Top 50 Junior Tour

Policies, Rules and Code of Conduct

Policy & Rules

Top (50) Qualifying Players

The "top 50" qualifiers refers to (50) total students. If the qualifying field consists of 60 boys and 40 girls the "top 50" would consist of (10) exempt players from the previous tournament round, the best (25) boys, the best (15) girls, with at least three students from each age division. The number of qualifying boys vs. girls can vary and will be determined by a percentage of the participants in any given qualifying round with final discretion of the tournament director. Small Field Exception: If the qualifying field is less than 50 players, all qualifying round participants qualify to play in the tournament round for FREE.

Top (10) Exemption Invitation for Tournament Round:

The "top ten" refers to (10) total students and includes:

1.) At least one student from each age division

2.) then, the remaining exemptions are reserved for the lowest scores by division as a percentage of the field, regardless of age division. Example, if a qualifying field of students is comprised of 60 boys and 40 girls, 60% of the "top 10" will be boys and 40% will be girls.

3.) Small field exception:  If a tournament round consists of 15 players or less, only the winner in each age group is exempt for the next tournament round, (total 4 players). If a tournament round consists of between 16 - 24 players, only the winner and runner up in both boys divisions, and the winner in both girls divisions become exempt for the next tournament round, (total 6 players). If a tournament round consists of 25 to 40 players, only the winner and runner up in both boys divisions, and the girls divisions become exempt for the next tournament round (total 8 players).

4.) The Top 10 Exemption Invitation is limited only to the next Tournament Round. The Top 10 from Tournament Round #1 are exempt from qualifying at Qualifying Round #2 and advance directly to Tournament Round #2 at no cost. Due to the format of the Top50jrTour, the exemption is only valid for the very next Tournament Round because (10) new students will earn the exemption at the next tournament. (Exemptions are only available during summer events in Michigan).

(9) Hole Players

Boys and Girls in the 9 to 11 age division will play "9 hole one day events".  These events are shown separately on the registration schedule as the format is different then the Top50 format.  There is a (10) shot maximum for each hole.  Students are required to have a caddie in this division.  Parents are reminded that students at this age require encouragement, as they are developing an interest in the game and an understanding for the rules.    Please make their experience before, during, and after the event enjoyable and fun!   The Tour Director is available to assist students and parents to understand the rules of golf.  When is doubt of a rule please ask for assistance.    

Caddies & Spectators:

We encourage parent participation and welcome parents to caddie.  However, if you are a caddie you must carry/or push the golf clubs, you must wear the Top50 caddie bib and no motorized carts may be used while caddying.  All USGA rules regarding the players equipment and caddies apply. If you are a spectator you must not communicate with the player in a way that assists in playing decisions. You are either a caddie or a spectator; you can't be both. 

Local Rules:

If in doubt of a ruling or how to proceed under the rules, you should play two balls. Inform your playing partner that you are going to proceed to play two balls. You must finish the hole with both balls. Record your score with each ball and inform a rules official at your earliest opportunity.

All students are expected to arrive at the first tee 5 minutes prior to their tee time for special announcements and local rules. A player late for their tee time by more than 5 minutes will be assessed a 2 stroke penalty.

Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. Assist other players in your group with the rules of golf. Each player is responsible for “protecting the field” and enforcing the rules of golf. Profanity and club throwing will not be tolerated at anytime on the golf course property. Penalties will be issued and players will be disqualified at the discretion of the Tour Director. 

Awards & Scholarship Points:

Awards are presented for each division at the conclusion of each tournament round. The Top50jrTour reserves the right to alter the disbursement of scholarship points per tournament round, based upon the total number of participants and the number of players per event in each age or gender division. Tournament results and awarded scholarship points are posted to the web site within 24 hours of the tournament. 

Inclement Weather:

When weather conditions are expected to become dangerous a long horn blast suspends all play. If a student sees lightening before hearing a horn, students are encouraged to seek shelter immediately. You should mark the position of your ball with a tee and move quickly to the nearest building. (Trees do not offer you protection from dangerous weather and may become hazardous). The Top50jrTour makes every effort to complete rounds the same day. If weather conditions or course conditions prohibit the completion of the round, the Tour Director has the right to alter the number of holes determining the stipulated round which may include only nine holes. 

Rainout Policy:

If a qualifying round is cancelled due to severe weather, the players for the subsequent tournament round will be determined by a blind draw. The participants drawn to play in the tournament round will earn scholarship points as per usual, however they will not earn player of the year points since the participants are determined by blind draw instead of playing ability. Players whose name did not get drawn to play in the tournament round will receive a refund. The amount of the refund will be determined by the amount of the expenses incurred during the qualifying round. Refunds will be distributed 10 business days after the end of the season.

If a tournament round is cancelled due to severe weather, all players including exempt players must re-qualify at the next qualifying round to be eligible for the following tournament round. (No refunds provided, golf was free.)

Waitlisted:

Players are waitlisted when the tournament is FULL.  When a spot becomes available, students are added to the field in the order in which they were waitlisted.  If a students is waitlisted and does not get into the tournament a full credit will be applied to your Top50 account for future use.

Providing False Information:

If it is discovered that any individual or group of individuals have provided false information during the registration process they will forfeit all scholarship funds and be immediately removed from the tour.

