Elite Mini-Tour Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Membership Fee to Join the Tour?
$30 Regular Tour Membership.
What is the time frame for 2012-13 Season Membership? Sept, 1st, 2012 - Aug, 31, 2013
Can I play the Mini-Tour as a Non-Member? Yes, for an additional $20 for each event.
When will I receive my membership gifts? TJGT submits names once per month to Golfweek, Golf Digest, GCAA. Subscriptions usually will start with 45 days of membership registration. Please remember we are at the discretion of the staff at these organizations. These complimentary subscriptions are handled on an as needed basis. Therefore, they will start somewhat later than normal.
What gifts do I receive at each tournament? Each player at EVERY EVENT will receive a Golf Shirt, Hat and other gifts depending on sponsorship.
Do Non-Members receive the tee gifts? Yes with a paid entry fee.
What Is Included in My Membership?
Your ability to online register for all TJGT tournaments, membership gifts, tee gifts at each tournament and invitations to all the Big Tour majors and holiday classics as well as an invitation to play in the tour championship and participate in the exciting tour championship awards show.
What Form of Payment Does TJGT Take for Membership & Tournament Registrations?
All payments are done online thru TJGT.com with Visa or Mastercard. TJGT does not accept Discover or American Express. TJGT does accept debit cards if it is a bank card with the Master Card or Visa label on the card.
If I Do Not Have a Mastercard or Visa, Can I Still Sign Up?
Yes, please email or call TJGT & the staff will make arrangements on a case by case basis to allow you to make payment via check or cash.
What Will I Receive As Membership Gifts?
Each member will receive subscriptions to Golfweek, Golf Digest, GCAA College Golf Connection Newsletter and one complimentary ticket to three PGA Tour Events in Texas. HP Byron Nelson, Valero Open, and Colonial. TJGT will email members apx. three weeks prior on the process of obtaining the PGA Tour Tickets.
What will I received at individual tournaments?
TJGT is the only tour that provides a Custom Logo Golf Shirt, Golf hat and many times surprise electronic gifts. Mini-Tour gifts that are in conjunction with the TJGT Big Tour usually include surprise electronic gifts or any additional gift depending on individual tournament sponsorship. For example: mini-tour players received I-Pod speaker bases @ the Texas A &M invitational and I-Pod headphones and Nike backpacks @ Baylor last season.
Do I Have to Be a Member to Register for Tournaments?
No, you can register as a non-member for any mini tour event. There is a $20 extra charge for each event for e-commerce charges. We encourage everyone to join for only $30/year, this will save each family time when registering and you will receive the membership gifts.
If I Play As a Non-Member, Do I Still Get the Membership Gifts?
No, you would only receive the individual tournament gifts.
What Happens After I Online Register for Membership?
You will receive an ID & password from our tournament software system (BlueGolf) to register online for tournaments. It is very important that you print or write down this ID & password and save it for future tournament registrations.
If I Lose My Password, How Do I Find It?
You need to email TJGT from the contact us page and it will be emailed to you depending on the availability at that time of TJGT staff.
Is There a Non-Member Option to Play?
Yes, if a player wants to play an individual tournament only, there is an extra $20 charge to the tournament fee. You can register online and click the non-member icon to proceed with the registration. Non-members will not receive the membership gifts but will receive all tee gifts at the event.
What Are the Age Divisions for the TJGT?
All divisions both boys & girls: 7-9 and 10-12.
Is There a Proof or Birthdate/Birth Certificate Required to Play?
No, just make sure you input your age correctly on membership registration.
Can I Play up Into a Division?
Yes, with TJGT staff approval.
If I Play up Into a Division, How Do the Points Work?
Any points earned while playing up will not be awarded in the division the player normally plays in. Points will be awarded only in the older division for that tournament only.
How Do I Know if I Can Play As a 12 year old on the TJGT?
The standards for a 12 year old are primarily for pace of play. If a player can carry his own bag without caddie, normally score below 95 from yardages between 6000-6300 yds then you can play in the 12-14 age division. TJGT staff reserves the right to inform any 12 yr. old player based on tournament performance whether they will be restricted to Mini-Tour or TJGT 12-14 division only.
How Do I Register for the 12-14 Age Group on the TJGT if I Am a Member Only on the Elite Mini-Tour?
A player must register for membership separately on the Big Tour. There is no dual membership for the 2012-13 season due to the $30 membership fee for the mini tour. Once registered for the Big Tour then the player receives full membership privileges on the TJGT Big Tour.
