Rules for Scotland Regional Qualifier, Semi and National Finals 2021 Revised 26th February 2021 1. Qualification
1.1 Each league or other qualifying competition that has paid an entry fee can nominate a club(s) to represent it at the Regional Qualifier and hence potentially progress to Semi and National Finals. Under normal circumstances, this would be the Champions. Any qualifying competition consisting of 1-8 teams is entitled to one entry, 9-16 teams: two entries, 17-24 teams: three entries, 25 upwards teams: four entries. The appropriate fee must be paid for each team entry.
Eligible Competitions will be permitted to enter more than one team by agreeing to nominate further clubs up to the maximum indicated above, who will be invited, without obligation, to play in the relevant JTG Scotland Regional Qualifier of its choice on payment of the appropriate entry fee.
1.2 In addition to those teams which qualify from a 2021 competition, clubs which accepted an invitation to play in either a 2019 or 2020 regional will have the right to a wild card invitation to play in 2021 competition irrespective of whether they have been entered by their League by virtue of their performance in this year’s league.
No club will play in a Regional Qualifier staged at its own course.
Normally not more than two clubs from the same league will be permitted to play in the same Regional Qualifier and clubs who are hosting a regional final will not be permitted to play in that final.
Clubs hosting a JTG Final in 2021 will also have the right to a wild card invitation to play in the 2021 competition irrespective of whether they have been entered by their relevant League, by virtue of their performance in this year’s “league” competition.
1.3 A club cannot represent either the same league or two different leagues with the same team. However, a club may have more than one team representing a specific league or two different leagues where no player during the year has represented both teams. To activate this opportunity the relevant league(s) must confirm that the club has registered two distinct team rosters and there has been no crossover during the season.
Two teams from the same club may not participate in the same Regional Qualifier and normally may not participate in the same Semi Final.
If two teams from the same club qualify for the Scotland National Final, one of the teams will be required to change its name for the purposes of TV etc.
The cost for a second entry will be 50% of the published entry fee, as set out in Appendix D of these rules and on the entry form, relevant to the date of entry.
1.4 Where a player is a member of more than one club which have entered the Junior Team Golf Championships that player can only represent the club which holds his/her official handicap index unless the home club gives specific permission, in writing from the club secretary, for the player to represent the club of their choice, in the JTG Championships, in isolation.
1.5 The winner and runner up in each of the Regional Qualifiers will qualify for one of the three designated Semi Finals, and the winner and runner up in each of the Semi Finals will qualify for the Scotland National Final. The National Final will be filmed for inclusion in the JTG Championship TV programme.
1.6 (See also §5.2) Where the result of a Regional Qualifier or a Semi-Final is very close, the Championship Committee reserves the right to invite a third placed team in any final, to progress to the next stage of the competition, in addition to the relevant first placed teams.
1.7 The winners and runners up in the JTG Scotland (see §5) and JTG England National Finals plus similarly qualified teams from Wales and Ireland will normally be invited to participate in the Home Nations Final, to be staged overseas. A team squad of eight, plus the Junior Team Manager, an assistant TM. and a Chef de Mission from each of the qualifying clubs will be invited as the official party to represent their countries in the JTG Home Nations Final.
2. Teams at Regional Qualifier, Semi Final and National Final
2.1 The R&A definition of “junior” applies, i.e a junior golfer is an amateur golfer who had not reached his/her 18th birthday in 2020.
2.2 Teams for each round of the competition shall consist of six players drawn from a maximum pool of twelve players. The team pool does not have to be nominated in its entirety prior to the competition commencing. However, once a player has played for the team in a round then that player becomes a permanent pool player when identifying the twelve player maximum size of the pool.
2.3 Each team will consist of six junior players each of whom must have represented their team in at least one relevant league or similar competition match during 2021. Exceptions to this rule will only be allowed with the agreement of the championship organizers in response to a written application for special dispensation countersigned by the Club Secretary/Manager.
2.4 Names, current handicap indices and National Golf Union numbers etc of individual players from which the team for a “Qualifier/Final” will be selected, must be submitted to the Organisers at least seven days before the relevant final is to be played. Changes to players submitted to represent a team, arising out of illness etc may be made up to one hour prior to the first tee time as long as the relevant details indicated above are presented simultaneously to the “Qualifier/Final” organizer.
3.1 The maximum WHS handicap index all players is 20.4 for both boys and girls, though those with higher handicaps may of course still play, but off the maximum handicap index. Participating clubs must ensure that every player has a handicap index that reflects his or her true ability.
3.2 Where a player has a handicap index of 20.4 or is restricted to that handicap, by virtue of rule §3.1 that player will add any handicap index adjustment shots available to the maximum of 20.4 such that he/she could be “playing off” a higher handicap than the stated maximum, as indicated in §3.1. In fact, there could be any number of players who could be playing off a handicap greater than the stated 20.4.
