Canada Re-Captures the North America Cup on its Home-Soil

Tournament Results

Day 1: Canada 5 – USA 1

Day 2: Canada 8.5 – USA 3.5

Day 3: Canada 6 – USA 6

After snatching away the cup from Team USA in 2018, Canada managed to defend their home ground at TPC Toronto to re-capture the North America Cup with a final score of 14.5 – 9.5.

Congratulations to all the participating junior golfers, and we look forward to next year – when the Cup returns south of the border to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Team USA Squad Announcement – North America Cup

The Past

The United States has traveled extremely well to the North America Cup throughout the 17 years of its existence. As the all-time leader in the series over Canada by a score of 11-5, Team USA will look to take back the Cup which was snatched away from them on their home turf of South Carolina in 2018. The Canadians will put up their strongest test for the traveling Americans as they head to TPC Toronto which is renowned as one of the most difficult, and well-respected courses in the area.

In past tournaments, gracing the various host-courses throughout the years for Team USA have been Rickie Fowler (2003) and Morgan Hoffman (2005), both of whom have become incredible professional golfers, kickstarted by their successes in this international junior tournament, and in the promise they showed as talented youngsters.

To this day, the talents levels in the event have kept up to the same standards, as both IJGA and CJGA boast some of the most skilled junior golf players in their respective countries.

Team USA

Headlining Team USA are 2019 Playing Captain Jaden Wiseman (Malvern, PA), 2018 Playing Captain Mikee Ordona (Upland, CA), and IJGA-representing Chase Phillips (Hilton Head Island, SC), all of whom have competed in the event at least three occasions in the past, and will look to continue to make their mark this year up in Canada.

Also among the three aforementioned veteran junior golfers of the tournament, three additional players will be returning to challenge for the Cup for the second consecutive year, namely Chandler Brewer (Tybee Island, GA), Alex Burnett (Owings Mills, MD), and Jeep Patrick (Hilton Head Island, SC).

To round off the rest of this year’s team, there will be six “rookies” competing for Team USA. Joining the Boys U19 division will be two IJGA Bishops Gate students in Matthew Hicks (Delray Beach, FL) and Tyden Wilson (Concord, MA), paired with IJGA South Carolina student Stephen Strasheim (Bluffton, SC). Meanwhile, the Boys U14 Division will be represented Nick Ciocca (Berwyn, PA), while the Girls Division (U19) will be represented by Kayleigh Zeman (Silver Spring, MD), and Teagan Devoe (Dallas, TX).

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In total, both sides will send 12 of their finest players in each division to proudly compete for their home nations of Canada and the United States.

We wish all participants the best of luck in this prestigious tournament and shall be watching closely to see which nation will lift the Cup once this is all said and done.

The History of The North America Cup’s Host Course – TPC Toronto

Origin and Accolades

After spending the last few alternating years hosted at the Weston Golf Club in Canada, the North America Cup travels not-too-far down the road to TPC Toronto, where the 24 junior golfers will compete for the Cup on the renowned Heathlands Course.

A classic links-style layout, with an irregular par of 71, the course ranks 51st on the ScoreGolf Top-100 courses of Canada. As TPC Toronto’s official club website reads:

“Opened in 1992, the Heathlands Course harkens back to golf’s beginnings and the dune-swept hills of traditional Scottish links. Once the carefully-guarded secret of local aficionados, the course has become a favorite of those seeking a traditional golf experience and a stirring challenge that pays homage to the simple-yet-brilliant creativity of classic golf design. The course also recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and with it, a quarter century of treasured memories and unforgettable rounds from those who have graced the course, and now hold an affinity for Heathlands as one of Canada’s most classic golf experiences.

The Heathlands course’s wispy fescue dunes and neatly-dispersed bunkers portray a pleasant appearance that appeals to the sensibilities of nearly every golfer. But beneath the welcoming veneer lies a test of golf that challenges a player to think their way creatively from tee to green and rely on all of one’s faculties to score well.

Known above its Osprey Valley sister courses as one of the truest tests of golf in Ontario,  the Heathlands course employs an array of feeder slopes, pot bunkers, backstops and winding fairways, rewarding shots that employ the features of what many consider to be one of architect Doug Carrick’s finest designs”.

Looking Forward

This tournament is sure to be one of the most highly competitive events for players on both sides this season, as the passion that burns within both teams will be put to the test as the junior players are tasked with the pride of representing their home countries on one of the biggest stages in Junior Golf.

