Rankings and Recognition

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)

Performance Based Entry was introduced in 2003 as the means to determine AJGA tournament fields.  This enables 12 to 18-year-old members to earn their way into AJGA tournaments based on performances at the national, regional and state levels.

The AJGA is committed to providing the best exposure for young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships.  The PBE process will continue to ensure the strongest fields possible for AJGA events while also providing opportunities for anyone who has earned the right to compete at this level.

Performance Based Entry Map
Performance Based Entry Exemption Tables

“AJGA” on the PJT Tournament Schedule lists all American Junior Golf Association nationally ranked events.


Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS)

The Junior Golf Scoreboard system is based on a formula that reviews a player’s record in 36-hole or longer tournaments over the last 365 days.  Tournaments drop out of the calculation after one year.  A player must have four events within the year to be ranked.

The criteria are as follows:

  • Scoring Differential:  For the 85 percent of the player’s round that are his/her lowest scores, a player’s average score is compared to the USGA rating of the courses they played (65 percent weight).
  • Strength of Field:  Whom did the player compete against and how strong were the records of their competitors (25 percent).
  • Finish:  Average finish of the competitor with consideration given to the size of the field (10 percent).

The Junior Golf Scoreboard typically receives results for over 1,100 tournaments worldwide and ranks approximately 5,000 – 6,000 players at any one time.

Junior Golf Scoreboard – Home
Boys Rankings
Girls Rankings

“JGS” on the PJT Tournament Schedule lists all Junior Golf Scoreboard nationally ranked events.


What does “JGS” refer to on the schedule?

JGS is referring to the Junior Golf Scoreboard which is a national rankings system for junior golfers. Each JGS is listed over 2 or 3 tournaments. The reason for this is to have a tournament nationally ranked, the event must be at least 36 holes in length. Since the Philadelphia Junior Tour mostly administers 1 day, 18 hole tournaments, 2 or 3 tournaments are combined to make a 36 or 54-hole tournament. To be eligible to be nationally ranked, a junior golfer must compete in all events that are combined to make a 36 or 54-hole tournament. For instance, if 2 events are listed with JGS, that junior must compete in both of those tournaments. If 3 events are listed with JGS, that junior just compete in all 3 of those tournaments. A junior golfer does not have to play in all of the events listed with JGS. That junior golfer can play 18 holes of the 36 or 54 hole competition. If he/she does, they cant’ be eligible to be nationally ranked.