play:

Age Division # of Holes Per Event Course Yardage
Players Tour Boys 36 6,200
Players Tour Girls 36 5,500
Junior Tour Boys 16-18 18 6,000-6,500
Junior Tour Boys 14-15 18 5,500-6,000
Junior Tour Boys 12-13 18 5,000-5,500
Junior Tour Boys 9-11 9 1,600-2,000
Junior Tour Girls 16-18 18 5,000-5,500
Junior Tour Girls 14-15 18 4,500-5,000
Junior Tour Girls 12-13 9 2,100-2,400
Junior Tour Girls 9-11 9 1,600-2,000

Tournament Entry Fees

Junior Tour: 9 holes-$30 / 18 holes-$45
Players Tour: 36 holes-$125

Code of Conduct

The South Central PGA Players Tour takes great pride in the quality of its players, host facilities, and sponsors, and requires all members to adhere to a set of guidelines known as the Code of Conduct. The purpose is to help all participants grow and mature by understanding and accepting the consequences of their actions, both on and off the golf course.

Violations of the Code of Conduct

Any of the following actions by a South Central PGA junior member whether during the duration of a SCPGA event or not constitutes a violation of the SCPGA Code of Conduct:

  • Un-sportsmanlike conduct including abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers, officials and host staff, or abuse to the golf course;
  • Use of smoking or chewing tobacco products, drugs or alcohol;
  • Not adhering to the dress code while at the host facility. This includes during a practice round;
  • Leaving the course during a competitive round without permission of a tournament official;
  • Conduct deemed unbecoming of a South Central PGA junior member, such as acting in anger or creating other distractions;
  • Physical abuse, threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, slander or libel towards other players, parents, host golf course staff or members, SCPGA staff or volunteers in any fashion.

 

Required Dress at the Host Facility

  • Hats/visors must be worn with brim forward, males must remove hat/visor while indoors;
  • Collared shirts or mock turtlenecks (host golf course permitting) must be worn and tucked in at all times;
  • Women’s fashion shirts without a collar must have sleeves;
  • Women’s fashion shirts must not rise above the belt line at anytime during the golf swing.

 

Prohibited Dress at the Host Facility

  • Tank tops, T-shirts
  • Denim shorts, short-shorts, cut-off shorts, gym shorts, jeans
  • Earrings (males)
  • Body Piercings
  • Tattoos (must be covered)

 

ALL members and family are responsible for adhering to specific dress requirements at event host facilities in addition to listed policy above.

The South Central PGA staff may assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity of the Code of Conduct violation:

  1. Issue a verbal or written warning to the player and his/her parent/guardian.
  2. Enforce a two-stroke penalty.
  3. Disqualify the player from the tournament where the violation occurs.
  4. Suspend the player for a portion of the season or the remainder of the year.
  5. Suspend the player’s membership indefinitely.

 

In addition, any player that is disqualified under Rule 33-1 for gross misconduct or unsportsmanlike behavior is automatically suspended from the next tournament he/she is registered for. In the case where the player in question is not registered for another event, that player is suspended from the next event.

Entry Procedures

Entries for all tournaments conducted by the SCPGA Junior Tour & Players Tour will be accepted on-line when tournament registration for that event or tournament series opens. There is no limit to the number of events a member can enter.

Please note that walk-up players will not be accepted at any SCPGA junior tournament.

  • Junior Tour members will be placed in an age group according to their age as of June 1, 2018 and will participate in that age division throughout the season. Players Tour members will be recognized by their graduation year.
  • Members must register online for events (entries submitted via telephone, mail or email will not be accepted).
  • Confirmation emails will be sent out to each member after the registration process confirming the tournaments they were accepted into or otherwise.

 

Deadline for Junior Tour event registration will be 11:59 p.m. three days prior to the event and no late entries after the deadline will be accepted.

Deadline for Players Tour event registration will be 11:59 p.m. the Wednesday prior to the event. All Players Tour event registrations will be placed on a “pending” status until reviewed and verified by the South Central PGA. Once approved, players will receive an e-mail confirmation stating their acceptance into an event.

