San Antonio Local Qualifier
Players will be competing for the Qualifying Spots into the Houston Regional Qualifier!
Available Qualifying spots by Division:
- Boys 14-18: 8 qualifying spots
- Girls 14-18: 5 qualifying spots
- Boys 13 & Under: 3 qualifying spots
- Girls 13 & Under: 3 qualifying spots
*Spots are subject to change based on field size within each Division*
Division Breakdown & max number of players:
Boys 14-18: 27 total players
Girls 14-18: 15 total players
Boys 13 & Under: 9 total players
Girls 13 & Under: 9 total players
A player’s age division is determined by their age on May 1st. For Example, if a player turns 14 in July of 2021, they will compete in the 13 & Under Division throughout the entirety of the Series even though they may be 14 during a Local or Regional Qualifier. If a player turns 14 before May 1st of 2021, then the player will compete in the 14-18 Division throughout the entirety of the Series. If your birthdate falls on May 1st and you turn 14, you will play in the 14-18 division.
If you have a question regarding what age division you should be competing in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. When you register, our system will automatically put you in the correct age division based on the cutoff date of May 1st, 2021.
If a player turns 19 before the 2021 National Championship on November 14th - 16th OR is attending college and playing on a college golf team, they will NOT be allowed to compete.
NEW SCORING FOR 2021 SEASON:
New to 2021, all NB3 tournaments starting this spring will be utilizing a mobile scoring app called "ShotStat Live" that all players need to download and activate on their mobile device before the tournament begins. For parents/spectators, you may view live, hole-by-hole scoring on the NB3 website on the tournament leaderboard.
- Locate and download "ShotStat Live" in the app store of your mobile device
- Open the app and follow the instructions to activate the app and tie to your player account.
- Once pairings have been posted, you will be to go into the tournament and view your pairing.
For more info on the app, including screenshots, AND directions on how to use the app CLICK HERE. If, after downloading the app, you are having trouble activating it, a NB3 staffer at registration can assist you.
Also, we understand that a player may not have access to a mobile device for a number of reasons - while we would prefer for all players to utilize the app, if you do not have access to a mobile device, please let the NB3 staff know at registration and we will provide you with a paper scorecard and hole location sheet.
If you have already downloaded the app for a previous event, please open the app, click on "Account" in the bottom right, and click "Clear App Data" to refresh the app.
We appreciate everyone’s full cooperation with the above information and if you have any questions please find our staff in the morning and we can assist you.
NOTICE TO COMPETITORS
Play is governed by the current USGA Rules of Golf booklet, as well as the Decisions on the Rules of Golf. This information supplements the Local Rules and Conditions of Competition on the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship Hard Card/Pace of Play Policy. Posted course local rules do not apply.
CONDITIONS OF PLAY
Boys 14-18: (6,578 Yards) GOLD Tee Markers define the teeing area
Girls 14-18/Boys 13 & Under: 5,559 Yards - SILVER tee markers define the teeing area
Girls 13 & Under: 4,838 Yards – WHITE tee markers define the teeing area.
Pace of Play
Pace of Play is set at 4 hours, 30 minutes. When a group is out of position at any time, the group is subject to monitoring and timing per the Pace of Play Policy. See the Pace of Play Guidelines/Procedures on the Hard Card for full description.
36-hole individual stroke play
Tiebreakers for qualifying spots into the Regional Qualifiers will be determined by a scorecard playoff. This will be determined by the following:
- The qualifying spot(s) will first be determined by the overall round score of the competition
- If the tying players have the same score for the last round or if the competition consisted of a single round, we will determine the winner based on the score for the last nine, the committee will then go to the last six holes, then the last three and finally the score on the 18th hole. (when this method is used in a competition with multiple tee starts, the "last nine holes, last six holes, etc." are holes 10-18, 13-18, etc.)
- If the players are still tied, the committee will go through the same procedure on the front nine. If the players’ scores are completely the same on every hole, then the committee will make the decision to invite all tied players to the Regional Qualifier
If a Referee is not readily available, please play two golf balls under rule 20.1 c(3) and you must report the facts to the committee at scoring.
ADDENDUM TO LOCAL RULES
Out of Bounds
Out of bounds is defined by white stakes at ground level, white dots, freshly painted white lines, perimeter fences, inside edge of paved public roads or any combination thereof. A ball coming to rest on or beyond any paved, public road is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.
