JUNIOR REGULATIONS & CODE OF CONDUCT
The aim of our Junior Section is to help you to enjoy your golf and to provide the opportunity for you to progress to become an accomplished golfer in a friendly and safe environment.
1 MEMBERSHIP AND ENTRANCE FEES
1.1.1 Junior members shall be boys or girls aged 6 years to 17 years of age as at 1st September.
1.2 Application Forms
1.2.1 At the time of application juniors must have a maximum age of 17 years or in special circumstances at the discretion of the Membership Sub-Committee.
1.2.2 A prospective junior member must fill in the club membership form and return it, duly completed to the Club Manager.
1.3 Membership Application Process
1.3.1 The Junior Organiser, together with other members when deemed appropriate, shall meet a prospective junior member and parent(s)/guardian to explain the opportunities and facilities available. Guidance on parental involvement will be provided.
1.4 Introductory Fee
1.4.1 Following membership application process, the junior shall pay an introductory fee determined by the Committee. Payment of the introductory fee shall entitle the junior to 5 lessons with the Professional. The Professional shall advise the Junior Organiser of any reasons as to why the junior should not be permitted full access to the course (for example, insufficient golfing competence, behaviour, knowledge of golfing etiquette/rules).
1.4.2 In the event of access being limited, the Junior Organiser shall, in conjunction with the Professional, determine the extent of limitation, for example, to practice areas only, maximum of nine holes, and play with an adult member only.
2.1 Obtaining a Handicap
2.1.1 Juniors must provide three cards for handicap purposes as soon as possible after their acceptance for membership. One card must be signed by an adult.
2.1.2 The C.O.N.G.U. rules permit ‘Club Handicaps’ to be awarded in the range of 29 to 54 [37 to 54] at the discretion of the Club. Lutterworth Golf Club has adopted this option for Junior Members.
2.1.3 A Junior playing the course in order to submit a card for C.O.N.G.U. handicap purposes must be accompanied by an adult or junior member who has a valid C.O.N.G.U. handicap (handicap of 28 (male) or 36 (female) or under). Cards for Club Handicaps can be signed by an approved adult or junior with a C.O.N.G.U. handicap or Club Handicap up to 54. The card must be signed, dated and state the tees that the junior played from. The card must be returned to the Junior Organiser.
2.1.4 The Junior Organiser or Handicap Secretary may accept supplementary play cards in accordance with C.O.N.G.U. guidelines.
2.2.1 A male junior under the age of 14 years playing off a Club Handicap may play from the red tees; male juniors over the age of 14 with a Club Handicap must play off the yellow tees.
2.2.2 Any male junior with a handicap of 28 or less must play off the appropriate men’s tees.
3.1 Junior boys and girls with C.O.N.G.U. Handicaps may play in Club Competitions in accordance with the entry conditions.
3.2 Junior boys are eligible to play in adult Club competitions once they have been awarded a C.O.N.G.U. handicap of 28 or less. Junior girls may play in all ladies’ competitions and in Club competitions in which ladies are eligible to play when they have a C.O.N.G.U. handicap (54 or better). When playing in any competition a junior must be accompanied by an adult member with C.O.N.G.U handicap. The exception to this is the Mid-week Medal where if no adults are available to accompany them they may play together.
3.3 Junior boys with a handicap of 18 or better may win the major prizes in Club competitions, subject to the conditions of those competitions.
3.4 In a pairs competition junior boys with a handicap of 18 or better may play together as a pair and win the major prizes, subject to the conditions of those competitions and paying the adult entry fee. Junior boys with a playing handicap of 19 or more may also enter the competition but only with another junior (irrespective of their handicap) but will only qualify for the junior prize. In all cases the junior pair must be accompanied by an adult pairing who are members.
3.5 Junior girls playing in ladies competitions including Club competitions in which there is a separate ladies prize, will pay the full entry fee and be eligible to win the ladies prizes, subject to the conditions of those competitions. In a Club competition where ladies are eligible to play but where there is no separate ladies prize, junior girls with a handicap of 18 or better may enter the competition by paying the full entry fee and be eligible to win the major prizes, subject to the conditions of those competitions.
3.6 In Club competitions (where juniors are eligible to play) a junior may elect to pay and play only for the junior prize irrespective of their handicap; this does not apply in pairs competitions where a junior playing with an adult must meet the competition entry conditions and pay the adult entry fee. Juniors only entering for the junior prize will take precedence for this prize over other juniors who are playing for the major prizes. If there are no juniors entering the competition paying the junior entry fee, the junior prize may be awarded for a junior playing for the major prizes.
3.7 Members (or visitors) who are under 18 years of age may not enter the following competitions:
· Mixed Open
· Men’s Open
· Men’s Invitation Day
· Any other Open Competition organized by the Club that does not specifically permit junior entrants.
3.8 Juniors under the age of 18 years at the commencement of the winter league competitions are not eligible to enter the Winter Leagues. Juniors reaching the age of 18 during the Winter League may play as stand-ins.
3.9 Juniors may play on Captain’s Day and President’s Day only by the invitation of the Captain or President respectively. There may be time restrictions placed on when juniors may play in these events.
3.10 Juniors may not enter the Buck Cup unless they qualify as the full winner or runner up in an official club competition, not the junior winner.
3.11 Junior boys may enter the Thistle as a pair provided they have a handicap of 18 or better.
3.12 Junior boys may enter the Godde provided they have a handicap of 18 or better.
3.13 Junior boys and girls are eligible to enter junior competitions in accordance with the junior handicap criteria.
4.1 Time Restrictions
4.1.1 Unless indicated on Club notice boards, a junior boy with a handicap of 28 or less or a girl with a handicap of 36 or less may play at any time. Juniors with Club Handicaps playing with an adult club member may play at any time but must be prepared to wave faster players through. Unless playing in an organised junior competition, juniors with Club Handicaps must, during weekends and Bank Holidays, play after competition tee times have been completed and be prepared to let waiting adult members tee off ahead of them and to wave faster players through.
4.1.2 Juniors with Club Handicaps must check with the Pro Shop for any specific instructions prior to teeing off.
5.1 Always be aware of other people on the course. If caught up by other players, let them pass you.
5.2 Read, understand, remember and observe the etiquette of golf. Always carry a current R & A Rule Book or aide memoir when you play golf. If in doubt on any rules, ask the Professional.
6 DRESS CODE
6.1 Members, visitors and juniors must adhere to the published Club Dress Code. Juniors under 12 years of age may wear clean trainers. Juniors inviting guests should ensure their guests are aware of the dress code.
7 JUNIOR VISITORS
7.1 A junior must have a handicap of 28 (boy) or 36 (girl) or below to introduce a junior guest, who must have a handicap certificate.
7.2 A junior may introduce one adult visitor per occasion of visit.
7.3 A junior may not introduce an individual, adult or junior more than six times in one calendar year.
7.4 Green fees for a junior guest are to be as set by the Committee.
8.1 Juniors must, at all times, observe the Clubhouse Rules.
8.2 Junior members whose parents are not members may introduce them to the Clubhouse in accordance with Club rules.
9 MOBILE TELEPHONES
9.1 Mobile telephones should be switched off whilst on the course. When in the clubhouse, phones should be set to silent and any necessary calls should be made in the Foyer.
(These regulations were last updated on 20th February 2020)
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