Refund Policy

Refunds will NOT be granted for cancellations or withdraws after the event registration deadline. NOTE: All refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted on-line through your Blue Golf account. refunds will be granted for all cancelations prior to the event registration deadline.

Membership Cancellation Policy

All membership cancellations must be submitted through the SCPGA office by speaking to an SCPGA staff member. Membership cancelations are ineligible for refunds once the player competes in one (1) SCPGA junior event. NOTE: All membership cancelation refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee.

Transfer Policy

A player may transfer his/her registration fee to a different event should they need to withdraw if they meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • The tournament they wish to transfer to is currently open to registration.
  • The registration deadline for the tournament they are withdrawing from has not passed.
  • They meet all eligibility/registration requirements for that event.
  • They transfer an entry fee to an event with an equal entry fee.

 

On-Site Check-In Policy

All participants must be checked-in and at their designated starting hole at their assigned starting time. NOTE: Prompt attendance is required of all players and time of starting penalties shall be consistent with Rule 6-3.

Inclement Weather Policy

Junior Tour Cancellation: The host facility reserves the right to cancel a tournament in the event of inclement weather or other incidents. The host facility will monitor weather conditions prior to and during the tournament. The South Central PGA Junior Tour recommends calling the host facility the morning of the event or checking the Blue Golf tournament information page. Please do not call the South Central PGA office or Tour Director for this information. In the event of inclement weather, the host facility will exhaust every effort to complete the event in its entirety. If a tournament is cancelled prior to play, members scheduled to participate in the event will be refunded the full entry fee to their account or have the option to transfer into another event of the same level. If the tournament is canceled during play, the South Central PGA Junior Tour reserves the right to retain the full entry fee

The host facility shall be responsible for the safety of all individuals associated with the tournament relative to lightning danger and it shall be the duty of the host facility to monitor weather conditions during the tournament to determine if play should be suspended due to the danger of lightning at, around or near the golf course. The host facility superintendent shall have sole and absolute discretion to declare the course unplayable or unsafe, due to weather conditions or otherwise, except for lightning which shall be the responsibility of the host professional.

Players Tour: The South Central PGA Players Tour reserves the right to cancel a tournament in the event of inclement weather or other incidents. The South Central PGA Players Tour will monitor weather conditions during the tournament, and will notify players of any delays or cancelations by e-mail and on the tournament information page. The South Central PGA Players Tour also recommends calling the host facility the morning of the event Please do not call the South Central PGA office or tournament officials for this information. In the event of inclement weather, the South Central PGA Players Tour will exhaust every effort to complete the event in its entirety. If weather forces a tournament to be postponed, the South Central PGA Players Tour will first work to reschedule the tournament to a future date. If that is not an option, the tournament will be canceled.

The South Central PGA shall be responsible for the safety of all individuals associated with the tournament relative to lightning danger and it shall be the duty of the South Central PGA to monitor weather conditions during the tournament to determine if play should be suspended due to the danger of lightning at, around or near the host facility. The host facility superintendent shall have sole and absolute discretion to declare the course unplayable or unsafe, due to weather conditions or otherwise, except for lightning which shall be the responsibility of the South Central PGA.

South Central PGA Junior Program – Inclement Weather or Dangerous Situation During Play:

DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY: Optional condition as prescribed an Appendix I is in effect. Reference Rule 6-8, 6-8b and its note.
a) Suspension for a dangerous situation: One long prolonged siren or air horn note.
b) All other types of suspensions (i.e. for darkness): Three consecutive air horn notes.
c) Resumption of play: Two air horn notes.
d) When play has been suspended for a dangerous situation, all practice facilities are deemed to be closed until declared open by the Committee.