Will Canada hold on for a second consecutive year, or will the United States snatch away what they believe to be rightfully theirs. Keep an eye out for this season’s North America Cup, set to take place in just a few weeks from July 24th – 26th, because it is sure to be a classic.

The North America Cup Heads Back to Canada

The North America Cup – 2019

Location and History

The North America Cup returns for its 17th consecutive year as the United States, represented by the finest players from the IJGT, and Canada, represented by players selected by the CJGA, face-off in this prestigious golf tournament to be held at the renowned TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, specifically the notorious Heathlands Course, just outside of the city of Toronto. Here, the competitive golf history between these two nations will once again be put to the test as the United States look to reclaim their title as champions of the North America Cup after being dethroned last year on their home soil.

In 2018, the two sides met at the Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, with Canada emerging victorious over the historically-dominant USA by a score of 13 ½ to 10 ½. As the Cup travels back north of the border this year, the USA squad will hope to retrieve a title which they have predominantly held in the past, as the all-time record between the two nations favors the United States over Canada by a score of 11-5. However, the Canadians will not let go of the coveted Cup with ease.

In 2003 the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) & the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) developed a partnership to enhance the international opportunities for junior golfers in both countries, which has seen a tremendous amount of success in return for both its young players, and for the continuing growth of the junior golf tournament platform.

This year, the tournament will be hosted on July 24th – 26th.

The Selection Process

The North America Cup is unique to both Canada and the USA as it was the first international junior event to take on a Ryder Cup format, generally consisting of a team match-play including a Fourball, Alternate Shot, and Singles Matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, with all points earned being totaled-up, even in the occurrence of ties. Eight Junior Boys (U19), Two Bantam Boys (U14), and Two Junior Girls (U19) will be selected to represent both countries.

Team USA will be comprised of players selected by the IJGT, primarily who compete throughout the season across the United States and demonstrate world-class abilities both on and off the course. On the other hand, Team Canada will be selected by the CJGA Selection Committee, who will determine the juniors to represent this year’s host nation based on the following stipulations:

“All results from the designated qualifiers are merged into one national field in each age category. Scores will then be adjusted based on the difficulty of weather conditions, course conditions, and course rating. Adjusted scores will then be sorted by the committee, while Juniors not in good standing or with serious code of conduct violations will be removed from the list. Then, the Juniors with the lowest adjusted scores in each category will be selected to represent CJGA Team Canada”.

After undergoing a tough selection process, both countries will be well represented by their top domestic talents in hopes of maintaining their stronghold on the North America Cup.

More to come…

Stay tuned to “IJGT News” over the coming weeks for a background of the magnificent host course for this year’s tournament, as well as for the announcement of the roster who will represent Team USA.

Weekend Recap: South Carolina Open

Strasheim Shines in Victory of the South Carolina Open
Trailing 2-Shots off the Leader before the Final Round, the Senior Standout goes Low for first IJGT Victory

Bluffton, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour kicked back into the Spring calendar and season with the playing of the South Carolina Open. The third event of the Spring Season was held at Crescent Pointe Golf Club in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina, where juniors from across the country and internationally gathered to compete for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and first-place finishers earning an automatic invite to the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

The conditions and weather could not have been better over the weekend, however that still presented the great challenge at Crescent Pointe in its tough layout for scoring. In the Boys Under 19 Division, the top of the leaderboard was crowded heading into Sunday’s Round with multiple players within only a few shots of the lead.

Taking full advantage of the opportunity was Steven Strasheim of Bluffton, SC, by putting together a final round of 72 to claim his victory at the South Carolina Open. Strasheim, a Senior student at nearby International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), paired the low-round 72 with an opening round 76 to finish at 6-over Par for the event. This is the first IJGT victory for Strasheim, who has given a verbal-commitment to play his college golf at New Mexico State University.

Rounding out the top-three in the Boys Under 19 Division in a two-way tie for second place is JeongJoo Kim and Oliver Paddon. Kim, of Yongin, South Korea and current student at IJGA, held the lead after the opening round with a score of 74, followed by an 81 on Sunday for a two round total of 155. Paddon, a native of Sydney, Australia and current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head (JPGA), had an impressive weekend as well in his second-place finish. Paddon put together rounds of 78 and 77 for a total score of 155.

