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Frequently Asked Questions about JGANC
Q: How old do you have to be to participate in the JGANC as a Playing Club Member?
A: You must be between the ages of 7 and 18.
Q: What is the JGANC membership fee?
A: The JGANC offers two levels of Membership, playing club member ($125) and premium playing member ($145)
Q: What is the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Players Club?
A: Once juniors have completed the Membership process they are assigned a Players’ Club ID and password, which they can then use to access the JGANC Players Club on our home page at http://www.jganc.com. This is the junior’s personal account where they can review membership, tournament and payment information. Members can also personalize their account with biographical information, a picture and more.
JGANC Premium Edition Players’ Club Member
Included in your Junior Golf Association of Northern California is access to the Players’ Club where you can view course information, register and cancel from tournaments and results. For an additional $20.00 you can upgrade to the Premium Edition, which has increased benefits and opportunities. It allows you to track your statistics, keep in touch up with friends, upload swing videos and create a personalized profile and a lot more. Additional information about the Premium Edition is available on our home page.
Q: Once I register for Membership, how do I register for Tournaments?
A: JGANC event entries are open to amateur golfers, ages 7 to 18 inclusive. When your JGANC Membership has been accepted, you will be emailed a JGANC Players Club username and password.
To register online, follow these easy steps below:
Q: How do I know that my Tournament Entry has been received by the JGANC?
A: Upon completion of each entry into a JGANC event an e-mail will automatically be sent notifying you of your acceptance, rejection or wait listing for that particular event. If you have been accepted into the event, you will receive a tee-time via e-mail approximately one week prior to the event. If you have any questions at any time please log on to the JGANC Players Club using your ID and password, there you will be able to see the status of pending applications. For any tournament specific questions, please contact the tournament director whose contact is listed on the tournament’s Info page.
Q: What happens if I am placed on the Waiting List?
A: When a tournament receives more entries than tournament spots available, a waiting list is created based on entry date in order by age division. As spots then become available due to withdrawals, the player next on the waiting list receives a phone call to verify interest and is then placed in the tournament field. In addition, please see the question below.
Q: What is the “On-Site” Waiting List Policy?
A: If you are still on the waiting list prior to the event, you may come to the event site prior to the first tee-time and be placed on a “stand by” list. Please be advised that the “stand by” list will be decided on a first come-first serve basis and only people who are officially on the waiting list prior to the event will be allowed to fill in. No on- site applications or entries will be acknowledged at JGANC events.
Q: What is the JGANC’s Refund Policy?
A: Membership in the JGANC is non-refundable. Most tournaments are non-refundable, some are refundable before a certain date. This information is listed in every tournaments’ Info page. All cancellations are subject to a processing fee. For medical related reason, player must contact the tournament director whose contact can be found on the tournament’s Info page. Refunds based on any requests will be decided on a case by case basis by the Director at the host event.
*****NEW in 2017 ***** Cancellation/Refund Policy for ALL Tournaments:
1. Up until 2 weeks prior to the event, entry fee is refundable, $15 fee processing fee.
2. Up until 1 week prior to the event, 50% of entry fee (rounds up to the $) is refundable.
3. Thereafter, no refund. (Exemption for medical emergency requires doctor’s note.)
Q: It’s my first time participating in a JGANC event, what do I do?
A: First of all, make sure you are aware of your tee-time. Starting times are e-mailed to all members at least one week prior to the event and can be found through the JGANC website at http://www.jganc.com Second, make sure that as you plan your trip to the course allow plenty of time and plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tee-time. You then must register with a tournament staff member at the designated Registration Table. Third, make sure you arrive at your particular tee about 10 minutes before your official start time. This will avoid any penalties for being late to the tee and will allow you to get organized. Fourth, make sure you have plenty of golf balls (marked with an identifying mark), tees, gloves and no more than the allowable 14 clubs. Be sure that you wear sunblock and always carry a water bottle with you. Please be aware that you need to hydrate while on the course, drink water frequently. Finally, enjoy the day competing with new friends.
Q: What happens if I arrive late to the tee?
