Florida Junior Tour (FJT) Exemptions
Florida Junior Tour STEP Program
The Special Tournament Exemption Program (STEP) is designed to help juniors forge their way through the different levels of junior golf by offering tournament exemptions into FJT events. After each Florida event, the HJGT will send in the tournament’s exemptions and the player’s status will be updated within 3-5 days.
During the 2014 season, every Florida event on the HJGT’s schedule will feature exemptions into FJT events for the following divisions:
Boys 15-18 = 1 Exemption
Boys 11-14 = 1 Exemption
Girls 15-18 = 1 Exemption
For more information on the Florida Junior Tour Step Program and the Florida Junior Tour click here.
South Carolina Junior Golf Association Rankings (SCJGA)
The SCJGA Rankings, presented by the Heritage Classic Foundation, reflect the abilities of South Carolina juniors participating in a wide array of events. The rankings favor local events to reduce economic favoritism, and national championships to recognize top prominence, the HJGT will feature SCJGA ranked evnts in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
The rankings are updated on the first of each month and reflect play over the most recent 12 months of available event results.
2014 Rankings Policies of the SCJGA:
To have an event considered for the rankings, it must meet the following guidelines:
1. Local junior specific events conducted in South Carolina or bordering states (North Carolina and Georgia) that abided by USGA Rules of Golf and have a minimum of 25 boys or 8 girls playing from the back set of tees for the event. Half of the field will be ranked (maximum of 20 players). Tournament directors are required to forward full results to the SCJGA for the event to be considered.
2. National events that are invitationals or a player earns their way through local qualifying. Examples: AJGA Invitationals, USGA championships, the PGA Junior, and other such invitationals and national championships.
3. Other junior events, conducted out of the SC, NC, GA area, will be considered as long as the player finishes in the top 10. While the SCJGA encourages testing skills against national play, the rankings are not designed to reflect the financial means to chase tournaments across the US. This policy was added to promote local play until the junior’s play is good enough to take on the road. These events must meet the above criteria. (Example events/tours: AJGA, HJGT)
4. Amateur events will be considered for ranking as long as the junior earned his/her way into the tournament via qualifying or exemption. These must be open to statewide or national play.
Points break down:
* 1st-25 points, 2nd-20, 3rd-16, 4th-13, 5th-10, 6th through 10th- 5 points, 11th through 20th- 3 points.
* Any ties are combined and split.
* Any total points earned that are less than a full point are not awarded.
Example: A player is playing in a 4 weighted event that has over 40 players playing from the back tees over the 2 oldest age brackets. The top 20 players will earn points in the event. If the player was to tie for 4th place with two other players, the points for the three spots are added together, multiplied by the tournaments’ weight, and split by the three players.
((13+10+5)x4)/3 = 33.33 points per player
Tarheel Youth Golf Association Rankings (TYGA)
The Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) is the junior division of the Carolina Golf Association. Their primary focus is growing the game of golf from the ground up. The TYGA hosts over 20 tournaments per year throughout the state of North Carolina, offering points to the top-10 finishers in the boys and girls division with the longest yardages.
In order to receive points, the player must:
* Be a legal resident of North Carolina under the age of 18
* Have not started college
* Played a minimum of 5 events
* Play in a tournament with a minimum of 25 boys and 8 girls contestants playing from the longest tees.
The top-10 finishers in each division receive points. Points are awarded in reverse order based on the size of the field that finishes an event. The overall winner also receives 5 extra points for winning.
Example: It there are 10 players in an event
1st place 10 + 5 = 15 points
2nd place 9 points
3rd place 8 points
4th place 7 points
5th place 6 points
6th place 5 points
7th place 4 points
8th place 3 points
9th place 2 points
10th place 1 point
In the event of a tie, the points are split. If a playoff occurs, the playoff will determine the order of finish, thus determining the points as well.