Qualifier Tournament
Qualifier - AJGA Junior All-Star presented by Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Qualifier Information

QUALIFIER INFORMATION:

Date: Monday, July 5
Golf Course: RTJ at Grand National – Lake Course
Address : 3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail
City, State: Opelika, Alabama

Starting Times: 7 – 11:10 a.m. off No. 1 Tee. Pairings will be posted on ajga.org 48 hours prior to the first tee time. Please arrive 5 minutes early to the tee.
Registration Time: Players are required to register before the start of their round. Please arrive 5 minutes early to the tee. Players may arrive one hour and 10 minutes before their tee time to register (i.e. 6:50 a.m. for an 8 a.m. tee time). Players are not allowed to arrive at the facility any earlier than this.
Registration Location: Practice Facilities of RTJ Grand National

Driving Range opening time: To promote social distancing players will be assigned practice times on the driving range and practice putting green before the round. A players time on the driving range will start one hour prior to their tee time and depending on the tournament the player will be allotted up to 30 minutes to warm up on the driving range. An AJGA staff member will be located at the driving range monitoring players and enforcing social distancing. At the end of the player’s driving range time they may then go to the practice putting green and short game area.

Off-Site Driving Range: More information regarding an off-site driving range will be available at a later date

Code of Conduct: The AJGA will not tolerate players or parents who do not adhere to guidelines put in place to promote social distance and player safety. We reserve the right to penalize and/or disqualify players who knowingly and willingly disregard our policies to promote social distance. Players are also responsible for the actions of their family members.

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 available at qualifier registration and the starting tee. Any ties for the final qualifying spots will be determined by a scorecard playoff.

Qualifying Playoff: All ties for qualifying spots will be determined by players individual scores starting on No. 18 and continuing backwards until ties are resolved. If all individual hole scores are the same, qualifying spots will be determined by a random method.

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 players individual scores starting on No. 18 and continuing backwards until ties are resolved. If all individual hole scores are the same, the alternate status will be determined by a random method.

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 contact the Tournament Director to schedule a time to film their swing video.

Clubhouse Guidelines: It is recommended that players and parents wear masks and face coverings while on property at RTJ Grand National. Please maintain social distance and we aware of others.

Scorecards: Players will be required to bring a smart phone or device with internet capabilities that supports the Golf Genius application (available on iOS or Android) to use for their official scorecard and live scoring during all AJGA events. Please make sure you have the most updated version of the app. Instructions on how to use the app can be found here and here. Each player will be provided with a GGID at the starting tee and will be assigned to mark for another player in the group. The player is responsible for providing their own device and ensuring it is fully charged for the round.

Flagstick: The flagstick is fixed in the hole and MUST NOT be deliberately removed by any player. If a player removes the flagstick, he or she will incur a one-stroke penalty under the AJGA Code of Conduct Policy.

Tournament Information: Tournament Information will be given to all qualifiers by the Tournament Director via e-mail and text at the conclusion of the Qualifier. For those players who qualify, the $295 Tournament entry fee will need to be paid via the Players Center prior to Tournament Registration. 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 Tournament Headquarters is located in the main clubhouse of RTJ Grand National. Please feel free to call Tournament Headquarters at (850) 485-1280, with any questions. Players and parents are encouraged to call or email the Tournament Director with any questions that they may have and avoid visiting the Tournament Headquarters.

PRACTICE ROUND INFORMATION:

Dates available for play: Any day
Tee Times Available for play: Based on RTJ Grand National – Lake Course availability.

Participants may make tee times by calling RTJ Grand National – Lake Course at (334) 749-9042. Please identify yourself as an AJGA participant. Practice rounds during these times are for players only.

Practice Facility Times: Any day (7 am – dark). Please call the golf shop to confirm facility times as these are subject to change over the course of the year.
Greens Fee Rates: Junior: $31 to walk, $45 to ride. Players can book up to 7 days in advance.

Code of Conduct: Practice rounds are at the individual’s expense and are provided at a reduced rate by the AJGA and the host facility. Players and guests must comply with all rules & expectations at the host facility including, but not limited to, a restriction of the number of shots to be played, disrespectful behavior towards host club staff and/or members, overall time limits and limitations of non-paying guests. Failure to comply with these rules and RTJ Grand National – Lake Course’s rules and regulations with regards to social distancing may result in the forfeiture of your practice round and potentially disqualification from the tournament.

HOTEL/HOUSING INFORMATION:

AJGA Host Hotel: Auburn Marriott Resort Auburn-Opelika Grand National
Hotel Address: 3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Alabama 36801
AJGA Special Rate: $135 ($150 Average rate at this time)
Hotel Tax Rate: 13%
Rate Includes: WIFI / Access to Fitness Center

Reservation Method: (334) 741-9292 - Identify yourself as an AJGA Participant
Booking link: A booking link will be available at a later date
Cutoff Date: June 18, 2021
Check in Time: 3 p.m.
Check out Time: 12 p.m.

Your stay at the host hotel supports the tournament's overall success and charitable giving as well as strengthens the AJGA's ability to secure the most competitive rate for future events.

TRANSPORTATION

Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Distance to Host Hotel: 98.7 miles (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Distance to Golf Course: 99.2 miles (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Airport: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BMH)
Distance to Host Hotel: 116 miles (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Distance to Golf Course: 117 miles (2 hours and 15 minutes)

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:

OTHER INFORMATION:

Official Yardage Book and Green Guide – StrackaLine: StrackaLine provides a 25% discount on yardage books and greens guides to participants of the AJGA Junior All-Star Presented by Auburn-Opelika Tourism hosted at the RTJ at Grand National – Lake Course. The discount can be accessed online here.

Rangefinders: The AJGA allows 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 4.3(1).

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.

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.