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2019 ANA Junior Inspiration Tournament Information

FORMAT:

The tournament is 54 holes of stroke play. The schedule is as follows:

  • 36 holes, Saturday, March 30 on Mission Hills Country Club – Pete Dye Challenge Course
  • 18 holes, Sunday, March 31 on Mission Hills Country Club – Dinah Shore Tournament Course
  • During Sunday’s final round, two junior girls will play with one LPGA Legend (see below)
  • The ANA Junior Inspiration Champion will receive an exemption into the ANA INSPIRATION

FINAL ROUND WITH LPGA LEGENDS:

During the final round on Sunday, March 31, all tournament participants will play with a LPGA Legend. The goal of this unique opportunity is to foster fun, camaraderie and mentorship between juniors and the greats of women’s golf. To achieve this goal and allow for maximum interaction between juniors and Legends during the round, the Conditions of Competition in effect for the ANA Junior Inspiration will allow LPGA Legends to give advice to the juniors they are paired with. The format for the LPGA Legends is a best ball competition where they may record either their score, or the score of either junior in their group.

In an effort to best host the LPGA Legends, the AJGA’s Pace of Play policy will be modified to accommodate this unique situation. Please be advised that Sunday’s final round may be slower than a standard AJGA tournament round and plan travel accordingly. Final-round Pace of Play in 2018 was four hours and 24 minutes. The normal AJGA Pace of Play policy will be in affect for the first and second rounds on Saturday, March 30.

ANA INSPIRATION EXEMPTION:

As the ANA Junior Inspiration champion will be invited to participate in all tournament functions of the ANA INSPIRATION, all participants are encouraged to pack accordingly and bring dressy and business casual attire. By accepting the exemption to the ANA INSPIRATION, the ANA Junior Inspiration Champion must be prepared to participate in all ANA INSPIRATION events including an Executive dinner following the final round on March 31, the ANA INSPIRATION Champions Dinner, the ANA INSPIRATION Pro-Am Fundraising Tournament and the ANA INSPIRATION Trophy Ceremony (attendance is required of the low amateur). Please contact Tournament Director Hailey Estes at hestes@ajga.org with specific questions.

MANDATORY FUNCTIONS:

It is critical to the success of the event that all participants are fully committed to attending all tournament functions associated with the ANA Junior Inspiration. Key stakeholders from All Nippon Airways (ANA), LPGA Legends, Mission Hills Country Club and the Southern California Golf Association will be in attendance for these functions and we require the attendance of all competitors to show appreciation to those who make this event possible.

By accepting your invitation to compete, you agree to attend the Welcome Dinner on Friday, March 29 and the LPGA Legends Dinner & Pairings Reveal on Saturday, March 30. Any participant absent from one or both events may be subject to a suspension of their AJGA membership.

TRAVEL STIPEND:

The tournament will reimburse up to $500 for players traveling within the United States and up to $750 for players traveling from outside the United States for costs associated with travel (airfare/gas/mileage), rental car and lodging. To receive the reimbursement, fill out the form located on the tournament webpage. You may also bring receipts to the tournament or submit to Tournament Director Hailey Estes at hestes@ajga.org by Monday, April 30.

GATE ACCESS:

To access Mission Hills Country Club, players, parents and guests must stop at the gate located on Dinah Shore Drive. Please state the player’s name and you will be granted entrance to the club starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 5:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

HOUSING:

AJGA Host Hotel: The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Hotel Address: 71-333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
AJGA Special Rate: $219 plus $18/night resort fee
Rate Includes: Parking, wifi, miniature golf, bike rentals, and access to multiple swimming pools

Reservation Method: Click link below or call 1-877-253-0041 and identify yourself as an AJGA participant
Booking link: Book your group rate for ANA Junior Inspiration
Cutoff Date: Monday, March 11, 2019

Private Housing: Please contact Tournament Director Hailey Estes at (360) 477-2087 or hestes@ajga.org if you need or are seeking more information on private housing. This option is first come, first served, and is not guaranteed, so please contact the tournament director as soon as possible.

In order to fully process your request for private housing, you will be sent information via email to complete. The AJGA will be facilitating background checks of all possible housing options as a way to ensure a safe and welcoming atmosphere during the event. These checks come with a $50 non-refundable, administrative fee. Upon your request for private housing, the AJGA will bear the expense of the check up-front, and thus, the fee is non-refundable as the process cannot be reversed or withdrawn.

TRANSPORTATION:

Airport: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
Distance to Host Hotel: TBA
Distance from Golf Course: 6.5 miles
AJGA Preferred Rentals: 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:

PRACTICE ROUND:

Date: Thursday, March 28 & Friday, March 29
Time: 12:30-2:20 p.m.
Golf Course: Dinah Shore Tournament Course (Thursday) & Pete Dye Challenge Course (Friday)
Signup: AJGA Player Center
Cutoff: 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, March 27

An AJGA Staff member will be located on the first tee with hole locations and sand bottle All players are required to carry their own bag or use a push cart.

