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JUNIOR TOUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Juniors and family/friends are expected to read and understand all Policies and Procedures.  Membership fees will not be refunded for any reason once processed.  If you would like to become a member, just click on the “New Member?”  Sign up now!  Previous Members can sign into their player’s club account to renew.

FEEL FREE TO CALL THE OFFICE WITH ANY QUESTIONS 319-648-0026.

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The above box is the Player’s Club Account box.  Juniors are encouraged to use this box to register for events, see which events you have registered for and to see current and past results – including past seasons!  This is a great resource and included in Membership.  You may also upgrade to the  Player’s Club – Premium Edition which offers advance statistics and analysis. CLICK HERE or enter id and password above to log into your account.  

Events

The Iowa Junior Tour has 4 event categories. Major and Ace point events are administered by the Iowa PGA Section staff and are worth the most player of the year points.  Juniors who participate in these events are usually more advanced to intermediate players, but there are no restrictions and any player can play in any event.  Eagle and Birdie events are administered by local PGA Professionals and tournament directors.  The Iowa PGA staff are not on site at these events.

Entry Procedure

You may find schedules and event TIP (tournament info pages online and by logging into your players club account).  You need to click on the info link for the event you wish to register for and click the “register now” link.  Make sure you read and understand all details as there is a cancellation fee and policy for each event.  Click on the age division you would like to compete in. This is the age division you will be accruing Player of the Year points for.  You MUST enter your credit card number in order to be registered for the event.  A confirmation screen will appear once you are completely registered. DO NOT quit the process until you reach this screen. If you do not finish, you will NOT be entered into the event.

The Iowa PGA does NOT guarantee a spot for every member in every tournament. Each tournament has the potential to reach maximum capacity before it’s entry deadline. Once a tournament has been filled, a waitlist will be created. Once the waitlist has been filled, entries will no longer be accepted.

Rules & Regulations

Code of Conduct

 Violations of the Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to, abusive language, club throwing, abuse of the golf course, cheating, disrespect of volunteers, officials, and/or host staff, use of any tobacco products, drugs, or alcohol, not adhering to the dress code, leaving the course during a competitive round without permission of a tournament official, or any other conduct deemed unbecoming of a Junior Tour member. Proper attire is required at all times at each Iowa Junior Tour event. Failure to comply may result in disqualification. Each host facility may have additional rules and dress code requirements that must be adhered to by all Junior Tour participants and spectators. Proper attire includes nice shirts, slacks, shorts, golf skirts no shorter than three inches above the knee (girls only), golf or tennis shoes, caps, and visors. It is also encouraged that participants wear sunscreen. The dress code prohibits short shorts, cut-offs, swimsuits, sandals (other than golf-spiked sandals), clothing containing offensive slogans, languages or pictures, and clothing describing or advertising alcohol, tobacco, or other drug references. The Iowa PGA suggests participants present themselves in a positive manner while representing the Iowa Junior Tour by wearing all hats with the brim forward and tucking in all shirts. Any breach of the guidelines listed above will result in the following consequence(s) based on the severity of the violation:

  • Warning – violator will be asked to change clothing or make adjustments so the policy is satisfied (i.e. Tuck shirt in, turn hat around, etc.)
  • Enforce a two-stroke penalty
  • Disqualify the player from the tournament in which the violation occurred
  • Suspend the player for the remainder of the season
  • Suspend the player’s membership indefinitely

Character All Iowa Junior Tour Members and Spectators are encouraged and asked to be respectful of other players, volunteers, PGA and course staff as well as the course itself at all times.  Please assist where and when possible.  Help look for lost balls, with general course knowledge and yardage, be friendly and have fun.

Pace of Play

Rule 6-7 of the 2016-17 USGA Rules of Golf states: “The player must play without undue delay” and also provides the ability for the Committee (Iowa PGA Junior Tour) to set Pace of Play guidelines for a stipulated round, hole or shot. All players are expected to keep up with the group ahead of them. There should be no gaps on holes – group should be walking from fairway while group is preparing to hit from tee box. Players must be ready to hit when it is their turn and play ready golf when possible. Limit practice swings and pre-shot routine.  Walk fast to each shot. The first player to finish a hole needs to head to next teeing ground. Second player needs to head to the next teeing ground as well if playing in foursomes, otherwise they should collect flag stick while final player finished. Only two players need to remain on the putting green. Lead groups will be monitored for pace and expected to make the turn and finish based on course, yardage and pairings count. This info will be provided at each event site and posted on rules sheet. Groups will be warned when out of position. After second warning, group will be “on the clock” and penalized. A player is permitted 40 seconds to play a stroke and will be penalized one stroke after second warning.

