Junior Golfer – An amateur golfer who has not yet reached September 1, 2009 after high school graduation, or their 19th birthday. Whichever comes first.

AJGA – The American Junior Golf Association, a junior golf tournament organization in the United States offering the highest level and standards in Junior Golf competition.  Many Juniors aspire to play on this tour to prepare for collegiate golf and to earn a collegiate golf scholarship.

AJGA Exemptions – A player earns Tournament Exemptions by competing and finishing in the top at a state, regional or national level tournament. The player with the highest number of exemptions will have priority in entering AJGA Open Tournaments. 40-60% of the tournament fields are filled with Exemptions. A Fully Exempt player is a player who finished a the top in a national junior tournament. These exempt players have first priority in AJGA Open Tournaments.

AJGA Exemption ‘bank’ – Tournament exemptions are earned based on the finish in each recognized event.  As a player earns an exemption it goes into their exemption ‘bank’.  Typically a player needs more exemptions in their ‘bank’ than they can use during a season.  During each season a player can only play in five AJGA open events a season.  Not including AJGA invitations events.

Exemption Status – The more exemptions a player has, the higher status a player has when signing up for an event.

Performance Stars – The alternate to an exemption earned is a Performance Star.  A Performance Star does not count as much as an exemption but in combination with an exemption it can rank a player higher in the event status.  Boys who earn four Performance Stars and girls that earn three, earn one (1) tournament exemption and can move up in status.

Performanced Based Entry – When a player applies to a tournament they are ranked based on the combination of both Exemptions and Performance Stars.  The AJGA Open Events begin with Fully Exempt Players and move through the highest numbers of Exemptions to the lowest number of Performance Stars to fill the field. The more Exemptions, the better the players chance to gain entry. That is why if is called a Performance Based Entry status.

Polo Rankings and Point scale – The Polo Ranking a used to rank the top junior golfers in the country. Rankings are calculated on a 52-week cycle. This system rewards players who compete in strong tournaments, fields, and ratings. The number of points earned is based on that tournaments strengths and field size.

Rolex Junior All-America events, AJGA Rolex All American Teams, AJGA 200 , 100, 80, 20 point events

Aspiring Professional – An individual amateur golfer who has the goal of competing at the professional tour level (LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, etc.)

Collegiate – Golfer aspiring to play golf at a college or university

Competitive – Serious golf competition; competing n stroke or match play tournaments on a regular basis

Events – Alternate word for a golf tournament

Level 1 Invitationals – The best and toughest fields in junior golf. It takes either Polo Point Rank, exemptions or qualifiers to get into these tournaments typically.

Level 2 Tour Events – Tournaments that prove to be of collegiate status. The yardage is long and the slope is hard. The competition at this level is some of the best in junior golf.

Level 3 Feeder Events – Tournaments that provide exemptions into the players AJGA exemption ‘bank’, if they are a member. A player can also earn exemption into the tours championship or points into the tours point system.

Level 4 Recognized – Tournaments that are recognized and ranked in the junior ranking systems. These tournaments do not provide the ability to earn exemptions into the AJGA. However, they could earn points into each tour point ranking, exemption into the tours championship and/or are highly visible in the junior golf circuit.

Level 5 Local Beginner – Golfer that is just learning the basics of golf and/or learning how to play competitive golf

Polo Golf Rankin Points: are given in the Polo Golf Ranking system toward your ranking status by the order of finish in each event.  Each Tournament at this level is usually classified as a major point event (usually 100 or 200 points) in the Polo Golf Ranking system.  Competing in these events and performing well earns you points towards your own individual ranking.

Rating & Slope – The course rating is valuable to evaluate the strength and difficultly of the tournament.  Players who shoot 72 even par on a 72 par course will have difficultly on a tournament set at a rating of 75+.

Rookie – A novice player or someone who is new to the game

Timing and Pace of Play – Most Nationally ranked tournaments have pace of play and timing stations.  Check the documentation cited on the registration paperwork that determines penalties.   There is normally a sign on the hole that designates a checkpoint.  At the end of the hole if the group is either out of position of the group ahead or out of time on the hole, the group as a whole will receive a card or warning.  The warning or cards system is determined by the tournament committee running the event. Typically timing is 12-15 minutes based on the par and begins when the group ahead puts the flag in the hole.  A green cards means you are within the allotted time to finish that hole and in position.  A red card means you are either out of time or position and constitutes a warning.  A double red card means you are out of both time and position and all players are issued a one stroke penalty.  An excess of 45 seconds to play a shot is considered bad times and may result in a penalty for that player.

Rescending a penalty or a red card – If a player believes that one individual or more are causing the group to remain out of position or time, that player may ask a rules official to time that player. In the AJGA events, a red card can be rescinded by the group getting back into position before the next checkpoint, or by getting back into time.

Tour – Series of tournaments united by an organization

Tournament – A contest involving a number of individuals who compete against one another

MyGolfPros – MyGolfPros website provided to caddies and golfers of all levels, juniors, amateurs and professionals

MyGolfPros Webinar – MyGolfPros demonstration seminar on the Internet World Wide Web via a website sign-on

Yardage – Total distance of all 18 holes(measured in yards) or the distance to the hole on one particular shot (measured in yards)

March 31, 2012