Additional Practice Rounds Information

Players may arrange a maximum of two additional practice rounds on the Pete Dye Challenge Course ONLY. No additional practice rounds are available on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Additional practice rounds are available by contacting Mission Hills Country Club at (760) 324-7336 on an individual basis at a rate of $75. Practice rounds are only available to juniors participating in the ANA Junior Inspiration. Tee times are available after 1 p.m. on March 1, 5, 7, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 on a first come, first served basis. Should you play an additional practice round, use of the practice facilities is limited to one hour before your tee time. Otherwise, Mission Hills Country Club is CLOSED to AJGA participants until 11:30 a.m. on March 28. If you have any questions about additional practice rounds, please contact Tournament Director Hailey Estes at hestes@ajga.org.

DRIVING RANGE AVAILABILITY:

Dates: March 28-31
Times: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Thursday & Friday), 5:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Saturday), 5:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Sunday)
Balls: Complimentary courtesy of Mission Hills Country Club
Note: A full Practice Facility Availibility Schedule will be distributed via email prior to the event by the Tournament Director. Since there will be LPGA players onsite during the event, use of certain areas may be restricted to best accomodate both groups. Thank you for your help and understanding! If you have specific questions, please contact Tournament Director Hailey Estes at hestes@ajga.org

REGISTRATION:

Function: Players Registration
Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Location: Mission Hills Country Club
Room: Ladies Locker Room

Players unable to register at this time MUST notify Tournament Director Hailey Estes prior to March 25 at (360) 477-2087. Both events are mandatory. Players who fail to attend without prior approval from the tournament director may forfeit their tournament gifts. Approval to miss Players Registration will be granted only in extreme circumstances. An individual absent from these events because they are not staying at the host hotel, are staying in private housing for the week, or have a long commute do not constitute acceptable circumstances.

TOURNAMENT TEE TIMES/PAIRINGS:

Official First-Round Pairings Available: Thursday, March 28
First Round Tee Times: 7 - 8:10 a.m. off Nos. 1 & 10 Pete Dye Challenge Course (Saturday)
Second Round Tee Times: 1 - 2:10 p.m. off Nos. 1 & 10 Pete Dye Challenge Course (Saturday)
Final Round Tee Times: 7 - 11:36 a.m. off No. 1 Dinah Shore Tournament Course (Sunday)
Final-Round Pairings Available: Saturday, March 30
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: ajga.org, LPGA Legends Dinner & Pairings Reveal (18th Green Pavilion)

A tie for the championship will be decided by a sudden-death playoff immediately following the conclusion of play. As inclement weather may delay play, please make your departing flight as late as possible. The AJGA will play until dark if necessary to complete the tournament. Should the player need to withdraw for travel related reasons please understand the withdrawal will be classified as questionable.

TOURNAMENT COOKOUT:

Refer to the Schedule of Events for a complete list of tournament functions and meals.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

HQ Location: LPGA Scoring Trailer (parked on Iverness Drive adjacent to No. 10 of the Dinah Shore Tournament Course)
TD Name: Hailey Estes
Phone Number: (360) 477-2087
Email: hestes@ajga.org

TAYLORMADE-ADIDAS GOLF LIVE SCORING:

Visit ajga.org on your computer or mobile device for TaylorMade-adidas Golf Live Scoring.

AJGA CARES FOR THE COURSE:

At all events players will receive a small sand bottle prior to the round to use throughout the day to fill divots on the course. Sand-filling stations will be set up around the course for players to use during their round. The driving range will be set up with sand for players to use following their practice session before and after the round.

JUNIOR PLUS MEMBER 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.

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 during the Players Meeting, the Practice Round and on the starting tees before each round. Click here to review the AJGA Pace of Play Policy.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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 2019 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 http://www.usga.org/InfoClubsDB/index.asp

  • 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 are not permitted in AJGA tournament play.
  • 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.

NO SHOW POLICY:

If you find that you cannot compete in this event, you must withdraw from the event online through the Player Center. If the online withdrawal option is not available, you must speak directly with the tournament director. Complete withdrawal procedures prior to the start of an event are available at ajga.org. This allows the AJGA to replace you with an alternate. If you cannot compete and do not withdraw properly, you are considered a "no show," and the following action may be taken:

  1. If you have already been accepted for another event, you may be notified of your disqualification from that event.
  2. If you have not been accepted in another event at this time, your next application may not be considered.
  3. If this offense is repeated, you may not be allowed to play in any more events for the remainder of the year.