In the most highly contested event of the weekend, the Boys Under 16 Division was one to follow Sunday afternoon at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. Clutch shots, and big moments were a theme throughout the Final Round with our feature group.

Standing alone after the 36-holes of competition and a stellar Sunday showing is Henry Stone of Kennett Square, PA. Stone fired up a 74 on Sunday, to pair with his opening round of 81 for a total score of 155. This is Stone’s first IJGT victory of the season.

Finishing closely in second-place is Muhamad Zaini of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. A current student at IJGA as well, Zaini battled back valiantly on Sunday afternoon, putting together a final round of 76 to pair with his opening 80 from Saturday. The two-round total for Zaini over the weekend was 156. Rounding out the top-three is Will Oliver III. The nearby native of Pooler, GA, Oliver III also battled into contention all weekend long. Finishing with rounds of 82 and 79, Oliver III finishes the weekend with a total score of 161.

In the final competition of the weekend, Fann Lehoczky claimed victory of the Girls Under 16 Division in her debut IJGT event at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. Lehoczky, a native of Budapest, Hungary, finishes off the weekend going wire-to-wire for her debut win, with scores of 73 and 79, two round total of 152.

Finishing in second-place for the Girls Under 16 Division is Pamas Abhiteachapan of Bangkok, Thailand. The current student of IJGA, Abhiteachapan shot scores of 99 and 101 to round out the weekend.

The IJGT ramps up the Spring schedule over the coming weeks, including opportunities for Faldo Qualifying. The next event on the schedule is the playing of the Faldo Series Philadelphia Championship at White Manor Country Club. To view this event or any other future event, be sure to visit to visit the schedules tab on IJGT.com.

Final Results of the South Carolina Open at Crescent Pointe Golf Club were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on March 24, 2019.

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Weekend Recap: Faldo Series Georgia Championship at Savannah Harbor

Sunday Showcase Provides Fireworks at Savannah Harbor For Faldo Series Georgia Championship

Champions of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship at Savannah Harbor (L-R) Jantai Malataev, Maria Fedorowycz, Katharina Hesse, and Eloy Vigil.

Comeback Winners, and Sudden-Death Playoffs create an action-packed Sunday for first stage of U.S. Grand Final Qualifying

 

Savannah, GA: The second event of the 2019 calendar year for the International Junior Golf Tour took center stage over this late February weekend, as the playing of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship was contested at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Over 90 of the best junior golfers from across the country and world gathered in the “Hostess City of the South” to earn a chance to qualify for the 3rd annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, which will be played in late 2019 at Bella Collina Golf Club (Montverde, FL).

Over the weekend, players also competed for national rankings, such as Junior Golf Scoreboard, Global Junior Golf Rankings, and Golfweek, as well as IJGT Merit points.

In the 4-separate competing age divisions, there were high stakes and even higher drama in each competition. From the opening tee-shot, to the final putt, which for two divisions would need more than 36-holes, a select group of players walked away punching their ticket to the 2019 U.S. Grand Final.

Boys 19U Winner- Eloy Vigil

In the Boys 19U Division, it was a marvelous Sunday showing by Eloy Vigil who put together a low final round of 67 (5-under Par) to cap off the weekend victory. Vigil, a native of Mexico and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), opened his weekend on Saturday with an even-Par 72, trailing 4-shots only off the lead. The two round total of 139 (5-Under Par) secures Vigil’s first victory in IJGT competition, and clinches a spot in the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Tying for second-place are Erik Fogel and Ty Sullivan with total scores of 142 respectively. Fogel, a native of Stockholm, Sweden and now current student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), had a stellar weekend with rounds of 68 and 74. Sullivan, a student at the Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head (JPGA) and former Toronto, Canada resident, finished off the weekend with consecutive rounds of 71. Sullivan is committed to play college golf at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Boys 16U Winner- Jantai Malataev

In the Boys 16U Division, it was another Sunday comeback to secure victory, as Jantai Malataev showed great poise in securing his first victory in IJGT competition. The current IJGA student by way of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan put together rounds of 69 and 73 for a two-round total of 142 (2-under Par). With the win, Malataev earns automatic invitation to the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Finishing in second place in the Boys 16U Division is JeongJoo Kim. After rounds of 70 and 75 each, the current IJGA student and former resident of Yongin, South Korea finishes the weekend with a final tally of 145. Rounding out the top-three is Patrick Sun of Dalian, China. Sun, who is also a current student at IJGA, showed great discipline in tough conditions, finishing with rounds of 73 and 74, for a total score of 147.

