WHAT ARE THE RANKINGS?

Rankings

The Rolex AJGA Rankings is the proprietary system created by the AJGA to identify and rank the top junior players who have competed in the premier junior golf tournaments in the U.S. The specific purposes for which the AJGA uses the Rolex AJGA Rankings are:

  1. to guide the Rolex Junior All-America selection process
  2. to select or round out AJGA Invitational fields
  3. to determine the AJGA Wyndham Cup team, the PING Junior Solheim Cup team, the ACDS Junior All-Star team, and other international tournament selections
    • The information on this page is valid for the 2016-17 Rolex AJGA Rankings year (begins with the 2016 Jimmy Walker Challenge and concludes with the 2017 PING Invitational) and is subject to change in 2017-18.
    • The Rankings are calculated on a 52-week rolling points cycle. Only the most recent 52 weeks are counted in the Rankings.
    • The Rankings are typically updated within 2 business days following the end of a Rolex AJGA-ranked tournament.
    • Players are ranked on an "average points per tournament basis." A minimum divisor of six (6) is set, meaning that players who play in six or fewer tournaments will have their point total divided by 6 to determine their ranking. Players may be ranked if they have played in fewer than six tournaments, but they must play at least six tournaments in order to receive the full value for each performance. Players that play more than six tournaments will have their point total divided by the total number of tournaments played.
    • All starts in ranked tournaments will count towards a player's ranking. Any withdrawals, disqualifications, etc., will count as a tournament played once a player begins a tournament.
    • The system rewards players who compete against strong fields by assigning a point value to each tournament included in the rankings. The point value assigned to a tournament is based on the strength of field for that tournament, discussed below.

WHAT TOURNAMENTS ARE INCLUDED?

Tournaments

Tournaments included in the rankings are the following AJGA tournaments:

  • Invitationals (excluding team events)
  • Open tournaments (excluding team events)
  • Senior Events
  • ACDS Junior All-Star Series (JAS) tournaments
  • Junior Golf Hub Preview Series tournaments

and the following Non-AJGA tournaments:

  • Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational (Boys)
  • Bubba Conlee National Junior
  • IMG Academy Junior World Championship
  • Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship (Girls)
  • Jones Cup Junior Invitational (Boys)
  • Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club (Boys)
  • Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship
  • Junior PGA Championship
  • Kathy Whitworth Invitational (Girls)
  • Scott Robertson Memorial
  • Southern Junior Championship (Boys)
  • Trusted Choice Big I National Championship
  • U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship (Girls)
  • U.S. Junior Amateur Championship (Boys)
  • Western Junior Championship (Boys)

HOW ARE TOURNAMENT POINT-LEVELS ASSIGNED?

ASSIGNING TOURNAMENT POINTS

A tournament included in the Rolex AJGA Rankings is assigned points ranging from 10 - 150 based on the strength of field once the tournament has concluded.

Once an initial point level has been established, a tournament has the ability to rise in value through the remainder of the current rankings season, up to the 150 point level, but it will not decrease in value. Minimum Value tournaments listed below also have the ability to rise in value.

There are also tournaments at the 200 point level. These tournaments have locked-in point values that will not change after the tournament is played.

In all, there are 20 different tournament point levels in the Rolex AJGA Rankings (10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, and 200).

Strength of field is calculated as follows:

  • Cumulative number of quality points a given tournament field has earned in all AJGA Golf-ranked tournaments over the past 52 weeks
  • Quality points, based on tournament type, are determined as follows:

Boys Quality Points based on Tournament Type

Place Finish Invitational Open/Senior ACDS Junior All-Star Junior Golf Hub Preview
1st 15 10 5 1
2nd 14 9 4  
3rd 13 8 3  
4th 12 7 2  
5th 11 6 1  
6th 10 5    
7th 9 4    
8th 8 3    
9th 7 2    
10th 6 1    
11th 5      
12th 4      
13th 3      
14th 2      
15th 1      

Girls Quality Points based on Tournament Type

Place Finish Invitational Open/Senior ACDS Junior All-Star Junior Golf Hub Preview
1st 10 5 3 1
2nd 9 4 2  
3rd 8 3 1  
4th 7 2    
5th 6 1    
6th 5      
7th 4      
8th 3      
9th 2      
10th 1      
  • Quality points at the AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational at Reynolds and the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational will be calculated at the "Open" level
  • Quality points at Non-AJGA tournaments that are NOT locked at the 200-point level will be calculated at the "Open" level
  • Quality points at Non-AJGA tournaments that are locked at the 200-point level will be calculated at the "Invitational" level

WHAT TOURNAMENTS ARE LOCKED AT THE 200-POINT LEVEL?

