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Alabama State Junior Rankings Policies


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, Southeastern Junior Golf Tour, Alabama Junior Golf Association, and Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.  All events that are being considered for points must take place within the State of Alabama, except for the Southern Junior Amateur, any USGA event, and AJGA events in bordering states.  The AGA Staff reserves the right to award points for competitions that takes place outside of the state, pending a staff review of the event. 

Use of Rankings

The Alabama State Junior Golf Rankings will be used to select junior golfers for the Southern Junior Cup matches, various other junior team events and to determine the Alabama State Boys and Girls Junior Players of the Year. 

How are Rankings Determined

Rankings are determined based on the strength of the field and the number of participants in the event.  The event must have a minimum of 8 Junior Boys and 4 Junior Girls to be considered a valid rankings tournament.  Only players that play from the longest yardage and are bona fide residents of the State of Alabama will be awarded rankings points through the Alabama State Junior Golf Rankings.  Rankings will reflect the last 12-months in selected tournaments.  Rankings schedule will run on a rolling calendar: September 1 – August 31.  Players that graduated the previous year will be removed from the rankings September 1st of the new rankings calendar (Ex: 2017 graduates will be removed September 1, 2017).


Some Reasons an Event is not Rankings Eligible
  • 9-Hole Rounds are not eligible
  • Minimum participation is not met
  • Event takes place outside of Alabama
    • Pending committee review
  • The player does not complete the tournament (NS, WD, DQ, NC)
    • Player would not be eligible for the 1 participation point
  • Event is not an “individual” event
    • Four-Ball, Alternate Shot, etc.
  • Events hosted on Par-3/Short Courses
  • Results are not posted online and/or have not been submitted by the Tournament Organization  
How Points are Awarded
Bonuses
  • 5 points for 1st place finish
  • 1500 points for USGA US Open 1st place
  • 1000 points for USGA US Amateur 1st place
  • 500 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
Stroke Play
  • Points are awarded in reverse order.  Overall winners will receive the additional 5-point bonus.
    • 1st Place: 10 points
    • 2nd place: 9
    • 3rd place: 8
    • 4th place: 7
    • 5th place: 6
    • 6th place: 5
    • 7th place: 4
    • 8th place: 3
    • 9th place: 2
    • 10th place: 1
  • The corresponding points are then multiplied by the “event multiplier”
    • The event multiplier give the more established (stronger field) events more points.  The multiplier is determined based on the historical data of the size and strength of the field
  • Players finishing outside of the Top 10 will receive one (1) participation point
  • Ties are not split unless an on-course playoff is held and then that playoff determines the finish
  • Only players finishing in the Top 5 of their State Classification will receive rankings points for AHSAA and AISA State Championships.  Players finishing outside of Top 5 will receive one (1) participation point.
Match Play
  • Points are awarded in reverse order based on field size and round.  Overall winners receive an additional 5 points for winning a ranked event
    • 1st Place: 15 points (10+5)
    • 2nd Place: 9
    • Semis: 7
    • Quarters: 4
    • Round of 16: 3
    • Round of 32: 2
    • Round of 64: 1
    • Missed Cut: 1
    • Qualifier: 1
  • The corresponding points are then multiplied by the “event multiplier”
    • The event multiplier give the more established (stronger field) events more points.  The multiplier is determined based on the historical data of the size and strength of the field
Multiplier Breakdown
Each individual event is judged off historical data. Multipliers may be adjusted up or down if the field strength differentiates from previous results. Rankings Committee reserves the right to adjust individual event multipliers based on strength of field at any time with or without notice. Tournament Organizations individual events are not locked into the multiplier listed below.
  • 10x Events
    • USGA Events and Qualifiers
      • Open, Amateur, Junior, etc.
  • 8x Events
    • AGA State Championships
      • Boys: State Am, State Junior, State Match Play
      • Girls: Women’s Am, Women’s Stroke, State Junior
    • Southern Golf Association
  • 6x Events
    • AJGA Events (Including bordering states of AL: MS, FL, TN, GA)
    • Future Masters
    • PGA Junior Championship    
  • 4x Events
    • AHSAA State High School Championship (1A-7A)
  • 3x Events
    • Southeastern Junior Golf Tour
    • AISA High School Championship
    • HJGT Events (within State of Alabama)
  • 2x Events
    • Birmingham Junior Golf Tour
    • Alabama Junior Golf Association
    • North Alabama Junior Golf Association
    • Ladies Birmingham Golf Association
    • Alabama-NW Florida PGA Junior Tour
New Rankings
  • New Rankings are released on the 1st of the Month
    • If AGA offices are closed, they will be released the next day of normal business hours
Rules and Regulations
  • Play must be governed by the USGA Rules of Golf
  • Junior Golfer must be 18 and under, 19 if still in high school   
  • Junior Golfer must not have started college
  • Junior Golfer must be a bona fide resident of Alabama
  • Event must be hosted within the borders of Alabama
    • Pending committee review and approval
  • Players must play from the longest yardage
