Rules & Polices
Premier Junior Golf Tour (hereinafter referred to as "Premier" or "PJGT") reserves the right to change its policies and rules at any time. It is the responsibility and agreement of all players, caddies, and spectators to keep apprised of any changes made to Premier's Rules.
Important Note on Divisions/Points
For the 2020 Points Year, which runs through December 31, 2020, your age on the first round of a tournament will determine the division you will play in for that event. In the case of a birthday moving you into a new division during the course of the points year, you may wish to play up a division early on if you are vying for year end honors or Player Of The Year for a division. Please know that points earned in a division won't transfer to another division.
Code of Conduct Violation Penalties
The game of golf relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, irrespective of how competitive they may be that day.
The Premier Tournament Committee, based on severity and frequency of the violation(s), may in accordance with Rule 33-7:
- Warn the player, or
- Disqualify the player from the tournament at which the violation occurs, or
- Depending on the severity of the violation, a tournament disqualification may also result in disqualification from the next tournament(s) for which a player has been accepted.
- The PJGT reserves the right to suspend or revoke a player’s membership or entries for a serious breach of the PJGT Code of Conduct.
- A player’s disregard of others is not limited to the current round but may include repeated offenses from tournament to tournament.
To compete, you must be an amateur golfer no older than 19 years old for the given Points Tour Season. When you turn 19 years old, you also have the option to play on our adult amateur tour. Check us out at www.premiergolftour.com.
PJGT allows caddies at all tournaments. Caddies have three options. They can carry the competitor's bag, they can use their own provided push cart, or they can rent a golf cart from the course and keep the competitor's bag on it. Players must walk from each tee to each green, but are allowed to ride in the golf cart between all holes.
Spectators are allowed to ride in caddie carts, but only the caddie can give advice to the competitor. Competitors are not allowed to rest in caddie or spectator carts during the course of each hole. Caddies should not over-coach competitors at the risk of penalty strokes to the competitor for slow play. Visit Caddie Rules for further information.
Registering For A Tournament
Our events and Major Championships are "open", meaning any amateur junior golfer may apply for their age division, with any exceptions noted on our Schedule page. We have divisions at each event for junior boys and girls ages 9-19. All of our events are also first come first served until full. You may pay online, or if you wish to mail us a check, please email us with that information. Mail checks to: Premier Junior Tour, P.O. Box 510412, Punta Gorda, FL 33951, and make the check payable to Premier Junior Tour.
Yardages Posted On Website/Actual Yardages
Estimated yardages are posted once a tournament has been published on the website. Due to weather, course conditions and other factors, Premier staff reserves the right to make changes as it deems fit upon arrival at the course the day prior to the first round. It is always a good policy to check the event page for any yardage changes, which will be posted by 7pm the evening before the tournament.
All of our age divisions have no maximum # of strokes per hole. You must play each hole until you hole the ball out.
Practice On Tournament Days
Players are not allowed to play a practice round on the tournament course during any tournament round date. Penalty: Disqualification.
In multi-day events, each age division will receive a trophy or award for Champion, Runner-Up, and Third Place, regardless of field size. "1&Done" divisions will be awarded framed awards for Champion, Runner-Up, and Third Place, regardless of field size.
Rejection Of Entry And Behaviors That Could Result In Immediate Disqualification (Code Of Conduct) by either Player, Caddie or Player's Spectator/s
Club Throwing or Profanity by Player, Caddie or Player's Spectator/s, also Caddie/Spectator involvement in discussing/arguing with anyone regarding scores/rulings, and anyone causing undue delay of the tournament: First Offense of either during a tournament weekend: Official Warning; Second Offense, two-stroke penalty to the player; Third Offense: player's immediate disqualification. If caddies or spectators verbally/physically engage with ANYONE, they lose the privilege of being on the golf course with the player and must leave the course immediately, and the PJGT reserves the right to remove anyone disruptive to the field in any way. See Code of Conduct for additional details.
Tee Times & Pairings
Round 1 tee times & pairings will post on the PJGT website two days before the first round by 4pm. Subsequent rounds will post on the PJGT website approximately one hour after the last group has finished. It is the competitor's responsibility to know their tee time and to be at the tee at least ten minutes before their scheduled tee time.