Abnormal Course Conditions
Ground Under Repair: Areas defined by white lines which may include areas of unusual damage including area cart traffic or seasonal conditions, but only when so declared by an authorized tournament committee.
The following are deemed an integral object in which relief without penalty is not available:
- paths covered with soil, dirt, crushed shells, stones, or pine needles.
Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorized by the Committee. Unauthorized Transportation will result in a two stroke penatly. Only a Committee member may shuttle a player back to and from where an original ball was played.
Distance Measuring Devices:
Measuring Devices will be permitted; however, they cannot measure anything other than the actual yardage (ie, slope or wind).
- Areas of dark and unmaintained sand
- Areas of crushed shell or the like
Local Rule G-9 - Club is Broken or Significantly Damaged
If a player’s club is “broken or significantly damaged” during the round by the player or caddie, except in cases of abuse, the player may replace the club with any club under Rule 4.1b(4).
The current Rules of the United States Golf Association and the R&A govern all play in NB3 JGNC events.
RULE 20.1 c(3):
The NB3 JGNC strongly urges its players to play 2 balls if they are not sure how to proceed with a ruling as a rules official is not always present. In addition to playing 2 balls, players are also asked to play a provisional ball when he or she thinks it could be lost (this is even more important now that the search time has been shortened to 3 minutes).
Measuring Devices will be permitted in all NB3 JGNC events however, they cannot measure anything other than true yardage (ie, slope or wind).
• When the local rule is in effect, a distance-measuring application may be used, provided the specific application is restricted to “distance only” and the device does not have any other “non-conforming” features. This is the case even if these other features are not being used.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES: Multi-functional devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, etc (i.e., devices that are primarily communication devices, but which may have other potential uses) may be used as follows:
- The device may be used for any non-golfing purpose (e.g., as a communication tool to phone, text or email), subject to any club/course regulations and the rules on accessing advice-related matters – see Decision 14-3/16. The NB3 JGNC recommends that ALL players only reference their mobile devices when utilizing the Shotstat Live app.
- When the local rule is in effect, a distance-measuring application may be used, provided the specific application is restricted to “distance only” and the device does not have any other “non-conforming” features. This is the case even if these other features are not being used. As above, the rules on advice-related communications (including the use of the internet) still apply.
PACE OF PLAY:
Time Par is 4 hours and 30 minutes. Please keep pace with the group in front of you and play ready golf. Players have 40 seconds to play their shot. Only individual players may be held accountable for their pace of play (no group penalties).
-Out of position: When a group falls more than 15 minutes behind the group in front of them. Flagstick to Flagstick time
1st missed checkpoint – warning* (warning remains for duration of round)
2nd missed checkpoint – Subject to penalty of one stroke
3rd missed checkpoint – Subject to additional penalty of two strokes
4th missed checkpoint – Subject to disqualification
A player has the right to suspend play if he feels threatened by dangerous lightning conditions without penalty. If NB3 JGNC Staff or host club should indicate suspension of play all players should mark their balls, cease playing immediately and seek shelter.
Discontinue Play Immediately: One prolonged siren or air horn blast.
Discontinue Play for non-dangerous situation: Three consecutive short siren or air horn blasts.
Resume Play: Two short siren or air horn blasts.
OUT OF BOUNDS:
Out of bounds is defined by white stakes at ground level, white dots, freshly painted white lines, perimeter fences, inside edge of paved public roads or any combination thereof. A ball coming to rest on or beyond any paved public is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.
• When a penalty area is bounded by out of bounds, the penalty area edge extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR:
Defined by white lines. Other areas of ground under repair, even when not marked, include:
• French drains (trenches filled with stones or the like).
• Large or hard ant hills on the course.
• Edging grooves around putting greens.
SEAMS OF CUT TURF (Newly Sodded Areas):
If a player’s ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing:
• Ball in General Area: The player may drop a ball under Rule 16.1b.
• Ball on Putting Green: The player may place a ball under Rule 16.1d Interference does not exist if the seam only interferes with the player’s stance.
OBSTRUCTIONS AND INTEGRAL OBJECTS:
• When located within the penalty area; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings are integral objects unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.
• White lined areas tying into obstructions are part of the obstruction.
• When closely attached to trees; wrappings, electrical wire, and cables are integral objects.
Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments.
Players are no longer allowed to practice putt between holes, even if they aren’t holding up play. Players will receive one warning before potential penalties and disqualification.
The Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship (JGNC) prides itself in the quality of players, host facilities and community involvement of each of its events. In order to continue making our events enjoyable for everyone, the JGNC will not tolerate any behavior that is unbecoming of a junior golfer. Players in violation of the code of conduct with the JGNC may lose playing privileges as well as being liable to penalty strokes or disqualification.
All JGNC participants are reminded to respect the host facility and their staff/golf course. Players are expected to repair ball marks on the greens and divots where needed. Players are also expected to rake all bunkers and care for the course throughout their tournament experience.
Violations of the Code of Conduct include:
Unsportsmanlike conduct which includes: abusive language, cheating, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers/staff/officials or fellow competitors, and abuse of golf course property.
Not adhering to the dress code of the host golf course
Use or association of drugs or alcohol
Conduct not becoming of a JGNC player, such as acting in anger or creating other distractions.
Code of Conduct Violation Penalties:
The JGNC Tournament Committee may assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity of the violation(s)
Issue a one stroke penalty for each act of unsportsmanlike conduct on the golf course
Immediate disqualification from the tournament at which the violation occurs
Depending on the severity of the violation, a tournament disqualification may also result in disqualification from the next tournament or tournaments for which a player has been accepted.
The JGNC reserves the right to suspend or revoke a player’s registration for a major breach of the JGNC Code of Conduct.
The JGNC will allow caddies for the Boys 13U and Girls 13U Divisions throughout ALL Events. Caddies are optional for all events for these two divisions and players must declare a caddie prior to the start of their round.
Purpose of caddies: Caddies may carry a player’s clubs, give advice, and other help during the round but there are limits to what the Caddie is allowed to do. The player is responsible for the Caddie’s actions during the round and the player may incur a penalty if he/she breaches the Rules.
Caddies will be allowed to transport the player’s clubs and equipment.
Caddies will be allowed to search for a player’s golf ball.
Caddies will be allowed to clean a player’s golf ball.
Caddies will be able to give players advice.
Caddies will be allowed to use motorized carts (depending on host course cart availability)
Caddies will be allowed to transport a player only when shuttle holes have been designated on the Notice to Competitors, during evacuation/restart or back to a previous spot in order of play in accordance with Rule 20-5 and then back to where the player was picked up. Penalty for breach of unauthorized transportation is: Two strokes for each hole at which the breach occurred; maximum penalty per round is four strokes.
Once the player’s tees off on his or her first hole the player may not gain a Caddie during the round. A Caddie must be designated prior to the first tee shot.
Players are not allowed to switch caddies during the play of a round.
Caddies ARE NOT ALLOWED TO:
Deliberately stand on or close to the extended line of play behind a player while the player is taking his or her stance and until the stroke is made.
Use personal cell phones during the round unless for an emergency
Players will not be able to ride in the motorized cart at any point during the round. Caddies may use the motorized cart to transport themselves and the player’s equipment only. If the player is in breach of this rule they will be subject to a 2 stroke penalty for unauthorized transportation.
This policy is in effect as of January 1, 2021. The JGNC has the authority to eliminate or modify this policy at any time.
Breach of Policies and/or rules by Caddies:
1st Offense= Official Warning from a JGNC official
2nd Offense= Caddie will be removed from the golf course
With the exception of caddies, all spectators need to stay out of the fairways and off of greens and tees during play. It is ok to gather near tee and greens to watch, but we ask that they stay on the cart paths or rough while walking the course.
Spectators may not interact with participants at any time on the golf course, except in the case of an emergency. Any conversation between a spectator and participant will be subject to penalty under Rule 10.2 (Advice).
Only exceptions allowing spectators to interact with players during a round include handing them sunscreen, food, beverage, or any health emergency. This should always be done in front of another spectator or tournament official.
Spectators are not allowed to give a player a ride under any circumstances during the player’s round. This includes driving players back for lost balls or from green to tee. The JGNC staff will select shuttle holes prior to the start of the tournament. The only time a spectator can shuttle is at an authorized shuttle hole. Any time a player takes a ride from a spectator that is unauthorized, he/she will incur a 2 stroke penalty. In the event of a course evacuation for inclement weather, spectators can shuttle players to safety.
Spectators will be subject to removal from the golf course for the following breaches of etiquette:
Repeat offenses of interacting with players after being warned by Tournament Committee
Rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures.
Verbal or physical harassment of players, volunteers, officials or fellow spectators.
Distracting a player or causing any disruption of play.
Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, unsafe or illegal in nature.
Failing to follow the instructions of a JGNC Tournament Committee official, volunteer or host personnel.
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