Elite Series at Champions Gate
- Boys 10-19
- Girls 10-19
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All Elite Series events are Faldo Qualifiers. The top 2 and ties from the Boys Open division and Top 2 and ties from the Girls open division will earn a spot in the Faldo Series US Grand Finale.
THE FALDO SERIES US GRAND FINAL AT BELLA COLLINA
Schedule of Events
*Practice Round Tee times will be 8:00 – 9:40 a.m. and will have foursomes going off in a double tee start.
Day 2 ~ Round 1 and Opening Ceremonies
*Round 1 Tee times will be 8:00 – 9:40 a.m. and will have foursomes going off in a double tee start.
Day 3 ~ Round 2
*Round 2 Tee times will be 8:00 – 9:40 a.m. and will have foursomes going off in a double tee start.
Day 4 ~ Final Round with Awards Ceremony to follow
*Round 3 Tee times will be at 8:00 a.m., shotgun start.
Awards Ceremony will immediately follow final play.
- Practice and Competitive Golf Rounds ($600 value)
- Daily Lunchpacks
- Tee Gifts
- Housing at Bishops Gate Golf Academy available for unaccompanied players ($500 value)
- Appearance by Sir Nick Faldo at Dinner Banquet, Golf Clinic and Q&A
What you’re competing for:
- WAGR Points
- Spot in Faldo Series World Final
In its first full season, the series will be concentrated in Orlando, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina with one open Boys division and one open Girls division.
The purpose of these events is to have junior golfers play on courses that mimic the setup of college golf which furthers the HJGT’s mission to grow the game of golf amongst juniors. Minimum yardages for Boys will be 7,000 yards (or as long as the course plays) while the girls will play 6,000 yards.
“We are extremely excited to add yet another layer of top notch events to the HJGT’s schedule,” said Mario Conte, Executive Director/Founder, HJGT. “These elite events will give our top players a chance to compete against the best competition on golf courses that are setup to mirror what they will see in college golf. With the support from the IJGT, IJGA, and BGGA these events will be successful immediately with some of the top juniors in the world.”
To qualify for these 84 player max field events one must be: in the Top 25% on the HJGT points list (at the time of sign up), in the Top 33% in the Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings (at the time of sign up), a winner of an HJGT event in the last 365 days, a Top 5 finisher in any HJGT invitational, or a member of the 2018 All-HJGT team. At each event 5 scholarships will be awarded through the Hurricane Foundation based on financial need and playing ability. To apply for the scholarships please visit HJGT.org and visit the “HJGT Charity” webpage.
“With the support of their partner International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), the Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) and International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) are proud to support the newly formed elite series events with their strongest students,” said Andrew Summers, CEO of IJGT, IJGA, and BGGA. Students from these academies won seventy junior golf events, including many high profile national events, and through their participation will ensure that the HJGT elite series events have amongst the strongest fields in junior golf outside of the premier national events.”
The HJGT has also partnered with the Faldo Series and all top finishers from Elite Series events will qualify to play in the Faldo Series Grand finale. The Faldo Series has been around for 22 years and features the top players from around the world.
Elite Series events are invitationals. You must meet the criteria below to be accepted into the event.
-Top 25% on the HJGT points list at the time of sign up
-Top 33% in the Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings at the time of
-Winner of an HJGT event in the last 365 days
-Top 3 in any HJGT invitational
-Members of the 2018 All HJGT team
-5 wildcard HJGT staff selections per event
-5 scholarship players per event based on financial need and playing ability. Apply through the Hurricane Foundation.
- Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking (JGS)
- Winners in each division will receive an invitation to the 2019 & 2020 Tournament of Champions. Second through Fifth place finishers will receive an invitation to the 2019 & 2020 National Championships.
- Top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors which includes ALL HJGT Teams and opportunity to meet your division ambassador
- Top 5 in each division will receive an invitation to the 2020 Mid Season Invitational.
*When you are provided a mobile scoring device, please ensure it is returned in the same condition you received it*
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your Tournament Director.
HJGT Scorecard Policy
When the HJGT provides mobile scoring devices, players must use these devices for scores to be officially submitted and count towards HJGT rankings and points. When mobile scoring devices are used, no paper scorecards will be used or submitted. When you are provided a mobile scoring device, please ensure it is returned in the same condition you received it.
