The Platinum Tour was created in 2008 when three Board members, who had children playing in a local tour that conducted 36-hole tournaments, made a request to the full Board of Directors to start a tour for advanced boys and girls between the ages of 13-18. The Platinum Tour was approved to be a division of Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation and was registered with the State of Florida.
Nine tournaments were conducted the first year in the months of March through October. It was quickly learned that there were few juniors that wanted to play additional tournaments in addition to their high school schedule, so the number of tournaments was reduced with the last tournament being the IMG Academy Junior World Championships Qualifier event in May. The 2017-2018 season will begin on October 14, 2017.
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) recognize the important role the Platinum Tour plays in junior golf in South Florida by providing Performance Base Entry Performance Stars (provisional) and STEP Tournament Exemptions. All 36 hole tournaments are Junior Scoreboard Ranked. In addition to these awards, some of the finest trophies in junior golf are presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division of every tournament, plus an overall award for boys and are presented at the Hall of Fame Classic in August.
As players grow and prove themselves in the Gold Tour, the Platinum Tour is their next step for developing their skills. Tour membership is open to Boys 13-18 who regularly score 89 or better and Girls 13-18 who score 99 or better. Players 12 years of age who demonstrate the ability to meet the required scoring conditions may request membership. Boys 13-15, 16-18 will play 36 holes at an approximate distance of 6400-6800 yards and Girls 5300-5800 yards.
The Platinum Tour provides the following advantages over other tournament opportunities:
• Tournaments are conducted in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, therefore keeping travel expense to a minimum.
• Most tournaments are played on weekends, giving parents the opportunity to follow their child.
• Low entry fees
• Some of the best trophies in junior golf awarded at each tournament
• Player of the Year awards - Winner - Second Place - Third Place in each division
• Low Stroke Average award of all three divisions
• College Scholarship: Awarded to graduating senior members who will be attending college or university on a full-time basis. The amount of each scholarship is decided by the Board of Directors and is based on number of years a member, GPA, Volunteer Service Hours, Tournaments Entered (not required to play in any tournaments) and must be a current GCJGF member. The Wayne McKinney Scholarships is a $4000.00 scholarship awarded to one boy and one girl that meet certain conditions. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 and higher will be distributed over two or more years.
• Players play in Threesomes or Twosomes; Foursomes will only be used in extreme situations.
Pace of Play is 4 1/2 hours or less