Devices that measure distance ONLY are permitted for use during competition at PJGT events. However, if the device measures anything other than distance (e.g., slope, etc.), that device may not be used during competition. Penalty: disqualification.
Ties And Play-Offs
Ties for any division Champion are determined by an on-course, sudden death play-off. It is the responsibility of the players to be present for play-offs. If not present, they forfeit the higher position finish.
Ties for any Runner-Up and Third Place and any overall 13-18 divisions are determined by a scorecard playoff, beginning with the #1 handicap hole moving backward to #2, etc. as needed.
Premier has the sole discretion to determine a Champion/s if it deems for any reason that there will be no on course play-off but to rather decide the Champion via handicap scorecard playoff, beginning with the #1 handicap hole moving backward to #2, etc. as needed
Typically, a single practice round will be available for an additional fee, arranged with and payable to the golf course. Some courses allow player's guests to also play for a fee. Players without a driver's license will not be allowed to operate carts during practice rounds, but typically all players may ride in carts during the practice rounds.
Proper Attire Required By Competitors, Caddies And Spectators
Proper golf attire must be worn at all times when competitors, caddies and spectators are at a host facility. Hats and visors must be worn with brim forward; males must remove hat/visor while indoors at host facility; collared shirts or golf shirts must be worn and tucked in at all times; Women's fashion shirts without a collar are acceptable but must have sleeves; shorts must be no higher than 5" above the knees or the inseam of the shorts must measure at least 5"; all attire must be acceptable by the host facility, and men's shorts cannot hang below the knee. You may not wear tank tops, t-shirts, earrings (males), body piercing (earrings for females acceptable), denim attire of any kind.
Withdrawals (WD), No Shows (NS) And No Cards (NC)
Players who have entered and been accepted into a field may only withdraw with a full credit (no refund) minus a $25 administration fee if a doctor's written excuse is mailed to Premier, or an extreme situation arises, such as a family death, emergency surgery, etc. The player or parent must either call or email Premier prior to the start of the event.
A no-show (NS) is a player who fails to show for a round of a tournament without contacting Premier by phone. No shows do not receive a credit. Withdraws (WD) of any kind do not receive a credit. A withdrawal is a player who begins the round but does not complete the round or the tournament. To withdraw from a tournament, the player MUST speak with the Premier Committee for the withdrawal to be considered justified. Withdrawing for poor play is considered an unjustifiable withdrawal.
If a player does not return a scorecard at scoring or to the committee for proper withdrawal, the player is designated as no card (NC). Serious breaches of Premier policy are no shows, no cards and improper or unjustifiable withdrawals.
No entry fee may be refunded. Credit policy: requests for a credit 7 or more days before a tournament will be honored less a $25 administration fee to be used within a 12-month period. No requests will be honored within 7 days of the tournament (unless an extreme situation arises, such as a family death, emergency surgery, etc. at the sole discretion of Premier.) No credits will be issued due to tournaments being shortened for any reason including tournaments subject to cancellation beyond our control due to weather, natural disaster, Acts Of God, etc. All requests must be in writing via email to Premier. See Contact page for further information.
Shoes with traditionally-designed spikes, comprised entirely or partially of metal (when metal comes in contact with the surface of the putting green) are prohibited. Penalty: disqualification.
All checks returned due to insufficient funds will carry a $30.00 service charge.
Any appeal must be made in writing to the Premier Junior Golf Tour Tournament Committee at:
P.O. Box 510412, Punta Gorda FL 33951
Appeals must be made within two weeks of the date in question.
Revised November 11, 2016
Local Rules and Conditions of Competitions
The current Rules of the United States Golf Association and The R&A govern play. See applicable Championship Notice to Players and PJGT Tour Rules for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the current Rules of Golf.
Disregard Local Rules printed on club scorecards or posted at the course.
Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:
Match play -- Loss of hole; Stroke play -- Two strokes.
Distance Measuring Devices
Distance measuring devices, that measure or gauge distance only, are permitted in accordance with Rule 14-3. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
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 Players).
Stones in Bunkers
Stones in bunkers are deemed to be movable obstructions.
Out of Bounds
- 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.