The USGA rules will govern all play. If between the group, a ruling cannot be established and there is no rules official in the vicinity, we ask you play two balls and a ruling will be administered in the scoring tent. Competitors must announce to your marker or fellow competitor that you intend to play two balls and which ball you wish to count if the rules permit. Please do not sign scorecards until a ruling has been made official.
Tie breakers for first place only will be decided by a sudden death 1-hole playoff. The sudden death playoff will continue until we have a champion. If weather or darkness prevents the tour from completing the playoff Co-Champions will be awarded.
Code of Conduct
Conforming Golf Balls and Driver Heads
Please click the link to check the conforming and non-conforming list.
Distance Measuring Devices
The HJGT allows devices that measure distance only. Devices that measure wind and/or slope are not allowed.
The HJGT will offer families discounts that have two or more junior golfers. Participants who register one player at the normal rate will be eligible to register their brother or sister for $50 OFF. In order to receive this discount you MUST call the HJGT office. This rate is not available online and cannot be adjusted once the regular rate has been charged.
Rainouts and Inclement Weather
The HJGT will make every effort to play an event to the conclusion. We will continue play in wet weather and cold weather unless lightning or severe weather is in the near forecast. In the event the participants need to evacuate the course, tournament officials and the host facility will sound an air horn. Once the air horn is blown you must discontinue all play. Wherever your ball lies, please mark it and we will make every effort to continue play. If an event is shortened due to rain there will be no refunds or credits issued.
In the event a stipulated round is canceled due to inclement weather, the HJGT will make every effort to post a score for that particular day. 9 hole increments will be used for shortened rounds. An entire age division must be through at least the same 9 holes for the score to post for that day otherwise no scores will be posted. If a stipulated round is completed by some groups and not others, the round WILL be official for those that finished the appropriate number of holes. No credits or refunds will be issued for shortened events.
In the event that NO golf is played and the ENTIRE event is canceled, HJGT accounts will be credited in full for the event *minus a $50 administration fee. The credit will be in the player’s account to use for entry into a future HJGT event.
Refund/Account Credit/Transfer Policy
The HJGT has a NO refund policy on all Memberships and Event Registrations purchased. The following Account Credit policy has been issued for Event Registrations only. Before withdrawing from a tournament please review our policies. All WD requests must be submitted via email to email@example.com. Your email will be returned within 48 hours. In the email please include the player’s name, reason for WD, and which option below you would like to choose. Please note that WD’s cannot be accepted over the phone and must be in writing. No exceptions will be made for any reason.
- Requests for Account Credit that are received prior to 13 days before the first round will be honored minus a $25 administration fee.
- Requests for Account Credit that are received between 12 – 7 days before the first round will be honored minus 50% of the entry fee.
- A transfer may be requested up until 7 days prior to the first round. Please note that you must transfer your entry fee to a tournament of equal or lesser value or you will be charged the remainder of the balance. Participants are limited to one transfer per calendar year.
- No credits or transfers will be issued if a participant cancels their entry 6 days or less prior to the first round. No exceptions will be made.
HJGT Withdrawal Policy
Due to the change in Junior Golf Scoreboard policies and the rise in number of withdraws in junior golf, the HJGT has instituted the following withdrawal policy. Once the player has decided to withdraw he or she must report to the tournament director. If a player fails to report to the tournament staff prior to withdrawing, their WD will be considered unjustified. If a player withdraws during the round for ANY reason the withdraw will be marked as a WD.
Unjustified Withdrawal An unjustified withdrawal is a situation where a player is clearly withdrawing due to poor play or lack of ambition. An unjustified withdrawal also includes withdrawing for any reason without notifying the tournament director. The HJGT takes unjustified withdrawals very seriously and will not be tolerated. An NC (No Card) or NS (No Show) will be issued next to the player’s name in the tournament results based on the situation. Once a player has accumulated two unjustified withdrawals, his or her membership will be suspended for the rest of the calendar year.
Did Not Start, No Show, Withdrawal, No Card, and Disqualification Policies:
**There are no more Justified Withdrawals. The junior golf community and rankings are no longer accepting JWD as a tournament designation.
