At least one segment of the sport is cutting down on slow play.
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announced Wednesday that its average pace of play for the 2013 season was 4 hours, 17 minutes – six minutes faster than last year and two minutes better than its season goal.
This was the first year that the AJGA allowed distance-measuring devices at its tournaments.
“We are incredibly proud of these results,” Stephen Hamblin, AJGA’s executive director, said in a release. “One of the first questions AJGA juniors ask in the scoring tents is, ‘How fast were we?’ One of the best benefits is also that they aren’t just playing fast at our events: they are taking fast play back to other junior golf events. We are developing golf’s next generation to contribute to an industry solution.”
At the AJGA level, the tournament committee designates six holes for timing checkpoints, where volunteers are stationed to record both the threesomes’ gap time relative to the group ahead and to the overall time par for the course. In recent years, this system has been duplicated at the college level.
The AJGA said its quickest tournament was the Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes, where the average pace of play was 3 hours, 50 minutes. The fastest round of the year was 3 hours, 23 minutes, while the low round of the year played in less than four hours was Wes Artac’s 10-under 62 at the Genesis Shootout.