Breaking Ties

In all Junior Tour tournaments, ties for first and second place in all age divisions will be broken by a score card playoff. The SCPGA official policy for breaking ties via a score card playoff is the same as defined by the USGA in Appendix I. The method of matching score cards to determine the winner will begin by using the last nine (9) holes of the tournament. If the players have the same score for the last nine (9), we will use the last six (6) holes, and finally the last three (3) holes. If after proceeding with this method the winner has yet to be determined, we will continue on by comparing score cards from the 18th hole and continuing backwards by comparing the 17th hole, 16th hole, etc. until a winner has been determined.

At all Players Tour events, all ties for first place overall will be broken using a sudden-death play-off. If a player is not present to compete in a sudden death playoff, he/she will be deemed to have forfeited the playoff. Should weather or darkness interfere, a score card playoff will be utilized beginning with the round two score card. Ties for first place in each graduation year will be broken by a score card playoff as outlined above.

No Shows and No Cards

It is the responsibility of the participant to notify the SCPGA when canceling out of a tournament. When canceling on the day of the tournament, members must notify the SCPGA by canceling online. Any member who does not will be considered a “No Show.”

All participants must return their score card to the scoring area immediately following play. Any participant who fails to return their score card after the round will be considered a “No Card”.

Participants withdrawing during play of an event MUST return their score card to the scoring area and notify an SCPGA official before leaving the facility; otherwise, they will be considered as a “No Card” participant.

Arrangement of Starting Times and Groupings

Starting times and groupings for all SCPGA junior events will be done on a blind draw, based on age division and graduation year. For Players Tour events consisting of two (2) rounds, players will be re-paired based on their scores from round one. For all events, requests for starting times or specific groupings will not be accommodated. Players shall start at the time and the order arranged unless otherwise informed by the SCPGA staff. Prompt attendance is required of all players at their starting point of each round. Time of starting penalties shall be consistent with Rule 6-3. Each contestant is responsible for obtaining his/her starting time.

NOTE: The structure and method used to arrange starting times and groupings may be altered at the discretion of the SCPGA staff.

Grievance Committee

In the event of a suspension, the player may submit a written account of the Code of Conduct violation to the SCPGA Junior Golf Grievance Committee within seven (7) days of the suspension / disqualification. The Grievance Committee will review all submitted materials, including a tournament staff account of the violation. The SCPGA Executive Director and Junior Golf Committee Chairman will review grievances. All grievances must go through the appropriate channels to be considered.

Assumption of Risk

By entering an SCPGA Junior Tour or Players Tour tournament, you (and any spectators accompanying you) assume all risk and danger incidental to the game of golf and release SCPGA sanctioned junior tournaments and competitions and their host sites, sponsors, host organizations, SCPGA, participating players, and all agents thereof from any and all liabilities resulting from such cases.

You (and any spectators accompanying you) grant permission to the SCPGA to utilize your image or likeness incidental to any live or recorded television or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part of any SCPGA event you attend. You agree not to transmit or facilitate transmission of any account, description, picture, or reproduction of any SCPGA event, including, without limitation, scoring related data, without the specific advance written permission of the SCPGA.

Accommodations for Junior Golfers with Disabilities or Chronic Health Conditions

The SCPGA will, at its sole discretion and upon receipt of applicable medical documentation, make reasonable accommodations for junior golfers with disabilities or chronic health conditions. Subject to applicable rules established by the host site, reasonable accommodations may include the use of a pull cart or motorized golf cart for the transportation of golf clubs and competitors during events. All related inquires and communications shall be directed to the Executive Director.

NOTE: Letters from doctors or visible injuries will not warrant special accommodations.

Miscellaneous

It is the responsibility of the participant to know the host facility rules and regulations. The SCPGA abides by all host facility rules and regulations and requires that all participants and spectators do the same.

The SCPGA reserves the right to modify, change, or update the Rules and Regulations at any time.

The Rules of the United States Golf Association shall govern play, as modified by the South Central PGA Junior Golf Committee. In the Rules of Golf, the gender used in relation to any person is understood to include both genders. The following are the Rules of Play (unless otherwise stated).

