Code of Conduct
OPEN TO ALL JUNIOR GOLFERS
The BRJGT is committed to
"Building Character and Sportsmanship through Golf."
At the heart of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour experience is the expectation of appropriate conduct while on any host facility property. Abiding by the motto “building character and sportsmanship through the game of golf,” the tour provides the opportunity for each member to develop vital life skills that the game of golf readily teaches. Learning appropriate social conduct is central to this development and therefore is the foundation upon which the tour exists. Therefore, it is imperative that members follow these guidelines.
All Tournament Fields are based on course availability at each individual Club. One form MUST be completed and returned to the BRJGT office before acceptance into any event. The one form is the:
- Medical Release Form
These guidelines are in effect from the time you enter the host club facility until you leave that facility.
- Participants are required to observe good taste and to dress appropriately for the duration of time that they are on golf course property.
- Host facilities with more strict guidelines will take precedence over these BRJGT guidelines.
- Collared golf shirts and mock turtlenecks must be tucked in at all times.
- Pants or shorts may be worn, but shorts must be mid-thigh length.
- Girls may wear women’s fashion sleeveless shirts.
- Blue jeans, cargo shorts, collarless shirts, tee shirts, gym shorts, and cut-offs are unacceptable.
- Caps and visors must be worn in the bill forward position.
Any conduct that is deemed detrimental to the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour will not be tolerated. Such conduct includes but is not limited to the following:
- Consumption of any alcoholic beverages
- Smoking and/or use of any tobacco products
- Drug use
- Abusing language or profanity
- Club throwing
- Damage or abuse of host facility property or golf course
Any flagrant breach of the above guidelines will result in automatic disqualification from the event where the incident occurred. The degree of flagrancy is entirely at the discretion of the officials in charge in the competition. The player will also be disqualified from the next event entered without refund of entry fees. Two disqualifications will result in suspension from the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour for the remainder of the season.
Official Procedure for Withdrawal from a Tournament / Event
A player must notify Executive Director at 276-326-2089 (Home) or 276-345-8786 (Cell) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 48 hours in advance of the tournament from which they indent to withdraw. This is the only acceptable procedure for official withdrawal; calling another BRJGT official, telephoning the host club golf shot, notes given to a starter, or faxes are not acceptable. Failing to properly withdraw from a tournament and/or failing to show up for the competition will forfeit the entry fee and the player will be suspended from the next entered tournament. Credit will be given for proper withdrawal or refunds will be mailed at the end of the season.
Care For The Golf Course
All players are expected to maintain as well as improve the conditions of the golf course by replacing divots, repairing ball marks, raking bunkers, picking up and properly disposing of trash or debris left on the course. Follow the advice to "leave the golf course in better share than you found it."
Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour events subscribe to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Serious breach of any USGA rule will result in the consequences mandated by the USGA and may also lead to temporary or permanent suspension from the BRJGT.
Parent / Spectator Guidelines
Parents and spectators are an essential part of making the BRJGT a great summer tour! We urge you to support the development of young people in golf by following these guidelines precisely:
- All juniors must carry their own golf clubs except for the developmental 9-hole age groups. (Pull carts only if permitted by golf course.)
- Keep a proper distance from the players (50 feet is recommended).
- Act as a forecaddy. (Stay far enough ahead of the players not to interfere with their play but to spot errant tee shots and help locate lost balls for all players in a group.)
- Spectators must stay on the cart path or in the rough with the exception of around the greens. (Spectators may walk near the greens to watch the players putt out.
- DO NOT GIVE ADVICE TO ANY PLAYER! (Rule 10.2a, USGA Rules of Golf, 2019).
- Advice is any verbal comment or action that is intended to influence a player in choosing a club, making a stroke, or deciding how to play during a hole or round. The penalty for breach of this rule is the general penalty which is 2 strokes. A private conversation with the player may be construed as giving advice. It is wise to avoid talking to competitors during the competitive round.
- Abusive language, swearing, and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on the premise or golf course.
- Do not disrupt the pace or flow of play.
- Please pick up any trash you may see left by the juniors on the course.
- If you think you see a rules infraction, inform a rules official as soon as possible so the situation may be resolved prior to the player signing his/her scorecard. Do not suggest or give rulings on your own.
- If a player is in doubt about a rule, or situation, spectators may only remind them of playing two balls when uncertain what to do. (Rule 20.1c(3), USGA Rules of Golf, 2019) The player must then ask the rules official for a ruling as soon as possible.
- Spectators using golf carts will observe both the clubs rules as well as BRJGT rules in operating that vehicle.
The Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour offers young people an excellent opportunity to learn and play by the Rules of Golf. We believe the following amenities will appeal to all junior golfers regardless of their present skill level...
Competitive & Development age groups
Unequaled playing opportunities
Superbly conditioned golf courses
Course yardage that suit age groups
Professionally organized and conducted
Strict adherence to USGA Rules of Golf
Participation / Performance Point System
Cool mountain climates