If I Play in the TJGT (12-14) on the "Big Tour", Do I Get the TJGT Membership Gifts As Well?
Yes, once you register as a Big Tour member, you will receive all the same benefits. This is explained on the Big Tour portion of the website.
Mini-Tour has separate membership gifts as well as the Big Tour.
Is There a Limit of Tournaments That Any Player Can Play on the Mini-Tour or the TJGT?
No, you can play as many as you want.
ALL TOURNAMENTS WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER USGA RULES. THE TJGT "HARD CARD" FOR RULES AND PACE OF PLAY IS POSTED ON TJGT.COM
What Yardages Will Each Age Division Play?
7-9: Apx. 4000 yds or the minimum rated USGA tee boxes depending on the course. TJGT staff will set course to have tournament nationally ranked if possible.
10-12: Apx. 5000 yds or the minimum rated USGA tee boxes. usually the red (women or senior tee boxes).
what is the purpose of these yardages? TJGT elite mini-tour events will be nationally ranked by jr. golf scoreboard. There are certain yardage and number of player requirements to meet ranked events. See NJGS.com for ranking guidelines.
Will Every Mini-Tour Event Be Nationally Ranked by NJGS?
Yes, for the 10-12 age group if there are enough players to meet the ranking requirements published by Jr. Golf Scoreboard. See http://www.njgs.com. TJGT will make every effort to meet the NJGS ranking guidelines at every tournament for the 10-12 age group.
Will the 7-9 Division Be Nationally Ranked?
Yes & No, depending on the course difficulty and the weather conditions as well as meeting the yardage ranking requirements, TJGT will determine at each venue if the NJGS ranking requirements can be met.
Is There a Stroke Limit?
No, in the 10-12 division. There are no stroke limits to comply with the NJGS national rankings. The TJGT Mini-Tour Director Coach Justin Mckown reserves the right to add a stroke limit if the need arises for the venue or pace of play requirements. Normally, stroke limits will only apply to the 7-9 division for pace of play purposes.
Is There a Stoke Limit in the 7-9 Division?
Yes, when the tournament will not be ranked by NJGS. No, when the tournament will be ranked by NJGS. There are stroke limit requirements with the NJGS ranking guidelines.
What Is the Stroke Limit?
8 on par three holes, 10 or all par four or fives (ie. after your 9th shot then the player must pick up the ball and discontinue play and mark their scorecard).
Who Can Score for the Players?
The player or caddie, if allowed may keep the score. The player is ultimately responsible for the score on each hole per usga rules. TJGT scoring staff is responsible for the correct addition of the score.
Will the Players Exchange Scorecards?
Yes, before the round each player/caddie is asked to exchange scorecards before play begins.
Is There a Cut Policy?
No. Only if a player cannot keep up with pace of play. TJGT staff will encourage the caddie to rent a spectator cart or will do everything to help the player keep in position.
What Are the Pace of Play Standards?
A player has 45 seconds to hit a shot once arriving at his ball initially. This means having a good idea of yardage and shot selection before he/she arrives.
Are There Distance Measuring Devices Allowed on TJGT or Elite Mini-Tour?
Yes, TJGT allows range finders at all events provided they are “distance only” measuring devices in accordance with USGA standards/rules as of July 1st, 2011. In accordance with USGA Rules of Golf, the Note under Rule 14-3 for all TJGT Events; Therefore, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (gradient, wind speed, temperature, visuals, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification,regardless of whether any such additional information function is actually used.
Do You Allow Pull Carts?
Yes, please check with the individual course to see if permitted. Course information is listed on each tournament info page. Click Here for TJGT Pull Cart Policy.
Are Caddies Allowed?
Yes, for both age divisions on the Mini-Tour.
What Are the Caddies Rules?
Why Should I Play the Mini-Tour?
Because it TJGT’s experience with Elite Jr. Golf is second to none and the environment of tournament operations and parental support is unmatched. It will also get your junior into the national rankings at an earlier age to maximize their exposure to college coaches. TJGT Staff created the Mini-Tour to avoid the following that is usually experienced with other developmental junior programs across the state: 1. 6 hour plus rounds. 2. Only a young in-experienced college intern monitoring play. 3. No counsel from the intern on navigating Jr. Golf 4. Venues that are in poor condition.
Your TJGT Mini-Tour experience will be significantly different because the staff of experienced High School Golf Coaches will be able to move rounds more quickly with their continual supervision. TJGT does not blow the horn and leave you out on the course to finish. TJGT staffs tournaments are better than any tour with experienced High School & former College Golf Coaches. This is a significant difference from many of your summer programs for ages 12 and under.
