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2018 Alabama State Junior Rankings Policies
(New Rankings are released the 1st business day of the month)



Overview
Alabama Junior Golf Rankings will serve as the official ranking system for Junior Golfers in the State of Alabama.  These rankings will consider various other tournament organizations results including, but not limited to: Alabama Golf Association, Southern Golf Association, American Junior Golf Association, Alabama-NW Florida PGA Junior Tour, and Southeastern Junior Golf Tour. All events that are being considered for points must take place within the State of Alabama, except for selected events within the Southern States footprint (Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas) that meet the National Event qualifications.  Rankings are based on the strength of field and the number of participants in the event.  Rankings run on a 12-month rolling calendar (September 1-August 31).  Players that graduate the previous year will be removed August 31, prior to the September 1 release of the new rankings calendar. The AGA Staff reserves the right to award points for competitions that takes place outside of the state, pending committee review. 

Use of Rankings

Alabama State Junior Rankings will be used to select the Southern Junior Cup Team, All-State Teams, and the Boys and Girls Alabama State Junior Players of the Year. Players that graduate in May of current rankings calendar remain eligible for end-of-year awards, selected in August.

Sanctioned Junior Events (In-State) Qualifications
  • Play must be governed by the USGA Rules of Golf
  • Event must be an individual event
    • No Four-Ball, Foursome, Ryder Cup formats
  • Event must be a recognized USGA format
    • No Scrambles
  • Event must meet participation minimums
    • 12 Boys and 8 Girls for Tier I, II, III events
    • 8 Boys and 4 Girls for Tier IV events
    • 8 Girls in division playing longest yardage
  • Event must be a minimum of 18 holes
    • Rounds shortened to 9 holes due to weather or any other reason will not be awarded rankings points
Sanctioned Junior Events (National) Qualifications
  • Event must meet all In-State Event Qualifications
  • Event must take place within the Southern States footprint
  • National Events outside of Southern States may be awarded points pending committee review
  • A minimum of 12 AJGA Stars must be awarded to the Event Champion
Rankings Rules and Regulations
  • Junior Golfer must be a bona fide resident of Alabama
  • Junior Golfer must be 18 years of age or under, 19 years of age if still in High School
  • Junior Golfer must not have started college
  • Junior Golfer does not have to play in a minimum number of tournaments to be ranked
  • Junior Golfer may “play-up” to earn rankings points
    • This is at the discretion of the specific organizations Tournament Committee
  • Any emergency or injury withdraw will not affect a player’s ranking
  • If two or more divisions play from the same yardage (longest), the divisions are merged into an overall division and points are awarded according to overall score
  • Ties are not split unless an on-course playoff is held
  • 36-hole events shortened due to weather after 27 holes will be awarded points based on the 27-hole results
  • Additional events may be added throughout the season if qualifications are met
    • Tier and multiplier will be determined after evaluation of the field has been performed
  • Cheating and/or shaving strokes may result in a player being permanently removed from the State Rankings
  • Unless a catastrophic error is found, mistakes are fixed for the next update
Potential reasons a Player did not receive Rankings Points
  • 9-Hole Round
  • Minimum Participation is not met
  • Junior Golfer does not complete the round
    • WD
    • NS
    • DQ
    • NC
  • Event is not an Individual Event
  • Event is hosted on a Par-3/Short Course
  • Results are not posted and/or have not been submitted by the Tournament Organization
How Points are Awarded
Each individual event is judged off historical data.  Event tiers and multipliers are determined off that historical data and may be adjusted up or down if the field strength differentiates from previous years.  The corresponding points are then multiplied by the event multiplier.  Players finishing outside of tier point scale will receive one (1) participation point.  Rankings committee reserves the right to adjust tiers and multipliers at any time, with or without notice.

Tier and Multiplier Breakdown

*Organizations individual events are not locked into tier and multiplier listed below

Tier I
  • 12x Events
    • USGA Events and Qualifiers
      • Open, Amateur, Junior, etc.
  • 9x Events
    • AGA State Championships
      • Boys: State Amateur, State Match-Play
      • Girls: State Amateur, Stroke-Play
    • Southern Golf Associations
      • Southern Amateur
    • Select National Invitationals
  • 8x Events
    • AGA State Championships
      • State Junior, Southern Junior
    • Select National Invitationals
Tier I Stroke-Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 20
    • 2nd: 14
    • 3rd: 13
    • 4th: 12
    • 5th: 11
    • 6th: 10
    • 7th: 9
    • 8th: 8
    • 9th: 7
    • 10th: 6
    • 11th: 5
    • 12th: 4
    • 13th: 3
    • 14th: 2
    • 15th: 1
 
Tier I Match-Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 20
    • 2nd: 14
    • Semis: 12
    • Quarters: 9
    • Round of 16: 7
    • Round of 32: 5
    • Round of 64: 3
    • Missed Cut: 1
Tier II
  • 7x Events
    • Select National Events
  • 6x Events
    • AJGA Events (Events included in the Southern States footprint)
    • PGA Junior Championship
    • Select National Events
  • 5x Events
    • Select National Events
    • Future Masters
Tier II Stroke Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 15
    • 2nd: 9
    • 3rd: 8
    • 4th: 7
    • 5th: 6
    • 6th: 5
    • 7th: 4
    • 8th: 3
    • 9th: 2
    • 10th: 1
Tier II Match-Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 15
    • 2nd: 9
    • Semis: 7
    • Quarters: 4
    • Round of 16: 3
    • Round of 32: 2
    • Round of 64: 1
    • Missed Cut: 1
 
Tier III
  • 4x Events
    • AHSAA State High School Championship
    • Southeastern Junior Golf Tour
  • 3x Events
    • Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
    • AISA High School Championship
Tier III Stroke Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 8
    • 2nd: 4
    • 3rd: 3
    • 4th: 2
    • 5th: 1
Tier III Match-Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 8
    • 2nd: 4
    • Semis: 2
Tier IV
  • 2x Events
    • Birmingham Junior Golf Association
    • Alabama-NW Florida PGA Junior Tour
  • 1x Events
    • Alabama Junior Golf Association
    • North Alabama Junior Golf Association
    • Ladies Birmingham Golf Association
Tier IV Stroke Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 5
    • 2nd: 2
    • 3rd: 1
 
Tier IV Match-Play Point Scale
  • Overall winner(s) will receive all applicable bonus points
    • 1st: 5
    • 2nd: 2
    • Semis: 1
Bonuses
  • 5 additional points for 1st place finish
  • TBD points for USGA US Open 1st place
  • TBD points for USGA US Amateur 1st place
  • 1000 points for USGA US Junior 1st place
  • 50 points for AGA and SGA 1st place:
    • State Amateur, Women’s State Amateur, Women’s Stroke Play, Men’s Match Play, Boys and Girls Junior
    • SGA Men’s Amateur and Junior
  • 10 points for Qualifying for any USGA Championship
    • Additional 15 points for making the cut and qualifying for match play
  • 5 points for Qualifying for AGA Men’s State Amateur Championship and SGA Men’s Southern Amateur
    • Additional 10 points for making cut in any AGA State Championship and/or SGA Southern Championship
  • 5 points for Made-Cut at Future Masters and State Junior Championships
  • 10 points for Qualifying for PGA Junior Championship
    • Additional 5 points for Made-Cut
    • Additional 15 points for winning