9-10 and 11-12 Age Divisions
|Date||Entries Open||Entries Close||Tournament Sites|
||Tee Times||January 3|
|Now||February 7||Ocala GC, Ocala|
|Now||February 21||Santa Lucia River Club, Port St. Lucie|
|Now||April 4||Buckhorn Springs G&CC, Tampa|
|Now||May 2||Lone Palm GC, Lakeland|
|January 10||May 23||*Futures Championship - The Oaks Club*|
|July 4||October 3||Fairwinds GC, Fort Pierce|
|July 4||October 24||Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, Orlando|
- 36 holes of individual stroke play
- Saturday and Sunday events
- 84 total players (site dependent)
- 9-10 and 11-12 age divisions (age calculated on the last day of the tournament)
- Player and Parent's Mandatory Meeting - (45 minutes prior to tee time, 20 minutes long) FSGA staff will discuss topics to help players be more comfortable in golf tournaments. i.e: Etiquette, scoring, pace-of-play, care for the course, Rules of Golf, and other helpful topics.
- Includes the tournament, range balls, a tee gift for every player, and a trophy for winner in each division.
- $65 - $85 for two-day, 36-hole events.
- Junior golfers MUST have experience walking a complete 18-hole golf course. (They should have walked and played numerous 18-hole rounds prior to competing in FJT events)
- Juniors should already have experience competing in tournament golf (local, state, or national level).
- MUST typically score 60 or below for nine holes or 120 or below for eighteen holes.
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys 11-12 Age Division - Approximately 5,500 yards
- Girls 11-12 Age Division - Approximately 5,000 yards
- Boys 9-10 Age Division - Approximately 5,000 yards
- Girls 9-10 Age Division - Approximately 4,200 yards
Please click here to view the approximate distance per hole for each age division.
How Entries are Accepted
- Entries will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- Late entries will be accepted if space is available.
- Entries that are in excess of the available space will be placed on an alternate's list
- Entries close approximately 2 1/2 weeks prior to the tournament.
- Click here for more details.
How to Enter
Entries must be submitted through the FSGA website. To enter, each player must have an account on this website (free to setup). An FJT Junior Membership is not required. Click "Enter" in the Tournament Links box located on the top right of each tournament homepage.
Mandatory Educational Meeting
- Each golfer MUST attend a mandatory meeting with FSGA staff prior to their tee time.
- Topics to include: Etiquette, Rules of Golf, pace-of-play, how to feel comfortable playing in events, care for the course, appreciation of club staff and volunteers
- Meetings will generally take place near or on the practice putting green.
- There will be four meeting times and each player MUST attend the meeting associated with his/her tee time.
- Meetings will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes long.
- Parents are encouraged to attend.
*If a player fails to make the meeting at their scheduled time, they will not be allowed to participate in the event.*
Five FJT Standards
Competing at beautiful golf clubs is a privilege and it is important for all of our players and parents to place value on the following five duties:
- Say "please" and "thank you" to the club staff and our volunteers
- Rake bunkers
- Fix ball marks
- Step on/repair your divots
- Throw away your garbage! There should never be trash on the ground anywhere on the course. Place trash in waste receptacles, golf carts or even your bag if no other place is available
Showing Appreciation & Proper Manners - At all courses where juniors play, they should show appreciation to the members and staff. To all of our junior players, let's show the clubs that you are not only the most talented golfers in the country, but also the most respectful. A "thank you" to the club and taking care of the course are the best ways to make a positive impression on the club, fellow players, coaches and spectators.
Earning Permission to Play Up
9-10 Age Division
Players between the ages of 9-10 years old may earn the ability to play up into the 11-12 age division under the following very specific guidelines:
- The player must win two Florida Junior Tour events in the 9-10 age division.
- In addition to winning twice, the player must have achieved a stroke average better than or equal to 75 (18 holes) or 150 (36 holes) from those two events.
- Win the Futures Championship.
11-12 Age Division
Players between the ages of 11-12 years old may earn the ability to play up into the 13-15 age division under the following very specific guidelines:
- The player must win three Florida Junior Tour events in the 11-12 age division.
- In addition to winning three times, the player must maintain a stroke average better than or equal to 75 (18 holes) or 150 (36 holes) from those three events.
- Win the Futures Championship.
The FSGA reserves the right to modify the above selection process for earning the ability to play up.
Exceptional Playing Capability
Under 9 Years Old
Players under 9 years old that demonstrate exceptional playing capability may be granted conditional status to participate in the 9-10 age division. Exceptional playing capability is much more than being able to compete against most of the players in the 9-10 age division, exceptional performance means being able to consistently challenge the top players in the FJT at typical FJT yardages with a strong possibility of victory.
Any player under 9 years old requesting conditional status into the FJT must submit a request in writing with all tournament scores for the past two years. Once submitted, the FJT Championships Committee will review the request and make a ruling. Players should only submit a request if they are regularly shooting tournament scores of: Boys, 78 or better at a minimum of 5,000 yards; Girls, 80 or better at a minimum of 4,200 yards.
Example of Exceptional Playing Performance: Winning or finishing in the top 5 of your age division at the U.S. Kids World Championships.
Under 13 Years Old - Only granted in extremely rare circumstances.
Players under 13 years old that demonstrate exceptional playing capability may be granted conditional status to participate in the 13-15 age division. In addition to the specific criteria related to the 11-12 age division players earning the ability to play up, exceptional playing capability is much more than being able to compete against most of the players in the 13-15 age division. Exceptional performance means being able to consistently challenge the top players in the FJT at typical FJT yardages with a strong possibility of victory.
Any player under 13 years old requesting conditional status into the FJT 13-15 age division, must submit a request in writing with all tournament scores for the past two years. Once submitted, the FJT Championships Committee will review the request and make a ruling. Players should only submit a request if they are regularly shooting tournament scores of: Boys, 75 or better at a minimum of 6,600 yards; Girls, 77 or better at a minimum of 5,700 yards.
Example of Exceptional Playing Performance: Alexis Thompson, 10 years old, was granted special status allowing her to play in the 13-15 age division. She was awarded the special status because of her consistent performance in national junior events (winning several local junior events, winning the Westfield PGA Sectional and the 35th Annual Bagwell, missing the US Women's Open by two shots, etc). Alexis proved she was deserving of the special status by winning three of her first five FJT events and being the 2005-2006 FJT Season Points Champion.
The FJT Championship Committee reserves the right to retract your conditional status for many reasons; some examples are: not demonstrating outstanding conduct, regularly withdrawing from events, unable to demonstrate the maturity level of a young adult, unable to control emotions because of poor play (crying, etc.), failing to place in the top 50% of the field in two of your first three events, etc.
Learning to Win
Learning to win and experiencing victory on a regular and repetitive basis is very important in the development of a champion. Tiger Woods won at each and every level he competed. Do not rush to play-up if you do not have an excellent chance of winning. If you do earn the ability to play in multiple age divisions, you should continue to play in your own age group while you experiment with playing at a higher level. Parents should not push players to play up. Pushing players too much leads to burn-out, not success. A player’s drive to compete should come from within and that drive is fueled by success.