Evansville Junior Golf Association

Golf Rules

RULES

Our overall goal is to have our junior players learn the game (including the official rules) through tournament play, and do so in an inviting way.  Because of the skill level differences between Tours we have assigned slightly different rule guidance based on the Tour.  We respect and understand that many players, especially at the Pee Wee level, are not knowledgeable of the USGA rules at a comprehensive level and that is okay.  However, as players advance into the Prep and Masters Tours we expect an increased understanding of the USGA rules.

 

All Tours

 

Pace of Play, Rule 5.6b

A round of golf should be played in a reasonable pace, the following time references are our standard: 18 holes 4h 30m, 9 holes 2h 15m, 5 holes 1h 15m. 

There is much discussion about the pace of play at all levels of competitive golf, specifically it being too slow.  We feel strongly that developing efficient playing habits at a junior level is key to long term change.  A few simple behavior changes can shave many minutes off the total round time while allowing the player plenty of time at each shot and not feeling rushed.  Stated differently our guidance isn’t to rush but rather to play efficient which will translate to faster play.

  • Position your golf bag efficiently close to your ball, typically the ideal location is directly across from the golf ball as you would be addressing the golf shot.
  • Be prepared to play when it is your turn.
  • When approaching the green position your golf bag between the green and the next tee to avoid un-necessary walking / time.
  • Record scores on the tee box following the hole completed.

 

Cell Phones

The use of cell phones will not be allowed while playing, with the exception of emergency use.

 

Music

The use of any music (or similar) players will not be allowed while playing, not only is this a distraction it can also be violation of Rule 4.3a(4) and /or Rule 1.2.

 

Walking the Course, Push Carts

It is required that the players walk the course when playing their round.  Push / Pull carts are allowed.   Players may ride in carts to assist in unique situations, e.g. being transported back to a tee to re-hit a shot, etc.  Spectators may ride in carts, details would be specific to the course  i.e. cost, availability, etc.

 

Note the following Local Rules (all Tours):

 

G-3 Conforming Golf Balls

Any ball used in making a stroke must be on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the USGA.

 

G-9 Replacing Club that is Broken or Significantly Damaged

If a player’s club is “broken or significantly damaged” during the round by the player, except in cases of abuse, the player may replace the club with any club under Rule 4.1b(4).

 

J-1 Method for Stopping and Starting Play

A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one long blast of horns. Resumption of play will be signaled by three short blasts of horns, and /or guidance from the Committee. Rule 5.7b.

 

Pee Wee Tour

 

Golf Balls  - Rule 6.3(a) should be followed, Holing Out with Same Ball Played from the Teeing Area.  For example, switching to a different golf ball on the green to putt would not be allowed.

Intent: Switching balls during a hole will waste time, and could be perceived as an advantageous activity by competitors.

 

Teeing Area - Rule 6.2(b) should be followed, Teeing area rules.  The golf ball should be hit from the area defined as the teeing area.

The teeing area is a rectangle that is two club-lengths deep where:

  • The front edge is defined by the line between the forward-most points of two tee-markers set by the Committee, and
  • The side edges are defined by the lines back from the outside points of the tee-markers.

Intent: To teach the player to follow the actual USGA rule.

 

Preferred Lies - Rule E3.  When a player’s ball lies in the general area  (all areas excluding tees, penalty areas, bunkers, and greens) the player may take free relief of one score card length no nearer the hole.

Intent: To speed up play and allow the junior golfers to better enjoy the game by reducing the chance of having a very poor lie.

 

Putting, Pace of Play – We ask players to continuous putt, i.e. when it is a players turn if they don’t make the putt they continue putting until the ball has been holed out.  There may be situations where this isn’t practical, but it should be the exception.

Intent: To speed up play and avoid unnecessary delay as the players are learning to be efficient around the green and hole.

 

Scoring – A (8) stroke limit is set, i.e. if you have completed 8 strokes and not yet holed out pickup and record that score.   Please circle the score so the scorer is aware.  Note Pee Wee tour plays only at Tee Time which is a par 3 course.

Intent: To speed up play and avoid unnecessary delay.

 

Caddies – Caddies are allowed.  We realize many of the junior golfers at this level need some assistance, and that is expected; however we ask that as the players learn the game,  the caddies (parent, etc.) should allow the player to make decisions on their own.

Intent: Teach the players the game and provide a comfortable level of guidance while preparing them for more advance play, where caddies will not be allowed (Prep and Masters Tour).

 

Distance Measuring Devices - Distance measuring devices such as a laser range finder are not allowed.

Intent: To speed up play, and allow the players to focus on more important aspects and fundamentals.

 

Prep  Tour

 

USGA Rules will govern all play.

Caddies – Caddies are NOT allowed.  At this level we want the player to make decisions on their own, and play without guidance from a caddie e.g. parent, friend, etc.  We certainly encourage spectators to follow the players, but to do so at such distance to not provide playing guidance.

Intent: Allow the players to develop their own decisions on the golf course and prepare for higher levels of play.

 

Scoring – A double par stroke limit will be used IAW Rule 21.2, i.e. if you have completed 2 times par strokes and not yet holed out pickup and record that score.  E.g. on a par 4 the max score would be an 8.  Please circle the score so the scorer is aware.

Intent: To speed up play and avoid unnecessary delay.

 

Preferred Lies - Rule E3.  When a player’s ball lies in the general area  (all areas excluding tees, penalty areas, bunkers, and greens) the player may take free relief of one score card length no nearer the hole.

Intent: To speed up play and allow the junior golfers to better enjoy the game by reducing the chance of having a very poor lie.

 

Masters Tour

 

USGA Rules will govern all play.

Caddies – Caddies are NOT allowed.  At this level we want the player to make decisions on their own, and play without guidance from a caddie e.g. parent, friend, etc.  We certainly encourage spectators to follow the players, but to do so at such distance to not provide playing guidance.

Intent: Allow the players to develop their own decisions on the golf course and prepare for higher levels of play.

 

Ball Played as it Lies – Rule 9.1(a) should be followed.  You must play your ball at rest on the course as it lies, except when allowed by a rule to move it. 

Intent: To teach the players to follow the actual USGA rule. Note, there could be conditions that we allow 'preferred lies', if so this local rule would be stated at the tournament.