Junior Tour

  • Play the ball as it lies.
  • All participants must walk-caddies are not permitted. The South Central PGA Junior Tour permits pull carts, however they will be allowed only at the discretion of the host facility. It is the players’ responsibility to obtain course policy.
  • Advice may not be given.
  • Participants must exchange score cards with fellow competitors in the group.
  • Any player who has taken 10 (10) strokes on any hole and has not holed out must pick up his/her ball and proceed to the next tee. The score must be recorded as a ten (10) and does not exclude the participant from award consideration.
  • Doubt as to Procedure – Rule 3-3: “In stroke play, if a competitor is doubtful of his/her rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he/she may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. After the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action, the competitor must announce to his/her marker or a fellow-competitor that he intends to play two balls and which ball he/she wishes to count if the Rules permit. The competitor must report the facts of the situation to the Committee before returning his/her score card. If he/she fails to do so, he/she is disqualified.”
  • Upon completion of the round, players must immediately proceed to the scoring area to return their score card. Participants are responsible for the correct hole-by-hole score and two signatures on the score card.
  • For Junior Tour events, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.
  • Players must NOT wear headphones during play. Listening to music during a stipulated round will result in disqualification.
  • Allow the host facility staff to administer rulings. Spectators will be brought into a situation ONLY if the staff member asks for assistance.
  • When on the course, spectators and players must turn off cell phones or turn ringers to the silent or vibrate mode. Respect host facility’s policy if cell phones are not allowed.
  • Each Junior Tour competition shall be deemed to have closed when all scores have been approved and published on Blue Golf.

 

Players Tour

CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION AND LOCAL RULES
FOR SOUTH CENTRAL PGA PLAYERS TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Revised 2/10/15)

The Rules of the United States Golf Association govern play, as modified by the South Central PGA Players Tour. The following Conditions of Competition and Local Rules apply and may be found in the current Appendix 1 of the USGA Rules of Golf as referenced on page numbers below. See applicable competition’s “Notice to Competitors (Players)” for additional Definitions, Local Rules, and Conditions. In the Rules of Golf, the gender used in relation to any person is understood to include both genders.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:

Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes.

CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

GOLF BALLS: It is a condition of the competition that players must use a brand of balls on the current USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls.

  1. Penalty for breach of this condition is disqualification.
  2. The one ball rule is NOT in effect.

 

DRIVER: It is a condition of the competition that any driver the player carries must have a clubhead identified by model and loft is named on the current USGA List of Conforming Driver Heads.

  1. Penalty for carrying a non-conforming club is two strokes per hole for a maximum of four strokes per round. In match play, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred; maximum deduction per round is two holes.
  2. Penalty for using a non-conforming club is disqualification.

 

GROOVE AND PUNCH MARK SPECIFICATIONS: The player’s club must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010.

DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY: Optional condition as prescribed an Appendix I is in effect. Reference Rule 6-8, 6-8b and its note.

  1. Suspension for a dangerous situation: One long prolonged siren or airhorn note.
  2. All other types of suspensions (i.e. for darkness): Three consecutive airhorn notes.
  3. Resumption of play: Two airhorn notes.
  4. When play has been suspended for a dangerous situation, all practice facilities are deemed to be closed until declared open by the Committee.

 

PRACTICE BETWEEN HOLES: Practice between holes is NOT authorized in stroke play competitions. Reference Rule 7-2 and note 2.

CADDIES/GOLF CARS: Except when permitted by the SCPGA players are prohibited from using caddies or golf cars without prior medical approval. Players are responsible for carrying their own bag during the competitive round. In stroke play, penalty for breach of this rule is two strokes per hole, maximum of four strokes per round. In stroke play, use of any unauthorized caddie or golf car shall be discontinued immediately upon discovering that a breach has occurred. Otherwise, the player shall be disqualified.

TRANSPORTATION: Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. Exception: a player may ride in designated shuttles, and may accept transportation from a Rules Official.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Shoes with metal or traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition) are PROHIBITED during the stipulated round. Penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.