A: The official time is located only at the registration table and/or the starting tees. Rule 6-3a provides: “The player must start at the time established by the Committee.” The penalty for breach of Rule 6-3a is DISQUALIFICATION. However, it is a condition of all competitions that, if players arrive at their starting point, ready to play, within five minutes of their starting time, in absence of circumstances which warrant waiving the penalty of DISQUALIFICATION as provided in Rule 33-7, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes at the first hole played or loss of hole in match play instead of DISQUALIFICATION.
Q: What is the JGANC Dress Code?
A: Proper attire is required at all JGANC events, both for competitors and spectators. The full Dress Code Policy can be found under “Policies” in the drop down menu on http://www.jganc.com
Q: Will I be able to check my scores and tournament pairings on the Internet?
A: Yes. You will be able to check your scores, player of the year standings, tee times and results all from your computer or JGANC mobile app by signing onto your JGANC Players Club page. You can access this by logging on to http://www.jganc.com and logging into the JGANC Players Club with your ID and password.
Q: How do I withdraw from a tournament?
A: The preferred method of withdrawing from an event is through your JGANC Players Club. A list of all withdrawal options can be found under “Policies” in the drop down menu on http://www.jganc.com
Q: What is the JGANC ‘‘No-Show’’ policy?
A: No Show: Player failed to withdraw from event and failed to show up on-site will be classified as a No Show. A No Show player will appear on the JGANC’s online scoreboard as a “NS”:
1st offense: An email will be sent to the player as a warning
2nd offense: An email will be sent with a final warning
3rd offense: Player will be suspended for the remainder of the season
Tournament directors have the right to refuse signup from players who have a No Show record. Furthermore, a player with a “NS” status will NOT be considered for any JGANC Special Events.
Q: What form of payment does the JGANC accept for Membership and Tournament registrations?
A: The JGANC accepts Visa and MasterCard online for all associated fees of the JGANC. You can also be assured that your confidential information will remain just that-confidential.
Q: What am I provided as a JGANC Member?
A: Your association provides you with a great online golfing calendar which gives you dates and details of over 60+ tournaments for juniors in Northern California. Being a member gives you priority tournament online registration. Most JGANC events are open to members only. Some events are open to non-member with restriction. As a member, you are also given an opportunity to apply for a college scholarship when you become a senior. Your membership allows you to be a member of one of our prestigious teams providing you earn enough points or your scoring average earns you the honor. Our members have the opportunity to play a major role in the association by suggesting improvements and making policy. These contributing juniors are your Junior Advisors. Advantages of being a JGANC member are numerous and all for a very low membership fee. Our tournaments are priced very reasonably. Compare us to other tours, you will be amazed on what an opportunity the JGANC provides.
Q: How are tournaments rated?
A: The Executive Director will evaluate each tournament based on evaluations received from members, parents, Junior Advisors and members of the Board of Directors and Associate Directors.
Q: Do tournament ratings change?
A: Absolutely. Tournaments once rated premier points tournament might have a change in tournament director. He/she might not run the tournament the same way resulting the next year in a lower rating. On the other hand, a lower rated tournament might be evaluated very high by your “course evaluators” as mentioned above, resulting in a higher rating the next year. Watch the ratings from year to year. If you see a different rating, you know there has been a significant change.
Q: Why is more than one tournament scheduled on the same day?
A: There are only so many junior golfing days in a year and we have over 60+ events available to juniors. There will always be conflicts. Some courses are only allowed certain days for junior tournaments due to their heavy club calendar. The JGANC has no control when tournaments are scheduled. When you review the JGANC calendar online you will need to make choices where conflicts arise. You might consider which tournament is closest to home, which course you like the best, or the one you’ve never played and want that opportunity.
Q: Why do some tournaments provide lunch, tee prizes and special events like long drive contests and other tournaments do not?
A: The JGANC cannot control what is provided as “extras” at the various tournaments. Some tournaments have a larger budget than others. It’s certainly difficult for tournaments to raise the money required for a quality junior tournament.
Q: Why do tournaments limit number of players?
