Conditions of Competition/Hard Card



All tournaments conducted by the North American Junior Amateur are conducted under the USGA Rules of Golf and the North American Junior Amateur Local Rules as listed below. At each tournament there is usually an additional set of rules known as the Local Rules Addendum that take into consideration the circumstances and condition of that particular golf course. All NAJA tournament players are urged to become familiar with the North American Junior Amateur Local Rules and Conditions of the Competition. Please print out a copy and keep it in your golf bag for easy reference.


North American Junior Amateur HARD CARD


Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf and by the following Local Rules and definitions where applicable. Any changes and additions to these Local Rules will be provided on a Local Rules Addendum sheet at each event.


Unless otherwise stated, penalty for breach of a Local Rule is two strokes in stroke play and loss of hole in match play. Any questions must be resolved before the scorecard is signed and turned in. Once the scorecard has been verified by a competitor and marker and signed, no alterations will be made.


Disregard any local rules printed on the course scorecard.


1- Golf Balls and Clubs: Only golf balls that have been tested and are on the current list of USGA Conforming Golf Balls may be used. All clubs must meet USGA specifications.


Penalty – Disqualification.


2- Pace of Play: Rule 6-7 will be enforced as per NAJA Pace of Play guidelines.


3- Embedded Ball: Rule 25-2 A ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground in any closely mown area through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. “Closely mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.


4- Out of Bounds: Defined by the nearest inside points of white stakes, fence posts, masonry walls, and/or white lines at ground level. When out of bounds is fixed by a white line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. All public roads are deemed out of bounds and if not otherwise marked, the nearest edge of the concrete/asphalt, or curbing shall be the boundary. If a ball crosses a public road and comes to rest on another part of the course it is deemed out of bounds.


5- Ground Under Repair: Areas enclosed with white lines. French drains are also considered ground under repair.


6- Water Hazards/Lateral Water Hazards: Defined by yellow lines and/or yellow stakes and red lines and/or red stakes respectively. Stakes identify hazards; lines define those hazards. When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is defined on one side only, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.


7- White lines tied into obstructions are part of that obstruction.


8- Permanent elevated power lines and cables: If a ball strikes such a line or cable, the stroke shall be cancelled and must be replayed without penalty.


9- Late to tee: If a player arrives, ready to play, at the starting tee within 5 minutes after the assigned starting time, the penalty is loss of the first hole in match play, or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Later than 5 minutes results in disqualification.


10- Suspension of play for a dangerous situation: As per rule 6-8 and Appendix 1-4. All practice areas are closed during a suspension for a dangerous situation. Suspensions for a dangerous situation shall be signaled by one prolonged air horn blast. Play will resume if conditions become safe again and players will hear two short blasts.


11- Doubt as to Procedure: (In stroke play only) If during the play of a hole a competitor is doubtful of his rights or procedure, he may, without penalty, play a second ball as outlined in Rule 3-3. Prior to proceeding the player must announce he is invoking the rule and declare which ball he intends to score with. The player is also required to report his procedure to the committee.


12- Integral Parts of the Course: Includes cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees, liners in bunkers, railroad ties and other support walls when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided in Local Rules Addendum.


13- Temporary Immovable Obstruction: Local Rule in Appendix 1 is in effect.


14- Newly Sodded Areas: If a ball lies in or touches a sod seam, or the seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball and clean it and drop the ball as near as possible to where it originally lay, not nearer the hole, where it avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard or on a putting green. Relief should also be granted if the seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing.


Stroke Limit Policy: There is no stroke limit in the North American Junior Amateur.


Measuring Devices/Range Finders: Distance-only measuring devices and range finders may be allowed in North American Junior Amateur events. You need to check with your qualifying tournament.

Cell Phone Policy: Use of cell phones by players, parents or spectators will not be permitted at any time during tournament play. IPOD and MP3 players are not permitted. Violation of this rule results in disqualification.


Weather Delay/Cancellation: In the event of inclement weather, the NAJA staff will sound one long air horn. At that point, play must stop immediately and shelter found. An event will only be cancelled if the players’ safety and well-being is threatened or if the course becomes unplayable. Play will resume when and if the course becomes playable. A horn will sound to resume play.


The North American Junior Amateur makes every attempt to hold an event even in inclement weather. However, safety is our biggest priority. In the event of weather, please plan on arriving at the course for your scheduled tee time and we will update you upon arrival.


The tournament will only be cancelled if the host course and NAJA deems the players’ safety to be in jeopardy or the course becomes unplayable.








The pace of play at our events is very important to us. To alleviate pace of play issues, please keep in mind the amount of time allotted for each hole:


• par 5: 18 minutes


• par 4: 15 minutes


• par 3: 12 minutes


At the start of every event, the starter will announce the amount of time you are allotted to play the course. If the first group plays longer than the allotted time, they will be considered “out of position”. For all of the groups following to be considered “out of position”, they will have failed in two ways. First, they will have taken longer than the allotted time to play and an entire hole open ahead of them. We will notify a group when they are out of position and will give them a chance to regain their position. If a ruling or ball search has delayed the group causing them to become “out of position”, the group will be expected to regain its position within two holes. If they fail to regain their position, they will be subject to penalty.


Once we have realized that a group is “out of position”, monitoring will occur by a Rules Official or other NAJA Staff Member. Each player is expected to play a shot in no longer than 40 seconds, excluding play on the putting green. Timing will begin once the player has reached his/her ball, it’s his/her time to play and there are no distractions. Determining yardages is considered as part of your shot and will be included in the timing.


Penalties for being “out of position”:


• 1st violation: verbal warning


• 2nd violation: 1 stroke penalty


• 3rd violation: 2 stroke penalty


• Additional violations: disqualification