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Junior Tour of Northern California FAQs


Junior Tour of Northern California FAQs


Q: WHO CAN PLAY ON THE JUNIOR TOUR OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA? A: To play in a Junior Tour of Northern California tournament you must meet the following requirements:  Have a current NCGA membership  Pay a separate Junior Tour membership fee of $40


 Take mandatory rules and etiquette curriculum (new in 2013)


 Have an established Handicap Index at the time of entry into the tournament


 Be 18 or younger  Have not started college


Before you decide to play on the Junior Tour of Northern California, be aware that we usu- ally play courses that are between 6,300-7,000 yards for the boys championship flight, 5,800- 6,500 for the boys first flight, 5,700-6,300 for the girls championship flight and 5,000-5,500 for the girls first flight. Some younger players may not be ready for courses this long so it is recommended that you wait until you think you can handle this.


Q: HOW DO I BECOME AN NCGA MEMBER? A: Membership in the NCGA is arranged through a golf club. There are many different kinds of golf clubs: public, private, associ- ate (groups of people such as co-workers or friends) and eClubs. You can learn more about these clubs on the NCGA membership page. The most economical option is joining the NCGA Youth on Course program. See the NCGA Foundation website for more informa- tion. You should join a club as soon as possible so that you can post at least five 18-hole scores and get a handicap.


Q: HOW ARE TOURNAMENTS ORGANIZED? A: Tournaments are 36 holes over two days. Our preferred model for tournaments is to have the first 18 in the afternoon and the second 18 in the morning. This way, families can travel and play on the same day and save travel costs. This is not always possible due to the needs of the golf courses that are providing us their facilities at reduced rates. When the course has a driving range, range balls are also included. Lunches may be provided at selected events.


Q: WHAT DOES IT COST? A: The cost is $95 for the majority of our tour- naments; however, for some venues the tour- nament fee may vary depending on venue. The tournament fee includes golf and range balls for two days. There is also a $40 annual membership fee. If there are financial issues that make it difficult for you to pay these fees, please contact the NCGA at 831/625-4653 for information on possible support and complete the financial hardship request form.


Q: HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR TOURNAMENTS? A: Please sign in on the home page (www.jtnc. org), which will take you to the JTNC registra- tion page. Ensure that you have completed the required actions to register for tournaments:


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paid Junior Tour membership fee, have a cur- rent NCGA membership and have taken the mandatory rules and etiquette curriculum and have a valid handicap.


Q: WHY DOES THE REGISTRATION SITE NOT LET ME REGISTER ON FRIDAY? A: General registration usually opens on Mon- day mornings at 8:00 a.m. unless Monday is a holiday in which case it will open on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. However, there is a registration period that lasts from the Friday before through Sunday evening. This registration period is for players who have won a tournament in the previous 365 days. By winning, they earn the right to pre- register. Between Friday and Sunday, they will see the registration box next to the tournament, but others won’t. The registration dates on the system will reflect this period until Sunday.


Q: HOW DO I WITHDRAW FROM A TOURNAMENT? WHAT’S THE REFUND POLICY FOR WITHDRAWALS? A: If you need to withdraw from a tourna- ment you may withdraw online up to a week in advance of the tournament. After one week, online withdrawals are not available and you must call the NCGA offices to withdraw. Failure to notify the NCGA will cause the player to be listed as a NO SHOW, resulting in a ONE YEAR SUSPENSION FROM ALL NCGA EVENTS


FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR FOLLOWING THE INFRACTION. Refunds: Refund less $10.00 if requested prior to the registration closing date. A 50% refund if the withdrawal is after the reg- istration closing date, but before two business days of the tournament. No refunds within two business days of the tournament.


Q: ARE THE RESULTS SENT TO JUNIOR GOLF SCOREBOARD? A: Yes, we send results for all tournaments to Junior Golf Scoreboard for ranking. Junior Golf Scoreboard asks for a player’s high school graduation year. Please ensure this is completed on your registration profile.


Q: DOES THE AJGA RECOGNIZE JUNIOR TOUR OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TOURNAMENTS? A: Yes.


Q: HOW DOES A JUNIOR ACCEPT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM AN OUTSIDE PARTY AND KEEP HIS OR HER AMATEUR STATUS? A: The USGA has a paper on its website that describes the rules for financial assistance for juniors. This only covers things from the USGA’s Amateur status rules. You should also check with the NCAA to see what rules it might have regarding juniors accepting assistance.


2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – JUNIOR TOUR OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Tournament


Spring I Spring II Spring III Spring IV Spring V Spring VI Spring VII Spring VIII Spring IX Summer I Summer II Summer III Summer IV


Tournament Dates Course March 16-17


March 23-24 Windsor GC April 1-2 April 6-7


April 20/21 April 27-28 May 4-5


May 18-19 May 25-26 June 10-11 June 19-20 June 26-27 July 15-16


August 17-18 August 24-25 September 7-8


Castlewood CC


Location


Stockton GCC/Elkhorn GC Stockton Windsor


Pleasanton


Deer Ridge/Shadow Lakes Brentwood TBD


Diablo Grande – Legends Patterson Darkhorse GC Ridge Creek GC Boundary Oak El Macero CC


Auburn Dinuba


Poppy Ridge GC Eagle Ridge GC San Jose CC


Sierra Meadows GC Adobe Creek GC Stevinson Ranch


Walnut Creek El Macero Livermore Gilroy


San Jose


Tour Championship July 31-August 1 Bayonet/Black Horse GC Seaside Fall I Fall II Fall III Fall IV Fall V Fall VI Fall VII Fall VIII


September 14-15 Haggin Oaks


October 12-13 Poppy Ridge GC October 26-27


NCGA JUNIOR EVENTS NCGA Jr.


Championship


Nor Calif. Jr. Players


CWAC Jr. Girls July 8-9


July 10-11 June 24-27


Spyglass Hill Rancho Canada Please visit www.jtnc.org for registration dates and information Pebble Beach Carmel Valley Monterey Peninsula CC Pebble Beach Rancho Murieta CC


Ahwahnee Petaluma Stevinson


Sacramento


September 28-29 Diablo Grande – Ranch Patterson October 5-6


Greenhorn Creek GC Angels Camp Livermore


Rancho Murieta


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