A: Often there are times clubs only allow for so many tee times for a junior tournament so club members can also play on that day. Others who can schedule a large field want everyone to finish well before dark and have the awards ceremony so club staff and members may attend. Some tournaments have limited budgets and each junior playing raises the total financial responsibility. Some tournaments have a smaller number of volunteers and cannot handle bigger numbers. Be aware of tournament limits and get your entry in on time so you’ll be included.
Q: Some tournaments are held while I am in school. Why?
A: Many years ago, when the JGANC first started, all of our tournaments were in the summer when everyone was out of school. Over the years schools have changed their schedules to include various vacation breaks. We have some year-round schools, as well. Tournaments on our calendar are held throughout the year. Some of these dates will be when you are in school. The JGANC feels school comes first. There are plenty of opportunities for junior golfers no matter what schedule their school has planned.
Q: I have needed to leave tournaments early. Why are some tournaments willing to give me my trophy early and others are not?
A: There is nothing more disappointing to a tournament committee after the months of work and expense as to have a junior not be courteous enough to participate in the awards ceremony. All of us know how long tournaments take. And yes, if you have a trophy coming it means waiting until all age groups are posted to begin the awards. If you cannot allow enough time for the entire event, maybe you shouldn’t play the tournament. Be courteous and considerate. Being a winner requires patience. Don’t ask for your award early. Show your respect for all the volunteers who have worked so long and hard for you to have a junior tournament.
Q: A friend of mine won the overall trophy but was not invited to the TOC. Why?
A: We are graciously given a certain number of tee times at this outstanding course. There are not enough tee times for all tournament champions on our schedule. Since invitations are such a premium, tournament score and strength of field are considered. State and premier point events are the first to be considered. If additional spots remain, JGANC Points tournaments may be reviewed.
Q: I am a player and I just saw another player break a rule. What do I do?
A: Golf is a game of honesty and integrity and it is the player’s responsibility to know the rules. The Rules of Golf are not something learned by just reading a book in one sitting, but by playing the game and learning along the way. A rule that some of us might think everyone should know may not be something another player is aware of. As good stewards of the game, we should stop a player from breaking a rule if we can, and hope that they would do the same for us. If you cannot stop the player, make sure you bring the infraction to their attention as soon as possible. It is also every player’s responsibility to “protect the field”. This means you have the responsibility to make sure the player’s score you are keeping is correct, including any stroke penalties and making sure they proceeded correctly under any rules infractions. If there is a need, please call in a staff member to help with the situation. Please do not wait until the event is over and then contact the office. There is nothing we can do after the competition has closed. We want to be able to handle all these situations on site.
Q: I am a spectator and I just saw a player break a rule and no other players in his/her group said anything. What do I do?
A: Golf is a game of honesty and integrity and it is the player’s responsibility to know the rules. The Rules of Golf are not something learned by just reading a book in one sitting, but by playing the game and learning along the way. A rule that some of us might think everyone should know, may not be something another player is aware of. As a spectator, you have the opportunity to help players learn the rules. We do not want you to be in the middle of “rulings”, but we do want you to keep players from breaking rules and possibly getting disqualified. If you see a player getting ready to break a rule, you may stop them and tell them they need to get an official. If you are on the course and do not see an official, call the Pro Shop at the event. Tell us where you are and we will contact the staff on site to get to you as soon as possible. If the violation has been made and there was not a serious breach, do not interfere, let the group proceed, call us and we will have a staff member come over.
The Executive Director will evaluate each tournament based on evaluations received from members, parents, Junior Advisors and members of the Board of Directors and Associate Directors. Ratings are given with the following considerations:
We do not rate state and national events. They have predetermined status. General tournaments on our schedule are rated Premier Points and JGANC Points, Invitational and No Points. Invitational events do not earn points since they are not open to all members.
Q: What type of points is there?
A: The JGANC point system is used for awarding performance points, used for All Stars invitations, and Team points, used for Boys and Girls North Team, and Boys State Junior invitations. For more in depth information please see the Points section of our website under “Points and Rankings”.
Q: A points system favors juniors who can go to more tournaments. Is that fair?