In the two-final competitions on Sunday, both Girls Division winners would ultimately need a sudden-death playoff to secure victory at the Faldo Series Georgia Championship.

Girls 19U Winner- Katharina Hesse

In the Girls 19U contest, Katharina Hesse drained a big Par-putt on the opening sudden-death playoff hole to secure her first ever IJGT victory. Hesse, of Bremen, Germany and a current student at JPGA of Hilton Head, also used a comeback on Sunday to step into the winner’s circle, firing a 72 to pair with her opening round of 74. Hesse has signed her Letter of Intent at Rollins College.

Finishing in second-place for the Girls 19U is Sophia Burnett. The local standout of Bluffton, SC had an impressive weekend once again, finishing with rounds of 70 and 76 for a two-round total of 146. Rounding out the top-three is Hannah Conroy of Cheswick, PA. Conroy, who is also a current student at JPGA of Hilton Head, finishes off the weekend with a total score of 153.

And in the final competition of the weekend, 36-holes was simply not enough to decide the winner of the Girls 16U Division. After a successful Par putt on the first playoff-hole, Maria Fedorowycz claimed victory for the first time in her IJGT career, and secures a spot in the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Girls 16U Winner- Maria Fedorowycz

The native of Kyiv, Ukraine and current student at BGGA, Fedorowycz battled the elements on her way to her first victory, shooting scores of 73 and 81 on Sunday.

Finishing closely in second-place is One Kashima of Tochigi, Japan. The current IJGA student played steady rounds with scores of 77 on her way to her second-place finish, and clinching a spot in the 2019 U.S. Grand Final. Rounding out the top-three is Emma Kim. The former native of South Korea and current IJGA student, Kim ends the weekend with rounds of 76 and 82.

The next stop for the IJGT will be with the playing of the South Carolina Open at Crescent Pointe Golf Club (Bluffton, SC). The next Faldo Series Qualifying opportunity for players when the IJGT treks north, as the playing of the Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship will be contested at White Manor Coutnry Club (Malvern, PA). To view the full upcoming schedule for the IJGT, follow the link here.

The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against the best players in the world. Through this partnership, IJGT and the Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.

Final Results of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship at the Club at Savannah Harbor were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on February 24, 2019.

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Weekend Preview: Faldo Series Georgia Championship at Savannah Harbor

Opening Weekend of Faldo Series Qualifying Set to Return at Savannah Harbor

Star-Studded Field begins their quest towards the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final with the playing of the Georgia Championship

 

Savannah, GA: The International Junior Golf Tour is back in action over the weekend, with high-stakes as the playing of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship will be played at the Club at Savannah Harbor. Over 90 of the best junior golfers from the United States and abroad will compete with the opportunity to punch their ticket to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later on in Fall of 2019.

The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against the best players in the world. Through this partnership, IJGT and the Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.

The top-two finishers this weekend in each of the competing divisions (Boys 19U & 16U, Girls 19u & 16U) will earn automatic invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final to be held later in 2019 at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL.

Before we get our weekend started, we wanted to showcase what players can expect from the course, including stats from last year’s Faldo Series Georgia Championship, and projected weather for the weekend.

 

The Course

 

The Club at Savannah Harbor has been a popular stop for the IJGT for a number of years now. A former stop of the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, the 18-hole championship course was originally designed and created by Robert Cupp, in conjunction with Golf Legend, Sam Snead. The Club at Savannah Harbor offers unparalleled views of historic downtown Savannah, all while competing on championship level putting surfaces, offering players a great opportunity for a great low-scoring round.

 

Last year in the playing of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship, the IJGT saw a tour record be set for low overall round of 61 (11-Under Par), set by Dongjin Park of Seoul, South Korea.

 

Thanks to our official tournament partners over at Bluegolf, we compiled statistics of last year’s Georgia Championship for a preview at what players can expect and take advantage of this coming weekend:

 

Older Boys Division:

  • Scoring Average: 77.91
  • Total Birdies Made: 313
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 11 (Par 5) or Hole 13 (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: Hole 7

 

Younger Boys Division:

  • Scoring Average: 85.27
  • Total Birdies Made: 25
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 10 (Par 4)
  • Hardest Hole: Hole 4 (Par 5)

 

Girls Divisions

  • Scoring Average: 80.43
  • Total Birdies Made: 76
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 10 (Par 4) or Hole 13 (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: Hole 4 (Par 5)

 

For a complete look at last year’s statistics from the Faldo Series Georgia Championship, follow the link here.