Dress Code:

No T-shirts, blue jeans or denim allowed, boys must wear a collared shirt or turtleneck and the shirt must be tucked in. Shorts for both boys and girls, must be no higher than 4" from the knee. Final discretion lies with the starter at the host facility, so please dress appropriately. 

Unacceptable Behavior:

As a member of the Top50jrTour you are a guest at each facility we play and you represent the qualities of the Top50jrTour. Please be courteous and respectful at all times. Club throwing, profanity and behavior that is not respectful of your fellow competitors and staff will not be tolerated. Each occurrence will be ruled on its own situation and may result in penalty strokes for the first occurrence, with a suspension, loss of all playing privileges, loss of any accumulated scholarship funds or all of the above for any additional occurrences. The final decision will be made by the tour official and the course Golf Professional.

Cancellation Policy:

If a player must cancel from a Tournament he/she must do so at least (7) days prior to the scheduled event in order to receive a Full Refund.  You may cancel by sending an email to tourdirector@top50jrtour.com.  If a player must cancel and it is within (7) days of the Tournament the player must email or call and notify us that he/she is unable to play in order to receive a partial 50% Refund.  Be sure to leave a message if there is no answer. If a player must cancel from the 2nd round that player must notify us ASAP so that we can fill that spot. Failure to notify a tour official of a cancellation will result in the player being suspended from the next week's Tournament. A cancellation due to an emergency or sudden illness requires a written request for a refund and must be accompanied with a physician's note.  All refunds are distributed (10) business days after the end of the season.

In Case of Ties:

Ties for the last qualifying position shall be decided by a scorecard playoff starting with the 18th hole and working backwards until the tie is broken.

Tournament Round:

A chip off will break ties for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places. The parameters of the chip off will be determined by the tour official.

Ties for the last exemption into the Tournament Round shall be decided by a scorecard playoff starting on the 18th hole and working backwards until the tie is broken.

 

Code of Conduct

The game of golf requires the participant to hold themselves responsible to the rules of the game.  Students that play on the Top50 Junior Tour learn the values of respect, honesty, and personal responsibility.  In order to make participating on the Top50JrTour a pleasant and competitive experience, all members are required to adhere to the following guidelines.

Student and parents are encouraged to respect the rules of the host facility, and be courtious to tournament staff, volunteers, members of the club, and other individuals at all times. 

Unacceptable Behavior:

Profanity and club throwing will not be tolerated at anytime on the golf course property.  This behavior is not respectful to your fellow competitors, the staff, or the facility.  Penalties will be issued and players will be disqualified at the discretion of the Tour Director.

Cheating will NOT be tolerated.  Be aware of the rules of golf, and be sure to follow them at all times.  If you have a question regarding a rule, or a dispute with another competitor, you are encouraged to play a second ball and consult a tour official at the end of your round.

The Top50JrTour wants to leave the course in better shape than when we arrived.   As a member of the Top50jrTour you are a guest at each facility and you represent the qualities of the Top50jrTour.  Please respect the facility by replacing divots, fixing ball marks, rake bunkers, and disposing of any trash you may find while on the course or near the clubhouse.  

All students are expected to arrive at the first tee 5 minutes prior to their tee time for special announcements and local rules. A player late for their tee time by more than 5 minutes will be assessed a 2 stroke penalty.

Any use of alcohol, tobacco or any other drugs are strictly forbidden.  This is a zero tolerance policy; players will be immediately disqualified from the tournament series.

Sportsmanship:  

Please exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.   Students are encouraged to assist other students with the rules of golf to avoid penalties.  Often a penalty can be avoided by communicating with members of the group prior to the infraction.  Each player is responsible for “protecting the field” and enforcing the rules of golf.

Pace of Play: 

Pace of play will be monitored and penalties will be issued if your group is not in position.  Your group MUST NOT fall more than one hole behind.  Pace of play at the turn:  “If your group is not on #9 tee when the group ahead of your group leaves #9 green then your group may be penalized 2 shots”.  Run between shots to catch up if you must!  It’s better than 2 shots.  (If your group is more than one hole behind at the turn you must make the turn in 2:15 to prevent a penalty).

Attire:

No T-shirts, blue jeans or denim allowed, boys must wear a collared shirt or turtleneck and the shirt must be tucked in. Shorts for both boys and girls, must be no higher than 4" from the knee. Final discretion lies with the starter at the host facility, so please dress appropriately. 

Parents:

We encourage parent participation and welcome parents to caddie.  However, if you are a caddie you must carry/or push the golf clubs, you must wear the Top50 caddie bib and no motorized carts may be used while caddying.  All USGA rules regarding the players equipment and caddies apply. If you are a spectator you must not communicate with the player in a way that assists in playing decisions. You are either a caddie or a spectator; you can't be both.

Spectating parents may assist in locating lost golf balls and provide positive support.  If a parent or caddie has questions or concerns regarding the rules of golf or a player’s conduct, please approach the tournament official at the conclusion of the round or when possible; do not approach the students.   If follow up is required, the tournament official will discuss it with the golfers.

To be respectful to all players, caddies are strictly prohibited from smoking on the golf course.

Failure to follow guidelines:

Each occurrence will be ruled on its own situation and may result in penalty strokes for the first occurrence, with a suspension, loss of all playing privileges, loss of any accumulated scholarship points or all of the above for any additional occurrences. The final decision will be made by the tour official and the course Golf Professional.