3.3 All players must participate in at least four handicap qualifying rounds since 1st January 2021. The Organisers may relax this rule if there are exceptional circumstances such as prolonged medically certified illness or enforced absence through the prior claims of international representation etc. In such cases, the Organisers must receive a letter signed by the club secretary/manager, and countersigned by the Club Captain, stating that the player’s handicap is a true reflection of his/her current playing ability.
4. Individual Scoring for Regional Qualifiers, Semi Finals and National Finals
The rounds, which have qualifying status for handicapping purposes, will be eighteen holes medal play, with full handicap allowance for boys off medal tees. Girls will play with full handicap allowance off ladies tees (See §3.1).
The handicap index will be increased or decreased by the relevant standard course difficulty factor ie the slope to create a course handicap for each player participating in the relevant Qualifier/Final.
A player’s course handicap will then be multiplied by the .95 handicap allowance to obtain an “interim” medal competition playing handicap subject to any “mixed tee competition” adjustment which may be necessary (see below).
Finally, on all days there will be a “mixed tee competition” adjustment applied to the playing handicap, as appropriate, similar to the old “courtesy shots.”
Each team’s playing order will be determined in accordance with the players’ current handicap indices.
5. Team Scoring at Scotland Regional Qualifiers, Semi Finals and National Finals
5.1 One gross score, not necessarily the best, plus the best four of the remaining five nett scores will be aggregated. In the event of a tie, the sixth player’s nett score will be taken into account. If the teams are still tied, then the sixth player’s nett scores over the back nine holes will be taken into account and then back six holes.
If the teams are still tied, then the combined gross scores of all six players over the back nine holes and then six holes will be taken into account. In the unlikely event of the teams still being tied, the “captains” will play a one hole, sudden death, gross score play- off.
5.2 Notwithstanding the above, if the next stage of the competition can accommodate an additional team, the Championship Committee reserves the right to invite a team, which is runner up by less than a stroke per player ie 6 strokes, to participate in the next stage as the “best loser”.
Two teams who played in the same Regional Qualifier will not normally be invited to play in the same Semi Final unless it would entail unreasonable travelling or there were no slots available at alternative venues.
The first choice of semi-final will be the right of the relevant Regional Qualifier winner.
5.3 Except at the express instruction of the relevant JTG Event Officials, or the Golf Course staff, if any member of a team leaves the Golf Course, that player shall be deemed to be a “DQ” and to have presented an N/R card. If more than two members of a team N/R, then that team will be ”DQ’d” and will not be eligible to enter the JTG Championship for the next two years.
6. Distance Measuring Devices
Distance measuring devices are permitted.
7. Caddies/Bag Carriers/Trolley Pullers & Buggies
Caddies/bag carriers/trolley pullers etc. are not allowed. However, players may use an electric or pull trolley but may not use a buggy.
The exception to this rule is when a bona fide current medical certificate is presented by a Junior Organiser at registration in respect of a member of his/her team the relevant player may use a buggy. However, JTG cannot guarantee that the venue will have a buggy available for the player to hire.
8. Supporters/Team Officials (See also §9 & Appendix B)
No advice on rulings, coaching, club selection etc may be given to the players on the course. If, during the course of a round, players are in doubt as to a ruling, a second ball must be played to the conclusion of that hole, and the situation resolved at the end of the round with the designated Competition Rules official.
In a three-ball group, it is players A&B responsibility to warn their opponent if, in their joint views, outside interference is occurring in respect of the third player C in their group. Should a second warning be required, then players A & B must report the incident to the Tournament Director immediately on conclusion of the round.
On receiving such a report, the Competition Rules Official/Tournament Director will normally consider player C to be in breach of this rule which will lead to his/her disqualification.
(In a two-ball match, it is solely player A’s responsibility to warn player B should outside interference in respect of player B occur).
Supporters must keep to the edges of the fairways and off the greens, and remain at least 25 metres from the players throughout play unless helping find a ‘lost ball’ (see below). However, supporters are encouraged to ball-spot and help look for lost balls.
Supporters buggies must stay on the paths at all times.
9. Behaviour/Code of Conduct – Please see §8 & Appendix B
The Organisers reserve the right to apply severe future sanctions on a club if any of its team members, Junior Team Management or supporters behave unacceptably on or off the course at a Junior Team Golf event.
It is the responsibility of the team management to ensure that the behaviour of themselves, their team members and supporters does not breach acceptable standards.
10. Slow Play
Slow play will not be tolerated. Players will be expected to keep up behind the match in front. Particularly slow play by an individual will result in a verbal warning. The relevant Competition Referee/Tournament Director will have the right to enforce a one shot penalty or more after two verbal warnings.
11. Bad Weather Provision - Please See Appendix A.
By agreeing to play at any Junior Team Golf Championship event, team managers accept full responsibility for any injury that may occur to any team member, and release and indemnify the event organisers from any actions, costs, damages, expenses or liability.
In order to fulfil the requirements of press and media, the team managers agree for individual players/members of the official party, both individually and as a group, to be photographed for print media and filmed for production of the television coverage of any Junior Team Golf event.
Junior Team Golf agrees that it shall not use the material to promote or report on anything other than the event itself, without parental or an individual’s permission, as appropriate.
