West Texas Junior Champions Tour

Rules

WTJCT HARD CARD & RULES

WTJCT Hard Card

Click below for the WTJCT Hard Card. The Hard Card will cover all WTJCT rules that are enforced at every event, including general USGA rules for reference. This will also be printed on the back of players scorecard for each event.

HARD CARD - JUNIOR DIVISIONS
HARD CARD - COLLEGIATE DIVISIONS

 

New Player

New player to the WTJCT? Take our New Player Quiz before you are ready to tee it up!

WTJCT NEW PLAYER QUIZ

 

USGA Rules

Seasoned or new player wanting to test your rules of golf knowledge? Click below!

RULES OF GOLF QUIZZES

USGA Rules apply to all of our events (besides any special notes in the Hard Card).

USGA Website

 

WTJCT EVENT INFORMATION

Advice given during a round:

Unique to the WTJCT, parents and/or spectators are allowed to coach/motivate/encourage their players in between play of holes ONLY for ages 13-18. While the player is playing a hole, parents/spectators must maintain a respectable distance (staying to the cart path, rough, etc). They may not give any advice, rules decisions or tips during the play of a hole. Parents/spectators may assist in search of any players golf ball, but in the case a rules decision needs to be made we ask they refrain from assisting and call upon a WTJCT Staff Member/Rules Official.

 

Caddies:

Caddies are ONLY permitted for ages 12 and under, except for the West Texas Junior Open and the Tour Championship (caddies will be allowed for all divisions in these events)

Caddies will be allowed to assist their player by carrying their golf clubs, assisting in yardages and club selections, determining a course of play, advice and all other caddie duties.

Under WTJCT Tour Policy, caddies in the 12 and under divisions WILL be allowed to assist their players in alignment for each shot. Caddies are still not permitted to physically adjust a player for alignment, and caddies are not allowed to stand directly behind a player during a stroke.

Tips for Caddies:

We encourage caddies to be supportive of their player before, during and after play.

Caddies must have general knowledge of the game of golf, including how and when to rake bunkers, keeping out of the players line and other players line of sight when they are making a stroke, not disrupting the regular flow of play and any other general caddie duties.

Caddies may assist with players on score keeping, but should leave all scoring decisions up to the players.

Caddies are encouraged to know the general rules of golf, but should NOT issue any rulings. Any rules situations that arise, caddies should call in Tournament Staff or have their player play two golf balls and write down both scores until someone with the tournament staff can make a ruling decision.

Caddies should assist players with keeping up pace of play. If a group is falling out of turn, we encourage caddies to help players pick up the pace.

 

Pace of Play:

Players will be expected to stay within the guidelines of the designated pace, indicated on their scorecard at each event. Under the USGA rules, each player has 40 seconds to hit their shot once it is their turn in play. If a group falls out of pace, warnings will be given the first 2 notices, and if a 3rd notice is required, individual timing and penalty strokes may be issued.

Warning System: 1st warning will be the WTJCT staff alerting the group that they have fallen off pace, and they will receive an X amount of time or holes to catch back up. 2nd warning will be alerting the group they have received their 2nd warning on their pace, and will receive another set amount of time to catch back up. 3rd warning will result in individual timing of players and penalty strokes.

 

Ties/Playoffs:

Any ties for an award will result in a sudden death playoff on the golf course (if possible). If time or availability of the golf course does not allow it, there will be an alternative form of a playoff. If a player is not present for a playoff, it will be considered an automatic forfeit.

 

Score keeping and Scorecards:

Players will receive their official scorecard at the start of each round and must trade scorecards with their group members upon arriving to their first hole. Players are only responsible for their hole by hole score, not total. Before turning in scorecards, each card must have 2 signatures (player and person who kept players score). Adding up the totals is not required.

6-7 & 8-9 Division:
Caddies may assist the players by tracking their score during the hole, writing the scores down and double checking with the other players/caddies in the group at the end of the round. The player will still be responsible for signing their scorecard and their competitors scorecard. We encourage these divisions to allow the players at the end of the round to call out their scores/competitors scores to their playing partners for learning purposes.

10-12 Boys & Girls:
Players should write down the scores and keep track of their score/playing partners scores themselves. Caddies are encouraged to help keep track of shots during the hole if needed. At the end of the round, we encourage players to double check their scores with their playing partners and caddies to only assist when needed.

13+ Divisions:
No assistance will be allowed from parents/spectators in score keeping. Any questions about a scorecard may only be decided within the group or with the tournament staff.

 

Starting Time for Events:

Shot Gun Starts: Most events during the summer months will be a shot gun start, usually in the morning. This means all players will have the same tee off time, but starting on different holes. Players that are pre-registered for the event must be checked in no later than 30 minutes before start time. Players that are walking up must be registered 1 hour before start time.

