CJGA LINKSTER TOUR – BOYS & GIRLS AGES 4 -14
ABOUT THE LINKSTER TOUR
The CJGA Linkster Tour is an introductory developmental golf tour for Junior Boy’s & Girl’s of all skill levels who are 4-14 years of age.
The CJGA Linkster Tour consists primarily of a series of single-day (18 or 9 hole) competitions held on weekends throughout the Canadian golf season. CJGA Linkster Tour events are conducted in regions all across Canada and participants earn points on the GOLFTEC National Order of Merit based on their finish in each event.
In addition to the standard single day competition, the CJGA Linkster Tour also features several multi-day (36) hole competitions intended to help prepare Linkster age players for the Junior Tour.
The goal of the CJGA Linkster Tour is to provide a balance of both competitiveness for the more advanced player, while remaining a fun & inclusive environment for those players who are just starting out. In order to ensure that the environment of the CJGA Linkster Tour remains fun & inclusive, caddies are allowed in all divisions on this tour. The purpose of allowing caddies is to both keep the juniors feeling more relaxed knowing that they have a parent there to guide them through some of the tougher decisions they may encounter on the course, as well as providing the parents of our players with exposure to the rules of the game.
The CJGA Linkster Tour is a great way for juniors & parents to spend an afternoon on the course and make new friends who share a passion for the game of golf.
GOLFTEC NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT
CJGA Linkster Tour events will also award points on the GOLFTEC National Order of Merit based on our Tier ranking system
.here are eight (8) divisions on the CJGA Linkster Tour which are determined by a players age & gender.
|Gender||Division||Ages||Yardages||Tee Colour||Holes Played|
|Boys||Novice (U9)||4 to 8||1200 to 1500||CJGA Red||9|
|Girls||Novice (U9)||4 to 8||1200 to 1500||CJGA Red||9|
|Boys||Atom (U11)||9 & 10||3500 to 4000||CJGA White||18|
|Girls||Atom (U11)||9 & 10||3500 to 4000||CJGA White||18|
|Boys||Peewee (U13)||11 & 12||4500 to 5000||CJGA Blue||18|
|Girls||Peewee (U13)||11 & 12||4500 to 5000||CJGA Blue||18|
|Boys||Bantam (U15)||13 & 14||5000 to 5500||CJGA Black||18|
|Girls||Bantam (U15)||13 & 14||4500 to 5000||CJGA Blue||18|
Eligibility: A players age is determined as of August 1 of the current year.
Playing Up: Players may request to participate in an older age group for an event or for the season by contacting the CJGA head office. Requests to play up a division mus be made a minimum of 14 days prior to the first round of competition.
The following outlines general guidelines for hole-by-hole yardage on the CJGA Linkster Tour.
CJGA Staff will follow these guidelines when setting up courses for our events.
(Based on a Par 72 course)
Please Note that in some cases the layout or contour of a hole may make following these yardage guidelines impractical and in such cases the CJGA reserves the right to extend or shorten the length of a hold beyond the yardages outlined above.
A Note To Linkster Parents
Winning is always a fun experience, and a great way to get your child motivated. Keep in mind that constantly winning isn’t necessarily the best way for your player to develop their skills and grow as a player.
The CJGA’s Linkster Tour courses & yardages are set-up in an effort to make them fair to all those who may participate in events regardless of skill level. This sometimes means that more advanced players may not have as much of a challenge when competing in their age group. For this reason we do recommend that juniors who have more experience and skill, or who might hit the ball a bit farther for their age should consider playing a division up in some events on the Linkster Tour.
Challenging themselves by playing up a division will also help more advanced players who may be younger in age prepare better for international competitions as many of these championships operate under longer yardage layouts.
“Junior golfers in Canada will continue to improve by participating in the CJGA’s programs. The experience juniors will gain through participation in professionally run multi-day tournaments will go a long way to developing both the mental and physical aspects of becoming a successful golfer.”
Stephen Ames, PGA Tour Champions
No matter what your skill, there is a level for you in the CJGA’s 6-stage development program. The CJGA is an RCAAA (Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association) not-for-profit as designated by Revenue Canada (Registration Number 88873 8176 RR0001).
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