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The Shires Tour events will be played around Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. This encourages all juniors to play against each other.

The tour is split into 5 categories split into ability based on handicap/experience.

We want to make each event fun for all and encourage a good competitive spirit.

There will be Marshalls, rules officials, PGA Pros etc at each event to ensure all rules are obeyed and events run smoothly. All parents in the higher categories will be asked to watch from sidelines, lower categories will be allowed a "mini caddy" parent/guardian.

We are a handicap qualifying tour and hold the rights to adjust handicaps accordingly. 

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STRUCTURE

5 Handicap Divisions:

  • Gold – Handicaps +5 to 9.4.

  • Silver – Handicaps 9.5 to 21.4.

  • Bronze – Handicaps 21.5 to 36.

  • Copper (nine-hole comp) – Handicaps 37 to 53.

  • Diamond (nine-hole comp) – Handicaps 54 or beginners.

The top 10 players in each division will receive Order of Merit points. The highest OOM points after the final event will be the overall winners for the season. They will receive a nice trophy that will be passed on each year.

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CODE OF CONDUCT

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For players and parents;
 

  • Shires Junior Golf Tour expects good sportsmanship from all parents and players at all times; the applauding of players, the shaking of hands and, most of all, an enjoyable playing environment is expected.
     

  • We understand parents can sometimes get over involved with their children, so we please ask that they take a step back and let their child play golf. The added pressure could spoil their day.
     

  • No parents on the 18-hole course caddying unless agreed with the Shires Junior golf Tour on course Managers.
     

  •  Parents who want to walk the course can watch from a safe distance, and are encouraged to help with ball spotting. But there must be no ‘unnecessary’ interaction with the players.
     

  • Code of Conduct Violations;
     

  • Etiquette must always come first; Unsportsmanlike behaviour, deliberate miscounting of shots, breaking the rules, abusive language, bullying, the throwing of clubs, disrespect to fellow players, volunteers or officials will not be allowed.
     

  • No mobile phones on the golf course.
     

  • No taking photos or videoing other players.
     

  • No alcohol.

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RULES-18 HOLE PLAYERS

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  • ​All competitions have full handicap qualifying status – recognised by England Golf.
     

  • The competition will be played under the Royal & Ancient Club of St Andrews Rules of Golf.
     

  • Golf etiquette will be adhered to, good behaviour on the course and around the clubhouse at all times.
     

  • Caddies are permitted in certain instances- talk to the Tour managers.
     

  • Dress codes must be observed. Players are not permitted to wear jeans, trainers, t-shirts or football shirts.
     

  • All players must sign in at the registration desk no later than 30 minutes before their tee time and arrive at the tee no later than 10 minutes before their start time.
     

  • Upon finishing the competition, all players should return to the registration desk to check, sign and hand in their cards.
     

  • In the event of a tie, a count back of the last nine holes completed and, if still tied, the last six, last four, last two or last one. If still tied, a sudden-death play-off from the first hole will decide the winner.
     

  • Distance measuring devices are permitted.
     

  • In the event of any issues on the golf course, parents should speak, in private, to the Shires Junior Golf tour Director or Manager  not in front of the players. Any decision made by the Shires Junior Golf tour Officials will be final.

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  • Competitors in the same division will play from the same tees (ladies or forward tees, depending on the division).
     

  • Rule sheets will be handed out at events.
     

  • Air shots will count as one stroke.
     

  • Should a player fail to get out of a bunker after two strokes Diamond Division only, the player can then pick and place the ball to the side of the bunker no closer to the hole, without penalty, but their two strokes will be added to their score.
     

  • The 10-shot rule means no more than 10 strokes can be taken on a hole. Once a 10 is reached, a player must pick up their ball and wait for the other players in the group to complete the hole. 10 will be added to the scorecard.

CADDIE POLICY-  COPPER & DIAMOND DIVISION

  • Juniors are permitted one caddie to help them on the course, coaching is not allowed.
     

  • The role of the caddie is to support, encourage and  advise on club selection and they are allowed to attend the flag on the greens. It’s imperative that the caddies make sure pace of play is adhered to.

  • Further members of the players family must watch at a safe distance making sure they keep to the sides of the Tees, fairways and behind the greens when a player is putting.

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