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Junior Golf Association Membership

2016 Membership Registration Open March 14 through June 1 for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Boys and Girls between the ages of 10 and 18 - $75 Annual Fee


The PGA Junior Golf Association (JGA) was established in 1998. JGA Membership is open to boys and girls between the ages of 10-18 who reside or go to school within the Section boundaries (includes Western Massachusetts, excludes lower Fairfield County). There are no handicap requirements to join the Junior Golf Association, and the annual membership fee is $75. Registration for 2016 membership will open on March 14 and close after June 1.

The Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Committee governs and oversees the Junior Golf Association. The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation financially underwrites both the Junior Golf Association and the PGA Junior Golf TOUR. JGA Members are bound by Rules & Regulations pertaining to their participation.
Upon registration, each JGA Member will receive an email informing them of his/her membership acceptance, as well as instructions on how to ACTIVATE their membership. In 2016, there are three (3) requirements that need to be completed before a Junior Golf Association membership is considered ACTIVE. ACTIVE members earn will be eligible for player of the year points, and be permitted to register on time for the 9 and 18-hole PGA Junior Golf TOUR tournaments.
  1. Rules Test: JGA members are required to take, complete, and pass an online Rules Test. 
  2. Membership PGA Certification: A JGA Member must be Certified by a PGA Professional and return the Membership Certification Form to the Connecticut Section PGA Office.
  3. Obtain USGA/GHIN member number: JGA Member must obtain a USGA/GHIN member number.
Junior Golf Association members will receive the following:
  1. JGA Members' Handbook that includes a comprehensive schedule of junior golf activities, PGA Junior Golf TOUR Regulations, and valuable information;
  2. Player Profile on Connecticut Section PGA website;
  3. JGA Favors package;
  4. JGA Members who have ACTIVATED their membership will be eligible to earn points for Junior PGA Player of the Year competitions for boys and girls, age 13-18 & age 10-12 Division, in the 8 PGA Junior Golf TOUR tournaments, 4 Ranked-open 36-Hole tournaments, the PGA Pro-Junior Invitational at the Golf Club of Avon, and others designated;
  5. JGA Members will have a discounted entry fee into the Ranked-open 36-hole tournaments ($125 versus $240 per event) and the Jack Kelley PGA Junior Tournament of Champions ($30 savings - if they have earned eligibility);
  6. Complimentary entrance into the Travelers Championship on August 1 - 7, 2016, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.;
  7. Opportunity to participate in the PGA TOUR Pro-Junior Experience at TPC River Highlands with PGA TOUR professionals during the Travelers Championship if they have participated in the Birdies for Charity fund raising program, and;
  8. Complimentary membership to the CT Golf Clubs for Schools for free USGA/GHIN member number for USGA Handicap services.




Play is governed by the Rules of Golf and its Decisions of the United States Golf Association, and where applicable, by the following Local Rules, Conditions and Definitions. Appendix I refers to the Appendix of Local Rules; Conditions of the Competition in the USGA Rules of Golf booklet. Unless otherwise specified, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is: Stroke Play - two (2) strokes.


1. SUSPENSION OF PLAY FOR A DANGEROUS REASON: When play is suspended for a dangerous situation, if a player is between the play of two holes, the player shall not resume play until the committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player is in the process of playing a hole, the player shall discontinue play immediately and shall not thereafter resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. (Note to Rule 6-8b).


If a player fails to discontinue play immediately after a suspension for a dangerous situation, the player is disqualified unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty.


Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation shall be signaled by one prolonged siren or horn blast.

a) Discontinue Play immediately: One prolonged note of siren

b) Discontinue Play: Three consecutive notes of siren, repeated

c) Resume Play: Two short notes of siren, repeated


All practice areas shall be closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the committee has declared them open for use.


2. EQUIPMENT: The player’s golf ball, and driver shall be named on the current “List of Conforming Golf Balls” & “List of Conforming Drivers”.


3. PACE OF PLAY: (Note to Rule 6-7 Undue Delay): A competitor “Out of Position” shall be subject to penalty if during the round, he/she takes 40 seconds to complete his/her swing. If a player exceeds the time limit on one (1) occasion, the player will then be cautioned that if he/she exceeds the time limit on one more occasion, (total of 2), he/she will automatically incur a penalty of one stroke, under Rule 6-7. If a player exceeds the time limit on one more occasion (total of 3), he/she will incur an additional two-stroke penalty. If a player exceeds the time limit a total of four (4) times, the penalty is disqualification.