A: Of course it does give an advantage to those who can play lots of events and/or afford to travel to them. It’s more or less like the PGA or LPGA tour. Pros playing more tournaments will make more money. The reason we can’t limit points for our teams or special events to just a few tournaments is that we have members who are on year-round school and cannot play at certain times of the year. This would mean they lose those points for not playing or miss school to get the chance for points. School is our first priority and we do not encourage any junior to skip school for golf. It is more equal, fairer to all having all tournaments as points possibilities and providing tournaments throughout the year; summer, spring and winter breaks. To equalize the opportunity for all, stroke average is now a major factor is selecting our teams. This eliminates the factor of the number of tournaments you attend.
Q: If a junior places ahead of me in a tournament and he is not a member of the JGANC, will I move up and get more points?
A: No. Each place is awarded the specified points. Points for places of a non-member are simply not recorded. You receive the points you earned.
Q: I was injured during the summer and could not play some important tournaments. Will that be taken in to consideration when tabulating points?
A: We realize unforeseen things happen during a golfing season; injuries, family vacations, illnesses.
Unfortunately we can’t have exceptions for the many circumstances that come up unexpectedly. Golfers usually call unforeseen circumstances “the rub of the green.” We hope this does not happen to you as we cannot change the rules, points or format because of them.
Player with a “NS” status will be disqualified from all the JGANC Special Events.
Q: What is the All Stars Championship?
A: Please click here for details on the All Star Championship.
Q: How do I get invited to the All Stars Championship?
A: Please click here for details.
Q: Why do some juniors play in a younger age group at the All Stars Championship?
A: Juniors play in the age group of the age they are on the tabulation date. The majority of their points have to be earned in that age bracket.
Q: Why aren’t older juniors invited to the All Stars Championship?
A: Several years ago all age groups participated in the All Stars Championship. It was called the Performance Rating Championship. We found as juniors became older their focus was on the Tournament of Champions and winning an overall championship. Now our older juniors work toward receiving an invitation to the TOC and our younger players have their special tournament, the All Stars Championship.
Q: What is a Junior Advisor?
A: Junior Advisors are your representatives. They carry a special golf bag at tournaments so you will know who they are. On the scoreboard of each tournament you will see a sign listing Junior Advisors in
attendance. You can always ask a Junior Advisor questions or have them solve a problem for you. If they do not know the answer to your question, they’ll find out and get back to you. Junior Advisors are there for you. Junior Advisors also evaluate tournaments on our schedule which helps us rate them. They also make suggestions to improve our association.
Junior Advisors are very important and it is an honor to be selected as one. Just imagine as a Junior Advisor you represent our junior membership of over two thousand young people.
Q: How do I become a Junior Advisor?
A: Just fill out the Junior Advisors Application under “Junior Advisors” on the JGANC website. We welcome your interest. The junior board is comprised of all age groups (14 years and older) and from all areas of Northern California. You can contribute to our great organization by offering your opinions. It’s rewarding to be active in the organization to which you belong.
The Boys and Girls North Teams are not considered as traveling teams. The Boys and Girls Junior America’s Cup, Mary Cave Cup and Hogan Cup are considered traveling teams. A player can only be selected to play on ONE traveling team.
Acceptable personal conduct will be considered in the selection of these teams. While points are considered, the main focus for team selection is the junior’s stroke average/ranking during the spring tournaments and summer tournaments. Depending on the date of the event, captains agree on setting deadline dates as to the latest date to select the team. Enough time for completing the necessary paperwork, ordering team apparel and making airline reservations must be considered.
Q: Why is there an age limit to be on a team?
A: Team events often require air flights and staying together from 4-7 days. Juniors closer in age have more in common and can easily get along with one another. A younger golfer could feel uncomfortable and out of place. Although not always a guarantee, older juniors are more responsible and handle the situation of travel and team play more easily. There is less “missing home” on these trips. Limiting our teams to certain ages allows more juniors to have the opportunity to play on one of the teams during this age period. Some teams require ages 15-17 of age, others allow 14-17. Check the current age requirement for individual teams.
Q: Is it expensive being on a team?
