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2019 High School Golf National Invitational

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The 2020 Girls High School Golf National Invitational will be heading to historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. This invite-only tournament field will be made up of 216 girls of the top high school golfers across the country competing at a place as timeless as the game itself. 

Receiving an invitation to the National Invitational is quite an honor since only the best high school golf teams and individuals will receive invites based on state championship performance. The Invitational brings together a wide variety of golfers from nearly all 50 states. Public or private. Small or large. All high school state championship teams, individuals and their families are welcome at the Invitational.

The Girls Invitational is a 3-day, 54 hole stroke play event including team and individual competition. Competition rounds will take place on Pinehurst #1, #6 and #8 courses.

Qualifying & tournament scoring

Team qualifying procedures

The state champions in each division of every state will receive an invitation. In the event the state champions are not able to attend, the 2nd place team will be invited. State championship teams from all divisions have priority over 2nd place teams. Additional bids will be awarded to the top ranked teams in the NHSGA rankings at the end of the 2019-2020 season based on availability.

Teams competing in the Invitational will compete representing their state, NOT their high school. For example, if East Longmeadow High School wins the Massachusetts Division 1 State Championship, they will compete as Massachusetts (ELH) at the Invitational versus playing as ELHS Spartans. Since some teams are unable to get sponsorship from their state or their school, this system allows any team to compete without restriction.

Individual qualifying procedures

The State championship medalists (1st place individuals) will receive an invitation. In the event that the medalist is on the state championship team, the top finishing individual not on the champion team will be invited. State championship medalists from all divisions have priority over non-medalists. In the event that the medalist cannot attend, the runner-up will be invited.  Additional bids may be awarded to the top ranked individuals in the NHSGA rankings at the end of the 2019-2020 season based on availability.

Tournament Scoring and Recognition

The Girls Invitational will be 3-day, 54-hole stroke play event including team and individual competition. Teams will be allowed to bring 5 players and we will take the top 4 scores for each day as the “team score”. In the event that a team only brings 4 players, all 4 scores will be counted toward the “team score”.

The Girls Medalist will receive an exemption into the 45th Girls Junior PGA Championship which will take place on July 28-31st at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The World Amatuer Golf Rankings will recognize the Invitational – WAGR coverage includes more than 10,000 players from 102 countries, and more than 4,000 ranking tournaments played in 104 countries.

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The National Invitational will be recognized by the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS). The Junior Golf Scoreboard typically receives results for over 2,100 tournaments worldwide and ranks approximately 10,000 - 11,000 players at any one time. The JGS is the foremost used junior golf ranking system by varsity college golf coaches since 1998.
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AJGA PBE points will be awarded to the Medalist (4 stars) and to the top 10% of the field (1 star) for both the girls and boys event.

Pricing & Travel accommodation

The cost to compete in the 2020 National Invitational is $300 per player. This includes three tournament rounds, lunch during all tournament rounds along with player gift bag and awards. All taxes, resort fees, and gratuities are also included in this tournament fee. The $300 per player tournament fee does not include lodging, practice round costs or Pinehurst’s 9-hole par 3 Cradle course being used during registration.

Discounted lodging at Pinehurst Resort is available for players, families, and spectators on a first come first serve basis. There are a limited number of discounted rooms available, so be sure to book before the May 24th deadline.

Optional, discounted practice rounds are available for the Invitational up to three days prior (June 21st) to the start of the tournament rounds.

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for attendees. Please click here to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code: NMTUC

Invitational Information

Please fill out the form to receive information on qualification procedures and/or to stay up to date on event details. Thank you!

The Courses

Pinehurst No. 1

Pinehurst No. 1

It all started here in 1898. Don’t let the short 6,089-yard par 70 fool you; wild drives or a sloppy short game can make for a long day. No. 1 was a great start for Pinehurst, and a Donald Ross orginal.

