Rules of Golf
USGA Rules will govern play at all times.
SDJGA Hardcard and Local Rules are also in effect unless otherwise noted.
Age Division Assignments
Members are required to play in their designated age division unless their birthday moves them into the next division in the middle of the season. A player may decide to move up early for purposes of qualifying for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships or for end of the year awards at the SDJGA Awards Banquet. Any points earned prior to moving up divisions will not carry over to the older division. Any player attempting to qualify for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in July must do so in the age division they would play in for that event. See Junior World Qualifying for more details.
Caddies will be permitted in ALL 10-Under events, as well as all age divisions for Social Circuit events. IMG Academy Junior World Open Qualifiers and SDJGA POY Series events will NOT allow caddies for 11-12, 13-14, and Championship divisions. *UPDATED FOR 2017* – SDJGA Caddie Local Rule – Caddies are not permitted on the putting green. Caddies may discuss the strategy of a putt prior to the player’s turn to play, but once the player steps on to the putting green communication should end. This includes caddies not being permitted to assist in the alignment of the junior’s ball, putter, or putting stance from an adjacent area near the putting green. Junior’s will handle all pulling, tending and replacing the flagstick.
Code of Conduct Policy
All SDJGA members are expected to exhibit sportsmanlike conduct as well as show respect for facilities, staff and fellow members at all times. The use of tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances is strictly prohibited at all SDJGA events. All members of the SDJGA must agree to abide by the Code of Conduct policy as a condition of participating in SDJGA events. Any member who behaves in violation of this policy may be subject to tournament disqualification, suspension, or loss of membership. Infractions of the Code of Conduct policy by a member’s parent(s) or guardian(s) may also subject the player to the above mentioned consequences. Conduct infractions may also disqualify a member from consideration for end of the year awards and/or selection to SDJGA travel teams.
To qualify as a resident the player must be able to show proof of completion of their most recent quarter of school that is within the San Diego County limits. If your most recent quarter of school was completed outside of San Diego County then you will be classified as a non-resident.
Appropriate golf attire must be worn at all times during SDJGA tournaments.
Every junior ages 12 and under must identify an adult that is responsible for them at the registration table for every tournament*. The adult responsible must be present the entire time the junior is on the premises of the golf course. This policy is aimed to provide a safe environment for all juniors and to ensure every junior is properly supervised. Any junior who does not have an adult supervisor will not be allowed to participate in the tournament.
*One adult may be responsible for one or more juniors. (i.e. in a carpool situation, the adult driving can be identified as the supervisor for all the juniors in the carpool).
Tournament Registration and Entry Fees
It is the member’s responsibility to register for SDJGA tournaments prior to the deadline.
If a player wishes to cancel a tournament registration he/she may do so via their BlueGolf profile. Player’s may cancel without penalty up until the registration deadline passes, after which a $15 cancellation fee will apply. On the Wednesday of tournament week, at 11:59pm the tournament field becomes final and refunds are not available for any cancellations after that time.
Rulings & Decisions
Rulings may only be made by designated representatives of the SDJGA Tournament Committee. Any ruling or decision that does not conform to the Rules of Golf or the Conditions of Competition will not be valid.
Contesting the Score of a Fellow Competitor
It is the player’s right to contest the score of a fellow competitor, provided that player feels there may have been an error in either the entry or reporting of scores. If a score is entered incorrectly by the tournament committee, that score will be immediately corrected. If it is believed that a player may have reported an incorrect score, that situation we be reviewed and resolved provided that the competition is still open. Upon the distribution of awards, the competition is deemed to be closed and scores will no longer be contested.
All ties for 1st place will be decided but a hole-by-hole sudden death playoff. All other ties for awards shall be decided by matching scorecards. All remaining ties will stand. Tying scores shall be matched starting with the cumulative score the last 9 holes, last 6 holes, last 3 holes and then individual hole scores starting from the last hole of the stipulated round. The scorecard with the best score shall be the winner. In the event this procedure does not produce a winner, the Tournament Director has the authority to determine a method most appropriate for the tournament.
The player first to win a hole shall be determined the 1st place winner. In the event of a multiple player playoff, the players with the best score for each hole move on to the next hole until the winner is determined. All other players in the playoff will tie for second. Awards will be determined by the players making it farthest in the playoff, and in the event of a tie, by matching scorecards from the regulation round.
Points will be awarded to the top 15 finishers in each competition of SDJGA POY Series events. These points will be used to determine which players qualify for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships as well as SDJGA Player of the Year. All “JW Open Qualifiers” and “Social Circuit” tournaments will NOT award points towards SDJGA Player of the Year standings.
Junior World Bonus Points
The following points will be awarded to members finishing in the top 10 of the IMG Academy Junior World Championships (note: there is a 3 tournament minimum to earn JW bonus points towards POY standing)
1st – 350, 2nd – 300, 3rd – 250, 4th – 200, 5th – 150, 6th – 125, 7th – 100, 8th – 75, 9th – 50, 10th – 25
The Ethics Committee reserves the right to make final decisions regarding the Code of Conduct. The Ethics Committee is comprised of two members of the SDJGA Board of Directors, the Executive Director, the Tournament Director and SDJGA legal counsel. The Committee will only review Code of Conduct infractions documented in writing. The Executive Director and the Director of Tournament Operations will investigate all documented infractions. The facts investigated will be presented to the Committee. All parties involved will have an opportunity to report their version of the events regarding the incident before the Committee.
No Show Policy
Any member who misses a tournament without proper notification to the SDJGA tournament office will be considered a no show.
Time of Starting
All members are responsible for arriving on time to the teeing ground, ready to play at the time posted on the pairing sheet. It is the request of the SDJGA staff that all participants check in at the registration table 30 minutes prior to their tee time.
Distance Measuring Devices
Rangefinders (distance measuring ONLY) will be permitted in all age divisions for all SDJGA tournaments. The use of rangefinders that measure slope (or any factors other than distance) will result in disqualification from that event.
Practice in Between Holes
Between the play of two holes, a player shall not play any practice strokes on or near the putting green on the last hole played.
Practice Between Competition Rounds
Rule 7. Practice
7-1. Before or Between Rounds
b. Stroke Play
Before a round or play-off on any day of a stroke-play competition, a competitor must not practice on the competition course or test the surface of any putting green on the course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface.
When two or more rounds of a stroke-play competition are to be played over consecutive days, a competitor must not practice between those rounds on any competition course remaining to be played, or test the surface of any putting green on such course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface.
Practice putting or chipping on or near the first teeing ground before starting a round or play-off is permitted.
Penalty for Breach of Rule 7-1b: Disqualification.
The Committee may, in the conditions of a competition (Rule 33-1), prohibit practice on the competition course on any day of a match-play competition or permit practice on the competition course or part of the course (Rule 33-2c) on any day of or between rounds of a stroke-play competition.
Under Rule 33-2c, the SDJGA will allow practice on a competition course between rounds of a stroke play event. Only applies when competition takes place over two or more courses.
Example 1 – Two day tournament at Twin Oaks. Practice would not be permitted on the competition course from the first day of competition through the duration of the event.
Example 2 – Two day tournaments played at Twin Oaks for round 1, and Encinitas Ranch for round 2. Practice would not be permitted on either course the day the course was in use for competition. Players would be permitted to practice on the Doubletree course after the start of round 1 at Cottonwood.
Rights as a Player
It is the member’s responsibility to be informed of their rights as a player and their responsibilities as a player. It is to the player’s ultimate advantage to be familiar with the Rules of Golf, Rule 6-The Player, and Rule 3-3- Doubt as to Procedure. Please review these rules in order to affirm your rights as a player.