Caddies

Caddies are not allowed on the Iowa Junior Tour except for the Iowa PGA Junior Championship.  For all other events, USGA Rule 8-1 prohibits any sort of “advice”during the round from a competitor and/or spectator. Violations are grounds for the player’s immediate disqualification from the tournament.

Withdraw Policy

There will be a $5 processing fee for any cancellation in 9-hole divisions and a $10 processing fee for any cancellation in 18-hole divisions – FOR ANY REASON.  No refunds will be given after 4 days prior to the event. Players may also cancel out of an event by logging into their Player’s Club Account. Please contact the Section office by phone at 319-648-0026 as soon as possible if you need to withdraw from an event. Please note, this policy is only for events where entries are accepted by the Iowa PGA Office and through BlueGolf. Players can also credit their account for the entire entry fee to be used for another event at a later date.  No processing fee will be charged if you credit your account when cancelling.  All credit must be used during the season.  If you do not use your credit by the end of the season it will be donated to the Iowa PGA Foundation Burkart Scholarship on your behalf.  You will receive a tax deduction receipt. If an individual chooses to withdraw from any other tournament on the Junior Tour schedule where entries are not taken through BlueGolf, please contact the tournament director for that event prior to the deadline for entry. The tournament director’s contact information will be available on each of the tournament entry forms. The decision to refund will be at each individual tournament director’s discretion. It is essential to call and withdraw from an event so the next junior on the waiting list can be informed of the open spot.

No Show Policy

Any player who “no shows,” or fails to participate in an event that he/she has registered for, will be issued a status of “NS” on his/her account. Any player that has two or more “no shows” during the season may be suspended from any Iowa Junior Tour event for the week following the second “NS” without a refund. If this is a continuous problem, the Iowa PGA Section reserves the right to suspend the player’s membership without a refund.

No Card Policy

Every competitor must return a signed scorecard, even if the card is marked “no card.” It is not sufficient to merely tell someone at the scoring table you are “no carding.” If a competitor tees off, he/she must turn in a scorecard. If a competitor “no cards” two or more times throughout the summer, he/she may be suspended from the next Iowa Junior Tour event without a refund.

Walk Up Policy

The Iowa PGA Section will NOT accept any Junior Tour member who has not pre-registered by the deadline for a tournament in any case.  A member may be put on a waiting list for an event and the Iowa PGA office will contact him/her if a spot has opened.  The Iowa PGA staff will continue to add players as late as possible and you will receive an email and/or phone call if you are able to be added up to one day prior to the event.  DO NOT go to the tournament site and expect to play; you will not be accepted into the tournament.

Cheating

Cheating will not be tolerated at all on the Iowa Junior Tour. Any player caught cheating will be immediately disqualified from the tournament and will be given an indefinite suspension from the Iowa Junior Tour and Iowa PGA Section sanctioned events.

Care for the Course

All players are expected to maintain, as well as improve, the condition of the golf course and its surrounding areas by replacing divots, repairing ball marks, raking bunkers, picking up and disposing of trash, etc. Players are asked to fix at least one extra pitch mark in addition to their own on each green for the sake of the golf course. The clubhouse should also be left in the same or better condition than it was before the tournament.

Spectators

The Iowa PGA Section appreciates spectator support at all of our events. Please walk on the cart path, or rough if no cart path is present, and remain clear of the fairway in order to stay out of the way of groups behind and maintain pace. It is acceptable to help look for balls or carry umbrellas and water.  It is not acceptable to hand these items back and forth continuously.  Please keep at least 30 yards distance from the players at all times unless you are helping search for a ball. Under no conditions are spectators allowed to offer advice to a contestant during the round or carry their golf bag. USGA Rule 8-1 prohibits any sort of “advice” during the round from a competitor and/or spectator. Violations are grounds for the player’s immediate disqualification from the tournament. Please be mindful of the high level of concentration needed by the participants to do their best. Please do not interfere or distract players with the use of cameras, cell phones, or beepers.

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