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2018 will bring new and exciting changes to the Junior Golf TOUR

 

The JGT will be restructuring itself in 2018. This new structure will allow each player to feel comfortable playing with similarly skilled players at yardages that best suit their game. Age is of no value on either the Players or Champions TOUR. Participation in either TOUR will depend solely on set guidelines based on handicap index and ability to handle certain yardages. This change is something that gives our Junior Golf Association a stronger identity, will help our players develop at their own pace, and provide a higher ceiling for players to achieve and strengthen their college golf resumes.

 

Champions TOUR (Ages 18 & Under)

The Champions TOUR is designed for advanced players looking to play at the collegiate level. Boys will be playing from yardages of 6500-6900 and girls will be playing from 5500-5900 yards.  These will all be 36-hole events that will be ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and AJGA. With the help of some of Connecticut’s college coaches we have established these course set up guidelines with the hopes of attracting both the elite players in the area as well as the college coaches themselves. The Junior Golf Committee will reserve the right to reassign a player to the Players TOUR for further development if they fail to meet set guidelines during the season. Below are the guidelines for this TOUR:

-Access to this TOUR will rely on GHIN Handicap Index's, past tournament scores, and recommendations from your PGA Professional

-Boys should have a GHIN Handicap Index of 8.0 or better (must be able to play yardages 6600-6900)

-Girls should have a GHIN Handicap Index of 18.0 or better (must be able to play yardages 5600-5900)

-The Junior Golf Committee has the right to deny a player entry into an event based on their Handicap Index, past scores, or recommendation from their PGA Professional

-Boys who play on the Champions TOUR and have a round over 100 will be asked to play on the Players TOUR until they can prove themselves ready for the Champions TOUR. Consecutive rounds above 90 will also warrant review by the Junior Golf Committee.

-Girls who play on the Champions TOUR and have a round over 110 will be asked to play on the Players TOUR until they can prove themselves ready for the Champions TOUR. Consecutive rounds above 100 will also warrant review by the Junior Golf Committee.

-No cards will receive the same treatment as a 90+ score for boys and 100+ score for girls

Players TOUR (Ages 18 & Under)

The Players TOUR is designed for experienced players not quite ready to play from the back tees or who still need to develop some of their skills. These players will have had prior tournament experience either from the high school level, Junior TOUR, PGA Junior League or other organized golf.  These will be 18-hole contests with the boys playing from about 5800-6100 yards and the girls playing from the forward tees. Players will have the opportunity to advance to the Champions TOUR at any point if they meet set criteria. There will be a separate player of the year race for this level.

-Players can advance to the Champions TOUR by having two rounds below 80 for boys and 95 for girls.

-Players do not have to advance if they don't want to

-Players will be required to send in PGA Professional Certification form

Development TOUR (Ages 8-12)

The Developmental TOUR will be for players ages 8-12 who are relatively new to the game and would like to begin competing in individual tournaments. These will be 9-hole events held at separate locations and on separate days then our 18-hole and 36-hole events. Caddies and spectators will once again be permitted at these events. This TOUR will be separated into an 8-10 year old division and 11-12 year old division. Players in the 11-12 year old division will be able to graduate from this level mid-season if they meet set guidelines. Player of the year points are only available in the 11-12 year old division. Trophies can be won in both divisions. 

-Players can advance to the Players TOUR if they shoot one round of 40 or better for boys and 45 or better for girls (only applicable in the 11-12 division).

-Players do not have to advance to the Players TOUR if they do not wish to (it will be a jump in yardage as well as 18-holes)

-Players will be required to send in PGA Professional Certification form

 

 

Lyman Orchards Junior Open

Gertsen, Lapple Earn First Champions TOUR Victories

Middlefield, CONN. (July 3, 2018)—On the first two hot summer days of the season, the Connecticut Section PGA Junior TOUR rolled into Lyman Orchards Golf Club for two days of competition. Utilizing both the Jones Course and the Players Course, 150 juniors fought tough in the excruciating heat.

After shooting a +6 (78) a couple weeks prior to qualify for the US Girls Junior Amateur Championship, Alexsandra Lapple of Ridgefield, Conn. continued her great playing to capture the 2018 Lyman Orchards Junior Open in the Girls Champions TOUR division. Lapple lead both rounds after shooting +2 (74) in round one and finishing strong with a +2 (73) in round two on the Player Course.

Lapple will continue her summer of golf with the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship next week before heading to California for the US Girls Jr Amateur Championship.

Tiffany Wu of China finished a close second place shooting +5 (76-72-148).

In the boys division, Mark Gertsen of New Canaan, Conn. came from behind to capture the Boys Champions TOUR division shooting +6 (74-75-149) for the tournament. Gertsen trailed Luke Carroll by one stroke heading into the final round, but was able to continue his consistent play on route to victory.

There was a three way tie for second play with Jake Antinelli, Luke Carroll, and Jonathan Farrell all finishing +8 (151).

 
 
 
  
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