Prep Tour

Membership Registration for 2017 Opened January 2nd, 2017!

The Junior Prep Tour is our entry level tour for junior golfers from ages 9-18 who are looking to make the jump from Team Golf and other entry level junior programs to the next level of competition.  Players must have some previous tournament experience and golf knowledge to be eligible for the Prep Tour. The Prep Tour provides a competitive, yet fun tournament atmosphere, encompassing a nine month season of golf played on some of South Florida’s best golf courses.  The Prep Tour is a great way for junior golfers to gain competitive playing experience.

Click HERE for our full Prep Tour Policies and Procedures Handbook

 

Membership Registration Procedure

Returning Members – 2016 South Florida PGA Team Golf members will be able to use their 2016 login and password to sign in and register for 2017 membership.  If a login or password has been misplaced from last year, please email Jake Weir at jweir@pgahq.com to obtain that information.

New Members – Juniors who were not members of Team Golf in 2016 will be required to complete a registration form online which must include the name and contact information of a PGA Professional, as well as previous tournament playing experience including scores.  Applicants will need to go to the website at www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com and follow the registration link on the top right hand corner of the page. This will take you to the registration page and you will be prompted to complete the membership application. Should the application be accepted, the player will receive notification via e-mail, and with the member’s login and password, will then be allowed to register for tournaments.

*Approval will be required of ALL Junior Tour members even if they have played previously.

ELIGIBILITY

Age Guidelines

The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour is open to junior golfers age 9-18.  9-10 year olds are eligible for the SFPGA Prep Tour ONLY. Players will not be permitted to join the Prep Tour prior to their 9th birthday, and will not be allowed to play in any Tour events on or after their 18th birthday.

Residential Requirements

Tour members must reside within the South Florida Section boundaries, which include the following counties: Indian River, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Charlotte, Glades, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Any junior attending/boarding year round at a golf academy located within the South Florida Section will be eligible to compete on the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour based on written documentation provided by the academy.

Students enrolled in college are not permitted to join the Tour, or participate in Tour events.

Tour Guidelines

The Junior Prep Tour is our entry level tour for junior golfers from ages 9-18 who are looking to make the jump from Team Golf and other entry level junior programs to the next level of competition.  Players must have some previous tournament experience and golf knowledge to be eligible for the Prep Tour.

                                  Recommended Average Score: 110 or lower  

South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour Age Divisions

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is open to the following age divisions:

Boys 9-10     (4,800-5,000 yards)                Girls 9-10     (4,500-4,700 yards)

Boys 11-12   (5,200-5,500 yards)                 Girls 11-12   (4,800-5,000 yards)

          Boys 13-18   (5,800-6,200 yards)                Girls 13-18   (5,200-5,500 yards)          

 

Moving to the Challenge Tour 

Our goal is to place each junior golfer in the south Florida section in the correct environment based on their current skill level. Any player age 11 and up who begins on our Junior Prep Tour, must compete in a minimum of THREE Prep Tour events to be eligible to move to the Challenge Tour with committee approval.  That player must also meet specific scoring requirements in order to advance.  Once a player joins the Challenge Tour, they are not eligible for the Prep Tour moving forward.

Scoring Requirements:

Boys 11-18 – 77.99

Girls 11-18 – 81.99

Benefits of Membership

  • Schedule of 10, 2017 SFPGA Junior Prep Tour Events
  • Ability to qualify for the SFPGA Junior Prep Tour Championship
  • Deluxe Tee Gift Package which includes Golf Shirt, Hat, and other various gifts
  • Tournament/Season Long Awards
  • Scholarship Eligibility

Membership Fee

Membership to the South Florida PGA Foundation is $50.00

If any individual does not qualify for membership, he/she will be notified and will be issued a full refund for his/her application fee

The Prep Tour will feature a schedule of 10 events.  The complete schedule and policies and procedures for the tour will be released in December!

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

Membership Registration

Membership remains open throughout the course of the Junior Prep Tour season, and individuals may apply for membership at any time, provided they meet the requirements.  There is no cap for membership, and there is no minimum or maximum number of events in which a member must participate.  It is important to take the processing time into consideration when becoming a member of the Junior Prep Tour.  Please allow ample time for processing membership if you are interested in playing in a Junior Prep Tour event.

The application process for new members may take up to five days.  Individuals will be notified within five (5) days of receipt of application whether their membership status has been approved, or if more information is needed for membership consideration.  If approved, a new member confirmation email will be sent out, including the new member’s login and password.  Once the login and password has been received, members will be able to sign up for Junior Prep Tour events online provided they meet the eligibility requirements for the event.  When signing up for events, the registration page will default to a rules test that must be completed before you may finish the registration process.  The membership package containing Tour information and player gifts will be given out at each new member’s first event.

While Membership registration is accepted at any time throughout the season, each tournament has a specific registration deadline.  Please take tournament registration deadlines into consideration when applying for membership on either tour.

 Tournament Registration

Entries for all tournaments conducted by the South Florida PGA during the 2017 season may be registered for no earlier than January 2nd, 2017Before members may complete registration to play in an event they must complete an online rules test.  This procedure is to help member’s be more aware of rules they may encounter on the course during competition. There is no limit to the number of events members can enter.  Online registration will be activated for each of the tournaments at 10:00AM approximately 6 weeks prior to each event start date for members of the Junior Prep Tour. An email will be sent to all members prior to each event registration opening as a reminder.  Telephone, mailed or faxed entries will not be accepted.

Tournament Fees

Junior Prep Tour Entry Fee – $55

Registration Procedure

Directions for online registration:

Go to www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com, enter the site and click the Registration link on the top right corner of the page.

After entering the registration page, click Sign Up Now under the Player’s Club box to proceed with the registration process.

