The Metropolitan PGA will adhere to all state/county/local health official’s guidelines and regulations when conducting tournaments in an attempt to minimize risk of exposure to its participants. This plan was developed by using recommendations from global health partners and working in conjunction with the Back2Golf plan, an industry-wide collaboration of the PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, LPGA, IAGA and allied golf associations. Thank you for reviewing, and adopting, these practices to protect all stakeholders at events.
PLAYERS VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL RISKS, HAZARDS AND DANGERS arising from or relating in any way from Met PGA Junior Tour Events, whether occurring before, during, or after Met PGA Junior Tour Events, including, without limitation, the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness. Players waive all claims and potential claims relating to or arising from such risks, hazards and dangers.
Players/Parents who violate the following tournament guidelines will be subject to immediate disqualification and future tournament suspensions. Tournament Guidelines will be reviewed and adjusted in accordance with changing government guidance.
All Met PGA staff will have their temperatures taken each morning at all tournament venues
All Met PGA staff will wear a mask when engaging with players/guests
All players/guests are responsible for their own facemask and will not be permitted to play without access to one
Players/guests will be required to have, and wear, a face mask in situations where social distancing is not possible
Hand sanitizer will be provided at starting areas
Players not able to properly social distance must wear a face mask. Social Distancing is defined by at least six feet of physical distance between all people and must always be practiced. Failure to follow social distancing guidelines will be enforced via penalty under our Players Code of Conduct.
This includes when Players are preparing for a shot, walking down the fairway/rough, on the teeing area, on the putting green and all other locations
Players must refrain from touching their fellow competitors in any way, including shaking hands, prior to and following the round
Players must not touch, handle, or share each other’s equipment
All tournament will be tee time starts to reduce the number of people congregated in one area. Each tournament will be run this way until it is responsible to make adjustments
Tee time increments will be utilized to maximize social distancing and may vary depending on field sizes and course availability
Players are permitted to arrive 15 minutes prior to their tee time and should check-in via the BlueGolf App. If a player shows up prior to that time, the player must stay in their vehicle until they are allowed at the facility.
Players are required to wear facemasks upon arrival and in first tee area
Players should proceed directly to the first tee where there will be a staging area
Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles.
Practice facilities will not be available to players prior to a tournament. Players wishing to utilize a public practice facility may do so at their own risk.
We will no longer provide these items: tees, pencils, sharpies, or ball markers. Players should come prepared with these items
There will be a starter at the first tee to review the rules of the day and safety protocols
Players will be provided their official scorecard for use during the round
Rules sheets will be posted to the tournament webpage; a link to these documents will be e-mailed to the field and will also be available to picture of on the first tee
Players will be provided a phone number to contact a referee for Rules questions or emergencies
Players must maintain social distancing guidelines and wear their mask on the tee box
After reaching the first fairway players are permitted to remove their masks
ON COURSE TOUCH POINTS
All bunker rakes will be removed from the golf course. Players may lift, smooth and drop their ball no closer to the hole in the event that their ball comes to rest in a bunker- the ball must remain in the bunker. We encourage all players to smooth out bunkers to the best of their ability after their shot has been played with their feet and/ or club.
Players must not touch, or remove, the flagstick at any time. Removing the flagstick is a violation of the Met PGA Code of Conduct policy and may result in a two-stroke penalty for first offense and any subsequent offenses may result in disqualification. Please note, accidental touching of the flagstick will not result in a penalty.
An insert will be placed at the bottom of the flagstick in the hole to assist the players in removing their golf ball
In order for a ball to be considered holed, it MUST come to rest at the bottom of the hole. Any ball deflected by a flagstick or assistant device that does not come to rest at the bottom of the hole is not deemed to be holed.
The Met PGA will NOT be providing water or snacks on course at any event. Players should plan accordingly and bring their own.
Food service and availability will be based on local government guidelines.
OTHER On Course TOUCHPOINTS:
Players using divot mix, a ball washer and any other on course touch points do so at their own risk. Players are encouraged to sanitize their hands immediately after using any of these or other common touch points on the course.
POST ROUND POLICIES
After completing the 18th hole players must put on their masks and proceed to the designated scoring area
Social distancing rules must be maintained at all times in the scoring area
Only one group will be allowed in the scoring area at all times.
Players will verbally read hole by hole scores to their marker. The marker will verbally attest the player’s score and the player must sign the marker’s name. Any rules questions must be asked and resolved with the scoring official while the group is in the scoring area.
When the player leaves the scoring area, their score is official. Groups will be asked to leave the scoring area after each score is posted on the computer.
Players must proceed to their cars and exit property when their round is complete. Congregation of any kind will not be allowed following the round.
The Met PGA will not have scoreboards or televisions at the scoring area to avoid congregation/gathering. All results will be posted on BlueGolf and will be available on the Met PGA website.
In the event of ties, there will be no playoffs and a match of cards will determine the winner
Award ceremonies will not be conducted. All awards will be shipped to players following the event.
The Met PGA will take an aggressive approach to cancelling events prior to not start a round if there is forecasted inclement weather for the day
In the event of a weather situation, all players immediately vacate the golf course and go back to their vehicles. If a vehicle is not available, the Met PGA will designate safe shelter areas were players can properly social distance and wait for a parent.
There are no spectators permitted at any Met PGA Tournaments. Parents must remain in their car at all times and are not permitted in the first tee area or scoring area.
If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, lips and eyes.
Wash your hands frequently. If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
TEE MARKERS: Players will be advised of the color tee markers they will be playing from on the first tee.
FORMAT: 9 Hole, 18 Hole, or 36 hole Stroke Play depending on the respective event
TIME OF STARTING: All players must be at the first tee exactly 10 minutes before their given starters time. If the player arrives at his starting point ready to play within 5 minutes of their starting time, in the absence of circumstances which warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes, instead of disqualification.
EMBEDDED BALL: Through the green a ball which is embedded in its own pitch mark, in the ground other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by connected white lines. Also, all french drains, which are exposed trenches filled with stones.
YELLOW PENALTY AREAS : Defined by Yellow Stakes/Lines
RED PENALTY AREAS: Defined by Red Stakes/Lines
OBSTRUCTIONS: In addition to artificially surfaced roads and paths, white lined areas tying into such roads and paths are considered part of the obstruction and not ground under repair. Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments.
DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE: Rule 20.1c(3): In stroke play, if a player is uncertain about the right procedure while playing a hole he / she may complete the whole with two balls without penalty. The player must decide to play two balls without penalty. The player must decide to play two balls after the uncertain situation arises and before making a stroke. The player should choose which ball will count if the Rules allow the procedure used for that ball, by announcing that choice to his or her marker or to another player before making a stroke. The player must report the facts of the situation to the Committee before returning the scorecard, even if the player scores the same with both balls. The player is disqualified if he or she fails to do so.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: May be used but only to ,measure distance and nothing else (Wind, Slope, Etc.)