- 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
Defined by red and or yellow stakes, the margin of a hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. The line itself is in the hazard. 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 road (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.
Occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or so close that the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing. These include: all restrooms, power boxes, shelters, screen fencing near housing construction, trees w/ wooden supports. Free relief (not closer to the hole) may be taken under Rule 24-2b.
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
All Staked Areas Around Newly Planted Trees
Free relief available (See Appendix I). If your stance or swing is impeded by the tree or the tree stakes, you may take free relief within one club length and no nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.
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.
Conditions of Competition
Golf Balls: It is a condition of the competition that players must use a brand of ball on the current USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls. Penalty for breach of this condition is disqualification. 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 that is named on the current USGA List of Conforming Driver heads. 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. Penalty for using a non-conforming club is disqualification.
Discontinuance of Play
1. Suspension for a dangerous situation: one long prolonged siren or airhorn note.
2. All other types of suspensions (e.g., 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.
Note: in the event of a dangerous situation, find and take the nearest shelter. It is the player, caddie and spectator’s responsibility to be aware of all shelter locations prior to beginning your round. Players must discontinue play immediately. No further strokes may be taken. Practice during a suspension of play is not allowed. The USGA and Premier emphasize that players in a competition have the right to stop play if they think lightning or other dangerous situation threatens them, even though the Committee may not have authorized it specifically by signal (Rule 6-8). See Rules of Golf for Lightning Safety Tips for Seek and Avoid suggestions.
Practice Between Holes
Practice between holes is not authorized in stroke play competitions. Reference Rule 7-2 and note 2.
All PJGT tournaments allow for competitors in all divisions to have one caddie if they wish. Caddies can be anyone the competitor chooses, but we recommend the caddie be at least 12 years old for the enjoyment of the competition by all. If the caddie and competitor cause a delay of play or hold up a group, the Committee reserves the right to impose penalties for slow play/undue delay. Caddies may either carry the competitor's bag, use the competitor's push cart, or rent a cart from the golf course or the PJGT (as available, and if the caddie has a driver's license).
The competitor's bag may be strapped onto the golf cart. Competitors may ride in a caddie's cart (or a spectator's cart) between all holes, but must walk from tee to green of all holes unless otherwise instructed by the Committee. Competitors may not rest in any golf cart from during the course of a hole being played. Spectators are allowed to ride in a caddie golf cart but should not offer advise to a competitor.
Club throwing, disruptive behavior and profanity is not tolerated on the PJGT. 1st offense of any: official warning. 2ndoffense: 2-stroke penalty. 3rd offense: disqualification. Competitors are asked to immediately notify PJGT Officials of any breach immediately when the breach occurs by having a caddie or spectator call the Tournament Director, whose number is located on every player’s scorecard.
Competitors may accept transportation from a rules official or any golf cart during evacuation. Competitors may also accept a ride from a caddie or spectator cart or rules official back to the tee box when needing to re-tee. Players are also allowed to be shuttled in carts in between all holes of all competitions.
Shoes with metal or traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition) are prohibited during a stipulated round. Penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.
Results of Competition
In stroke play, competitions are deemed to have closed when all scores have been approved by the Committee or winners in a division have been announced. 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.
The competitor you are watching is playing in a worldwide nationally-ranked event and/or a nationally-ranked tournament. It is important for the integrity of the field that all spectators adhere to all of the following Spectator Rules. Following a competitor at a PJGT event is a privilege. The PJGT staff has the right to assess a penalty to a competitor based on the severity of the spectator violation. The PJGT reserves the right to remove any spectator from the golf course for any reason.
Please keep emotions of joy or disappointment under control. We certainly encourage you to clap/encourage all competitors, but please do so in a controlled manner that is not a distraction to other competitors in the group or other groups on the golf course. Acting in a way that is disruptive to other players will result in immediate removal from the golf course, and/or from all future PJGT events. All of these rights are reserved by the PJGT.
At Your Own Risk
Attending a PJGT tournament, either by spectators, caddies or competitors, coaches, anyone, is at your own risk. Please be careful around all equipment and all situations. Premier and the host facilities are not responsible for any injury or theft to anyone attending a Premier event, nor their vehicles.