Pinehurst No. 6

Pinehurst No. 6

No. 6 is a departure from other Pinehurst courses in both design and temperament. Designed by Tom Fazio with the help of his uncle George, and provides one of the tougher challenges that Pinehurst has to offer. This course provides many more tree-lined fairways and has significantly less bunkers and waste areas than courses No. 2, No. 4, or No. 8.

Pinehurst No. 8

Pinehurst No. 8

Pinehurst No. 8 finds itself on North Carolina’s Top Golf Courses on almost every list you can find. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course is a nod at Pinehurst No. 2 with some added elements. Natural wetlands, rolling terrain, and incredible variety between holes makes this course one of the most complete on Pinehurst’s property.

The Cradle - Short Course

Pinehurst’s Cradle (Short Course) is a 9-hole track located right at the Resort’s main complex. National Invitational players will have the option to play the Cradle on prior to championship rounds. Don’t miss out on playing what The Golf Channel called “the most fun 10 acres in all of golf”.

Oceanside Collegiate

2019 Competing Team South Carolina (OCA)

Thank you for hosting a great event.  The girls enjoyed themselves and are still disappointed they didn’t make a few more putts and bring home the win. Life lessons learned which will only make them better in the long run. We are looking forward to playing again next year.  

– Ryan Bartemeyer

Schedule of Events

Pre-tournament

Practice Rounds – Sunday, June 21st – Tuesday June 23rd

Tournament participants are able to play practice rounds the week of the event at a discounted rate.  Parents, coaches and spectators are permitted to book practice rounds at the adult discounted rate when playing with a tournament participant. 

Practice Round Rates

Course No. 1

Participant Rate: $50.00
Adult Rate: $65.00
Standard Rack Rate: $80.00

Course No. 6

Participant Rate: $60.00
Adult Rate: $75.00
Standard Rack Rate: $200.00

Course No. 8

Participant Rate: $90.00
Adult Rate: $105.00
Standard Rack Rate: $200.00

Tuesday Registration & Cradle par-3 contest (12:00-8:00 pm)
Registration will be taking place adjacent to the main Pinehurst clubhouse.  Players will register, take part in a cookout dinner, pick-up their registration bags, and have an opportunity to play the Cradle 9 hole par-3 course with family and friends. The rate to play the Cradle will be $50 per participant.

Championship Rounds - June 24, 25 & 26th

Course Set Up –

Pinehurst No. 1: 5,806 yards, Course Rating: 73.0, Slope: 126
Pinehurst No. 6: 5,772 yards, Course Rating: 74.0, Slope: 129
Pinehurst No. 8: 5,805 yards, Course Rating: 73.7, Slope: 131

*Yardage is subject to change based on weather and course conditions

Wednesday June 24th  –

Morning & Afternoon Double Tee

Course No. 1
Course No. 6

Thursday June 25th –

Morning & Afternoon Double Tee

Course No. 1
Course No. 8

Friday June 26th –

Morning & Afternoon Double Tee

Course No. 6
Course No. 8

Awards & prizes

  • All players will receive a welcome gift bag
  • The National Invitational boys & girls winning teams will receive
    tournament flags, a team trophy and individual medals
  • Runner-up teams receive a team trophy and individual medals
  • Individual medalists receive a tournament flag and medalist trophy
  • 1st Team All-Tournament team (1st through 5th) and 2nd Team All-Tournament team (6th through 10th) will receive Invitational pin flags
  • The top teams will receive Champion banners 
  • AJGA PBE Points awarded for Medalists (4 stars) and top 10% of the field (1 star)
  • The winning teams along with the top 10 individuals for both the Boy’s & Girls Invitational will receive an automatic bid to the 2021 National Invitational
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Pinehurst Accommodations

Pinehurst Lodging

The Carolina – Four diamond hotel – each room comes equipped with 2 double beds
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The Holly Inn – 2 double beds and bathrooms with a shower/tub combo
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The Manor Inn – 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed All rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, LED 4K televisions, marble bathrooms and walk in showers
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The Condos at Pinehurst – Choice of 2 or 3 bedroom condos perfect for families and group
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Hamption Inn & Suites – A short drive from Pinehurst Resort – two queen sized beds in each room
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Parent/Family Activities

Activities

Village of Pinehurst – Shops, boutiques and restaurants to please any member of the family

The Cradle short course – Parents will have an opportunity to play in an adult only night on this 789 yard gem

Pools – Go for a swim or lounge by the pool at the Carolina Hotel and Holly Inn.

