JGA Official Handbook
Our Rules & Regulations
The Junior Golf Association of Broward County, Inc. (referred to as the “JGA”) is a Non-Profit Corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida and is an organization exempt from Federal tax under section 501(c)(3). It was founded in 1968 for the purpose of providing an educational and suitable environment for young golfers of both sexes between the ages of 6 through 18. The program aspires to:
- Promote and provide properly officiated seminars and tournaments where the etiquette and rules of golf are taught to and, ultimately, promulgated by these youths
- To administer an educational program to youth that provides an outlet of healthy summer activities and training under sound leadership and with an attitude of wholesome community participation
- To lead them by example and inspire them by providing proper attitudes, perspective and goals in life
- To instill in them, through education and instruction, the rudiments of teamwork and fair play
- To enrich their lives for the day when they must take their place in our society
The JGA is dedicated to providing a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free competitive golf environment for all junior golfers living in or with parents/guardians working in Broward County, Florida. Through the JGA program, boys and girls learn the rules and etiquette of golf, compete with other junior golfers having similar abilities, learn to exercise good sportsmanship, make lasting friendships, and grow with the community. The JGA is especially proud of the many juniors who have attended college on golf scholarships and those who have gone on to play at the collegiate and professional level.
Over the years, many dedicated individuals have contributed to the success of this program. Without these dedicated volunteers the program could not thrive or continue. Thirteen (13) people are elected to serve on the Board of Directors and manage the organization. From those members, a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected annually as the officers of the organization.
With the help of approximately sixty (60) volunteers each week, the JGA conducts weekly one-day, stroke-play tournaments and a three-day, stroke-play Championship. Each tournament day is played on one of many different golf courses. Tournaments are held at public courses, resorts, and private clubs throughout Broward County each Monday during June, and July. Depending on a players golfing ability, they participate in one of twelve (12) divisions and play rounds of 3, 5, 9 or 18 holes. Trophies are presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each flight (see “Moving Up in Division” for player advancement).
Click on MEMBERSHIP in the site menu on the home page. Follow all three (3) steps of the instructions.
*Membership registration closes the Friday before the first Monday tournament of each season.
TOURNAMENT ENTRY PROCEDURE:
You must pass the Rules Quiz PRIOR to registering for a tournament. When you click on a tournament register link you will automatically be directed to the Rules Quiz. After you have passed the Rules Quiz, you may click on the “Register” link for a tournament and register for that tournament.
Click on TOURNAMENTS > SCHEDULE in the menu bar on the JGA home page. This will take you to the schedule powered by BlueGolf. Click on Register for the tournament you want to play. Complete the registration and payment information; submit your entry. NOTE: you must register for each individual tournament. You may register for one or two days only of the Championship if you are unable to play in all three rounds. There is a $15, NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee for each of the one-day tournaments and a $45 fee for all three (3) days of the JGA Championship (or $15 per day when selecting only one or two days).
JGA Members must play in at least TWO (2) of the one-day weekly tournaments to be eligible to play in the JGA Championship.
TOURNAMENT ENTRIES FOR EACH TOURNAMENT CLOSE AT 9:00 PM ON THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT.
Late entries will be accepted until 6:00 PM Sunday before the tournament by calling Ken Tate at 954-559-7267.
Late Entry Fee is $30.00 and must be paid by CHECK prior to play on Monday. CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED.
TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION PROCEDURE
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your First name, Last name, Division, and the tournament for which you are canceling. Tournament registration fees will not be refunded.
A player who is registered to play in a tournament and unable to do so, must cancel before 7:00 A.M. the day of the tournament. Failure to cancel will result in the player not being allowed to play in the following weeks tournament.
Junior golfers are responsible for their golf equipment. Never leave your clubs unattended. If you have to go into the clubhouse, have a friend watch your clubs until you return. If you think someone is not part of the JGA, tell a JGA official. Be extra careful around the scoreboard and during rain delays where there are a lot of people in one area. Be aware of your surroundings.
LOST & FOUND
If you find a club or other equipment on or around the course, please turn it in at the scoring table. A list of found equipment will be posted at the scoreboard.
The trophies/awards are what each player should be playing for. Their cost represents a substantial dollar investment by the JGA. All trophies must be claimed the day of the tournament. We hope you will stay until your flight has completed play and the trophies presented to each winner. If you are unable to stay, make arrangements with a friend to accept the trophy on your behalf. Trophies will not be held over to claim at a later date.
OFFENSES THAT CONSTITUTE SUSPENSION OR REMOVAL FROM THE JGA PROGRAM INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Unauthorized riding in a golf cart
- Hitting golf balls in any areas not designated for play
- Cheating of any kind
- Damaging golf course property
- Throwing or damaging golf equipment
- Use of abusive, threatening or profane language
Consumption of alcoholic beverages, use of illegal drugs and any type of tobacco products is prohibited. This includes electronic or “e-cigarettes” of any kind.
RESPECT FOR FACILITIES AND GOLF COURSES
Golfers and spectators are expected to treat the golf course and facilities with respect. Players are expected to rake bunkers, repair ball marks, replace divots, dispose of and pick-up trash, etc. Any abuse of the facilities or course will result in the immediate disqualification and removal from the course and could be grounds for suspension from the JGA program. All players and spectators are encouraged to send letters to the course thanking them for their support.
Junior golfers and spectators are required to wear proper attire at all JGA tournaments.
Shirts with collars or golf designed mock turtle-neck shirts, provided they are allowed by the host course, are required to be worn by everyone at the tournament site and the shirttail must be tucked into the pant, short, or skirt. Exception: Ladies may wear a top that does not have a collar providing it is part of a coordinated golf outfit.
Note: Mock turtle neck shirts with the JGA logo conform to the type of mock turtle neck shirts permitted.
GARMENTS THAT ARE NOT PERMISSIBLE:
- Short Shorts and Running Shorts
- Bicycle Shorts and Exercise Shorts
- Jeans and Denim Products
- See-through clothing without proper undergarments
- Tube Tops, Tank Tops, and Crop Tops
- Clothing with words, phrases, symbols, pictures, which are obscene, profane, drug or alcohol-related
- Playing members must wear proper golf footwear. Flat sole sneakers are permitted. Golf shoes must have non-metal spikes.
- Hats must be worn with the bill facing forward
Players will be advised when registering for a tournament if a host club requests that no outside coolers be brought to the course and that all food and beverages must to be purchased from the host club.
Any Member, Parent, or Spectator who does not abide by these rules will be asked to leave the golf course property immediately.
Continued violations will result in dismissal from the JGA program and subject to the review of the Board of Directors. No refunds will be given for anyone dismissed from the program.
EMERGENCY WEATHER PROCEDURE
When potentially dangerous weather is in the area a horn will sound one long blast. All players are required to immediately mark the position of their ball (it is suggested a golf tee be used) and seek the nearest shelter from the threatening conditions.
When it is determined the conditions no longer exist and play is to resume, a horn will sound two (2) short blasts. Players are to proceed to the previously marked ball position, replace their ball, and continue play.
The JGA uses a lightning detection service to monitor dangerous weather conditions. There are times when lightning is in the area but may not be visible to the eye. Once play has been suspended, seek shelter immediately; JGA volunteers and spectators will then be transported as possible.
Once play has been suspended, ALL PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS ARE TO REMAIN INSIDE THE SHELTERED AREAS. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE PLAYERS TO USE ANY OF THE PRACTICE FACILITIES (DRIVING RANGE OR PUTTING GREEN).
Violation of this rule: Disqualification