How To Properly Follow A Group
- Follow your group from a distance and stay in the rough or on the cart paths. Spectators should never be in the fairway. Please stay off all tees, fairways and greens.
- You may go ahead of your group to fore caddie, and we encourage you to do so, as long as you are not disrupting the group ahead of you with your presence. Please do not finish going forward until the group ahead of you has cleared the landing area for the group you are watching.
- If you do not choose to go ahead of your group, please stay to the side of the competitors and remain still and quiet as they play their shots.
- Do not lag behind the group you are following as this often delays the group behind you.
- Putting green: spectators must never be on the putting surface and should observe the putting green from a reasonable distance that will not interfere with the competitors, and their view of their intended line of putt.
- Looking for balls: please help spot balls for all competitors. Spectators are encouraged to watch each competitor's shot closely and may assist searching for a lost ball during the USGA-approved search period.
- Spectators are allowed to carry medicine, food, drinks, umbrellas, etc. for the competitor, and should give those items to the competitor when other competitors are in the area so as to avoid any breach of the advise rule.
- Spectators are not allowed to communicate with other competitors or their caddies, and are to be respectful of other spectators. As in all of these rules, the PJGT reserves the right to remove any spectator.
Communicating With Players
(Rule 8. Advice; Indicating Line of Play)
Advice (Rule 8) is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. In addition, any conversation between player/spectator may be construed as advice. This includes any conversation between player/spectator in their native language. In either instance, penalty for breach of this rule is two strokes in Stroke Play, and loss of hole in Match Play. Players are responsible for the actions of any spectators watching them in regard to this rule. We encourage you to carefully read Rule 8 and the Decisions pertaining to Rule 8. Penalties for the players because of spectator conduct is unfortunate and can be avoided by reading Rule 8 and adhering to it.
Spectators who need to talk with a player (for health reasons and handing them sunscreen, food, beverage, etc.) should do so in front of the other spectators and/or players, or give the items to the player's caddie if he/she has one.
Spectators Giving Rulings
Spectators are not allowed to give information on the Rules to players in any instance. Giving such information breaches Rule 8 (Advice).
Rules officials are on the course to assist players with rulings and to monitor and enforce the Pace Of Play Policy. Doubt as to Procedure: If a competitor is in doubt of his procedures, he may, without penalty, play a second ball. Before taking action, the player should announce to his marker or fellow competitor his decision to invoke this rule and the ball with which he will score if the rule permits. Facts to the Committee must be reported before returning the scorecard unless scoring the same with both balls (Rule 3-3). If you are in doubt as to your options and need a rules official, then you or anyone else may call the phone number on your Notice To Competitors and an official will come to you. Spectators are not to be involved in any rulings at risk of penalty strokes to the player.
When an Official is assisting a player all spectators should stay at least 25 yards away and should not get involved in the conversation. Spectators will be brought into a situation only if asked by the Official. Spectators should not confront officials. If a spectator has a question or information for an Official it should be done away from the players. The ruling a PJGT staff member makes is final and should not be disputed by a spectator. The PJGT reserves the right to remove spectators from the course who are confrontational and/or disrespectful to Officials.
Spectator Cart Policy
Failure to adhere to the following policies can result in your cart being taken away at any time and may result in your privileges being suspended for future tournaments. Carts may be rented by spectators (and caddies) based on availability. The daily rental fee is determined by each club and will be posted on our website. Spectator carts must stay on the cart path at all times. If the course doesn't have cart paths, then the cart must stay in the rough at all times. Carts may only move forward on the golf course, namely from tee to green, except in the case of an evacuation.
Carts must not move while competitors are playing a stroke. Spectator carts can be used in returning a player to the teebox and back into position in the case of a lost ball. Spectator carts are also allowed and highly encouraged to shuttle players between all holes. During an evacuation, carts may drive on fairways or wherever needed in order to get to safety, and are encouraged to help evacuate players first, and then any spectators and caddies. Spectator carts may carry water, umbrellas, medication, food, etc. for the player.
For your personal safety, we ask you to exercise caution at all times. When inclement weather moves into the area, or there is a known dangerous situation, Premier staff will suspend play by sounding air horns. Accordingly, you should seek shelter immediately. The Premier staff will help evacuate players from the course first and then spectators. If you have a spectator cart, we ask that you transport as many players as safely as possible to either the nearest shelter or the clubhouse, whichever is the closest point to your position on the golf course.