RESULTS OF COMPETITION:

  1. In stroke play, competitions are deemed to have closed when all scores have been approved by the Committee or a winner has been announced.
  2. In match play, the result of a match is considered to have been “officially announced” when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.

 

LOCAL RULES

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: Distance Measuring Devices, that measure or gauge distance only, are permitted in accordance with Decision 14-3/0.5.

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

a)Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, except sand, may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole.

WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH: Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments (unless otherwise provided in the Notice to Competitors).

STONES IN BUNKERS: Stones in bunkers are deemed to be movable obstructions.

UNDUE DELAY: Reference Rule 6-7 and separate SCPGA Pace of Play Policy.

OUT OF BOUNDS:

  1. Out of bounds is defined by the inside edge of white stakes and/or property fence posts at ground level. When defined by a white line, the line itself is out of bounds.
  2. The inside edge of a paved road or curb defines out of bounds. A ball that is on or beyond the road or curb is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the golf course.

 

WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARD STAKES AND LINES: When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

ROADS AND PATHS: Curbing and artificial materials bordering cart paths are considered part of the obstruction. White-lined areas tying into roads (not defining out of bounds) and paths are part of the obstruction.

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: All scoring areas, which include the tent, the stake and rope surrounding the tent and any objects such as the table and chairs located within the stake and rope, are deemed to be temporary immovable obstructions.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Ground under repair is defined by white lines. Other areas of ground under repair, even when not marked, include:

  1. French drains, which are trenches filled with rocks or stones.
  2. Fire ant beds or mounds (Note: For a player whose ball is in a water hazard and is affected by a fire ant bed or mound, see Decision 1-4/10).

 

SOD SEAMS: Except in a hazard, sod seams (not the sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 25-1 if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams within the sodded area are considered the same seam.

INTEGRAL PART OF THE COURSE: Integral parts of the course are areas on the course from which relief is not granted. Integral parts of the golf course include (unless otherwise provided in the Notice to Competitors):

  1. Cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees.
  2. Artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards.

 

Distance Measuring Devices

The SCPGA Junior Tour and Players Tour will allow the use of devices that measure only distance in all events. A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.

If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used. A multifunctional device such as a PDA or Smartphone may be used as a distance measuring device as long as the application measures distance only.

NOTE: Applications that also assist the player in his play e.g. videoing swing for analysis or gauging green contours are not permitted.

All devices used must be of a handheld variety, carried by the player. Use of GPS yardage systems installed on golf carts will not be permitted at any time. Spectators must not relay any yardage information displayed by a GPS system in a golf cart.

A player who breaches this policy will be deemed to have violated the SCPGA Junior Code of Conduct and will be subjected to the following penalties:

FIRST OFFENSE: One (1) stroke penalty
SECOND OFFENSE: Two (2) stroke penalty
THIRD OFFENSE: Disqualification.

Additionally, players may share their distance measuring device and information pertaining to yardage with fellow competitors at their discretion provided such action does not cause an undue delay.

Should there be a question on the legality of a certain distance measuring device, it is recommended that all players contact the SCPGA office and speak with a member of the SCPGA staff.

Junior Tour PACE OF PLAY POLICY

The established Pace of Play for all South Central PGA Junior Tour tournaments is 15 minutes per hole (4 hours and 30 minutes) unless otherwise noted.

DEFINITION OF OUT OF POSITION FOR TEE TIME STARTS

The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they exceed the time allotted to play, as detailed on the applicable Notice to Competitors.

Any subsequent groups will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they (a) exceed the allotted time to play and (b) reach a par-3 hole that is open and free of play or fail to clear the tee of a par-4 or par-5 hole before that hole is open and free to play. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.

NOTE 1:

The Rules Committee reserves the right to time a group when the Rules Committee deems it necessary.

Further, if a player is determined by the Rules Committee to be unreasonably slow he may be timed individually at the Rules Committee’s discretion, regardless of whether his group is out of position.