Did Not Start – Not submitted for rankings (DNS):
If a player does not hit the first shot of the tournament for any reason, it will be recorded as a Did Not Start (DNS) and will not submitted for the rankings
No Show – Submitted for Rankings (NS):
If a player begins a tournament and completes one or more rounds, signs a scorecard, and does not show up for a subsequent tee time without contacting an official, it will be recorded as a No Show (NS) and all official round scores for the event will be submitted for rankings
Withdrawal – Submitted for Rankings (WD):
If a player begins a tournament and notifies an official they will not be finishing the event, it will be recorded as a Withdrawal (WD) and all official round scores for the event will be submitted for rankings at the discretion of the tournament committee
No Card – Submitted for Rankings (NC):
If a player begins the tournament, and for any reason other than a justified withdrawal, fails to turn in a signed scorecard for a completed round, it will be recorded as a No Card (NC) and all official round scores for the event will be submitted for the rankings
Disqualification – Submitted for Rankings (DQ):
If a player tees it up and commits a USGA Rules infraction during the course of play or unintentionally fails to sign a scorecard before leaving the scoring area it will be recorded as a Disqualification (DQ) and all official round scores will be submitted for the rankings
Tournament Registration Deadlines
Deadlines to register for all events are 10 days before the 1st round. A lot of HJGT events fill up before the deadline so we always encourage players to register as soon as possible to ensure you get into the field. In the event the field is not full 10 days before the 1st round, the HJGT may allow late addition players after the deadline. This is solely at the discretion of the HJGT staff and the HJGT reserves the right to add any player after the deadline.
The official time will be maintained at the starting tee(s) only.
Caddies and Pull Carts
Caddies are permitted at Majors ONLY in all age divisions. Pull carts are allowed in all age divisions. See our tournament schedule for events that are identified as Majors. Motorized pull carts are not allowed at any event. Boys 10 and under and Girls 13 and under can use caddies at ALL HJGT events.
A “caddie” is one who assists the player in accordance with the Rules, which may include carrying (transporting) or handling the player’s club during play. Along with the use of caddies comes the following strict guidelines and polices that all players and caddies will be held to.
- Caddies will be allowed to transport the player’s clubs and equipment.
- Caddies will be allowed to search for a player’s golf ball
- Caddies will be allowed to clean a player’s golf ball
- Caddies will be able to give players advice (Pace of Play Policy will be enforced)
- Caddies will be allowed to use motorized carts.
- Caddies will be allowed to transport a player only when shuttle holes have been designated on the Notice to Competitors, during evacuation/restart or back to a previous spot in order play in accordance with Rule 20-5 and then back to where the player was picked up. Penalty for breach of the Transportation Condition is: Two strokes for each hole at which the breach occurred; maximum penalty per round is four strokes.
- Once the player’s tees off on his or her first hole the player may not gain a caddie during the round. A caddie must be designated prior to the first tee shot.
- Players are not allowed to switch caddies during the play of a round.
Caddies ARE NOT ALLOWED TO:
- Deliberately stand on or close to the extended line of play behind a player while the player is taking his or her stance until the stroke is made, get involved in ANY RULINGS, transport players when not authorized, use personal cell phones during the round.
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour has the authority to eliminate or modify this policy at any time.
Breach of Policies and or rules by caddies
- 1st Offense = Warning from an HJGT official
- 2nd Offense = Caddie will be removed from the golf course
If a player can receive a penalty for a breach of a Rule then the same breach by their caddie will cause the player to receive the same penalty.
- All spectators should follow players from a distance (at least 25 yards) and stay in the rough or on the cart paths. Spectators should NOT be in the fairways.
- Always stay to the side of the action and remain calm and quiet.
- Please keep up with your group. Move forward to the putting green when all shots have been completed.
- 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.
- Looking for Balls – As a spectator please help spot balls for all participants. This is a practice that helps our pace of play and is highly encouraged by all spectators. Please keep in mind the five minute rule.
The current Rules of the United States Golf Association and the R&A govern play.
Complete text of Rules may be found in the current “Rules of Golf” and “Committee Procedures.” Disregard Local Rules printed on club scorecards or posted at the course. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is:
- Match play -- Loss of hole
- Stroke play -- Two strokes
OUT OF BOUNDS:
a) Defined by course-side points, at ground level, of white stakes, lines and perimeter fence
b) When the course-side 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.
a) When a penalty area is bounded by out of bounds, the edge of the penalty area extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
b) When a penalty area coincides with the out of bounds line, Local Rule B-2 is in effect allowing an additional relief option on the opposite side of a red penalty area equidistant to the reference point.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by enclosed white lines. Other areas of ground under repair, even when not marked, include:
a) French drains (trenches filled with stones or the like)
SEAMS OF CUT TURF: Model Local Rule F-7 is in effect.In the General Area or on the Putting Green, if the ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a sod seam of cut turf interferes with the area of intended swing, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1. All seams within the area of cut turf area are considered the same seam
OBSTRUCTIONS AND INTEGRAL OBJECTS:
a) When located within hazards; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings are
integral objects unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.
b) White lined areas tying into obstructions are part of the obstruction.
c) When closely attached to trees, wrappings, electrical wire, and cables are integral
POWER LINES: “If a ball strikes the power line during play of a hole, the stroke is canceled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 14.6(Making Next Stroke from Where Previous Stroke Made).”