The USGA and Premier Junior Tour emphasize that players in a competition have the right to stop play if they think lightning or another dangerous situation threatens them, even though the Committee may not have authorized it specifically by signal (Rule 6-8). If you have any questions regarding our inclement weather or any other policies, please put your question in writing in an email to Premier before the start of the tournament.
All spectators, caddies and competitors must dress in appropriate golf attire or clothing of a similar nature. All attire must meet club guidelines or the spectator, caddie or competitor may be asked to change clothing. Men must remove their hats when entering the clubhouse.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced when on the golf course. Cell phones are not required to be turned off, as we know that cell phones may be needed to contact a rules official or for an emergency. We ask that you do not answer a phone call while on the golf course. If you must, though, please remove yourself far away from any competitors and caddies when on the phone so as to not provide any distractions.
Appreciation of Club Staff and Officials
It is appropriate, and Premier encourages you, to express your appreciation to the host club and their staff there. Please recognize that your actions may influence the future availability of not only Premier returning to the course, but other junior golf organizations coming to the club in the future. We work hard to build great relationships with all of the courses that host us. Thank you!
Pace of Play
Effective December 20, 2014.
Rule 6-7 states, in part: "The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee," and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play. In order to prevent any such penalty we suggest you review carefully the following guidelines that the PJGT has established for its competitions.
PJGT Checkpoint System
For our Pace of Play Policy will be utilizing a two-checkpoint system. There will be two checkpoints during a round, one on the 9th hole and one on the 18th hole, unless otherwise stipulated.
- Groups will not receive warnings
- Each group is responsible for monitoring their own pace
- To avoid being penalized, groups must complete each checkpoint hole:
- Either at or under their Time Par, or
- In position with the group in front of them, known as having a good Gap Time
Definition of Time Par
Time par is the expected duration of a round for juniors playing in threesomes. Time par for PJGT events will usually range anywhere from 4hr 30min rounds to 4hr 45min rounds. Time par is influenced by different factors, such as green-to-tee walking distances, field size, field quality, etc. Before every round, you will receive on your scorecard a time par with the expected time for your group to complete each hole, including the two checkpoint holes.
Definition of Gap Time
Gap time is the amount of time there is between your group and the group in front of you. You will be considered in position if you have a good gap time. You will have a good gap time if you finish a hole within 15 minutes of the group in front of you. Gap time will be measured when the flagstick is placed in the hole after each player in the group has holed out.
How The Checkpoint System Will Work
The PJGT will have volunteers sitting in carts at the greens of 9 and 18. They will assess you either a green card or a red card depending on how your group is doing with pace. You will be considered to have completed the hole once all players have holed out and the flagstick is put back in the hole.
|You will receive a Green Card if:|
- You complete the checkpoint hole either at, or under, your allotted time par for the round.
- You complete the checkpoint hole with a good gap time (within 15 minutes of the group in front of you).
Note: You only have to satisfy one (1) of the above conditions to receive a green card. You do NOT have to satisfy both. So, even if you are behind your time par, as long as you have a good gap time, you will receive a green card, or vice versa.
|You will receive a Red Card if:|
- You complete the checkpoint hole behind your time par AND you have a bad gap time, meaning you are more than 15 minutes behind the group in front of you.
Note: BOTH of the above conditions must exist for you to get a red card.
Note: The first group(s) to start will receive a red card if they arrive at a checkpoint hole behind their time par. If they reach the group ahead of them, then gap time will be in effect as well.
How Penalties at Checkpoints Will Work
If you receive a red card at a checkpoint, here is how penalties for slow play will be administered:
- First red card = one stroke penalty for each player in group
- Second red card = two stroke penalty for each player in group
Penalty strokes are to be added to the checkpoint hole where the breach occurred. Please note: there will be NO warnings given to players. It is your responsibility to monitor your own group and to make sure that you are maintaining a good pace of play. By having a time par card, you will be able to monitor how your group is doing. Also, make sure that you are always able to see the group in front of you, so that you don't develop a gap of more than 15 minutes (roughly one hole) behind them.
