General Tour Rules 2018

The European Junior Golf Tour organises and manages professionally run junior golf events throughout the UK and Europe.

The conduct and behaviour of our members and guests is of prime importance to the EJGT which enables us to attract sponsorship, the quality venues and talented players.

By entering an event you agree to abide by the EJGT code of conduct. This also applies to parents, families and spectators. Any breach of the EJGT rules may result in disciplinary action being taken which may affect the player competing on the Tour in the future.

Golf is generally a self-regulating game. Competitors on the EJGT are responsible for knowing the Rules and are expected to apply them correctly. However, for more complex decisions the Tour officials will make decisions on the situation when necessary.

For each competition we will publish the Conditions of Competition and Local Rules in advance of the event date on our web site, please take time to read them.

It is vital that the conditions are established in advance of the competition so that the

Tour Directors can deal with any situations that may arise.

Starting Times

Failure to start on time is covered by Rule 6-3, which provides that “the player must start at the time established by the senior tour official at the event.” The penalty for a breach of this Rule was altered as of 1 January 2012 to state, “If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after his starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is a two strokes penalty.”

Otherwise, the penalty for a breach of this Rule is disqualification.

The starter will be instructed to report any late arrival on the tee to the Tour Directors, who will then take the appropriate action. In such circumstances, the EJGT senior official, not the starter, will handle the communication of a penalty to a player.

It is important to note that all players in a group must be present and ready to play at the time established by the Tour, and that the order of play is not relevant. Therefore, a player in a group of three with a starting time of 9:00am will be in a breach of Rule 6-3 if he arrives at 9:01am even if he is third in the order of play (see Decision 6-3a/2). Additionally, if the starting time is listed as 9:00am, the player would be late if he arrived at 9:00:45 (see Decision 6-3a/2.5).

Dress Code

Competitors, parents and families should respect the on-course and clubhouse dress code at the host venue.  We advise you to visit the host club's website for information on this matter.  EJGT members must wear their EJGT logo clothing at events and also the prize presentation.

Practice

Competitors must not practise before a round or play-off on the day of the competition or test the surface of any putting green on the course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface. However, the Note to Rule 7-1 states:

If a Club has no practice facilities it may be necessary to allow competitors to use a part of the course for practising and, therefore, such a condition will be introduced. If a Club’s practice ground is situated within the boundary of the course it would be necessary to specifically permit practice on this area on the day of the competition by condition. Furthermore, in order to maximise space on what may be a limited practice area, the Tour Directors will clearly define areas from which balls may be struck and stipulate directions of play.

Local Rules

Information regarding the local rules at host venues will be provided to each competitor at registration.  It is the duty of the player to read.

List of Conforming Driving Clubs

The EJGT wishes to limit players to drivers that have a clubhead, identified by model and loft that is on the List, the List should be made available. This List can be found on The R&A’s website.

List of Conforming Golf Balls

The R&A publishes a list of conforming golf balls that have been tested and found to conform to the Rules. This List can be found on the R&A’s website (www.randa.org).

If such a condition is in place, the penalty for a breach is disqualification.

Caddy Rules

In tradition with other major junior tours and championships the EJGT will prohibit the use of caddies, with the exception of age categories Under 6, 6, 7, 8, 9 years old. Parents in these age groups can also use a buggy BUT THE JUNIOR IS NOT ALLOWED TO TRAVEL IN THE BUGGY and must walk.

In order to create a level playing platform where a competitor has an advantage of a caddy as opposed to a competitor without a caddy THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY MONITORED ON THE COURSE AND ENFORCED. A parent, family member, friend or spectator is NOT allowed to offer advice in any way either verbally or by hand signals. Please do not carry or pull the trolley, touch the palyers clubs or attend the flagstick. However parents and spectators can act as forward spotters. Please refrain from getting within 25 metres of the players. BREACH OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN PENALTY POINTS BEING IMPOSED ON THE PLAYER OR EVEN DISQUALIFICATION IN A SERIOUS BREACH. We tend to find the parents themselves 'police' this on the course.

It is far better in the long run for the child to learn from their own judgements and mistakes whilst on the course as a learning process. We thank you for your cooperation on this important matter.

Golf Carts

The use of golf carts (i.e. ride-on motorised vehicles) during a competition is not permitted.

It should be noted that such a condition would not prohibit a member of the Committee authorising a player to use a cart when such use may assist with the pace of play, for example, in returning a player to where a previous stroke was made so that he can put another ball into play.

It is a policy of The EJGT to encourage golfers with physical difficulties to play the game if at all possible, and the use of a cart can greatly assist many. However there may be circumstances which might include health and safety considerations, weather and ground conditions, or where the layout of the course dictates that the use of carts is impracticable.

If the Committee does permit the use of golf carts, they may wish to consider putting restrictions on their use, for example, that golf carts would only be permitted for competitors with medical certificates. The Tour Directors will consider each individual request on a case by case basis.

Mobile Phones

The EJGT requests all mobile phones for players and spectators are switched to silent mode and only used by players in an emergency.

Distance Measuring Devices (DMD)

The EJGT permits the use of DMD’s but prohibits downloaded mobile phone apps. Penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.

Pace of play

Tour officials will monitor players pace of play during an event in accordance with the recommended guidelines published by The R & A. Persistent slow players will be subject to being penalised. 

Completion of your round

On completion of the round competitors must immediately go to the scorer’s desk to complete and counter sign scorecards before posting them into the scorecard box.

Decision of Ties
In the event of a tie for 1st/2nd/3rd place we will apply the card play-off rule.

If after a card play-off a winner cannot be decided a play-off will take place over the nominated holes at the host venue.

Prize Presentation
Competitors from each age group category finishing in 1st/ 2nd / 3rd place MUST attend the event prize presentation.

Prizes

The EJGT will announce in advance the prizes that are to be awarded in the competition.

Amateur golfers must not accept a prize or a prize voucher in excess of GBP £500 or the local equivalent. This limit applies to the total prizes or prize vouchers won in the same event.

Irrespective of prize values, a sponsor may give a memento to competitors, provided such a memento is offered to all competitors and is not made as an inducement to play in the competition.

Serious Breaches of Etiquette 

The Etiquette Section in the Rules of Golf and Rule 33-7 allow for disqualification of a player who commits a serious breach of etiquette. For guidance on what constitutes a serious breach of etiquette, see Decision 33-7/8 in the Decisions on the Rules of Golf.

Violations of the Code of Conduct

  • Unsportsmanlike and disrespectful conduct e.g. abusive language, club throwing
  • Dishonesty
  • Unsportsmanlike behaviour and use of profane language or gestures
  • Disrespect to fellow competitors, Tour officials and volunteers
  • Abusive behaviour to any other persons and property
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

Parental Responsibilities

  • To refrain from caddying and offering advice during a competitive round
  • Only EJGT Rules Officials will administer decisions on the rules. Parents or spectators will be involved into a situation only if the Rules Official asks you.
  • When on the course, turn off mobile phones or switch to silent / vibrate mode.
  • All spectators please stay off fairways, tees and greens.