ON-COURSE RULES & REGULATIONS

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TJGT PACE OF PLAY POLICY
Players will be given 40 seconds to play a shot once it is their turn If a player/group is deemed to be off-pace, the following will occur
(1) The group will be warned by a rules official they are out of position, and given a certain number of holes to get back on pace (usually 2-3 holes).
(2) If the group fails to get back on place, each player will be notified and put on the clock, having 40 seconds to hit their shot.
(3) One bad time will resort in a warning; a second bad time will result in a 1-stroke penalty for the player. Subsequent bad times will result in a general penalty (2 strokes)
(4)
Gross negligence of the pace of play may result in a disqualification. The tournament committee will, at its discretion, take into account any time-altering factors such as host course problems, weather conditions and any unforeseeable time obstacles.

TJGT SPECTATOR POLICY
Players and spectators are to have minimal/no interaction during play. Patrons may assist in looking for a lost ball, but otherwise must stay on the cart path and/or far off the green during tournament play. Players are not to walk with spectators. If a spectator is observed walking with, talking to or giving advice (or appear to be) to a player:
(1) Rules officials may decide to issue an official verbal warning to the player and spectator.
(2) Upon second observance, a 1-shot penalty will be issued to the player.
(3) Upon third observance, the player will be disqualified.

Spectators are not allowed to comment or assist on any rulings on the golf course under any circumstance. If a spectator views a perceived rules violation, they may alert a rules official, and the rules official may decide to address the group, but no action will be taken against a player based solely on a reported violation by a spectator. It is the players’ responsibility to police their group and be aware of all rules. If a spectator is deemed to be behaving in an inappropriate manner for any reason – language, attitude, improper course etiquette, violating policies, etc. – he or she will be asked to leave the course by TJGT/RMJT staff and course officials. The spectator may also be denied access to the course the following day, at TJGT/RMJT staff discretion.

REPORTING RULES VIOLATIONS
If a player witnesses a rules violation, they must immediately alert the player in question and/or a Rules Official as to the possible infraction. Rules Officials and/or the Rules Committee will do everything within their power to immediately resolve rules violations and assess proper penalties during the round. Any rules violations that cannot be immediately addressed or solved by a Rules Official will be addressed at scoring and the proper penalty will be enforced.

If a player witnesses a potential rules violation and fails or declines to alert his/her group or a Rules Official before the completion of the hole in which the violation occurs, the maximum penalty allowed will be the general penalty (2 strokes) if it is deemed a violation did occur.

If there is disagreement within a group as to a rules violation and a Rules Official is not present, the player in question must play two balls under Rule 3-3, and a ruling will be given at scoring (or as soon as possible, as long as pace of play is not affected).

Rules Officials/the Rules Committee are instructed to gather all possible information regarding a possible rules violation and issue a ruling in accordance with USGA Rules and this document. In the event that a Rules Official truly cannot determine if a violation occurred, the Rules Official/Committee will issue no penalty to the player in question.

PULL CARTS POLICY
Pull Carts are allowed for all age divisions provided the host course permits.  All players/parents are advised to check with each individual course. The ultimate responsibility resides with the player.

TJGT Staff emphasizes safety when a player is being shuttled and pulling a pull cart.  It is recommended to fold up the pull cart and place in the shuttle to prevent potential injury.  TJGT will not incur liability or responsibility for the damage to any pull cart or player as a result of pulling a pull cart when being shuttled.

CADDIE POLICY
There are no caddies on the TJGT tour unless specifically allowed on the tournament’s information page. AJGA PBE Junior Tour Caddie Policy at selected TJGT events allowing caddies:  A player may provide his own caddie or have one provided to him at player’s own expense.  A player is not required to employ a caddie for any stage of the tournament.  Players and Caddies must walk.

ETIQUETTE
All tour members are expected to display proper golf etiquette and knowledge of the rules of golf at all times during tournament play.  Appropriate behavior at all host facilities and lodging sites is required.

DRESS CODE
(1) Required dress at the golf course: Hats/visors must be worn with brim forward. Collared shirts or mock turtlenecks (host golf course permitting) must be worn and tucked-in at all times. Women’s fashion shirts without collars must have long sleeves. Women’s fashion shirts must not rise above the belt line at anytime during the golf swing. Women’s shorts must be no more than five inches above the knee or the inseam of the shorts must measure at least five inches. All TJGT events require players to wear Soft Spike golf shoes or other golf course appropriate footwear.
(2) Prohibited dress at the golf course: tank tops, T-shirts, denim shorts, short-shorts, cut-off shorts, gym shorts and jeans. Earrings (for males), body piercings and tattoos must be covered.

RULES/SHOT LIMITS
USGA Rules of Golf will govern all tournament play.  Local rules will be distributed at registration. TJGT utilizes the local scorecard to ensure all local rules are visible to all players.  TJGT rules, hard card and spectator policies are always posted on the tournament information page. There are NO shot limits for any TJGT Event. At Qualifier and Elite Series Events, the TJGT may institute a CUT policy when deemed appropriate, and reserves the right to remove a player from a TJGT event at any time for non-competitiveness.

It is suggested that players seeking entry into Qualifier Series events shoot an average score of under 100, and Elite Series events, an average score of 90 or lower.