NOTE 2:

A player is permitted 40 seconds to play a stroke, and an additional 20 seconds (for a total of 60 seconds) will be allowed for: (a) the first player to play a stroke on a par-3 hole; (b) the first player to play a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole; (c) the first player to play a third stroke on a par-5 hole; (d) the first player to play around the putting green; and (e) the first player to play on the putting green.

NOTE 3:

Should a ruling or other legitimate delay cause a group to lose its position, the group is obligated to regain its position within a reasonable time.

PENALTIES:

The South Central PGA Junior Tour reserves the right to penalize a group or individual player if multiple violations of the Pace of Play policy occur.

FIRST OFFENSE: Warning
SECOND OFFENSE: One (1) stroke penalty
THIRD OFFENSE: Two (2) stroke penalty
FOURTH OFFENSE: Disqualification.

PACE OF PLAY TACTICS

There are several tactics that can help improve Pace of Play. The South Central PGA Junior Golf Committee will recommend and, in some cases, enforce the following tactics during tournaments for groupings who fail to keep up with the established Pace of Play. It is recommended that all players utilize the tactics listed below throughout the entire round.

1. Play “Ready Golf”

  • When the area surrounding the player is clear, he/she may proceed to hit their shot regardless of whether or not it is that his/her turn to hit.
  • Walk with a purpose!

 

2. Maximum Number of Practice Swings

  • All players will be limited to a total of two (2) practice swings per shot.

 

3. Lost Ball

  • When spotters, officials or parents are available to help search for a potentially lost ball, the South Central PGA Junior Tour recommends that the other players go forward to play his next shot or shots and hold the group’s position on the course.

 

4. Continuous Putting

  • Once all players’ balls are on the putting green, the player who is farthest from the hole will continue putting until his/her ball is holed. This will continue until all players in the grouping have finished playing the hole.

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

  • Each group plays the course in similar amount of time
  • Players are off the golf course and out of the heat quicker
  • Ensures completion of rounds

 

Players Tour PACE OF PLAY POLICY

The established Pace of Play for all South Central PGA Players Tour tournaments is 15 minutes per hole (4 hours and 30 minutes) unless otherwise noted.

DEFINITION OF OUT OF POSITION FOR TEE TIME STARTS

The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they exceed the time allotted to play, as detailed on the applicable Notice to Competitors.

Any subsequent groups will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, they (a) exceed the allotted time to play and (b) reach a par-3 hole that is open and free of play or fail to clear the tee of a par-4 or par-5 hole before that hole is open and free to play. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.

NOTE 1:

The Rules Committee reserves the right to time a group when the Rules Committee deems it necessary.

Further, if a player is determined by the Rules Committee to be unreasonably slow he may be timed individually at the Rules Committee’s discretion, regardless of whether his group is out of position.

NOTE 2:

A player is permitted 40 seconds to play a stroke, and an additional 20 seconds (for a total of 60 seconds) will be allowed for: (a) the first player to play a stroke on a par-3 hole; (b) the first player to play a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole; (c) the first player to play a third stroke on a par-5 hole; (d) the first player to play around the putting green; and (e) the first player to play on the putting green.

NOTE 3:

Should a ruling or other legitimate delay cause a group to lose its position, the group is obligated to regain its position within a reasonable time.

PENALTIES:

The South Central PGA Players Tour reserves the right to penalize a group or individual player if multiple violations of the Pace of Play policy occur.

FIRST OFFENSE: Warning
SECOND OFFENSE: One (1) stroke penalty
THIRD OFFENSE: Two (2) stroke penalty
FOURTH OFFENSE: Disqualification.

PACE OF PLAY TACTICS

There are several tactics that can help improve Pace of Play. The South Central PGA Junior Golf Committee will recommend and, in some cases, enforce the following tactics during tournaments for groupings who fail to keep up with the established Pace of Play. It is recommended that all players utilize the tactics listed below throughout the entire round.

1. Play “Ready Golf”

  • When the area surrounding the player is clear, he/she may proceed to hit their shot regardless of whether or not it is that his/her turn to hit.
  • Walk with a purpose!