 

Weather

Saturday Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy with rain possible in the Morning
  • High of 66/ Low of 62
  • Chance of Rain: 30%

Sunday Forecast

  • Showers likely in the Morning, then cloudy skies for the afternoon
  • High of 73/ Low of 45
  • Chance of Rain: 80%

We do encourage all players to prepare for possible rain throughout the weekend.  Due to the amount of rain that the area has had this winter, the course is wet, so the tournament committee has decided to shorten the yardage of the course from the original plan. The weather looks promising for Saturday’s opening round, however, there is a chance for showers on Sunday morning so please be sure to prepare accordingly.

Tee-Times and Pairings have now been sent out via email, and can be viewed and found at the link listed here.

Be sure to follow along with all of the action by following the IJGT on Social Media! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for videos, pictures, and scoring updates throughout the weekend!

 

Weekend Recap: MetroWest Classic

Daly Seals the Deal; Wins in Opening Weekend for 2019

Wire-to-Wire Winner to start off New Season, Daly II Claims Victory at MetroWest Classic

 

Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour resumed play over the weekend with its first of many events taking place in 2019. The first stop of the tour for this Spring was the playing of the MetroWest Classic in beautiful Orlando for a weekend with some of the top juniors in the game competing for national rankings, IJGT Merit points, and winners earning an automatic invitation the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

John Daly II of Clearwater, FL earned his first victory of 2019 claiming first-place in the Boys U18 Division. Daly II, son of PGA Legend John Daly and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, put together fantastic consecutive rounds in difficult conditions, shooting an opening 70 (2-Under Par) Saturday followed by a 73 on Sunday afternoon. This the seventh all-time victory as part of the IJGT for Daly II.

 

In second-place for the Boys U18 Division is Egor Zotov of Moscow, Russia, who ends the weekend with rounds of 74 and 73 for a 147 total finish. Rounding out the top-three is Niels Schmidlin of Zug, Switzerland. Schmidlin concluded the 36-hole contest with rounds of 77 and 74 for a 151 total score. Like Daly II, both Zotov and Schmidlin are also current students of Bishops Gate Golf Academy.

 

Girls U18, Manhua Chen

In the Girls U18 Division, competition was closely watched from the opening tee-shot until the final putt. Standing alone after two-tough rounds of play was Manhua Chen of Guangdong, China. Chen, who also is a current Senior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, played solid all weekend finishing with rounds of 72 and 74, a total score of 146. Securing second-place for the MetroWest Classic is Miriam Ayora. Ayora, of Barcelona, Spain and a current student at Leadbetter Golf Academy, ended her solid weekend after shooting scores of 71 and 79 for a total of 150. And finishing third for the weekend competition is Hana Yasuda of Kanawagu, Japan. Yasuda, the 2019 graduate now attending Leadbetter Golf Academy, finished off the weekend with scores of 80 then 81 on Sunday.

 

Boys U16 Champion, JeongJoo Kim

One of the most impressive performances of the weekend came from the Boys U16 Division, as JeongJoo Kim took home first-place in his IJGT debut. Kim, of Yongin, South Korea and current student of the International Junior Golf Academy, put together a stellar weekend with some highlight worthy shots. Kim finished off the weekend with scores of 70 and 75, for a total score of 145.

 

In a two-way tie for second-place with a total score of 150 are Elias Turner and Eduaro Garcia. Turner, a native of Veracruz, Mexico and current student at Leadbetter Golf Academy, capped off the weekend Sunday with a 77 to go with his opening-round 73. Garcia, another native of Mexico and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy rounds out the weekend after scores of 74 and 76.

 

Girls U16 Champion, Loa Johannsson

Our final weekend winner at MetroWest and surprise standout, is Girls U16 Champion Loa Johannsson of Champions Gate, FL. A 2024 graduate, Johannsson was able to go wire-to-wire for her victory at MetroWest with rounds of 75 and 81 for a 156 total score.