Concerns and Appeals
A player concerned about a non-responsive (slow) fellow-competitor in their group, who is delaying play, should request a Rules Official to monitor the group in case it may become or is liable to penalty during the course of the round. Generally, all players in a group will receive a penalty. But in extreme cases, the Committee may only assess a penalty to certain player(s) in a group, if deemed necessary.
If a player wishes to appeal a slow play penalty that was assessed to them, they must do so before returning their scorecard. If the Committee delayed the player, or if the player was delayed by a circumstance outside their control, they may have their penalty rescinded. It is up to the Committee to make the final decision on all penalties that are given.
How To Speed Up Play and Avoid Penalties
- Realize your group is "on the clock" from the first tee
- Play ready golf throughout the round
- Walk with a purpose in between shots
- Players should never take more than 40 seconds to play a shot
- Make sure you are always able to see the group in front of you
Our Heart Behind The New System
As you can see, this pace of play system is fair. Our heart behind the new system is simple: good pace of play leads to more enjoyment, and it prepares you for higher levels of golf where similar pace of play systems are in place. We want you to learn how to play golf at a reasonable pace, thus developing pace of play skills that will help you as you excel to higher levels of golf. We want to develop a culture of good pace of play, so that all competitors may enjoy their PJGT experience.
Premier Junior Golf Tour allows all competitors in all of our age divisions the option of having a caddie. We recommend that the caddie be at least 12 years old, so that both can experience the joy of competition. The caddie can be a parent, grand parent, other family member, friend, coach, or anyone else that the competitor selects.
The caddie has three options regarding the competitor's golf bag
- He/she can carry the bag
- He/she can use the competitor's own push cart or rent a push cart from the PJGT, as available. (Please pre-order by contacting the PJGT via email.)
- Or, if the caddie has a driver's license, he/she may rent a golf cart from the golf course, as available, and keep the competitor's bag on the golf cart. The player must walk from each tee box to each green, but may ride between all holes in the caddie cart.
Caddies are not to be involved in verbal or any other communications regarding advice, disputes, scores, rulings, etc. with other competitors, their caddies, any spectators or with PJGT officials, volunteers, or golf course staff. The PJGT reserves the right to remove the caddie and/or player from the golf course for that round, tournament or any future PJGT tournament/s, at the sole discretion of the PJGT.
PJGT allows spectator/s to ride in caddie carts, but only the caddie may give advice to the competitor.
Caddies must refrain from over-coaching their player at risk of penalty strokes to the player due to undue delay. The definition of over-coaching is solely at the discretion of the PJGT. Caddies will be removed from the golf course if the PJGT determines that the caddies, players or spectators are affecting the play of other competitors, at the sole discretion of the PJGT.
It is the caddie's duty to help the competitor hit each shot within a reasonable period of time. The competitor shall play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke. If he/she takes more than 40 seconds, the competitor may be subject to a penalty. The 40 second rule is put into place to prevent over-coaching and slow play. Our Pace of Play Policy applies to all competitors, even those with caddies.
Important USGA Caddie Related Rules
Rule 14-2b states that in "making a stroke", a player shall not allow his caddie to position himself on or close to an extension of the line of play or the line of putt behind the ball. A caddie may position himself in this manner before the player commits to beginning his swing but must move away once the player is set to begin his swing. Failure to do so will result in a two-stroke penalty.
Rule 8-2b states that when a player's ball is on the putting green, the player or his caddie may before, but not during, the stroke, point out a line for putting, but in doing so the putting green shall not be touched. No mark shall be placed anywhere to indicate a line for putting. Violation of this rule will result in a two-stroke penalty.
Rule 17-3 states that the player's ball shall not strike the flagstick or attendant when the flagstick is attended or the flagstick is in the hole, unattended, or when the ball has been played from the putting green. Should this occur, the player is assessed a two-stroke penalty, and the ball is played as it lies.
Rule 8-1 states that a caddie is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assists him in accordance with the rules. A player may only have one caddie at any given time. A caddie may be replaced or eliminated at any time by the player. No other person may offer advice or help to a player other than his caddie.
Remember that a rules violation by the caddie is the same as if the player violated the rule. A caddie must be aware of the rules and assist his player in accordance with the rules.