 

2. Maximum Number of Practice Swings

  • All players will be limited to a total of two (2) practice swings per shot.

 

3. Lost Ball

  • When spotters, officials or parents are available to help search for a potentially lost ball, the South Central PGA recommends that the other players go forward to play his next shot or shots and hold the group’s position on the course.

 

4. Must, Must, May

  • MUST – The first player to finish playing a hole MUST immediately grab their bag and start making their way to the next tee.
  • MUST – The player MUST also be the first person to play from the next teeing ground.
  • MAY – This player MAY tee off prior to the rest of his/her group arriving to the tee and if the landing area is clear.

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

  • Each group plays the course in similar amount of time
  • Players are off the golf course and out of the heat quicker
  • Volunteer work time is reduced
  • Ensures completion of rounds
  • Allows maintenance more time to prepare for subsequent rounds
  • Course returned for member-play sooner
  • Rules Officials can be Rules Officials and do not have to be timers

Code of Conduct

Before, during, or after the conduct of an SCPGA Junior event, no parent, guardian, or spectator shall:

  1. Verbally or physically abuse, threaten or disrespect a fellow spectator, parent/guardian, youth participant, volunteer, employee, guest, caddie or other persons conducting, participating in, hosting or attending an SCPGA Junior event;
  2. use obscene language;
  3. cause physical damage to, or loss of, property or equipment of any of the parties set forth above or of the host facility; or;
  4. use or be under the influence of alcohol, or an unauthorized controlled substance during a SCPGA Junior event.

 

Any violation of one or more items in the code of conduct is grounds for immediate removal of the parent, guardian, or spectator and / or the player from the activity and host facility, and may result in the loss of the privilege to participate in SCPGA Junior events for the parent, guardian, or spectator and / or player indefinitely.

Spectators MAY:

  • Rent golf carts if the host facility has and permits them. Carts MUST stay on cart paths at all times. When on foot spectators MUST stay off tees, fairways, greens and out of hazards. Spectators MUST keep a minimum distance of 30 yards away from the players.
  • Help search for lost golf balls ONLY if asked to do so by a tournament participant or tournament official.
  • Use a cell phone provided it is on vibrate/silent and used in areas far away from where players are hitting.
  • Carry medicine, drinks, food, umbrellas and clothing for players.

 

Spectators MAY NOT:

  • Give advice, give a ruling, assist in official scorekeeping, enter a scoring area, allow a player in a golf cart, or wear inappropriate attire. NOTE: Talking to the players may be construed as giving advice, resulting in a penalty for the player. Advice (Rule 8) is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his/her play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. Any conversation between a player/spectator may be construed as advice. This includes any conversation between a player/spectator in their native language. Penalty for breach of this rule (Rule 8) is two strokes or loss of hole. Players are responsible for the actions of their relatives and spectators in regards to this rule.
  • Break rules and regulations set by a host facility.
  • Relay any yardage information displayed by a GPS system in a golf cart.
  • Allow players to ride on the back of the golf cart. All players must be seated when transportation is permitted.

 

Please seek a SCPGA staff member or host facility staff member for a ruling. If a SCPGA staff member or volunteer is not present, spectators may remind players they can proceed under Rule 3-3 which allows them to play a second ball when in doubt as to procedure.

Players are NOT ALLOWED in a golf cart at any time during a stipulated round unless authorized by a SCPGA staff member or host facility staff member.

Spectators attend SCPGA Junior events at their own risk. Exercise caution at all times. When inclement weather moves into the area, the SCPGA and/or host facility will suspend play by sounding airhorns (ONE BLAST for a dangerous situation). Seek shelter immediately. Spectators may transport players to safety at this point in a golf cart.

Players are eligible to earn points at each junior event in which they compete. A player’s standing on the points list will be determined by the total points accumulated from the tournaments in which they participate.