10 minutes before starting time, the WTJCT staff will gather up all the players and brief them on any local rules for the day.

Tee Time Starts: If the event is tee-times, all players will have their own starting time and teeing off on the 1st or 10th hole. The WTJCT will have tee-times posted on the website at least 24 hours before the start of the event. It is the players responsibility to check the website for their tee time and for any last minute changes. Player must be checked in at the event 30 minutes before starting time, and be on the tee box 10 minutes before their starting time.

 

Walking/Push Carts:

Ages 13-18: All players are required to walk the entirety of their round unless specific shuttles are assigned per local rules. Push/pull carts are always allowed, and we encourage them for the first time golfers.

Ages 10-12: Player must walk during the hole, but may receive a ride from green to tee box (if they choose). Caddies in this division may carry the players bag, use a push cart or carry the bag on a golf cart.

Ages 8-9: Player must walk during the hole, but may receive a ride from green to tee box (if they choose). Caddies in this division may carry the players bag, use a push cart or carry the bag on a golf cart.

Ages 6-7: Player may walk or ride in a golf cart with their caddie (if they choose). Caddie may carry the players bag, use a push cart or carry the bag on a golf cart.

 

 

WTJCT POLICIES

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation for an event can be made by emailing (WTJCT@yahoo.com) or calling the Tour Director (817-938-3708).

Any cancellations made before the deadline of an event will be issued a refund, minus a 5% card transaction fee or a full credit to be applied to a future event.

Any cancellations made between the deadline of the event and 6 pm the night before the event will be issued a credit, minus a 25% cancellation fee.

Any cancellations made after 6:00 pm the night before the event will receive no refund or credit.

Credit Policy:

When a player is to receive a credit, the WTJCT will apply this to their account. To access the credit, all a player must do is register for an event and select the option to use the credit. Players may not use the credit as a Walk Up to an event, they must pre-register and pre-pay (if the credit does not cover the full amount of the entry fee.)

Credit issued from a cancellation may be used for any event, up to 1 year from the issued date.

 

Code of Conduct:

The WTJCT prides itself in the quality of our players. We ask that our players follow and respect our guidelines in order to make every persons’ experience enjoyable and memorable. We issue this so players can continue to grow as athletes and as respectable young adults.

Violations of the Code of Conduct:

  •  Unsportsmanlike Conduct including but not limited to:
    •  Abusive language, cheating, club throwing, disrespect to tournament staff, golf course staff, officials or fellow competitors and abuse to golf course property.
  •  Not adhering to dress code
  •  Use or association of drugs/alcohol, smoking or chewing tobacco products.
  •  Abusive behavior to any competitors

Code of Conduct Violation Penalties:

Any breach of our Code of Conduct will result in a letter written to the player and/or their parent. The penalty of the breach will depend on the severity and frequency and is at the sole discretion of the WTJCT.

 

Dress Code:

Boys and Girls: No jeans/denim, athletic shorts/gear, cut-offs or t-shirts will be allowed.

Boys: May wear collared golf shirts or golf mocks and nice shorts or slacks. Sleeveless shirts not permitted.

Girls: Collared golf shirts with or without sleeves are permitted, golf mocks with sleeves permitted, athletic tops (v-necks, scoop necks, crew necks) with sleeves permitted. No tank tops. Shorts and skirts must be appropriate lengths.

Dress code applies to ALL golf courses on the WTJCT schedule.

 

Etiquette Policy:

All WTJCT players are expected to display proper golf etiquette and knowledge of the rules of golf at all times during tournament play. Appropriate behavior at all golf courses will be expected.

 

Inclement Weather Policy:

In case of inclement weather, the staff will blow an air horn with 2 long blasts, indicating players need to mark their golf balls and proceed to the nearest shelter. We will always try and complete a round if it is possible, but any decision on that will be made at the tournament site by the Tournament Director or Tournament Staff.

We will get in as many holes as possible to score. Once the tournament has started, no refunds will be issued due to commitments to golf courses. 

If the tournament gets cancelled before start of play due to weather, we will notify the players before the event if possible. If the event gets rescheduled, players entry will carry over to the new date. If the player wishes not to play on the new date, their entry will be refunded or credited to another event.

 

No-Show Policy:

No refunds or credits will be issued to any player who no-shows to an event.

 

WTJCT Point System

1st Place 20 Points
2nd Place 15 Points
3rd Place 10 Points
4th Place 8 Points
5th place 6 Points
6th - 10th Place 5 Points
11th - 15th Place 4 Points
16th - 20th Place 3 Points
21st - 30th Place 2 Points
31st and Beyond 1 Point