**No parent or relative over the age of 18, is permitted to act as a caddie for a Junior player.**
"This policy is strictly enforced for the welfare of the players!"
Parents and spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend all tournaments. Spectators and parents are asked to adhere to the following guidelines at all Junior events:
- Spectators are asked to stay on the cart paths or in the rough were cart paths are not accessible and at least 30 yards away from the players. Do not walk in the fairways.
- Spectators are permitted to walk the golf course. The use of motorized carts or any other motorized vehicle by spectators at any Golf Association of Philadelphia competition is strictly prohibited.
- Always be aware of the group behind you.
- Spectators are allowed to carry water, umbrellas, jackets, towels and food for the players.
- DO NOT talk to the players as this action may be construed as giving advice, resulting in a penalty for the player. Spectators are not allowed to give advice to the players. Under Rule 8, the definition of advice is: “Advice is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or method of making a stroke."
Under Rule 8, the definition of advice is:
"Advice is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or method of making a stroke."
Penalty for breach of Rule 8
- Match Play: Loss of Hole
- Stroke Play: Two Strokes
- The player is responsible for the actions of his/her spectators and may be subject to penalty.
- Spectators may not carry a player's golf bag and/or clubs.
- Spectators and parents are required to dress appropriately for the golf course. Items of clothing such as cargo (baggy clothing with large pockets in the knee area) pants and shorts, blue jeans, short-shorts (bottom of shorts may be no higher than three inches from the top of the knee), tank tops, etc., are considered to be inappropriate. Please adhere to the host facility's dress code.
- All players/caddies are advised that the use of cellular/Smart phones for phone calls/emails/texts/messaging on the course is permitted as long as it is done so within the confines of Rule 14-3 and if the host facility allows those devices to be used. All players are expected to keep their phones in silent mode while on the course. If a player consistently disregards his fellow competitors or opponent to their detriment, the Committee will take appropriate disciplinary action. Such action may, for example, include prohibiting play for a limited time or in a certain number of competitions. In the case of a serious breach, the Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33-7. There could be a penalty for undue delay (Rule 6-7) or disqualification (33-7) based on a player's actions. Golf is considered a gentleman's game and each player is expected to adhere to the highest standards of conduct on the course.
- Parents and spectators will receive one verbal warning if any of the above guidelines are not adhered to. A second action will result in a penalty for the player and the removal of the spectator/parent from the golf course.