BAD WEATHER PROVISION 11.1 If for whatever reason, a Regional Qualifier, Semi Final or National Final is cancelled in advance of the day itself, every effort will be made to reorganise the competition on a mutually convenient day, when a suitable venue is available and at least 60% of the qualifiers can play. ie four from six, three from five or two from four.
If this is not possible to achieve in good time prior to the next round ie a Semi Final or National Final, in order to determine who shall progress a simple draw by lot will be made by the Championship Director and teams will be immediately notified of the outcome.
11.2 If play has to be abandoned during the course of a Regional Qualifier, Semi Final or National Final, the following procedure will be adopted in order to determine the winner and, where appropriate, the runner up:
11.2a Where less than four players in any team have completed a minimum of six holes at the time of abandonment, the winner and, where applicable, the runner up, will be determined by a simple draw conducted by the ‘director’ of the relevant final, immediately after the abandonment has been confirmed.
11.2b Where players from one or more of the teams have not fully completed their rounds when the event is abandoned, the scores of all finalists, taken to the same “base” hole(s), will be the “counting” scores.
Note: The relevant hole, referred to above and below as the “base” hole(s), will be the last hole completed, prior to the abandonment by players in the teams at the back of the field, ie who teed off last. The base hole must be the sixth or greater.
Where four or more players in every team have completed a minimum of 6 holes, then the scores to the base hole (no earlier than sixth) of all players in the competition will be taken to be “completed rounds”. Hence each team will have four, five or six players who have “completed rounds” and will have recorded scores which can count towards the team score.
Each team will have the same number of players counting ie 1 to 4, 1 to 5 or 1 to 6. Where a team has had more players having “completed rounds” the lowest ranked players score will be discarded automatically
The net scores for each player who has completed six or more holes will be computed in accordance with the CONGU rules governing such situations (Note 4 Page 64) ie Strokes will be taken in accordance with handicap stroke index at each of the holes in the “Completed round”
A team’s score will then be computed by taking one gross score and up to four of the remaining net scores of the “completed round”, with a discard score in the normal way where all six players in every team have registered “completed rounds”.
BEHAVIOUR/CODE OF CONDUCT
12.1 As a JUNIOR MEMBER or TEAM MANAGER participating in theJunior Team Golf Competition you are expected to abide by the following code of conduct.
Help create and maintain an environment free of fear and harassment.
Demonstrate fair play and apply golf’s standards both on and off the course.
Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself.
Respect age, gender, physical, cultural and racial differences.
Tell someone in authority if you are leaving a venue or competition.
Treat competition organisers venue staff, team management, coaches and golf club members with respect.
You should NOT take part in any irresponsible, abusive, inappropriate or illegal behaviour which includes:
Consuming alcohol or illegal or performance-enhancing drugs or stimulants.
Using foul language.
Publicly using critical or disrespectful descriptions of others.
12.2 As a PARENT or CARER of a junior member attending a Junior Team Golf Competition, you are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct.
• Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them. • Discourage unfair play and help your child to recognise good performance, not just results. Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all • Discourage arguing with club & competition staff/officials and publicly accept officials' judgements. • Never force your child to take part in sport and never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes but support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport • Use correct and proper language at all times. • Never use threatening or abusive behaviour towards children, officials, coaches or other parents.
• Violations of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with by Junior Team Golf officials in conjunction with a representative of the individual(s) home club/(s).
CONDITIONS AND MODIFIED PLAYING RULES IN A COVID19 ENVIRONMENT
SOCIAL DISTANCING TO BE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES
1. All 2021 competitions will be played in a 3-4 ball format with strict social distancing rules in place. 2. Players must maintain at least 2 metres spacing at all times - before the game, on the tee, on each hole and after the game has finished. 3. Players must not shake hands, or make any other form of physical contact with fellow players. 4. If a ball is potentially lost, search time is three minutes. The playing of a provisional ball is advised to help speed of play. 5. Preferred Lie for Ball in A Bunker. When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may prefer the lie within 6 inches /15cm of the original spot as follows– The player may take free relief, once, by placing a ball in the following relief area - Reference Point: original spot of the ball - Size of Relief area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches /15 cm from reference point but within these limits. Limits on Location of Relief Area: (i) Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point and (ii) be in the bunker. Bunkers should be smoothed with a club or feet after playing the ball. If a rake has not been removed it should not be used under any circumstances. 6. On the green, the flagstick must remain in the hole and not be touched for any reason. 7. All ball washers, rakes and other removable objects should not be available. 8. Teams will consist of six players with the team score being the cumulative of one gross, four net ie five scores with one discard. All as per normal JTG rules. 9. All players and spectators will abide by the current ie. at time of the relevant final, the protocols in place in respect of the facilities that are or are not available to visitors and how they should be utilised.
Note: These rules have been written as things stand today and some of the proposals do not strictly comply with the regular rules of golf but they are intended to make the completion of competitions possible. These Rules may well be amended by Rules local to the host venue.