Code of Conduct
Golf is a game of etiquette and honor. For this reason, Golfers and Spectators are expected to follow the code of conduct.
Golfer's Code of Conduct
The FNB Junior Golf Tour is grateful for the involvement of players, parents, and host facilities.
The FNB Junior Golf Tour has established rules and guidelines for both its participants and their families. We firmly believe that with privilege comes responsibility.
It is required of all participants to adhere to The FNB Junior Golf Tour Code of Conduct while participating in any FNB Junior Golf Tour event:
Attire: when you arrive at the golf course you are expected not only to act like a golfer, but to look like one as well.
Your appearance during competition should be in keeping with the following: short shorts, denim shorts, and jeans are not acceptable;
If a hat, cap or visor is worn, it shall be displayed in the proper manner and should be removed while indoors when in the host facility.
Etiquette/course Behavior: Any breach deemed to be serious by the FNB Junior Golf Tour may result in disqualification under Rule 33-7.
A serious breach may include but is not limited to the following:
abusive or inappropriate language,
disrespect shown to fellow competitors, course officials, volunteers, or golf professionals,
throwing of clubs
Spectator's Code of Conduct
The FNB Junior Golf Tour appreciates the support provided by parents, grandparents, and other spectators who attend our events.
In order to run our tournaments in the most effective manner and provide enjoyment for all involved, we need all non-players to abide by the following guidelines throughout the tournament experience:
Spectators are required to walk unless they have a handicap parking permit from the BMV. If a spectator rents a cart with a handicap parking permit, he or she is the only individual permitted in the cart. Other spectators must still walk.
Please remain on the cart paths, in the rough, and at least 50 yards away from those playing throughout the course of the event. Please do not walk in the fairways.
Please do not give advice to a player during his or her round.
Spectators can help look for lost balls, be a spotter and come up to the green to watch when the players are putting.
Spectators need to be aware of other players on the course. Please do not lag behind which prevents the group behind from playing their shots.
Please allow the Rules Officials to make the ruling. If the Rules Official requires your input, they will approach you.
Please turn off cell phones while on the course.
Please respect the host facility's policy regarding cell phones indoors, dress code, etc.
Rules of Play
Out of Bounds -
Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and property fence posts. Rule 27-1.
Water and Lateral Water Hazards Stakes and Lines -
When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
Ground Under Repair -
Defined by white lines. French drains are deemed to be ground under repair. Rule 25-1.
White-Lined Areas Tying Into Artificially -
Surfaced Road and Paths - have the same status as the roads and paths, that of obstructions.
Wood Chips and Mulch -
Loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.
Embedded Ball Through the Green -
Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. Pg. 107
Integral Parts of the Course -
Includes cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.
Temporary Immovable Obstructions -
Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. Pg. 111
Distance Measuring Devices -
Range Finder Devices will be permitted. Cell Phone Apps are not permitted.
Time of Starting -
Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. Pg. 119
Pace of Play -
Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The Player shall play without undue delay and in the accordance with the pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the committee, “ and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play. In order to prevent such a penalty, we suggest that you review carefully the following guidelines.
Definition of “Out of Position” -
The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind their allotted time.
Any following group will be considered out of position if it (a) is taking more than the allotted time to play and (b) reaches the tee of a par 3 hole and the hole is clear, fails to clear the tee of a par 4 hole before the preceding group clears the putting green or arrives at the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
Discontinuance of Play -
Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in disciplinary action. Pg. 120
Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive notes, repeated. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes, repeated.
Prior to and after his round in stroke play, a player may practice on the designated practice areas. Rule 7-1b applies to other practice in stroke play.
Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. Pg. 122
A player is prohibited from using a caddie during the stipulated round. Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. Pg. 119
How to Decide Ties -
In the event of a tie for first or second place, there will be a hole by hole sudden death playoff starting at a hole determined by the Committee.
Close of Competition -
The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.