 

Trailing but only one stroke but walking away in second-place is Maria Fedorowycz. The native of Kyiv, Ukraine and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, Fedorowycz ended her weekend after rounds of 81 and 76 for a 157 total score. Rouding out the top-three for the weekend is One Kashima of Tochigi, Japan. Kashima, a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, finishes off the weekend with rounds of 80 and 82 for a grand total of 162.

 

The International Junior Golf Tour will resume play once again on February 23-24, with the playing of the first Faldo Series Qualifier of the 2019 calendar year as the Faldo Series Georgia Championship takes center stage at the popular Club at Savannah Harbor. The top finishers in each of the competing Age Divisions (Boys 19U & 16U, Girls 19U & 16U), will earn automatic invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later in 2019.

 

To view this event, or one of the many upcoming events on the IJGT Spring Schedule, be sure to visit IJGT.com.

 

Final results of the MetroWest Classic at MetroWest Golf Club were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on February 10, 2019.

 

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IJGT Blog: New Rules to Start the New Year!

New Year, New Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2019

New rule changes announced by the R&A for 2019

 

Bluffton, SC: Effective on January 1, 2019, The R&A announced some significant changes to the Rules of Golf for the upcoming year. It has been a hot topic from all levels of the sport from the professional ranks all the way to the Junior level. So, with the Spring Season right around the corner, the IJGT Tournament Staff highlighted some of the bigger rule changes that will be in effect for 2019 and help better prepare players for their first competitive event.

  1. Drop from Knee height (not Shoulder Height)

One of the biggest changes to the Rules of Golf is players must take drops from Knee-height rather than from the Shoulder. As a few popular videos have shown recently, there are multiple ways to do this, but players must drop from Knee-height when putting the ball in play.

  1. Time to search – 3 minutes (Not 5 Minutes)

When searching for a Lost Ball, the allocated time to search is now 3 minutes dropping from 5 minutes. This encourages Pace of Play for you and your group’s round of competition.

  1. If you accidentally move your ball while searching for it, replace it without penalty

When searching for a Lost Ball, if you or anyone of your group happens to accidentally move the ball during the search, you may replace it as close as you can to the original spot without any penalty to you or your playing partner if they happen to have caused the movement.

  1. No penalty for a double hit; counts as one-stroke

When making a stroke on the golf ball, and a double-hit occurs? There is no longer a penalty and it will only count as One-Stroke (Rule 10.1a).

  1. No penalty if your ball strikes the flagstick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole

One of the newest rule changes for this year, and one both players and fans may have noticed at the most recent PGA Tour event, is that there will be no penalty when choosing to leave the flagstick in the hole (Rule 13.2).

  1. Ball accidentally is moved on the putting green; replace without penalty

If you or your opponent or another player in your group accidentally causes your ball to move on the putting green, you must replace your ball to its original spot. The exception of this rule, is that your ball must be played as it lies when it begins to move during your backswing or stroke and the stroke is made (Rule 13.1d).

  1. Ball marked, lifted and replaced on putting green is moved by wind to another position; replace the ball to the original spot

File this one under “crazy circumstance” but you truly never know! If wind or natural forces cause the ball to move after being replaced, place the ball to the original spot or as close as possible if unsure without penalty.

  1. Penalty areas now replace water hazards, and you are permitted to move loose impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in penalty areas without penalty

Another big rule change to benefit players is the changes made from water hazards to the now called penalty areas. Without penalty, players can now ground the club, move loose impediments and take practice swings in penalty areas (Rule 17.1).

  1. In bunkers, players may move loose impediments

Before playing your ball in a bunker, you are permitted to remove loose impediments under Rule 15.1 and moveable obstructions under Rule 15.2. This also includes any reasonable touching or movement of sand in the bunker.

  1. Free relief is allowed if your ball is embedded on the fairway or in the rough

Embedded means that part of your ball is below the level of the ground. Relief is allowed under Rule 16.3b only when a player’s ball is embedded in the General Area. Additionally, there is no relief under this rule if the ball is embedded anywhere except in the general area (Penalty Areas, and bunkers). Players are permitted to take a relief of one club-length, but must stay in the general are and must not be nearer the hole.

All of these changes and more can be explained in greater detail at www.randa.org. There is also a special Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf, available at www.randa.org that we highly recommend to check out before your next competitive event.

 

Be sure to visit the Schedules tab at www.ijgt.com and sign-up for one of our many Spring Tournaments today!