Thistle Dhu putting course – Resort guests can take the entire family out on this 18 hole putting course at no cost – perfect for golfers of all levels

FAQS

All questions can be directed to Chris Noble, NHSGA Manager, via phone or email.
574-252-9165 | chris@highschoolgolf.org

Any high school golfer from the invited school is eligible to compete in the Invitational.  Players do not have to play in the State Championship to be eligible.  Graduated seniors from the qualified team are permitted to play as long as they have not started their first semester of college

Some High School Athletic Associations are very restrictive on what high school golf teams can and cannot do. Since you will be representing your state at the “club level” and the event is taking place “out of season” most teams should be able to participate in the Invitational without restriction from their state high school athletic association.

As long as you are not “representing your school” and using school funds for the invitational tournament, you should NOT be restricted to compete by your high school. If your high school is funding your trip or you are representing the school by wearing school uniforms, you may be subject to high school and state regulations.

The NHSGA is focused on ensuring future high school eligibility for golfers remains intact.  It is highly recommended that you check with your high school athletic association that no rules or regulations are broken that would affect your eligibility moving forward. The NHSGA is not responsible for sanctions placed on any team or player who breaks a school or state athletic association rule.

The NHSGA wants to ensure every participant in the High School Golf Invitational remains eligible to participate during their regular high school golf season. Some High School Athletic Associations are very restrictive on what high school golf teams can and cannot do. Since you will be representing your state at the “club level” and the event is taking place “out of season” most teams should be able to participate in the Invitational without restriction from their state high school athletic association.

As long as you are not “representing your school” and using school funds for the invitational tournament, you should not be restricted to compete by your high school. If your high school is funding your trip or you are representing the school by wearing school uniforms, you may be subject to high school and state regulations.

Each team or individual must have a designated coach (this can be a coach, parent or any adult).

Yes, teams and individuals are still able to compete even if your state has a dead period. Your high school coach cannot be in attendance for the event, unless the coach has a son or daughter on the team.

If you are unable to field a team of 5 for the tournament, the players who are able to attend can play as “individuals” representing your state, but you will be unable to have a “team score” due to lack of participation.

Yes, if you are a high school student who is a senior and you have not yet started college, you are welcome and able to compete in the tournament.

Yes, if you play on a co-ed team, you are welcome to compete in either Invitational. Both Invitationals are gender neutral events.  All players in each Invitational will play the same set of tees.

Yes, teams are able to substitute players at the completion of a round, but not during the course of a round.  Individuals competing in the event are not able to sub onto a team for round 2.  Individuals will remain individuals throughout the Invitational.

In certain situations, exemptions may be made allowing a team or individual to qualify for the National Invitational.  E.g. a State Championship is canceled due to inclement weather the reigning champion can be invited (based on field availability).

All participants must be attending a high school level institution and all-star teams will not be eligible for the Invitational.

Yes, the Golf Coaches Association of America is a part of the event. College golf coaches nationally are invited and will come and watch the top teams and players compete.

Yes. We welcome and encourage family members and friends to attend the tournament. Spectator carts will be available for rent for those needing assistance getting around the course (first come first served). We ask that all spectators remain 30+ feet from Invitational participants at all time.

The AJGA will award 4 PBE stars to each Medalist. 1 Performance Star will be awarded to the top 10% of the field for both the Boys and Girls Invitational.

Yes, the National Invitational will be recognized on the World Amatuer Golf Rankings. WAGR coverage includes more than 10,000 players from 102 countries, and more than 4,000 ranking tournaments played in 104 countries.

