New Guidelines for Junior Open Day Competitions

Posted on: 11 February


Some time ago, the NRDGA circulated an email to the Junior Coordinators at each of our clubs.  The subject of the email was requesting consideration of TWO issues relating to our Junior Golf events:

  • The use of Caddies in Junior Golf
  • Pace of Play

The use of Caddies in Junior Golf

We have become aware that the “Use of Caddies” Guideline currently in place in NRDGA events (caddies allowed for other than “single figure” markers) differs from the Guideline used by JNJG and Golf Queensland.  Consequently, we are recommending the following changes to each of the fourteen NRDGA Clubs conducting events in 2019.

In short:

  • 12 Years and Over (no bag pushers/helpers)
  • 11 Years & Under (bag pushers/helpers allowed to help speed of play

Full detail of this recommended change can be found here

Pace of Play

In an effort to improve the Pace of Play in our NRDGA Junior Golf days, we would like to introduce a “Stableford Category” to our normal schedule of events.  The suggested “cut off points” for Stableford players would be handicaps of 18 and above for boys and handicaps of 27 and above for girls.  The Stableford event would be conducted as a “Mixed Gender” event with prises of Stableford Points Winner and Stableford Points Runner Up.

Whilst we recognise that this may involve some additional work in the creation of separate events in “GolfLink” for the host club, we believe that this change will have positive benefits in the pace of play.  When constructing the Time Sheet for Junior Golf days, organisers would be encouraged to “mix” stroke and stableford players in the same Tee Groupings so that the “high handicapper/stableford player” may be exposed to some of the etiquette adopted by the older/lower handicap players.


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