The following tournaments are locked at the 200-point level: The 200-point level is reserved for AJGA Invitationals (with the exception of team events, the AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational at Reynolds, and the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational) and select non-AJGA tournaments.

AJGA Tournaments

  • CB&I / Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods (Boys)
  • ANNIKA Invitational (Girls)
  • Haas Family Invitational presented by BB&T (Boys)
  • The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf (Boys)
  • The PING Invitational
  • Polo Golf Junior Classic
  • Rolex Girls Junior Championship (Girls)
  • Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Thunderbird International Junior
  • Swinging Skirts Invitational (Girls)
  • ANA Junior Inspiration (Girls)

Non-AJGA Tournaments:

  • Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club (Boys)
  • Junior PGA Championship
  • U.S. Girls' Junior Championship (Girls)
  • U.S. Junior Amateur Championship (Boys)
  • Western Junior Championship (Boys)

WHAT TOURNAMENTS HAVE MINIMUM POINT VALUES?

The minimum point value based on tournament type is listed below:

  • Open tournaments (excluding team events) = 35 points
  • Senior Events = 20 points
  • ACDS Junior All-Star Series tournaments = 20 points
  • Non-AJGA tournaments = 20 points
  • Junior Golf Hub Preview Series tournaments = 15 points
  • Junior Golf Hub Preview Series tournaments (Ages 12-15) = 10 points

Below is a complete listing of individual tournaments that have earned a higher minimum point value for the 2016-17 Rankings year.

Division Recognized at this Minimum Point Value Tournament Name Division Recognized Type
120 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Justin Rose Boys AJGA
120 AJGA Girls Junior at Disney Girls AJGA
120 AJGA Girls Championship Girls AJGA
       
100 Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay Boys & Girls AJGA
100 PING Heather Farr Classic Boys & Girls AJGA
100 Scott Robertson Memorial Boys & Girls Non-AJGA
100 Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational Boys Non-AJGA
100 Jones Cup Junior Invitational Boys Non-AJGA
100 Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship Girls Non-AJGA
100 Kathy Whitworth Invitational Girls Non-AJGA
       
80 IMG Academy Junior World Championship Boys & Girls Non-AJGA
80 Southern Junior Championship Boys Non-AJGA
       
75 AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational at Reynolds Boys & Girls AJGA
75 Bubba Conlee National Junior Boys Non-AJGA
       
65 KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational Boys & Girls AJGA
65 Callaway Golf Junior Classic Boys & Girls AJGA
65 Hunter Mahan Junior Championship presented by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Girls AJGA
       
60 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship Boys & Girls Non-AJGA
60 Bubba Conlee National Junior Girls Non-AJGA
       
55 Hunter Mahan Junior Championship presented by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Boys AJGA
55 Under Armour® / Jordan Spieth Championship presented by American Campus Communities Boys AJGA
55 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior Girls AJGA
       
50 Davis Love III Junior Open Boys AJGA
       
45 AJGA Junior at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford Boys AJGA
45 Under Armour® / Jordan Spieth Championship presented by American Campus Communities Girls AJGA
       
40 Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf Boys & Girls AJGA
40 Junior Golf Hub Championship Boys AJGA

WHAT POINTS ARE EARNED AT EACH FINISHING POSITION?

Point Distribution

The links below show the points distribution at each tournament point level based on a player’s tournament finish position:

For boys, at a minimum the top 30 receive points. Players finishing in the top 50% of an event or making a cut (whichever is the greater number of players) are also guaranteed points. (Exception: Boys division at the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational will recognize top 50% only).