How Can I Get More Information About the TJGT & Elite Mini-Tour?
Isn’t It Too Young to Be Talking College Golf/Recruiting?
No, because the earlier a parent understands the process, the more money and time they can save in the future and better prepare their junior for college golf exposure.
How Will the Mini-Tour Be Involved at the TJGT Invitationals?
All the Mini-Tour players and parents will be right alongside the TJGT players & parents at the banquets and college coach question & answer sessions. The parents will gain valuable information when networking with older players parents on junior golf and recruiting.
What if I Have a Question That Is Not Answered Here?
What Is the Criteria for a Nationally Ranked Tournament With NJGS.com?
To be eligible to be ranked in The Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings a player must meet the following criteria.
- Have competed in four multi-day stroke play tournaments within the last 365 days for which we have received the results and they are listed by the same name and hometown.
- Have their high school graduation year in their tournament record. Missing yours? Read next paragraph.
- Still be in high school or prior to August 1st after graduation.
- Have competed in an age group that:
a. completes at least 36 holes,
b. has a minimum of 5 competitors that complete all scheduled rounds,
c. has played from a minimum of 4,500 yards and not shorter than the forward most USGA rated tees, and there is no stroke limit rule in place.
Are Caddies Allowed on the Elite Mini Tour?
Yes, in all divisions.
Who Can Caddy?
Anyone so designated by the player. Caddies have to be a minimum age of 12 yrs old.
Can a Sibling Caddy for the Player?
Yes, provided the caddy complies with all the USGA rules and proper golf course etiquette. TJGT reserves the right to decline or terminate any caddy that is not in compliance with TJGT standards and policies.
Can the Caddy Walk, Ride or Pull?
The caddy can walk, ride in a spectator cart or use a pull cart if the golf course allows pull carts.
Can the Caddy Put the Players Clubs on the Back of a Spectator Cart?
Can Two Players Have One Caddy Who Is in a Spectator Cart but With Both Clubs on Back of the Cart?
Yes, provided pace of play is not compromised.
I. Elite Mini-Tour Caddie Rules: Caddies are allowed for all age divisions. Players are allowed only one caddy and the caddy is the only person who may give advice to the player. The caddie may be anyone 12 yrs & older designated by the player. Adults or High School Players are preferred as caddies. Players are responsible for the actions of the caddies. Caddies must comply with all TJGT conduct & pace of play policies. A player can share a caddy if pace of play is not sacrificed.
ALL PLAYERS MUST WALK AND CANNOT RIDE IN A SPECTATOR CART.
II. A caddy may carry the clubs, use a pull cart if approved by the host course or rent a spectator cart. (Pull Carts are approved if allowed by host course only) A caddy may share an electric/motorized riding cart with another caddy in the same playing group or another spectator provided that spectator does not offer any advice or slow the pace of play.
Can the Player Ride in the Spectator Cart With the Caddy?
No, unless directed by TJGT staff or signs indicating to shuttle players between long walks for example between holes.
Does a Caddie Have to Have a Caddie Bib?
No, Whatever is comfortable and complies with the host course dress code.
Food, Drink, Clothing, Umbrellas Etc?
Caddies and non-designated caddies can offer food or drink to players between holes and make every effort not to slow pace of play down. Please ensure players are dressed appropriately for weather conditions and always bring extra just in case weather conditions change. TJGT cannot stress this point enough.
Tournament Fees, Withdraws, Refunds, Rollovers?
Tournament Fees: Entry Fees
Elite Mini-Tour Events are priced between $125 & 250 depending on course venue. All tournament fees are subject to change at the discretion of the TJGT staff. All efforts will be made to keep tournament fees affordable depending on golf course availability. Please remember, TJGT plays the majority of the events of prime venues during the weekend when maximum revenue for public/private member play present.
Withdraws, Refunds & Rollovers?
What Is the Refund Policy for a Tournament?
There are two polices for normal & invitational tournaments: Click here to view
Pace of Play
All pace of play guidelines are posted on TJGT.com. Briefly, each player as a maximum of 45 seconds once they reach the ball to play the shot. Caddies are to encourage and not cause players to take undue time thinking about the shot.
TJGT will make every effort to post tee times no later than 5 pm on Thursday evening before a weekend tournament. Due to last minute withdraws or weather conditions affecting the tournament, please always check the website the night before for any last minute changes. Tee times will be emailed to each contestant when any changes are made. It is imperative that parents/players keep their email and contact information updated in the TJGT database. If any changes occur please email TJGT staff via the TJGT.com.
