A Couple of Things...
Integrity - It's up to each player to count and report your correct score on each hole. You are here to learn play the game the right way.
Rules - If you are aware of the key rules of golf, that's great! You have my respect and will gain that from many others. If you do not have a good grasp of the rules, please make it a priority to learn them (Click Here for USGA Rules & Here for Rules Quiz). In any sport, you, the athlete is required to know the rules and golf has the same expectations. Rules are designed to save you strokes, time, and possible embarrassment. In High School golf, you owe it to your teammates to know the rules.
- Hats/Visors must be worn with brim forward.
- Collared shirts or mock turtlenecks (host golf course permitting) must be worn and tucked in at all times.
- Women's fashion shirts without a collar must have sleeves.
- Prohibited dress at the golf course: tank tops, t-shirts, cargo pants, gym shorts, denim, jeans, & camo.
- Should a host golf course have a stricter dress code, its policy will take precedence.
Take Care of the Golf Course - Please replace your divots. This includes the green, fairway, and on the tee. In other words, any divot you create, you are to replace that piece of the golf course. Please rake the bunkers. You would not like it if you found your shot in a footprint. Be respectful to players and the golf course.
Sportsmanship - You as a player are to respect everyone in general, be friendly, and courteous to all other players. You are here to make friends, have fun, and play golf.
Your Future - A good share of players in this tour will go on to play college golf. All college coaches will insist on the principals mentioned above. It takes practice and dedication to get to the college golf level. It's not hard to play college golf, but it starts in a summer tour like this one and also what you do on your own. If I see you have the principals mentioned above, I will be more than happy to be a reference for you. I will be glad to give you some advice with recruiting. I have helped many other juniors get to see their college golf dreams come true. You are the key to your future. Give life skills your best effort. Being successful in life depends on what YOU do with effort and desire.
I have a good relationship with numerous college coaches. I intend to forward our tour event results to my college connections. I hope to identify the golfers with integrity and good character. A college coach will recruit you in this order: school grades, being a coachable player, on course ability, and especially a good short game. Many young players out there think they don't need good grades. Grades in school are the most important thing you can do for YOU. You will not go to a college program without a decent GPA. Scores will improve as you get older, your reputation and impressions are important attributes and will benefit you. Learn to look people in the eye. Control the cell phone and technology use. Be a person and say hello and thank you.
- Tom Koert, Head of WMJGT