For girls, at a minimum the top 10 receive points (top 15 for 100 point events, top 20 for 120 & 150 point events, and top 25 for 200 point events). Players finishing in the top 50% of an event or making a cut (whichever is the greater number of players) are also guaranteed points.

Ties at any finish position receive the same points as a solo finish at that position.

Tournaments that complete half or less of their originally scheduled number of holes will receive 75% of their point value.

An AJGA Girls tournament field that has less than 12 girls start the tournament will receive 75% of its point value.

WHAT ARE BONUS POINTS?

Bonus Points

Bonus points are awarded to the following players:

15 Bonus Points

  • Jimmy Walker Challenge Participants (Boys)

20 Bonus Points

  • Polo Golf Junior Classic – Stroke Play Medalist (awarded 2016 & prior years)
  • U.S. Junior Amateur Championship - Stroke Play Medalist (Boys)
  • U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship - Stroke Play Medalist (Girls)

35 Bonus Points

  • Junior Presidents Cup Participants (Boys)
  • PING Junior Solheim Cup Participants (Girls)
  • Wyndham Cup Participants

Bonus points will be added to each players’ total points in the next revision of the Rolex AJGA Rankings following the conclusion of the tournament. Team events, such as the Jimmy Walker Challenge, Junior Presidents Cup, PING Junior Solheim Cup, and Wyndham Cup, do not increase a player’s tournament divisor.

WHAT ARE INVITATIONAL PRIORITY LISTS?

Invitational Priority Lists

Each AJGA Invitational has specific entry criteria. Please click here to view the AJGA Invitational Criteria.

Players who meet the criteria for an Invitational will receive an invitation to that tournament. Alternate spots are filled via the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Ties will be broken by best individual standing on Golfweek or Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings.

After the initial application deadline for each invitational, a Priority List will be available on the Rolex AJGA Rankings homepage to view a player’s current alternate status. Please note that alternate status can fluctuate with each Rolex AJGA Rankings update. Players who earn an invitation based on the Rolex AJGA Rankings will be contacted with entry information for that tournament.

WHAT ARE THE ROLEX JUNIOR ALL-AMERICA TEAMS?

Rolex Junior All-America Teams

Players must have competed in a minimum of six Rolex AJGA-ranked tournaments to be eligible for year-end Rolex Junior All-America honors.

AJGA team events (Wyndham Cup, PING Junior Solheim Cup, Junior Presidents Cup, and the Jimmy Walker Challenge only) count, if needed, for the purpose of reaching the six-tournament minimum, but they do not increase a player’s divisor.

All starts in ranked tournaments will count towards a player’s ranking. Any withdrawals, disqualifications, etc., will count as a tournament played once a player begins said tournament. Graduating seniors are eligible for Rolex Junior All-America honors as long as they have met the above criteria.

Format of the Rolex Junior All-America Teams:

First Team: Top 12 eligible boys and top 12 eligible girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings

Second Team: Next 12 eligible boys and next 12 eligible girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings

Honorable Mention: Next 24 eligible boys and next 24 eligible girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings

The 2016-17 Rolex AJGA Rankings year, as it relates to naming the Rolex Junior All-America Teams, begins with the 2016 Jimmy Walker Challenge and concludes with the 2017 PING Invitational. A priority list for the Rolex Junior All-America Teams is typically available on the Rolex AJGA Rankings homepage in early September to show updated standings as the Rankings year nears completion.

Rolex Junior Players of the Year

Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior Player of the Year award recognizes one boy and one girl who had the most outstanding year in junior golf tournaments at the national level. This player is chosen by a selection committee and typically is one of the top-five eligible finishers in the year-end Rolex AJGA Rankings.

The Rolex Junior Player of the Year selection criteria includes:

  • Rolex AJGA Rankings position
  • Performance throughout the entire season
  • Scoring average
  • Head to head competition
  • Position in other national junior rankings
  • Conduct at national junior competitions and functions

The Rolex Junior Player of the Year is an honor which recognizes not only an outstanding athlete but an outstanding, well-rounded individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the goals and objectives of the AJGA and its supporters while being a positive role model for other AJGA members and junior golfers.

MORE QUESTIONS?

If you have additional rankings questions or comments, please contact Riley Tracy at rtracy@ajga.org