This link will take you directly to the Membership Registration form.  If you are a returning member from 2016, all you need to do is enter your login and password into the Player’s Club box.  For new members, your registration will be pending until approved by the Junior Golf Manager.  Once approval has been granted, you will then receive an email notification with your ID and password allowing you to login into the Player’s Club for Tournament Registration.

Please make sure that you save your ID and password, you will need this information to register for your tournaments and to obtain vital tournament information.

Determining Age Divisions

A player’s age division is determined as of their age on the day of each tournament.  For example, a player who turns 13 on July 1st will play all events before July 1st in the 11-12 age division, and will be automatically moved to the 13-18 division after that date.

Declaring Up in Age Division – (Boys/Girls ages 9-10 on Junior Prep Tour)

Members may “declare up” to an older age group anytime during the Junior Prep Tour season.  Once a member declares up, he/she must play in the older age group for the entire season and must play by the applicable rules and regulations.  Members must email their request to the Junior Golf Manager, Jake Weir, at jweir@pgahq.com in order to officially declare up.

The request to declare up must be made before the registration deadline of a tournament to be considered. Requests to declare up will not be accepted once tee times are made for a tournament, and the player will have to wait until the next tournament in order to participate in an older age division.

Field Size

Registration is limited to 72 players for Junior Prep Tour events, and is on a first come first serve basis, with no consideration for age division or gender.

Rules of Play

USGA Rules of Golf and the SFPGA Junior Prep Tour Rules of Play Card shall govern all play, in addition to local rules on the Notice to Competitors (Rules Sheet), which is distributed at every event, and is also available on our website.  Be sure to read the Rules of Play Card in its entirety prior to your first event.

Any player who has taken ten (10) strokes on any hole and has not holed out must pick up his/her ball and proceed to the next tee. The score must be recorded as a ten (10) and does not exclude the participant from award consideration

Distance measuring devices are allowed in all SFPGA Junior Prep Tour events, assuming the device measures distance ONLY. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (gradient, wind-speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification.

SFPGA JUNIOR TOUR CODE OF CONDUCT

The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour takes great pride in the quality of its players, host facilities, and sponsors.  The Prep Tour requires all members to adhere to the Code of Conduct.  The purpose is to help all Tour participants grow and mature by understanding and accepting the consequences of their actions, both on and off the golf course. (Tournament officials will enforce these rules at all SFPGA Junior Prep Tour events)

Respect for the Course

All players are expected to maintain golf course conditions by repairing ball marks, raking bunkers, picking up and disposing of trash, etc.  Any abuse of the course or other club facilities will result in immediate suspension from the Junior Tour.  All players and parents are also encouraged to thank the host club, staff and volunteers for their support of junior golf.

Sand Bottles

All players will receive a sand bottle prior to starting their round.  Players are to use these bottles to sand fill all divots they take on the course.  Players will be subject to a penalty of 1 stroke for failing to care for the course if they are seen not filling their divots.  Players must return their sand bottles following the round in order to turn in their scorecard.

Dress Code is for Players and Spectators

  • All male’s shirts must have collars and sleeves
  • Mock neck shirts are only acceptable based on the facility’s dress code standards
  • T-shirts and tank tops are not acceptable
  • All males must have their shirts tucked in at all times
  • All males must remove any earrings
  • All females must have golf-style shirts, and girls shirts may or may not have collars and sleeves
  • Women’s fashion shirts must not rise above the belt line at any time during the golf swing
  • Women’s shorts/skirts/skorts must be no more than 5” above the knee OR the inseam of the shorts must measure at least 5”
    • If you are unsure if you shorts/skirts/skorts meet this requirement, stand straight up with your arms by your side.  If you attire extends below your hands when they are relaxed by your side, then you are adhering to the rule.  If your attire is shorter than the tips of your fingers, than you are not adhering to the rules and you will not be able to tee off until you comply with the rule.
  • Tennis shorts, gym shorts, cut-offs, swimsuits, short-shorts are not acceptable
  • Sandals are not acceptable
  • Blue jeans are not acceptable
  • Clothing containing offensive slogans, languages or pictures, and references to drugs, tobacco or alcohol are not acceptable
  • It is suggested that everyone wear sunscreen
  • Hats/visors must be worn with brim forward, males must remove hat/visor while indoors
  • All events are non-metal spikes only
  • Any player or spectator not adhering to these guidelines will be asked to leave or correct the violation before participating

Any of the following actions by an SFPGA Junior Prep Tour member at an SFPGA event or toward another SFPGA member or staff, constitutes a violation of the SFPGA Code of Conduct:

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct, including abusive language, cheating, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers, officials or fellow competitors, or abuse of golf course property
    • Not adhering to the dress code at the host golf course
    •     Use or association with drugs, alcohol, or smoking or chewing tobacco products
    •     Vandalism at the host facility, including golf course, club house, or property.
    •     Conduct not becoming of an SFPGA player, such as acting in anger or creating other distractions, or performing any inappropriate behavior on a the course.
  • Failure to treat host facility with respect by ignoring the responsibility of caring for the course, filling divots and fixing ball marks
  • Physical abuse, threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, slander or libel towards other players, parents, coaches, sponsors, host golf course staff or members, SFPGA staff or volunteers in any medium

The South Florida PGA Junior Committee may assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity of the Code of Conduct violation:

  • Issue a written letter of warning to the player and his/her parent/guardian
  • Require the player to write a letter of apology to his/her fellow competitors
  • Enforce a two-stroke penalty
  • Disqualify the player from the tournament where the violation occurs
  • Suspend the player for a portion of the tournament season or the remainder of the season
  • Suspend the player’s membership indefinitely