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Article: Rankings Partnerships Enhancements

Rankings Partnerships Enhancements 

This week, we will focus on the increased national exposure being generated for the players by playing in PKBGT events.  Through our partnerships with the Golfweek/Titleist Ratings, AJGA Performance Based Entry, Junior Golf Scoreboard, the Joe Cheves Invitational and the state ranking systems of North & South Carolina we are increasing the opportunities for our members.  These rankings allow PKBGT members to be recognized on a national stage by collegiate coaches as well as provide a forum to attract more exposure and recognition to the PKBGT and our players.  With over 52 players signing National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf during the early signing period this November, PKBGT members are truly inspiring, dreaming and achieving!  Click here for more information.

GOLFWEEK/TITLEIST JUNIOR RATINGS – For 2014, Golfweek/Titleist Ratings will continue to rank PKBGT Championships and the NC University Classic at UNC Chapel Hill.  Ratings will be submitted for all Bell/Prep players who complete the event per ranking regulations.  PKBGT events continue to be some of the highest ranked junior tour events, earning event strengths well above other regional tours in the East and rivaling some of the biggest tournaments in the country for our PKBGT Championships.

DID YOU KNOW: The PKBGT Players Championship was the highest ranked PKBGT event of 2013, ranking as the 55th strongest girls golf event in the country, and ranking 2nd highest of all other junior tours outside the AJGA.   The 2014 Rocket Tour Players will be played February 15-16 at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Georgia.  Click here for more tournament information.

AJGA PERFORMANCE BASED ENTRY – New for 2014, the PKBGT has been elevated by the AJGA PBE.  Players in all PKBGT divisions are eligible for AJGA PBE Performance Stars with qualifying performances.  In the Bell & Prep Division, all PKBGT Championship winners will now receive 8 Performance Stars.  The 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive 4 Stars.  For Classic events, all Bell & Prep champions will receive 4 Stars.  For events with at least 18 in the Bell or Prep field, those who finish in the Top 10% of field are guaranteed 1 Star.  For the Futures division, all Championship & Classic event champions will receive 1 Performance Star.   All PKBGT events have provisional rankings status until the minimum field size is met per AJGA guidelines (12 players for Bell/Prep, 6 for Futures).  With an average of 52 players in Classic events in 2013, PKBGT is poised to provide the most opportunities on the East Coast this spring for players to earn AJGA status.  The PKBGT will automatically submit tournament results to AJGA for players to receive recognition.

DID YOU KNOW: 2013 PKBGT Carolina’s Classic champion Bailey Tardy (2015, Norcross, GA) is currently the highest ranked PKBGT member on the Junior Golf Scoreboard at 27th in the country.

JUNIOR GOLF SCOREBOARD – All multi-day events will be ranked by JGE in 2014.  PKBGT will automatically submit results to JGE with each division being ranked separately.  All players will earn a national and state ranking through JGE which offers a searchable database for all players on their website.

JOE CHEVES JUNIOR INVITATIONAL – Bell Division champions in PKBGT Championships will earn an exemption into the 2014 Joe Cheves Junior.  In addition, the runner-up in the PKBGT Open Championships will earn an exemption to one of most prestigious Invitational’s in junior golf.

INCREASED STATE RANKINGS FOR NC & SC PLAYERS – For our North & South Carolina members, performance in the Bell & Prep divisions will earn ranking points with the State Ranking Systems.  For NC, increased multiplier status has been raise for the PKBGT Invitational & Open Championships in addition to the additional PKBGT Championships.  All Bell/Prep players who compete at a PKBGT event will earn ranking points.  For the South Carolina rankings, we are excited to announce additional multiplier status (4x) for all PKBGT Championship events and the NC University Classic.  All PKBGT Classics events in GA, SC or NC will also count towards SCJGA rankings provided the player finishes in the top 50% of players per SCJGA guidelines.

If you have any questions about our ranking partnerships or how they are relevant to you or your player, please contact me at mparker@pkbgt.org or call the offices.

Mike Parker

PKBGT Tour Director