Junior High Golf Team - 2014
Procedures | Rules | Registration Form (PDF)
Now in its fifth season, Cleveland Metroparks has created an opportunity for team golf competition for boys and girls in the 6th through 8th grades. Any organization, including schools, youth groups, churches, or even a neighborhood, may form a team.
Team competition will take place over a six-week period between April 12 and May 24 on Saturday afternoons starting at 3 p.m. at Cleveland Metroparks Golf Courses. A specific schedule should be available by April 9. There will be six Saturdays of regular season matches and then a season-ending championship on Saturday May 24. Each event will be for nine holes.
Teams will consist of four to eight players with one or two adult coaches. A team score will be created using the four lowest scores or if two-player games are used, the lowest two scores will prevail. So it will be beneficial to have more than four players. Coaches may play along with the team or just supervise; whatever is appropriate for the team. 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.
Actual competitive matches will be played on April 12. It is not appropriate to play raw entry level players in matches. At least some minimal skills and minimal golf knowledge regarding rules, scoring, and etiquette, are necessary to play in matches.
Teams will be required to provide their own nickname and uniforms. Teams are encouraged to be creative with uniforms, keeping them simple and inexpensive (i.e. red cap navy blue shirt) or to be as elaborate as you like.
Schools/organizations can field more than one team if there is interest. A minimum of four players and a maximum of eight players are permitted/needed on each team. Golfers will pay green fees upon arrival at the course. Pull carts may be used or rented ($3). There is a $25 administrative fee for each team for the season due upon registration. Green fees vary at each course used for Team Golf but junior discount fees will be in effect since the recent change at all Cleveland Metroparks golf courses, permitting junior discount fees to be in place after 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
The deadline to register a team is April 1. 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
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
||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 can help with this. Jeff will accumulate team records and league
||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
||In general, USGA and OHSAA rules will be in effect with the exceptions
Play is from the following tee colors:
Shawnee Hills Par 3: All play from the only tees
Mastick Woods & Little Met: Boys-Gold
||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.