TJGT will not be responsible for tee time confusion if accurate, updated membership t information is not updated within the TJGT database. Please email TJGT if any changes occurs to emails, cell phones, addresses etc.
Putting Green Pace of Play
Caddies are strongly encouraged to assist the player on the greens but not to take excessive time helping the player read putts. Historically, the most problems occur in pace of play when caddies take excessive time helping the younger players read putts. TJGT staff will monitor closely time on the greens to expedite pace of play. Please remember, the Elite Mini-Tour is an opportunity to train upcoming juniors for strict pace of play guidelines on the TJGT & AJGA.
Overall Doubt/Question to Any Policy/Procedure?
When in doubt of any policy, procedure, and registration question always go to TJGT.com and review the policies for the big tour and the FAQ section on for either the mini tour or the TJGT events.
All parents, please use the email function of the website. the primary communication tool to the TJGT staff is via email. We will make every effort to respond to you within 24 hours and a majority of the time within hours of your email question.
It is imperative to read all the notes and schedule of events on each tournament info page. All tournament information will be posted here and this his how the tournament director communicates any last minute changes to the field.
Top Finisher Points
Located on TJGT.com is a table for points awarded to each finish for a normal or major event. Points will be kept for each player for the end of the year tour championship participation and banquet.
Awards for the elite Mini-Tour (All Age Divisions) will consist of the top 3 point leaders and ties for all tournaments before the tour championship in Feb @ Horseshoe Bay Resort.
**The EMT All-Tour Team points race is calculated starting from the 2012 Tour Championship to the last tournament prior to the 2013 Tour Championship. (TC 2012 to Aug. 31, 2012 + Sept. 1, 2012 to last event prior to the 2013 Tour Championship)
The Player of the Year
Honors will be decided for all tournament points before the Tour Championship @ Horseshoe Bay Resort. There will be player of the year in each age division, both boys & girls.
**The EMT All-Tour Team/ POY points race is calculated starting from the 2012 Tour Championship to the last tournament prior to the 2013 Tour Championship. (TC 2012 to Aug. 31, 2012 + Sept. 1, 2012 to last event prior to the 2013 Tour Championship)
The Tour Championship Field
All Mini-Tour members are invited to this incredible weekend and Tour Championship show after the first day of play. You don’t want to miss this very special event!
If I Want to Be Placed on the Waiting List, Who Should I Contact?
Contact the tournament director listed on the individual tournament information page or Coach Monzingo or Donna Smith via TJGT.com.
If I Have to Withdraw from a Tournament, Who Should I Contact?
You may cancel online in conjunction with the TJGT cancellation policy. The steps for cancellation are listed in this policy. If it is outside 72 hours of tournament start time, then a cancellation charge of $70 will be charged and credit card refunded for the difference. Inside 72 hours of tournament start, you may still cancel online but there will be no refund. Ie. the tournament fee will be charged. It is a good idea to contact the tour director or director of operations via email or telephone if canceling within 72 hours of the event. Each tour director�s contact information is located on the tournament information page for each tournament. Outside 72 hours prior to the event, you may just cancel online using the tournament players club account login, then click the tournaments icon, and find the cancel icon on the registered tournament. The software will walk you through the process.
Order of Entry
TJGT Elite Mini-Tour events will be filled on a first come, first registration basis. TJGT will set the maximum number of players within the BlueGolf software to inform players/parents the tournament is full. TJGT staff will keep a waiting list of players after receiving an email request of your intention to play if the tournament registration is full. Email Donna Smith: or Coach Lynn Monzingo @ if you want to be placed on the waiting list.
Mini Tour Events with combined TJGT Invitationals.
Mini-tour Events that will include banquets with the TJGT players/parents. All banquets are mandatory attendance for players. These events include Baylor, Texas A&M Traditions Invitational, and TJGT Tour Championship @ Horseshoe Bay Resort. These banquets are great fun and have special speakers or a fun pool party with dinner. Dinner for players is covered in the tournament fee. Parents are charged a nominal fee to cover the meal costs per person eating. Former speakers have included Head Golf Coaches from Univ. of Texas, Oklahoma, Ok. State, Olympic Golf Medalist and others. This is a great time to bring the family and rub shoulders in the invitational environment.
All these events registration fall under the invitational NO REFUND criteria posted on TJGT.com. For these mini-tour events only, once online registered there is NO REFUND of the tournament fee due to the financial commitment of TJGT for the banquet, course, tee gifts etc.