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NCJT Season Kickoff News

We are excited to announce that the 2020 junior tour season will kick-off on June 10th at Punderson.  We had a huge response to the member survey and there was overwhelming support for us to begin tournament golf.  Preparing for this season will be much different than any other over our 29 year history, but we really love junior golf and want to make it happen.  Here’s a list of things we would like to introduce to make this season a success:

  1. New Tournament guidelines – focused on combining safety with reasonable and common sense policies for players and spectators while still operating high quality tournament golf.  These guidelines are still being worked out and will be introduced prior to our opening event.
  2. The current state of the economy will make it difficult financially for many of our tour families and the tour itself, so we are making some modifications to help on that regard.  Usually the tour membership includes a nice players package and at our events we typically do meal tickets after golf so players can gather and share in the clubhouse portion of the spirit of the game.  Unfortunately, the latter is not feasible under the current social distancing guidelines and we plan to eliminate both of those costs to support our mission.  The Mission will be to help tour families that need financial assistance with tournament costs and the tour itself.  NCJT survives financially from corporate sponsors and private family donations, both have been very generous in the past.  However, this year our support will be down with the economic downturn and that is the reason we’d like to expand our support.  Here are the ways to get support as a player or to support the mission:
    1. If you are a family in need, please contact Tony Milam at tmilam@ncjt.org to discuss how we can help. We don’t want any junior to miss out on playing due to this crisis, so please feel free to reach out for your player. We want to help!
    2. We will be offering a $25 credit for all members for the cancellation of the player’s membership packet, please feel free to request the credit if it will help your player enter more events, email info@ncjt.org .  If you don’t request it, then you are supporting the mission.  Thank You!
    3. Private donations are always welcome.  If you are able to help, please do so with this LINK.
    4. At most of the events we pay a small cost for the food and beverage that will not be utilized this season, and all of the money will go toward the financial support of the mission.
    5. Another way to support the mission is to signup for the Junior-4AM at Sand Ridge on Thursday, June 9th. A foursome of amateurs get to play with one of our top juniors and the processes go toward our Denny Spaulding Scholarship Fund. The scholarships from the fund are eligible too any NCJT player that applies and the winners are announced at the Jr-4AM event. Scholarship applications and full tournament information can be found HERE.

Overall the big news is we are teeing-it-up for tournament golf this summer and everyone can begin to register for tournaments and tour membership once again.  We wish you and your family safe health during these troubled times and look forward to seeing everyone on tour soon!  Thank you for your support!

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NCJT Registration Opens Today

We are opening Membership registration for the 2020 season early and we are offering a early bird discount as well. The 2020 schedule is posted HERE and on the schedule page at www.ncjt.org. To sign-up for membership and to take advantage of the early discount go HERE or the Membership Registration page. The Early Bird Discount will be available through February only. Please use Discount Code “2020early” when checking out to save $24 off the posted membership price.

If you are new, you’ll need to setup accounts first. SETUP a parent account first and then setup a junior account for each junior golfer under the parent account. Only the parent account can perform transactions for the junior golfers. Once your accounts are set, login to the parent account to register for membership and then use the schedule page to enter tournaments when ready.

We are excited for a great 2020 season and look forward to seeing you on tour!

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New Year, New Rules, and more NCJT excitement

We have another exciting year in store for everyone that enjoys playing, watching, following and supporting our junior golfers on the North Coast Junior Golf Tour.  On February 1st, we will open junior tour registration for the 2019 Tour Membership.  The membership fee will remain the same at $95, however we always offer an early-bird special for the month of February to save $20 off the membership fee.  Prior to our launch date, new members can setup accounts in order to save time once February arrives.  The parent must register first, then assign junior golfers under their account.

As always, we have another great schedule for 2019.  Here are some of the highlights:  The Joe Haase Cup will be back at Firestone CC on May 12.  The regular season will kickoff at Lost Nation on June 4. The Firecracker will now be a two-day event at Stonewater on June 30 & July 1.  The Four-Ball will be on July 11 at Quail Hollow (this is a two-man event where juniors can partner with another player on tour or basically anyone, this event is for Alumni too).  The annual Awards Banquet will be held in Mid-August in conjunction with the tour’s Hall of Fame induction dinner.  Details on these events and more will be released after February 1st.

We have always been a leader in the world of junior golf and continue to look for new ways to enhance the tour experience.  Our live hole-by-hole scoring, 4 hour rounds and our tournament player building techniques are some of the most unique services provided in tournament golf.  Many of our unique technologies end up being adopted by other tours many years later, which is good verification that we continue to lead in quality tournament operations. We are currently working on some innovative services that will keep NCJT on the leading edge in junior golf. More details to come this spring!

College golf is the end goal for a lot of our players and we try to make our tournament platform the perfect junior tour to achieve that goal. The junior golf world rankings by the Junior Golf Scoreboard is the #1 place a college coach will look to evaluate a player. The good news for NCJT players is that 75% of the world ranking formula is geared toward a players tournament score (65%) and tournament finish (10%), both of which are achieved anytime you play in one of our 36 hole competitions (the “WRJS events”). We’ll have 8 WRJS events in 2019 and you’ll need a minimum of 4 to get ranked. We have already heard from several of our players that have signed to play college golf next fall and we’ll probably hear about plenty more during our upcoming season.  We are very proud of our graduates when they earn a spot on a college golf team and we love to hear from them as they advance in golf.  Some of the elite players will also be considered for the NCJT Hall of Fame, which currently has 18 members, including Jason Dufner and Jason Kokrak, two great players on the PGA Tour.

Joe Haase Cup

In a few days, we will send out electronic invitation cards to the qualifiers for the 2019 NCJT team. The qualifiers will need to accept their invite by the deadline in order to represent NCJT in the May 12 Joe Haase Cup at Firestone CC. Qualifiers earn their spot on the team using the 2018 Classic Cup points or by exemption for winning a championship (other requirements apply).

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2019 Rules of Golf

In 2019 major Rules of Golf changes were put into effect by the USGA. Here’s a link to a USGA page covering the changes including video explanations.

Here’s a quick list of the rules changes:

  • Drop the ball from knee height (NOT shoulder height)
  • Time to search for a ball – 3 minutes (NOT 5 minutes)
  • Measure the area to drop with the longest club in your bag (except a putter)
  • If you accidentally move your ball when searching for it, replace it without Penalty
  • No penalty for a double hit – it only counts as one stroke
  • No penalty if your ball strikes the Flagstick when played from on or off the Putting Green
  • Spike mark and other shoe damage on the Putting Green can be repaired
  • After your ball has been lifted and replaced on the Putting Green, if it then moves for any reason, always replace it on its original spot under no Penalty, even if it was blown by the wind or you accidentally move it
  • Penalty areas replace Water Hazards, and you can move Loose Impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in Penalty Areas without Penalty, just as you can in the fairway or rough
  • Opposite margin relief in Red Penalty Areas has been eliminated
  • Red Penalty Area relief has only 3 options now, keeping spot last crossed in-line with Flagstick, lateral relief using 2 club lengths, and return to where last played (these are the same as before)
  • In Bunkers you can move loose impediments, however you cannot touch the sand with your club in the area right in front of or right behind your ball, during your back swing or in taking practice swings
  • Unplayable ball in Bunker – extra option to drop outside the bunker for two penalty strokes
  • Pace of Play – it is recommended that you take no longer than 40 seconds to make a stroke (and usually you should be able to play more quickly than that) and Ready Golf in Stroke Play is encouraged

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