The Tour Rankings are one way to determine which players are doing well over the course of the IJGT season. These rankings will be used for preferred registration and selection into the IJGT Major Championships and Invitational events. At the end of the season, the Top 10 in each age division will be named to the All IJGT Team and be honored at the Awards banquet hosted at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. IJGT Rankings will also determine which players qualify for exemptions into other prestigious Junior Amateur events.
Only Tour Members are eligible to earn Merit Points toward the Tour Rankings. All IJGT age divisions are included: Boys 15-19, Boys U-14, and Girls Division. A player must have one (1) IJGT event within the season to be ranked and the best five (5) finishes will count towards the rankings. The minimum number of points to appear in standings is 100.
If there are ties for a specific place, the IJGT Merit Points will be split evenly. For example, a three-player tie for 2nd Place would result in each player receiving 850 Merit Points (2550 total points for 2nd, 3rd and 4th, divided evenly among three players). No points are awarded to players who do not finish the competition.
** Major Championships and Invitational Events will be worth double merit points**
If you have any questions, please contact IJGT Player Services at info@IJGT.com.
Many IJGT tournaments will offer AJGA Performance Stars to top finishers. To get the exact details of what is available at each event go to the specific tournament info page. For any questions regarding AJGA Performance Based Entry please click on the link above or contact the AJGA Player Services Department at 770-868-4200.
In 1999 Golfweek Magazine became a title sponsors to the nationally recognized ranking system known as Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index for juniors.
Jeff Sagarin's rating system is based on a mathematical formula that uses a player's won-lost-tied record against other players when they play on the same course on the same day, and the stroke differential between those players, then links all players to one another based on common opponents. The ratings give an indication of who is playing well over the past 52 weeks.
The following list is an explanation of each category Sagarin uses to formulate his rankings:
- Power Rating:
This is NOT a stroke average. The rating is calculated using a player's record, stroke differential and connection to all the other players in the database. However, it does represent the typical score you can expect a player to shoot; the difference between two ratings predicts the difference between two players in a typical round.
- Schedule Strength:
The average strength of each event in which the player has played, calculated using the power ratings of every player
- Schedule Rank:
The player's schedule is ranked by difficulty among the entire database.
A player's won-lost-tied record, based on head-to-head competition, in each category. The winner in a 156-player field has a record of 155-0-0, the runner-up is 154-1-0, etc.
- Events Played:
Boys and Girls must play in a total of five (5) events in the rolling 52-week window (* indicates player has not participated in the minimum number of events needed to be ranked).
In order for junior tournaments to be considered to be included in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior rankings database the following conditions are recommended:
- In order to be considered, a boy’s field must have minimum of 40 boys start the event and a girl’s field must have 12 girls start the event.
- The event should be considered a regional tournament if not a national tournament.
- 54-hole events are desired. However, 36-hole events will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If an event is reduced due to inclement weather, it will still count in the database provided that the entire field completes 18 holes.
- The rankings will only count the oldest age division unless all players play from the same tees and the fields can be combined to create one event.
- Golfweek reserves the right to add and drop tournaments at any time.
If you have any questions, please contact Lance Ringler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Junior Golf Scoreboard typically receives results for over 1,500 tournaments worldwide and ranks approximately 6,000 - 7,000 players at any one time.
The Junior Golf Scoreboard system is based on a formula that reviews a player's record in 36-hole or longer tournaments over the last 365 days. Tournaments drop out of the calculation after one year. A player must have four (4) events within the year to be ranked.
The criteria are as follows:
- Scoring Differential: (65 percent weight)
The rankings use the best 85% of a player's scores compared to the USGA ratings of the courses they played in competition.
- Strength of Field: (25 percent)
Whom did the player compete against and how strong were the records of their competitors?
- Finish: (10 percent)
Average finish of the competitor with consideration given to the size of the field.