Southwest Junior Golf Tour
The Southwest Junior Golf Tour started with just limited spectator opportunities back in 1994. Over the past several years the tour has expanded those opportunities and for just the second year the tour has permitted spectators at each and every event. So far this season, just 2 events, the spectator participation has been wonderful, in terms of numbers and etiquette. It has added to the tournament experience for the tour’s members to see their parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends walking the course with them and cheering them on.
Just a few reminders going forward as the competition for Player of Year becomes more intense and electrified. Spectators are to be a half hole ahead or behind the group they are watching. It is preferred that spectators be a half hole ahead to assist in the spotting of golf balls. Spectators are not permitted on tees, greens, or in fairways unless they are crossing it and do not interfere with another group of players. As a spectator it adds to the experience to keep a player’s score but at no time can a spectator collaborate scores for an individual player or the entire group. It is the players’ responsibility to keep score.
Advice is any counsel or suggestion that could influence a player in determining his/her play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. A two stroke penalty is given for each infraction and if the counsel is deemed to have occurred multiple times the player will be disqualified. (Rule #8 and Rules Committee Decision)
As one of the main goals of the Southwest Junior Golf Tour is to assist tour members in their preparation for their high school golf seasons this issue must be addressed. The OHSAA, up to 2 years ago only allowed coaches to talk to their players after all putted out on the previous hole and before the first person teed off on the next hole. Never during the playing of the hole. They take this rule extremely seriously. Therefore, the SWGT must do the same as to prepare both players and spectators for what lies ahead in September and October.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding this issue please see the SWGT website or contact either Dave or Derek.