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The Nelly Invitational

Tournament Information

HOUSING

AJGA Host Hotel: EVEN Hotel Sarasota Lakewood Ranch and Fairfield Sarasota Lakewood Ranch
Hotel Address: EVEN Hotel: 6231 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota FL // Fairfield Sarasota: 6105 Exchange Way, Bradenton, FL
AJGA Special Rate: $159 ($229 Average rate at this time)
Hotel Tax Rate: 12%
Rate Includes: Breakfast Buffet / WIFI / Access to Fitness Center
Distance to Golf Course: EVEN Hotel Sarasota Lakewood Ranch to The Concessions Golf Club
 Fairfield Sarasota Lakewood Ranch to The Concessions Golf Club

Reservation Method: EVEN Hotel (941) 782-4400 // Fairfield Sarasota (941) 552-4000 - Identify yourself as an AJGA Participant
Booking link: To come at a later date.
Cutoff Date: Monday, April 15
Check in Time: 3 p.m.
Check out Time: 11 a.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: Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
Airport Transportation: The host hotel does not provide a shuttle service.
Distance to Host Hotel: SRQ to EVEN Hotel Sarasota Lakewood Ranch // SRQ to Fairfield Sarasota Lakewood Ranch
Distance to Golf Course: SRQ to The Concessions Golf Club
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 FACILITIES: Players are encouraged to arrive on-site no more than one hour before their posted tee time.

POST ROUND: Limited practice will be permitted at the host facility. All players will have 60 minutes starting immediately when the player leaves the scoring area. Players may spend their first 30 minutes on the driving range and the next 30 minutes on the practice putting green. An AJGA staff member or volunteer will be monitoring the practice facilities. Failure to abide by the outlined practice facility schedule may result in forfeiture of additional practice time.

PRACTICE ROUND

Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 9:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. off No. 1 Tee. Please arrive to the tee 10 minutes before your tee time.
Golf Course: The Concessions Golf Club
Practice Facilities Time: 8:10 a.m.

Signup: Golf Genius (link to sign up for a tee time will be sent out one week before practice round)
Signup Dates: Friday, April 26 – Thursday, May 2

An AJGA Staff member will be located on the first tee to complete equipment surveys and for tournament announcements. Practice Round Hole Locations will be available at the starting tee. Tournament Hole Locations will be on the tournament website. All players are required to carry their own bag or use a push cart. All parents and family members are always required to stay on the cart path during the practice round. Please review the AJGA Player and Spectator Code of Conduct prior to the practice round.

Additional Practice Rounds:

The Concessions Golf Club’s course and practice facilities are CLOSED to AJGA participants (who are not themselves members of the club) other than the date(s) and times listed below. 

Attempting to practice, play or see the golf course and practice facilities (includes contacting the club or members inquiring about alternative times to practice or play) is not permitted at any time.

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 the host facilities rules and regulations and the AJGA Player and Spectator Code of Conduct may result in the following penalties:
1. Forfeiture of your official practice round
2. Two stroke penalty or disqualification from the tournament
3. Loss of spectating privileges for the player involved

Reservation Method: Call (941) 322-1465
Player Cost: $252/person + tax and $40 case gratuity paid to the caddie at the end of the round
Dates Available: Tuesday April 30th, Wednesday May 1st and Thursday May 2nd and from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Special Notes: One guest per junior is allowed. All participants will need a caddie for the extra practice rounds.

AJGA CARES FOR THE COURSE: As part of the AJGA’s Code of Conduct policy players are required to fill their divots and ball marks on the golf course. Players will receive a small, lightweight sand bottle at the beginning of each event and should fill the bottles at the sand filling stations on each tee as necessary. The penalty for not following this policy is as follows:

· 1st & 2nd offense – Player receives a verbal warning
· 3rd & subsequent offenses – Player receives a one-stroke penalty

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 . 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.

PLAYER REGISTRATION: It is recommended that players do not arrive for player registration more than one hour before their tee time.

Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 8:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Location: The Concessions Golf Club

Players unable to register at this time MUST notify Tournament Director Olivia Normand prior to May 2 at (503) 475-4430.

Registration is MANDATORY. Players who fail to attend without prior approval from the tournament director may forfeit their tournament gifts. Approval to miss the Players Registration will be granted only in extreme circumstances. An individual absent from these events because they are not staying at the host hotel or have a long commute do not constitute acceptable circumstances.

TOURNAMENT TEE TIMES/PAIRINGS

Official Pairings Available: Wednesday, May 1
Tee Times:
9:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. off No. 1 (First Round, Saturday)
9:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. off No. 1 (Second Round, Sunday)
7:30 – 9:10 a.m. off Nos. 1& 10 (Final Round, Monday)

Note: Players assume the entire risk if they call any other number or individual and receive an incorrect starting time.

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.

TOURNAMENT COOKOUT AND SOCIAL ACTIVITY

A Tournament buffet will be open to players and parents from 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. – 1:30 pm. on Monday. If your tee time will finish after the buffet is closed, please grab a lunch before your round starts.

CONTACT INFORMATION

HQ Location: The Caddy Shack – in the cart barn
TD Name: Olivia Normand
Phone Number: (503) 475-4430
Email: onormand@ajga.org
Note: Players and Parents are asked to call or email the Tournament Director with any questions they may have and avoid visiting the Headquarters onsite.

IMPORTANT COURSE NOTES: Golf attire is required onsite, and NO outside food or beverages are allowed. Cell phone usage is NOT allowed inside the clubhouse. Please avoid the Grill in the Men’s locker room, as this room is off limits to the AJGA. Shirts must be always tucked in for men and hats are NOT allowed in the dining areas.

JUNIOR PLUS MEMBER SWING VIDEOS by FLIGHTSCOPE: All Junior Plus Members may record swing metrics and an HD video through FlightScope technology on the driving range at any time during the event. Players can share videos and data in their Player Center, shared to college coaches through AJGA recruiting profiles. Contact the Tournament Director to schedule time to film a swing video.

OFFICIAL YARDAGE BOOK AND GREENS GUIDE – StrackaLine
StrackaLine provides a 20% discount on yardage books and greens guides to participants of The Nelly Invitational hosted at The Concessions Golf Club. The discount can be accessed online here .

OFFICIAL PUSH CART OF THE AJGA – BAG BOY

As the Official Push Cart of the AJGA, Bag Boy will be providing all players the opportunity to borrow a Nitron push cart up to two times at any tournament throughout the year. Push carts will be available on a first come, first-serve basis at every event, and players who borrow a push cart during an AJGA event will become eligible to win a free Bag Boy push cart in December. If you are interested, see the Tournament Director on-site to reserve your cart and sign an agreement form. Push carts cannot be reserved prior to arriving on-site.

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.