Yes, the National Invitational will be recognized on the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS). The JGS is the foremost junior golf ranking system used by varsity college golf coaches since 1998.

Once an invited team RSVPs, a link will be sent to complete payment for registration.  Schools, parents, or players are able to pay for the player entry fee.

Contact info@highschoolgolf.org for questions about registering with purchase orders or checks.

Schools, parents, or players are able to pay for the player entry fee.  A link will be sent to invited teams/players once they RSVP for the Invitational.

Contact info@highschoolgolf.org for questions about registering with purchase orders or checks.

The payment deadline is determined based on the teams/player’s qualifying date.  This date will be issued along with the payment link once the invited team/player RSVPs.  Extensions for payment must be approved by Chris Noble (chris@highschoolgolf.org).

Competitors, coaches and families will be staying at the Pinehurst Resort along with an off site option. Please see Pinehurst accomodations for more information

Reservations at Pinehurst Resort may be booked on a first come first served basis.  Requests for lodging may be made during the RSVP process or at any point leading up to the Invitational in June 2019.  It is recommended to reserve lodging as soon as travel plans are finalized.

A limited number of discounted rooms have been blocked at Pinehurst. If staying on Pinehurst property, there is free shuttle service available to and from your hotel to all of the Pinehurst courses. We encourage players to stay on Pinehurst property to help with logistics, but it is not mandatory for you to stay on-site.

Yes. You are more than welcome to turn the National Invitational into a family vacation. You can come and go as you please. The discounted room rates at Pinehurst will be available from Saturday, June 20th through Friday, July 3rd.

Hotel refunds requested before May 24th will result in 90% of the hotel payment refunded. Due to contractual agreements with Pinehurst, hotel refunds will NOT be able to be issued after May 24th.  

There is more than just great golf at Pinehurst. From tennis courts, swimming pools, carraige rides, great shops and much, much more!

In the event that the Invitational is shortned to 18 or 36 holes – co-champions will be awarded on each course.

Pinehurst Resort offers complimentary shuttle service to all those staying at the Resort to owned facilities and to Pinehurst Village proper during regular operating hours. Click here for more info.

Yes, spectator carts will be available for $35 – subject to availability.  Carts will be prioritized for spectators who bring their handicap sticker or car sign to the pro shop.

In the event of inclement weather, if the course staff deems the golf course unplayable, the NHSGA will work with the host course to provide rain checks, partial refunds, or full refunds depending on the nature of the situation. If nine holes of golf is completed, refunds will not be provided.

Refunds will be issued to players/teams on a case-by-case basis.

Withdrawls made before May 24th will result in a 75% refund of practice round and entry fee payments.

Withdrawls made after May 24th will result in a 50% refund of practice round and entry fee payments.

Withdrawls made within one week (7 days) of the first round of competition (June 22nd) will recieve no refund.

Yes, the National Invitational will have live scoring and allow friends and family back home to follow along in real time with tournament play.

Pinehurst No. 1: 5806 yards, Course Rating: 73.0, Slope: 126

Pinehurst No. 6: 5772 yards, Course Rating: 74.0, Slope: 129

Pinehurst No. 8: 5805 yards, Course Rating: 73.7, Slope: 131

*Yardage is subject to change based on weather and course conditions

Yes, you are responsible for maintaining amateur status and high school eligibility.

USGA Rule 3-Section 3-2: An amateur golfer must not accept a prize (other than a symbolic prize) or prize voucher of retail value in excess of $750 or the equivalent

The National High School Golf Association believes that athletic participation is valuable to students’ physical, intellectual, social, and character development and accordingly, we value inclusion. Guided by this value, our policy permits transgender students’ participation in the National Invitational in a manner consistent with their gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s records and without prior medical or mental health care.

The Liability Release and Tournament Participation Terms can be found here.  Any questions contact info@highschoolgolf.org.

Tournament CONTACTs

Chris Noble
NHSGA Manager

chris@highschoolgolf.org
574-252-9165

Matt Weinberger
NHSGA Commissioner

matt@highschoolgolf.org