National Rankings

Tour Rankings

The IJGT is pleased to offer a ranking system that showcases the top players on the tour in each division throughout the IJGT season. These rankings are 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 Tournament Team and be honored at the awards banquet hosted as part of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions event. IJGT Rankings also determine which players qualify for exemptions into other prestigious Junior Amateur events.

All participants are eligible to earn Merit Points toward the Tour Rankings. 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.

** Major Championships and Invitational Events are worth double merit points**

If there are ties for a specific place, the IJGT Merit Points will be split evenly. For example, a three-player tie for 2ndPlace 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.

Place Points Place Points
1st 1500 6th 500
2nd 1000 7th 400
3rd 850 8th 300
4th 700 9th 200
5th 600 10th 100

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)

Many IJGT tournaments will offer AJGA Performance Stars to top finishers. Visit the specific tournament info page for exact details associated with each event. 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.

Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings

In 1999 Golfweek Magazine became a title sponsor 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. The stroke differential between those players then links all players based on common opponents. The ratings give an indication of who is playing well over the past 52 weeks.

The following explains the categories that Sagarin uses to formulate his rankings:

  1. 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.
  2. Schedule Strength:
    The average strength of each event in which the player has played, calculated using the power ratings of every player
  3. Schedule Rank:
    The player’s schedule is ranked by difficulty among the entire database.
  4. Records:
    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.
  5. 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).

For junior tournaments to be considered to be included in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior rankings database the following conditions are recommended:

  • A boy’s field must have a minimum of 40 boys start the event and the girl’s field must have a minimum of 12 girls start the event.
  • The event should be considered a regional, if not national tournament.
  • 54-hole events are desired. However, 36-hole events will be considered on a per 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.
  • Please contact Lance Ringler at with additional questions.

Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings

The Junior Golf Scoreboard typically receives results from more than 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 is as follows:

  1. Scoring Differential: (65 percent weight) 

    The rankings use the best 85% of a player’s scores compared to the USGA ratings of the courses played in competition.

  2. Strength of Field: (25 percent) 

    Whom did the player compete against and how strong were the records of their competitors?

  3. Finish: (10 percent) 

    Average finish of the competitor with consideration given to the size of the field.