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AJGA Qualifier for the Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship

Qualifier Information


Date: Monday, July 29

Golf Course: Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course

Address: 1001 Branson Creek Blvd

City, State: Hollister, MO 65672

Starting Times: 8 a.m. shotgun (Players will be called to their carts approximately 30 minutes prior to the starting time for annoucements). Participants will receive hole assignments upon their arrival on Monday, July 29.

Registration Information: AJGA Qualifier Registration will be from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Players must register by 7:30 a.m. to ensure that the shotgun begins precisely at 8 a.m.

Driving Range Opening Time: 6:30 a.m. Range balls are $25 for unlimited golf balls.

Qualifying Policy: Players must declare their intention in the scoring area to either accept a spot in the tournament field should they qualify or not. Once a player has signed his/her scorecard, the decision is final. Players who earn Performance Based Entry status will have the current season and the following season to use the Performance Stars. Players who qualify or accept a spot in the tournament do NOT forfeit Performance Based Entry status earned in the AJGA Qualifier.

Qualifying Spots: The exact number of qualifying spots will be posted at the qualifier registration area. Any ties for the final qualifying spots will be determined by a sudden-death playoff upon the conclusion of play.

Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather that warrants a cancellation of the AJGA Qualifier, the remaining tournament spots will be decided by Performance Based Entry.

Alternate Status: In case of tournament withdrawals, participants who fail to qualify with the next best score will be placed on an alternate list. Alternate status will be determined by the following formula:

  1. The order of finish in a playoff.
  2. Total score on Nos. 1-6 handicap holes on the course scorecard.
  3. Total score on Nos. 7-12 handicap holes on the course scorecard.
  4. Lowest individual hole score starting at No. 1 handicap hole until the tie is broken.
  5. By lot.

Golf Genius: At all AJGA Qualifiers in 2019 TaylorMade-adidas Golf live scoring will be available. Players will be asked to assist with live scoring and will be responsible for entering scores after the completion of each hole for the entire group. In preparation for the AJGA Qualifier, please download the Golf Genius application onto your phone from the App Store or Google Play. Players will be provided a GGID code on their scorecard that will allow them access to enter scores. More instructions will be given at AJGA Qualifier Registration on-site.

Dress Code: All Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course guests must adhere to the club's dress code (appropriate golf attire is required; jeans, t-shirts and cut-offs are not allowed).

Swing Videos: All Junior Plus Members will have the opportunity to have their swings taped on the driving range for the College Coaches website at any time during the event. Players must see the Tournament Director to schedule a time to film their swing video. If you are unsure of your membership status, a list is available in tournament headquarters.

Tournament Information: Tournament information will be given to all qualifiers by the Tournament Director following the awards ceremony. For those players who qualify, the $295 Tournament entry fee will need to be paid at Tournament Registration on Monday, July 29 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course. Qualifiers who are not AJGA members must complete the AJGA membership application online and pay the membership fee prior to the tournament.

Tournament Headquarters: The Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship Tournament Headquarters will be in the main clubhouse. Please feel free to stop by or call the Tournament Director, Melanie Sands at (609) 744 - 6921, with any questions.


Tee Times Available for Play: Players may arrange additional practice rounds by contacting Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course at (417) 339 - 5430 on an individual basis. Additional practice rounds will be $65 for juniors, $135 for parents and need to be scheduled after 12 p.m. There is also a $90 twilight fee for tee times booked after 4 p.m. The additional practice rounds will be subject to Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course's availability.

Practice Facility Times: Open at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the Qualifier.


Host Hotel: The La Quinta Inns & Suites by Wyndham Branson - Hollister will serve as the host hotel and has given the AJGA a special rate of $102 per night per room, which includes breakfast, WIFI and access to the fitness center. Normal rates for this time are $140 per night. Reservations can be made by calling (417) 239 - 0066 and be sure to identify yourself as an AJGA participant.

Cut Off Date: You must call by Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 to receive the special AJGA rate.


Airport: Players should make reservations into Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), which is an hour from the hotel and golf course.

Ground Transportation: Avis and Budget, the preferred rental car brands of the American Junior Golf Association, provide AJGA members and their families with savings on vehicles for all AJGA event-related and personal travel. To see rates for all events, visit these links:


Rangefinders: The AJGA has adopted the note to Rule 14-3 allowing the usage of distance-measuring devices in all AJGA competitions. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or MEASURE OTHER CONDITIONS that might affect his/her play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

Grooves: The condition of competition requiring a player’s clubs conform to the groove and punch mark specifications as detailed in the Rules of Golf Effective January 2016 is IN effect for AJGA competitions. To determine if a club or set of clubs conforms to the new specifications, players should first search the Informational Club Database (Grooves) which is available at

Spectator Golf Carts: Golf carts and spectator carts are not allowed without a Government issued Blue Permanent Handicap placard. Please see the Tournament Director on-site to receive an approved cart.

Caddies: Caddies are not permitted in AJGA tournament play.

Push Carts: Push carts (non-motorized) are approved for use by all players as permitted by the host facility. Players are responsible for providing their own push carts.

Code of Conduct: All AJGA participants are expected to abide by the AJGA Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with based on the severity of the misconduct. Proper attire is required at all times and failure to comply may result in disqualification. Click here to view the AJGA's Code of Conduct.

Pace of Play: All AJGA participants are expected to abide by the AJGA Pace of Play policy. Pace of play will be reviewed with all players prior to the Qualifier. Click here to review the AJGA Pace of Play Policy.