At all Junior Tour events, points will be awarded to the top 15 finishers and ties in each age division. For awards – ties are broken by scorecard playoff but points will be distributed equally among the players tied for that place. For example there is a three way tie for first – trophy is awarded by a scorecard playoff but points and the website will show all three kids tied for 1st and the points for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd divided equally among them. POY points are updated every Friday for the tournaments that week providing scores have been entered.

At all Players Tour events, points will be awarded to the top 15 finishers and ties in the overall boys and girls division. The following is the breakdown of the point distribution:

AJGA Performance Based Entry – Stars

Each Players Tour event has been given Performance Based Entry Provisional Status.

***Tournament Fields need at least 40 Boys or 12 Girls to receive PBE Status in each respective division.***

Additionally, if the field has at least 55 boys or 18 girls, the AJGA will recognize the Top 10% of each field that respectively meets these requirements, with 1 Performance Star.

The following is the breakdown of the point distribution for each level of play:

Junior Tour
1 1000
2 800
3 600
4 500
5 400
6 350
7 300
8 250
9 200
10 150
11 125
12 100
13 75
14 50
15 25
Players Tour
1 2000
2 1600
3 1200
4 1000
5 800
6 700
7 600
8 500
9 400
10 300
11 250
12 200
13 150
14 100
15 50

Walter Hopper Championship

The Walter Hopper Championship is slated for the first of August. Registrants are not guaranteed spots in the tournament. On July 29, the SCPGA junior golf committee will add registrations into the field based on accumulated Player of the Year Points until each age division has filled its available field size. If all registrants with Player of the Year points have been added into the field and tournament spots remain open, remaining spots will go to registrants with NO player of the year points on a first come, first serve basis within their specific age division. Specific age division field sizes will be proportional to age division percentages in overall SCPGA Junior Tour membership. Registrants will not be charged a tournament entry fee until they have been added to the Walter Hopper Championship field.

Walter Hopper Championship breakdown by age division. Each age division is guaranteed a minimum 8 spots.

**Example: Based on maximum field size of 150 participants.

TOTAL: 150
Junior Tour Boys 9-11 10
Junior Tour Boys 12-13 10
Junior Tour Boys 14-15 30
Junior Tour Boys 16-18 50
Junior Tour Girls 9-11 5
Junior Tour Girls 12-13 10
Junior Tour Girls 14-15 15
Junior Tour Girls 16-18 20

The Oakley Cup

The Oakley Cup Matches is an annual competition between the East Region (Eastern Oklahoma Chapter & Arkansas Chapter) and the West Region (Western Oklahoma Chapter & Kansas Chapter) of the South Central PGA.

The Matches were started in 2014 to recognize the top junior players on the South Central PGA Players Tour and reward their strong play from the current calendar year.

The top 8 boys and 4 girls from each region will compete in a Ryder Cup style format over two days, and this year’s competition will be played at the beautiful and challenging Shangri-La Golf Club on Grand Lake.

Eligibility:

Qualifying will be based on final standing on the South Central PGA Players Tour Player of the Year Points List as of the end July .

Any qualifier who has graduated high school and started college is not eligible to play in The Oakley Cup.

AGE DIVISIONS & TOURNAMENT YARDAGES

Age Division # of Holes Per Event Course Yardage
Players Tour Boys 2015 36 6,200
Players Tour Boys 2016 36 6,200
Players Tour Boys 2017 36 6,200
Players Tour Boys 2018 36 6,200
Players Tour Girls 2015 36 5,500
Players Tour Girls 2016 36 5,500
Players Tour Girls 2017 36 5,500
Players Tour Girls 2018 36 5,500
Junior Tour Boys 16-18 18 6,000-6,500
Junior Tour Boys 14-15 18 5,500-6,000
Junior Tour Boys 12-13 18 5,000-5,500
Junior Tour Boys 9-11 9 1,600-2,000
Junior Tour Girls 16-18 18 5,000-5,500
Junior Tour Girls 14-15 18 4,500-5,000
Junior Tour Girls 12-13 9 2,100-2,400
Junior Tour Girls 9-11 9 1,600-2,000