PARENT / SPECTATOR CONDUCT:
The PGA of America takes pride in the PGA Junior Series and the quality of its players and host facilities. In order to continue making the PGA Junior Series enjoyable for everyone, the PGA Junior Series requires all Boys/Girls and parents to adhere to a set of guidelines. These guidelines should be followed throughout the entire stay of a tournament. This policy is strictly enforced for the welfare of the players. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend all tournaments.
Spectators attend PGA Junior Series events at their own risk.
Keep your distance from your child while following her/him throughout the tournament rounds. You are asked to stay on the cart paths or in the rough where cart paths are not accessible and at least 30 yards away from the players. Do not walk in the fairways. Always be aware of the group behind you, stay up equal to players or ahead to forecaddie.
No advice is to be given to your child during their tournament rounds. Talking to the players may be construed as giving advice (avoid the appearance of evil), resulting in a penalty for the player. Spectators are not allowed to give advice to the players. Under Rule 8, the definition of advice is:
“Advice is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or method of making a stroke.”
- Penalty for breach of Rule 8. Advice - Stroke Play: Two Strokes
- Allow PGA Rules Officials to administer rulings. You will be brought into a situation ONLY if the Rules Official asks you.
- Help spot balls, spectators should stay one shot ahead of the group they are following. This allows spectators to follow errant shots and help identify where the ball comes to rest. Spectators are encouraged to aid in the search for lost golf balls.
- Parents may NOT carry a player's golf bag and or clubs on the course.
- Parents/Spectators are allowed to carry medicine, water, umbrellas, jackets, towels and food for the players.
- When on the course, turn off cell phones or turn ringers to the silent or the vibrate mode. Please respect host facility's policy if cell phones are not allowed.
- Parents are required to observe good taste and dress appropriately for the golf course. Please adhere to the host facility's dress code. Some facility's may not allow blue jeans, T-shirts, etc.
- Encourage your son/daughter to write thank-you notes to those persons who contributed to the success of the respective tournament. A thank-you list will be distributed in the scoring tent after the final round and in the electronic player packet.
The PGA Junior Series does not allow spectator carts except if the spectator has a permanent handicap placard. Handicapped spectators should notify the PGA of America prior to the tournament that they plan on attending the tournament. Spectators will not receive a cart unless they have this official placard. Letters from doctors or visible injuries will not warrant a golf cart without a placard.
Disabled spectators that utilize motorized transportation shall follow the same rules of etiquette that apply to all spectators and shall operate their motorized transportation in a manner that is not distracting to competitors and other spectators and shall operate the equipment in a safe and courteous manner. Stay on the path and no one rides on the cart except the handicapped individual.
Parents will receive one verbal warning if any of the above guidelines are not adhered to. A second action will result in a penalty for the player and the removal of the spectator/parent from the golf course.
Spectators who request relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act and seek a reasonable accommodation for their disability by the use of a motorized golf car during the event competition shall be required to submit a request in writing one week prior to the tournament date for review and determination.