Junior High Golf Team
Procedures | Rules | Registration Form (PDF)
Cleveland Metroparks has created an opportunity for boys and girls in the 6th through 8th grades to participate in team golf competition. Any organization, including schools, youth groups, churches, or even a neighborhood, may form a team.
Team competition will take place on Saturday afternoons over a six week period between April 11 and May 23 beginning at 3:00pm. The schedule should be available by April 8. There will be six Saturdays of regular season matches and a season-ending championship on Saturday May 24. Each competition will play nine holes of golf.
Teams will consist of four (4) to ten (10) players with one (1) or two (2) adult coaches. A team score will be calculated using the 4 lowest scores. If 2-player games are used, the lowest two scores will prevail. Teams will benefit with a minimum of 4 players. Coaches are welcome to play along with the teams. Age appropriate rules will be applied to the matches. Boys and girls will compete together unless there are sufficient numbers of teams of both genders to allow for separate competitions.
Competition matches will begin on April 11, it is best for teams to play several practice rounds before this date. Some minimal skills and golf knowledge regarding rules, scoring, and etiquette are recommended.
This competition is intended to be fun! Teams are encouraged to create a nickname and creative uniform, keeping them simple and inexpensive (i.e. red cap navy blue shirt) or to be as elaborate as you like.
Schools and organizations may field more than one team if there is interest. A minimum of four players and a maximum of ten players are needed/permitted on each team. Golfers will pay green fees each week at the course and pull carts may be used or rented ($3). There is a $30 fee for each team for the season due with your team registration. Junior green fees will apply at each golf course for this event. Contact us if you need help fielding a full team, we may be able to help!
The deadline to register a team is April 1, 2015. For questions or concerns, please call Jeff Staker, Cleveland Metroparks PGA Golf Professional and Manager of Special Events and Instruction, at 216-641-8633.
- Teams, players, should arrive at least one half hour prior to the starting time to stretch, warm-up, putt, etc., and pay appropriate fees so all are ready to go prior to the first starting time. Just as in high school golf, players may walk and carry or walk and pull a cart. (Note; there are cases where players with a physical handicap may receive prearranged permission to ride a cart.)
- All coaches and players shall meet near the putting green 15 minutes prior to the first tee time to organize the pairings and order for the match.
- Players should wear appropriate clothing and have slacks, shorts, or skirts with pockets. Players should carry tees, ball markers, divot repair tool, scorecard, and pencil so they are organized and ready for their round.
- Whenever possible, in a “dual” match (two teams), two players from Team A shall play with 2 players from Team B. On the first hole, the two visitors shall tee off first. After the first hole, “honors’ should be used, but if a player is not prepared, then play “ready” golf. In a “tri” match (three teams), play will be in 3-somes, made up of one player from each team.
- Coaches should try to put their players in order by ability so players are matched by skill level as best as possible. The better, faster, or more experience players should be put out first.
- Scorecards shall be exchanged. A player from Team A shall keep the score for a player from Team B. Upon completion of the round, the scorecard should be checked and totaled and signed by both the player and the scorer. Then the score card shall be turned in to the coaches.
- The “home” coach shall be responsible for accumulating and recording the scores of a match on a score sheet provided by email. The home coach shall also tally the scores (lowest four scores) and determine and announce the results. The “home” coach also has the responsibility of sending the scores (team & all individual) to Jeff Staker by email or by fax (216-641-1865). The host golf course staff can help with this. Jeff will accumulate team records and league standings.
- Some additional coaches’ duties: Based on availability, each team will receive one complimentary cart for the coach or coaches to ride the golf course to monitor play. Coaches shall help with rules and to assist groups maintain a good pace of play. The pace of play on a regulation course is 15 minutes per hole. On a short course, as “Junior High Team Golf” is using, the pace is about 13 minutes per hole.
- It is recommended for at least the first two weeks that coaches do not play golf, but are out on the course monitoring the play. If things go well, later in the season, coaches may be able to play along with the teams. Currently coaches would have to pay a greens fee if they are going to play golf.
- In general, USGA and OHSAA rules will be in effect with the exceptions listed below.
- Play is from the following tee colors:
Shawnee Hills Par 3: All play from the only tees (gold)
Mastick Woods & Little Met: Boys-Gold Girls-Orange
Washington: Boys-Black Girls-Orange
Seneca: Both Boys & Girls will play the Orange tees with the exception that Girls will play the “Family Tees” (Red) on designated holes. On the front nine of the B course that will be holes 3, 4, & 9.
- Preferred Lies rules will be in effect. A ball that is lying in its “own” fairway may be lifted, cleaned, & placed a maximum of one club length not nearer the hole (must be kept in the fairway). The closely mown fringes around the greens are considered fairway. A ball lying in the rough or in a fairway of a hole not being played, must be played as it lies.
- The maximum allowable score is 9 strokes per player per hole. Once that score is inevitable, players shall pick up and take a score of 9 for that hole. It is critical to keep play moving with a good pace of play.
- In this competition, there will be no need to hit a provisional ball. If a ball is hit into a hazard, out of bounds, or lost: A replacement ball shall be dropped within 2 club lengths from the point of entry into the trouble area or within 2 club lengths of where the ball has been estimated to be lost. One penalty stroke shall be added to the score. It is critical to keep play moving with a good pace of play.
- Team Competition: The 4 lowest scores from individuals from each team will apply to the team score. The team with lower total from those 4 scores, wins the match. In case of a tie, the 5th score from each team shall be compared and so on until the tie is broken. If it ever comes to this, in the tiebreaker, where one team has a player and the other team does not have a player to match that score; the team with the player would be declared the winner.
- In case of questions, problems, disputes, etc., the coaches shall confer and try to resolve issues. If issues cannot be resolved, the “home” coach will have the final authority.
Rules for a Two Player Scramble (Better Shot) Format
- Two players from the same team form a mini-team. Both players hit a tee shot. The mini-team selects the better shot and both players will strike his/her second shot from that spot. Continue this process for each stroke until the ball is holed.
- Ball placement: When the better shot is selected, the ball location shall be marked with a tee in the ground. Through the green, including bunkers, both players shall lift clean and place the ball within one club length no nearer the hole.
- All shots should be hit from a similar position and same cut of grass of the selected ball. Examples: Selected ball in rough – players must hit from rough. Selected ball in hazard – players must hit from hazard, etc.
- On the green, both players shall putt from as near as possible to the exact position of the selected ball. The normal procedure is to put a marker 6 inches directly to the side of the selected ball.
Teams with an Odd Number of Players will have two options:
- A 3-player mini-team may be used. In this case the 3 players must rotate players so only 2 players are “active” for any one shot. Players may rotate by “shot” or by “hole”, but only 2 strokes may be taken from any one position.
- A 1-player mini-team may be used. In this case the player may take 2 strokes from the selected position. However this player may only hit 2 shots a maximum of twice per hole (at his/her choice).
Figuring the Match
A team with the lower total of the 2 lowest mini-team scores will win the match. In case of a tie compare the 3rd mini-team scores, etc.