A player is deemed to be Out of Position, when the player has exceeded 14 minutes per hole, or a two (2) hours and six (6) minute allotment for nine (9) holes (4 hours, 12 minutes for 18 holes).

More detailed information can be found in the Tournament Rules and Regulations Section article v11, section 4.


4. LATE TO TEE: (Rule 6-3a): If a player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five (5) minutes after his starting time the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Otherwise, the penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.


5. PRACTICE:  Practice is permitted as described in the Rules of Golf, except as described in Note 2 Rule 7-2, which prohibits: (a) practice on or near the putting green of the hole last played, and (b) rolling a ball on the putting green of the hole last played. 


6. LIFTING AN EMBEDDED BALL: The “EMBEDDED BALL RULE” as written in Appendix I  Part B is in effect “through the green.”


7. OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by inside edge of white stakes and/or property fence posts at ground level.  A ball that crosses such boundary is out of bounds even though it may lie on another part of the course.


8. GOLF CARS: The use of motorized golf cars will be mandatory for all competitors unless specified. 

 a. Caddies may ride in the golf car but a player and his/her caddie may not ride at the same time.

 b. A player must not be accompanied by a spectator in the golf car. Unauthorized use of the player’s car is subject to penalty as follows:

Match Play – At the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match shall be adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which the breached occurred. Maximum deduction per round: Two holes.

Stroke Play – Two strokes for each hole at which the breach occurred; Maximum penalty per round four strokes (two strokes at each of the first holes at which the breach occurred).

Match play or stroke play - If breach is discovered between the play of two holes, it is deemed to have been discovered during the play of the next hole, and penalty must be applied accordingly.

In either form of play – Use of any unauthorized automotive vehicle must be discontinued immediately upon discovering that a breach has occurred. Otherwise the player is disqualified.



(1) Areas defined by white lines, or otherwise posted as Ground Under Repair.

(2) Drains that are exposed trenches filled with rocks or stones.

(3) Active fire ant beds or mounds.

(4) Flower beds – mandatory relief must be taken from stance and lie of ball.

(5) Relief is for lie of ball only for the following:

a. seems of cut turf

b.                 newly trenched areas

c.                 non-burrowing animal damage.

10. ROADS AND PATHS: White lines: Asphalt and artificially surfaced roads and paths are Obstructions. White lined areas tying into roads and paths are the same status as the roads or paths, and thus they are Obstructions, and not Ground Under Repair.



a) If lie of ball, stance and/or area of intended swing is interfered with by the stake attached to a tree, the stake and/or rope/wire is treated as an Immovable Obstruction. Relief without penalty from the tree itself is not permitted.

b) When located within water hazards or within and/or around bunkers, retaining walls and pilings are an integral part of the course.  When railroad ties, curbing or the like adjoin cart paths, they are deemed to be part of the obstruction.


12. PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES: If a ball strikes such a line or cable, the stroke shall be cancelled and the ball MUST be replayed, without penalty in accordance with Rule 20-5. If a ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.


13. TURF PLUGS ON PUTTING GREENS: On the putting green, in addition to Rule 16-1C, the player may repair turf plugs of any size.


14. BUNKERS: STONES IN BUNKERS are deemed to be obstructions and may be removed without penalty.


15. RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION: The competition shall be deemed to have closed when the Connecticut Section Rules Committee has approved all scores.  In the event of a playoff, the competition shall be deemed to have closed when the Connecticut Section Rules Committee has approved the playoff scores.


16. DISTANCE MESURING DEVICES: A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device that is designated to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc) the player is in breach of rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless or whether any such additional functions are actually used. NOTE: Cell phones may not be used for measuring purposes.

Etiquette Note: Players should ensure that any device taken onto the course does not distract other players. Electronic devices must not be used to send email, text messages, access to the internet, utilize any application unrelated to the stipulated round, or in a way that breaches Rule 14-3.


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GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 14, 2016) – The 2016 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR kicked off its 2016 season Wednesday with the Glastonbury Hills Junior Invitational. More than 120 boys and girls between the ages of 10-18 competed in 9-hole and 18-hole events on the challenging and immaculately maintained Glastonbury Hills Country Club.


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