  • Event must be a recognized USGA format
    • No scrambles
  • Event must be an individual event
    • No Four-Ball, Alternate Shot, Ryder-Cup format
  • Players have the option to “play up” a division to earn points      
    • This is at the discretion of that specific tournaments Tournament Committee
  • If two or more divisions play from the longest tee, the divisions are then merged into one overall division and points will be awarded according to overall score
  • Events may be added mid-season if event qualifying criteria is met
    • Event Multipliers for those events will be determined after the event and evaluation of the field has been performed.
  • Unless a catastrophic error is found, mistakes are fixed for the next update
  • Ties are not split unless an on-course playoff is held and then that playoff determines the finish
  • Any injury or emergency withdrawal will not hurt the player
  • Rankings eligible events must have at least 8 Boys and 4 Girls playing from the longest yardage
  • Rounds shortened to 9-holes due to weather or any other reason will not be used for the rankings
  • 36-hole events shortened after 27 holes due to weather or any other reason will be awarded points based on the 27-hole results
  • There is no minimum or maximum yardage, but we recommend boys play at least 6,400 yards and girls play at least 5,600 yards dependent on weather and course difficulty
  • Players do not have to play in a minimum number of events before being awarded points
  • Cheating and/or shaving strokes will not be tolerated and may result in a player being removed from the rankings
Southern Junior Cup Team
  • Southern Junior Cup: The four states that compete are Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama.  The Junior Cup Match team will be comprised of six males and six female junior players.  The format will be a Ryder Cup format with Four-Ball, Foursomes, and Singles play.  The Four-Ball and Foursomes matches will consist of a 2-person team comprised of 1 male and 1 female.  The Singles play will be boys competing against boys and girls against girls.  Each match will be awarded one point for each win.  The format is match play and will consist of three rounds.  The first round of competition will be “Four-Ball” and the second round will be “Foursomes” (alternate shot).  The final day will be “Singles” match play. The event is open to males and females ages 14-18.
Team Selection Process
  • Selection Timeline
    • Girls Team
      • Top 3 players in Girls Alabama State Junior Rankings will be invited July 1st
      • Alabama Girls State Junior Champion will receive invitation immediately following the event (June)
        • If the invitation is declined, the spot will become a Captain’s pick
      • If a junior wins the Alabama Women’s State Amateur will receive an invitation immediately following the event (June)
        • If the invitation is declined, the spot will become a Captain’s pick
      • Two (2) Captain’s picks will be selected July 1st
        • One (1) if a Junior wins Women’s Alabama State Amateur and accepts Invitation 
    • Boys Team
      • Top 3 players in Boys Alabama State Junior Rankings will be invited July 1st
      • Alabama Boys State Junior Champion will receive invitation immediately following the event (July)
        • If the invitation is declined, the spot will become a Captain’s pick
      • If a junior wins the Alabama State Amateur will receive an invitation immediately following the event (June)
        • If the invitation is declined, the spot will become a Captain’s pick
      • Two (2) Captain’s picks will be selected July 1st
        • One (1) if a Junior wins Alabama State Amateur and accepts Invitation 
          • If an additional Captain’s pick is needed to fill the State Junior Champion’s spot, it will be made as soon as possible
  • Boys Team (6 Spots)
    • Top 3 players on the Boys Alabama State Junior Rankings using the July 1 rankings
      • If a player in the Top 3 declines the invitation, the next player in the rankings would be invited followed by any subsequent players.
    • Champion of the Alabama Boys State Junior
    • Two (2) Captain’s Picks
      • If the Champion of the Alabama Boys State Junior is in the Top 3 of Rankings then that spot becomes a Captain’s Pick
      • If a Junior wins the Alabama State Amateur, one (1) Captain’s pick will be reserved for the player
  • Girls Team (6 Spots)
    • Top 3 players on the Girls Alabama State Junior Rankings using the July 1 rankings
      • If a player in the Top 3 declines the invitation, the next player in the rankings would be invited followed by any subsequent players.
    • Champion of the Alabama Girls State Junior
    • Two (2) Captain’s Picks
      • If the Champion of the Alabama Girls State Junior is in the Top 3 of Rankings then that spot becomes a Captain’s Pick
      • If a Junior wins the Alabama Women’s State Amateur, one (1) Captain’s pick will be reserved for the player
Alabama State Junior Players of the Year
  • Alabama State Junior Player of the Year selections will be based on the state rankings
    • Rankings points accumulated from September 1 thru August 31 of the current year will be taken into consideration
    • Junior golfers graduating in current academic year will remain eligible for Alabama State Junior Player of the Year (Ex: Player that graduates in 2017 may be awarded 2017 POY Award)
    • The top Boy and Girl in the current-year rankings as of August 31st will be awarded the Alabama State Junior Player of the Year
    • In the event of a tie for Alabama State Junior Player of the Year, both players would be awarded Player of the Year honors