A: The JGANC pays for transportation and the team dress. The teams are provided housing and food during the event. Teams are asked to contribute by sometimes providing shorts, slacks and/or a small gift for their host family.
Q: What does the word “sanctioned” mean?
A: The JGANC sanctions (approves) tournaments under the following guidelines:
Q: What is meant by stroke, medal and match play?
A: Stroke and medal play actually mean the same thing. The USGA actually prefers to use the word stroke to designate one stroke is counted to your score for each stroke of the ball. This simply means you play 18 holes (or more) and each stroke you take is counted as your score. You are an independent player who posts your individual score. Match plays means you are playing one other player. Your score is counted not by each stroke, but by how many holes you win over your opponent.
Q: What does qualifying mean? I’ve seen it listed by USGA events.
A: Qualifying means you cannot enter the tournament without playing a qualifying round first. This is done to limit the players. Oftentimes tournaments only accept a certain number. Other times, as with the USGA, only a certain number of golfers can represent their region or area. In a match play event qualifying allows juniors to be placed in flights or matched to an opponent following USGA rules.
Speaking of the USGA boys qualifying specifically, there are three sites; Stanford, Fresno and Woodland where local qualifying is held for this national event. Most often older boys attempt to qualify (ages 15-17), but that does not mean someone younger cannot try. If the junior qualifies after playing 36 holes he may participate in the USGA Junior Amateur. Girls also need to qualify locally, qualifying sites vary depending upon availability. Juniors are responsible for all their expenses and making their own travel arrangements. Housing is available in private homes arranged by the USGA committee. Airfare and caddie fees for girls are financed by the PSGA and the WGANC donations which are administered by the USGA junior girls’ committee person. Donations for boys USGA travel are distributed by the JGANC, if available. Boys must request financial aid for their travel expenses.
Q: Why can’t a junior continue to play our tournaments when he/she turns 18?
A: We follow the USGA Rules of Golf with age 18 being the beginning of amateur status. Some tournaments do have a special flight for 18 year olds and these usually are for qualifying for another event. These flights do not earn points.
Q: If I have won an overall championship but I turn 19 before the TOC, will I still be invited?
A: Yes, you will receive an invitation providing all other conditions are met. You are not penalized for having a birthday. The only time 19 year olds cannot participate is on our teams because team rules state ages are only up to 17 or 18 years old.
Q: I’m only allowed to play 9 holes at tournaments and I want to play 18. May I play in an older age group that is playing 18 holes?
A: No, you must compete and play in your proper bracket. Don’t rush things. You’ll get there. If you must play 18 holes, save it for your other golf outings. Please be aware, if you ask to have your age group changed and for some reason you are allowed to do so, you will not receive points for that tournament and the tournament’s rating will be lowered for the next year. We do not allow players to “move up.”
Q: Do I need to play tournaments outside California for college exposure?
A: Northern California is one of the most competitive golf regions in the country, and if you are doing well here, you are a solid player. The JGANC’s players are recruited by some of the most prestigious universities in the country. Continued success in Northern California events speaks for itself.
The decision to play out of state is an individual one and depends on the competitive level of the golfer, financial and time flexibility and where a junior would like to go to college. Sometimes junior players will target tournaments out of state near a school they want to visit, making it convenient for a specific coach to watch them compete and for them to visit the school. Once a player proves himself at the local and regional level then going out of state could provide a great competitive learning experience and potentially provide more exposure to schools in the area out of state that the player competes. A big benefit of playing out of state is learning how to travel, playing a practice round prior to the tournament, adjusting to different types of courses (grasses, conditions, etc.) and competing against new players. These are all things that will broaden the experience of players and also will be the same scenarios they will face once they get to college.
The flip side is that we have heard from juniors and their parents who spent a lot of time and money traveling to out of state tournaments comment that they would not do it over again. They felt the time and money spent were not worth the effort, that they should have focused on playing more JGANC tournaments so they would have increased their confidence with more local success, improved their rankings and the possibility of recognition by qualifying for a select team (such as Jr. America’s Cup, North Team, etc.).
