To play in a Junior Tour of Northern California tournament you must meet the following requirements:
- Have a current NCGA membership
- Pay Junior Tour Membership Fee of $80
- Take Mandatory Rules and Etiquette Quiz
- Have an established Handicap Index at the time of entry into the tournament (See Handicaps And You)
- Have an index of 18.4 or lower on the day of registration
- Be between 10-18 years old by tournament day – (players under 10 can request exemption)
- Have not started college
Before you decide to play on the Junior Tour of Northern California, be aware that we usually play courses that are between 6300-7000 yards for the Boys Championship Flight, 5800-6500 for the Boys First Flight, 5700-6300 for the Girls Championship Flight and 5000-5500 for the Girls First Flight. Some younger players may not be ready for courses this long so it is recommended that you wait until you think you can handle this.
Membership in the NCGA is arranged through a golf club. There are many different kinds of golf clubs: public; private; associate (groups of people such as co-workers or friends); and eClubs. You can learn more about these clubs at the NCGA membership page. The most economical option you have is joining the NCGA Youth on Course program. See the NCGA Foundation website for more information. You should join a club as soon as possible so that you can post at least three 18-hole scores and get a handicap.
Majority of JTNC tournaments are 36 holes over two days. Our preferred model for tournaments is to have the first 18 in the afternoon and the second 18 in the morning. This way, families can travel and play on the same day and save travel costs. This is not always possible due to the needs of the golf courses that are providing us their facilities at reduced rates. When the course has a driving range, range balls are also included. Lunches may be provided at selected events.
The Championship Flights are for girls who have Handicap Indexes of 6.0 or lower or boys with indexes of 4.0 or lower. The First Flight is for girls who have Handicap Indexes of 6.1 to 18.4 or boys who are 4.1 to 18.4. Your Handicap Index at the time of the last day of registration will determine which flight you are in. If it changes before the tournament, you will not be moved to the other flight. This is because we don’t want to mix players in different flights in the same group as they are playing different tees and it could cause confusion.
The average cost is $160 for the majority of our tournaments; however, in some cases the tournament fee may vary depending on venue. The tournament fee includes golf and range balls for two days. There is also a $80 annual membership fee. If there are financial issues that make it difficult for you to pay these fees, please contact the JTNC at (831) 625-4653 for information on possible support and complete the Financial Hardship Request Form.
Please create a new Membership under the Membership tab on our home screen. From there you may select the button that reads “Create an Account”. Make sure that you have done the three required actions to register for tournaments: Paid Junior Tour Membership Fee, have a current NCGA membership and taken the mandatory quiz. Once you have created your account, you will get an e-mail that confirms things are setup. After that, please go to our Tournament Calendar tab on our home page to register for events. You will see a list of tournaments. Any tournament that is open will say Register Now. Registration will open at 8:00 am on the specified dates.
All players will be put on a waitlist once registration opens. Players will be given 48 hours to register for the event before we will fill to three quarter capacity by lot. Additionally some spots remaining may be filled at a player’s request if they have been on the waiting list for other prior events and not gotten in. To be honored this request needs to come prior to the remaining spots in the tournament be filled. Once this request has been granted the player will not be able to use this “exception” again, as they will have now gotten into at least one tournament. In general the field is set by pulling players off of the waitlist by random draw. This makes the registration process fair to all player. Read more about the Field Selection Process.
Wait lists are managed independently for each flight. Please contact the NCGA offices to find out what spot you are on the waitlist.
If a player from your flight withdraws and you are the first person on the wait list for that flight, you will be automatically moved into the tournament.
If you need to withdraw from a tournament you may withdraw online in advance of the tournament. Failure withdraw yourself or to notify the NCGA Offices will cause the player to be listed as a NO SHOW, resulting in a ONE YEAR SUSPENSION FROM ALL NCGA EVENTS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR FOLLOWING THE INFRACTION.
Please understand that if you are on our waiting list and are no longer available to play, we expect you to manage your spot and take yourself off of the list. If we get to your name on the waitlist, we assume you want to play and you will be moved into the event and your card will be charged. Our standard refund policy will then apply.
Refunds: Refund less $10.00 if requested prior to the registration closing date. 50% refund if withdrawal is after the registration closing date, but before two business days of the tournament. No refunds within two business days of the tournament.
Yes, we send results for all 36 hole tournaments to Junior Golf Scoreboard for ranking. Junior Golf Scoreboard asks for players’ high school graduation year. Please be sure this is completed on your registration profile.