Premier Junior Golf Tour allows all competitors in all of our age divisions the option of having a caddie. We recommend that the caddie be at least 12 years old, so that both can experience the joy of competition. The caddie can be a parent, grand parent, other family member, friend, coach, or anyone else that the competitor selects.
The caddie has three options regarding the competitor's golf bag
1) He/she can carry the bag
2) He/she can use the competitor's own push cart or rent a push cart from the PJGT, as available. (Please pre-order by contacting the PJGT via email.)
3) Or, if the caddie has a driver's license, he/she may rent a golf cart from the golf course, as available, and keep the competitor's bag on the golf cart. The player must walk from each tee box to each green, but may ride between all holes in the caddie cart.
Caddies are not to be involved in verbal or any other communications regarding advice, disputes, scores, rulings, etc. with other competitors, their caddies, any spectators or with PJGT officials, volunteers, or golf course staff. The PJGT reserves the right to remove the caddie and/or player from the golf course for that round, tournament or any future PJGT tournament/s, at the sole discretion of the PJGT.
PJGT allows spectator/s to ride in caddie carts, but only the caddie may give advice to the competitor.
Caddies must refrain from over-coaching their player at risk of penalty strokes to the player due to undue delay. The definition of over-coaching is solely at the discretion of the PJGT. Caddies will be removed from the golf course if the PJGT determines that the caddies, players or spectators are affecting the play of other competitors, at the sole discretion of the PJGT.
It is the caddie's duty to help the competitor hit each shot within a reasonable period of time. The competitor shall play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke. If he/she takes more than 40 seconds, the competitor may be subject to a penalty. The 40 second rule is put into place to prevent over-coaching and slow play. Our Pace of Play Policy applies to all competitors, even those with caddies.
Important USGA Caddie Related Rules
Rule 14-2b states that in "making a stroke", a player shall not allow his caddie to position himself on or close to an extension of the line of play or the line of putt behind the ball. A caddie may position himself in this manner before the player commits to beginning his swing but must move away once the player is set to begin his swing. Failure to do so will result in a two-stroke penalty.
Rule 8-2b states that when a player's ball is on the putting green, the player or his caddie may before, but not during, the stroke, point out a line for putting, but in doing so the putting green shall not be touched. No mark shall be placed anywhere to indicate a line for putting. Violation of this rule will result in a two-stroke penalty.
Rule 17-3 states that the player's ball shall not strike the flagstick or attendant when the flagstick is attended or the flagstick is in the hole, unattended, or when the ball has been played from the putting green. Should this occur, the player is assessed a two-stroke penalty, and the ball is played as it lies.
Rule 8-1 states that a caddie is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assists him in accordance with the rules. A player may only have one caddie at any given time. A caddie may be replaced or eliminated at any time by the player. No other person may offer advice or help to a player other than his caddie.
Remember that a rules violation by the caddie is the same as if the player violated the rule. A caddie must be aware of the rules and assist his player in accordance with the rules.