Volunteer

If you like kids and golf, you’re sure to reap great rewards volunteering to help at the Washington Junior Golf Association.

WJGA president Jerry Fehr starting the 8-11 boys on the first tee at Meadow Springs CC 2017

Volunteer support is the backbone of WJGA. Over 300 volunteers across the state of WA and into ID support us each year by donating their time and talents.

The WJGA summer tournament schedule begins in June each year. Each of our six districts hold four one-day sub-district tournaments and a two day district championship. The tournament day begins with check-in, and ends with the scoreboard and awards. Each district has a team of dedicated directors (also volunteers) who give approximately 300 hours of their time each year to help kids learn the value of this great game.

Volunteering only takes a few hours on a tournament day. Training is provided, but for most jobs, very little training is needed.

Volunteer Positions

Tournament Director
  • Co-ordinate site selection and schedule with the PGA Director.
  • Co-ordinate all events within your own district.
  • Schedule and visit the 4 sub-district and district tournament sites in early spring.
  • Select committee members and have spring orientation meeting.
  • Be an example of CODE OF CONDUCT, including WJGA dress code.
  • Supervise WJGA district database in computer provided.
  • Supervise post tournament publicity.
  • Write “thank-you” letters to each club.
  • Keep ongoing communications with state office.
  • Spread the word about junior golf to your club members and friends.
  • Provide and be responsible for volunteers and equipment from your district at the State Championship to support the State Tournament committee where needed.
  • Be part of District Team with 3 other District Directors and District Rules Chairman.
  • Assist in the vision, direction and goals of WJGA on an annual basis.
  • Attend annual meeting each fall (Leavenworth)
  • Attend the State Championship and if possible, assist the tournament committee.
Walking Scorer

At least one walking/scorer accompanies each group of golfers in the 8-11 and 12-13 age groups.  The walking/scorer’s responsibility is to double check the scores that players report and help in sorting out problems regarding differing scores.  In addition, they help to keep the players moving along at a good pace and make sure players observe proper golf course etiquette.  Walking/scorers have NO responsibility for interpreting the Rules of Golf.

Parents of 8-13 year olds must be a walking scorer (or provide one) in at least half the events their child plays in.

A complete list of instructions and responsibilities will be supplied to walkers when they register at the tournaments they have volunteered for.

The time commitment for this job is as long as the round takes, plus fifteen minutes beforehand.

Rules Official

Rules officials in our program have two basic responsibilities.

  • Make certain that competitive play is conducted according the rules of golf as laid down by the USGA

    Volunteer Rules Officials perform “attesting” duties at the State Championship. Serious business.

  • Teach WJGA competitors about the rules

Volunteers who wish to serve in this capacity must be thoroughly conversant with the rules of golf. WJGA provides ongoing training programs for all those who wish to becomes rules officials and we welcome all those who wish to participate in this way. We encourage all those who wish to become rules officials to contact State Rules Chairman, Paul Lucien at paulgolf72@msn.com

Registration

Purpose:  To check in players as they arrive, and to verify that their dress meets WJGA standards (in Code of Conduct).

This person will be arriving at the golf course on tournament day very early. A brief job description would always (there may also be additional duties assigned as needed by the tournament director) include the following;

  • 1) Upon arrival (at least 45 minutes before the first tee time), set-up your check-in table in a location that the players will not miss seeing.
  • 2) Obtain a pairing sheet from the tournament director.
  • 3) Obtain a radio from the person in charge of radios (usually rules chairman)
  • 4) As the players arrive, check them off on your pairing sheet. As you’re checking them in, verify that their dress meets the WJGA standards (on Code of Conduct).
  • 5) The starter may call you asking if a certain person has checked in or not.
  • 6) When everyone has checked in, notify the tournament director, and the starter.

The time commitment required for this job would be approximately 5 to 5 ½ hours, if the field is going off one tee only. If the field is split and some are going off the backside as well, the time commitment would be less.

Starter

This person will be arriving at the golf course on tournament day very early. A brief job description would always (there may also be additional duties assigned as needed by the tournament director) include the following;

  • 1) Starters will introduce themselves to each player and the walking scorer (8-11 and 12-13 divisions only).
  • 2) Distribute scorecards and let the players know the teeing order.
  • 3) At the appointed tee time (do not start early), announce the tee time, the district number, golf course and the player’s name.
    1. If a player is not at the teeing ground within 5 minutes of the posted tee time, or when the starter announces the group (because of being behind the posted tee times), and not ready to play, the player is penalized two strokes for the first hole. If the player, after 5 minutes is a NO SHOW, the player is Disqualified. Note on the player’s scorecard, NS and return the scorecard to the scoreboard after starting all of the players.
  • 4) Note tee time on pairing sheet if group starts later then their printed tee time.
  • 5) After teeing all players, place pairing sheet at the scoring table of their tee’s concluding 18th hole.  Example, if starting on number one, put pairing sheet at attesting table for hole number 18.  This assumes there are two scoring tables.

The time commitment required for this job would be approximately 5 to 5 ½ hours, if the field is going off one tee only. If the field is split and some are going off the backside as well, the time commitment would be less.

Scoreboards and Scoring

Post scores neatly and accurately to the scoreboard AFTER the scores have been entered into the computer.

Scoring at our events is done two ways. Electronically via BlueGolf and the old fashioned way – on a beautiful scoreboard!

Check with Tournament Director before posting any WD, NS, or DQ.

Spotter

Duties of a spotter:

  1. a) Locate each player’s ball
  2. b) Signal the position of the ball back to the player. Players and spotters will be instructed on signals to be used.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Washington Junior Golf Association. We will get back to you shortly.

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