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MJGA Mission Statement: "Dedicated to promoting the game of golf, along with its core values, and honorable traditions, to the youth of Mississippi, and by accomplishing such, developing future leaders and positive ambassadors for the state of Mississippi.”
Eligibility: MJGA Membership is open to boys and girls through the summer immediately following graduation from high school or their 19th birthday, whichever comes first. Players must be bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi and MJGA members to be eligible to compete in MJGA Events and the MS Boys and Girls Junior Amateur. Eligibility also applies to the junior cup teams as well. Juniors representing Mississippi must be residents of the state of Mississippi and current MJGA members for 60 continuous days prior to the matches. MJGA points will only be awarded to current MJGA Members and residents of the state of Mississippi. Since the MJGA players are minors, the parents/guardian's residency will be used to determine if the players are eligible for MJGA Events, MS Junior Amateur, MS Junior Teams, and BankPlus Junior Pro Am. See Tournament Policies for which MJGA Tournaments require residency.
Sanctioned Tournament Minimum Numbers:
There will no longer be a minimum number of players required to be sanctioned. All sanctioned tournaments approved by the board will be sanctioned for points. Full points for the sanctioned tournament will be awarded if the specific division has a minimum of the following:
Division A: 24 players
Division B: 20 players
Division C: 12 players
Division D: 6 players
Division E: 3 players
Division E Girls: 2 players
Girls 13-18: 5 players
Girls 10-12: 2 players
The minimum number to receive full points is based on the number who begin playing the tournament in the specific division. If a lower number is in a specific division, the points awarded with will prorated based on the field size in the specific division.
Sanctioned Tournaments with out of state players:
Players who are from out of state, will be counted in the points distribution, but they will not earn MJGA points. (i.e. If players from Arkansas finish first and second in the Greenwood Jr Championship, a Mississippi player finishes third. The MS player will earn 3rd place points. If a Louisiana player and Mississippi Player tie for fourth place, they will split 4th and fifth place points. The MS player will earn 1/2 of 4th and 5th combined points, the LA player will not earn points). This is also how the MGA player of the year points have been distributed for over 20 years.
Information/Age Groups: Boys Division A 16 – 18 year olds, Division B 14 – 15 year olds: these groups will play 18 holes from a tee measuring 6,300 – 7,000 yards in total course length. Division C 12 – 13 year olds will play 18 holes from a tee measuring 5,600 to 6,200 yards in total course length. Division D 10 – 11 year olds will play 9 holes from a tee measuring 2,400 to 2,800 yards. Division E 9 & under will play 9 holes from 100 – 300 yards per hole and may have a caddie. Girls Division A 13 -18 year olds will play 18 holes from a tee measuring 5,500 – 6,000 yards in total course length. Girls Division D 10 – 12 year olds will play 9 holes from a tee measuring 2,400 – 2,800 yards in total course length. Girls Division E will play 9 holes measuring 100 – 300 yards per hole. A player may play up one age group if they desire, however, once the golfer has played up they are not permitted to play down. This must be indicated when entering.
The age you will be on June 1, 2016 will be the age division you participate in for the 2016 season.
The 2015 Randy Watkins Junior Championship is the first tournament to count for the 2016 points system and the Sonny Andrews Junior Championship is the last to count for the 2016 points system. 2016 Randy Watkins Junior Championship will be the first tournament to count for the 2017 points system.
Every MJGA Tournament has its own precise tournament eligibility rules (i.e., age requirement, gender, etc.). Please check the eligibility requirements for the particular event you are interested in for more details. Otherwise, general eligibility guidelines for MJGA events are as follows:
- Participants must be male or female amateurs 18 years old or younger.
- Participants must be bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first day of the tournament.
- Participants must be a member of the Mississippi Junior Golf Association.
Please click here for a form to register for an MJGA 2016 Membership.
MJGA Players Creed: MJGA Participants will play by the rules governing play set by the MJGA Tournament Committee. All Players are responsible for protecting the integrity of the game and the competitiveness of MJGA Tournaments. All players should leave the course in better shape when they leave, than when they arrived. Please be considerate of your fellow competitors and notify an MJGA Tournament Official before the conclusion of the Tournament of any questions according to the rules of play.
History: The Mississippi Junior Golf Association was founded in 2000. However, several tournaments date back prior to the founding of the association. The Cup Matches began in 1999 and were in the beginning a team from North Mississippi versus a team from South Mississippi. This format of team selection was changed in 2006 when the points series was used to evenly place junior golfers on the Nicklaus Team or Palmer Team.
In 2011 the Mississippi Junior Golf Association was approached by Wyatt Boyett from Louisiana to start a ryder cup format of matches between Louisiana junior golfers and Mississippi junior golfers. The matches were a huge success and in 2013 the Louisiana Golf Association became involved to assist in the matches and be part of the team selection of Louisiana junior golfers. The Mississippi team has won the Junior River Cup the past 5 years. Mississippi will host the matches in 2016.
Until 2012, the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur were separate with the Girls Junior Amateur being hosted by the Mississippi Women's Golf Association. During this 2012 season, the two amateurs were merged and played at the Country Club of Jackson at one time. The championship was successful and has continued to be hosted at the same time from that point forward.