PRACTICE PUTTING PROHIBITTED: Practice on or near the putting green of the hole last played and rolling a ball on the putting green of the last hole play is prohibited. Penalty for breach is two strokes.
LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEADS:
Local Rule G-1 as prescribed in the Committee Procedures is in effect.
LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS:
Local Rule G-3 as prescribed in the Committee Procedures is in effect.
PACE OF PLAY:Players should make each stroke in NO MORE THAN 40 seconds.
During suspension of play, once the siren has sounded any participant who plays a shot will be disqualified. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in revocation of entry.
SIGNALS FOR SUSPENSION OF PLAY:
a) Suspension for a dangerous situation: One prolonged siren or air horn blast.
b) All other types of suspension: Three consecutive air horn blast.
c) Resumption of play: Two air horn blasts.
TERMS OF THE COMPETITION
In all HJGT events, an official event may be constituted by reverting to the results of an earlier round. Eighteen holes may constitute an official event.
CLOSE OF COMPETITION:
The competition is deemed to have closed when the winner has been announced, or in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.
Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf Booklet, as well as the Decisions on the Rules of Golf. This information supplements the HJGT Local Rules and Conditions of Competition (the hard card), which is fully incorporated herein. Disregard any local rules found on the Club scorecard or posted at the Club. Penalty for breach of a local rule is two strokes, unless otherwise provided.
1. Format: 36 holes of stroke play. (Par 72)
Boys Open Division - Blue HJGT Tees: 6,985 Yards
Girls Open Division - White HJGT Tees: 6,002 Yards
2. Out of Bounds: Defined by: The inside edge of white stakes, lines (the line itself is out of bounds) and fencing around the course. The inside edge (fairway side) of all public roads define Out of Bounds. A ball which crosses a public road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.
3. Drop Zones: Have been added as an additional option for a ball that is in or is lost in a water hazard. The dropping zone may be used even though it may be closer to the hole than the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard.
4. Scoring: Scorecards must be signed, attested, and returned to the official scoring area after player has completed their round. A scorecard has been returned when the player has returned the card to an official in the designated scoring area and the player has left the designated area.
5. Ties: In case of a tie for 1st place in all divisions, a playoff will be immediately following the conclusion of the round as determined by the Committee. In the case of inclement weather the event may be shortened to 18 holes.
6. Unauthorized Transportation: Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorized by the Committee. Unauthorized Transportation will result in a two stroke penalty.
HJGT STAFF WILL SHUTTLE FROM 9 to 10 AND 18 TO 1.
7. Pace of Play: 4:40 - Groups that are out of position and over their allotted time are subject to timing and penalties under 6-7. If a group receives a red card they will have two holes to get back into position or play under time par. If the group can not catch back up or fall into position, they will receive another red card and liable for penalty. If a group makes up time or falls back into position, they will be presented a green card.
8.Distance Measuring Devices & Electronic Devices: The HJGT allows distance measuring devices only. The use of portable communication devices, personal music systems, and the like are prohibited. Any participant found using a device during their round will be disqualified.
9. Rule 20.1c3: (Doubt to a procedure) If a player is a doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he may without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. The player must announce to his competitors he is playing two balls and which ball he intends to score with. They must report all facts to the committee before turning the scorecard in even if the score is the same with both balls. If they fail to do so, the player is disqualified.
10. Local Rules:
-NEWLY SODDED AREA BEHIND #10 GREEN – If ball, player’s stance or swing is affected by newly sodded area, player will be granted nearest point of relief.
-PARKING LOT #7 – edge of parking lot defined as out of bounds.
-MAINTENANCE BUILDING #16 - If ball, player’s stance or swing is affected by newly sodded area, player will be granted nearest point of relief. Fence line connected to building defines out of bounds.
11. Official Staff: Aaron Westlake, Jake Stronach, Jordan Wheeler, Nathan Richards, and Chris Schramm.
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