At GOLF PREP Hilton Head, we encourage our players to participate in both local events that can help breed confidence while allowing the junior golfer to experience winning AND state and national events that will build their ranking while showcasing their improved talent to college coaches. We believe that juniors should move up in age divisions ahead of schedule if they are consistently beating the vast majority of the field (and occasionally winning) in their current age group.
When signing up for a state, regional or national event make sure that the tournament will giving you ranking points when you play well. For in-state rankings visit your state’s junior golf association website and look for a description as to how points are awarded and what type of events qualify for ranking point status. For regional and national tournaments check that the event has ranking points with Junior Golf Scoreboard or Golfweek or if AJGA exemptions available. Visit the following websites for more information about these ranking systems.
Most regional tours will list on the tournament schedule which ranking system each event qualifies for. If it is not listed ask to see if the event will be ranked BEFORE signing up. Click the following link to see how the HJGT lists its event rankings right on their schedule. In addition to the national rankings that every event brings most state associations will recognize these events as they are all 36-hole tournaments.
The AJGA is the granddaddy of junior golf tours and its where the best juniors in the country play. The AJGA uses a performance matrix to allow entry into its events. Click the following link to the AJGA website and a detailed description for their performance based entry system.
When working through the ranking system you can sometimes forget that you are supposed to be playing golf and not playing the ranking s game! So participate in local events and learn how to win, move up to state and regional events that build your in-state ranking and then target a few AJGA and other national events to experience and win at the highest level in junior golf. However, the most important thing to remember is to have fun playing the game!