College coaches understand that many high school players are not developmentally ready for the additional stresses of long distance travel golf while they are in high school and that the financial reality for most families doesn’t allow them to travel extensively for golf tournaments.
Q: My parent wants to volunteer for junior golf. What should he/she do?
A: Most tournaments can use extra people to volunteer. When you arrive at a tournament he/she can ask if there is a job that needs to be done. This is a good way for your parent to be busy and helpful at the same time while you play your round. He/she might end up handing out lunch bags or checking scorecards. Sometimes a volunteer becomes ill and the tournament needs another scorekeeper, however a parent should not score for his/her child’s group. There are so many jobs at the local tournament. If your parent wants to volunteer on a regular basis he/she might want to become an Associate Director. These important people help us evaluate tournaments and keep the board informed on area problems or concerns.
Q: Does the JGANC establish indexes (handicaps) for its members?
A: No, and the JGANC does not use indexes/handicaps for scoring in our sanctioned tournaments.
Q: When is a good time to establish my index?
A: Thirteen is a good age to start thinking of establishing your index/handicap. There are state and national tournaments that require a verified index in order to qualify for their event. You’ll no doubt be interested in playing these events by this time.
Q: Why can’t junior players have caddies?
A: There are lots of reasons but the main one is fairness. Caddies usually give advice and if one junior has a caddie and another does not, one has an unfair advantage. The JGANC is an opportunity for learning. What club to use or how far it is to the pin is something you learn by doing. You learn by making your own decisions. When caddies are not involved it is fair for everyone. Everyone depends on his/her own abilities. Another point is there are too many people on a hole. This would mean eight people down the fairway and on and around the green. When you get to college you must carry your own bag as well. You see caddies at PGA/LPGA events and that’s because they are professionals. They know not to be in the way of another player. The PGA/LPGA player also has already learned the game and is making his/her own decisions. During the USGA national events caddies are allowed for juniors not for advice, but to carry the load of the clubs. These events are often match play and 36 holes a day. Having a caddie helps speed up play. USGA allows caddies for this, we do not.
Q: How am I supposed to learn all the rules of golf?
A: This is an on-going process. We are all still learning. Taking golf lessons certainly begins this learning. Asking questions also helps you learn. Watching golf events in person or on television helps you learn rules because different rules come up all the time. The USGA provides a handy rule book and the JGANC provides a general rule book for our new members. You should always have it in your bag. Each tournament should have roving marshals and there’s always a Rules Committee. Ask and get help. This is how you learn.
Q: Why are carts forbidden to juniors in tournaments?
A: Again, we are trying to be fair to everyone. First of all, juniors are not allowed to drive carts due to insurance regulations. Secondly, a person driving the cart could be giving advice which is an unfair advantage. Eliminating the carts solves the legal responsibility issue and guarantees fairness to all.
Q: Why doesn’t our golf year go from January to December?
A: Team events are always scheduled in July and August. This means juniors must be selected several weeks prior to the team event. Points are the means for selection or score average are the means for team selection. Closing team points in July makes our junior golfing year come to a close as these events are the culmination of the year. Tournaments played after the point tabulation are for TOC and All Stars invitations, not to mention just enjoying tournament play. With so many different selection dates it is easier just to remember to renew your membership at the first of the calendar year. Your membership will be valid until December.
Q: What age groups do the tournaments provide.
A: Boys 16-18, 14-15-12-13 10-11, 9-under
Girls 15-18, 12-14, 10-11, 9-under
All 11-under age groups will have an official scorekeeper in each group.
Q: What tees will I be playing?
A: As a general rule, players can expect to abide by the following:
Boys 7-9 - under forward tee, ~2600 yards
Boys 10-11 - red or forward tee, ~5100 yards
Boys 12-13 - white or middle tee, ~6100 yards
Boys 14-15 - blue or back tee, ~6500+ yards
Boys 16-18 - blue or back tee, ~6500+ yards
Girls 7-9 - under forward tee, ~2600 yards
Girls 10-11 - red or forward tee, ~5100 yards
Girls 12-14 - red, white or middle tee, ~6000 yards
Girls 15-18 - red, white or middle tee, ~6000 yards