COVID-19 Tournament Policies

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 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.

SAFETY PROCEDURES

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

SOCIAL DISTANCING/PPE

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 tournaments 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

PRE-ROUND POLICIES


ARRIVAL TIME/CHECK-IN:

 

Players are permitted to arrive 30 minutes prior to their tee time. 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

PRACTICE FACILITIES:

A normal warm up routine might not be accommodated prior to the round. Players must understand that fact before arriving on property.

Driving Range

The Met PGA will work responsibly with each host facility to ensure social distancing will be maintained on the driving range prior to the round. The use of every other hitting station will be available for players to warm up, if allowed and available.  

Putting/Chipping Green

The Met PGA strongly encourages each player to use a tee or coin to putt at instead of a cup to reduce touch points on the practice green. If holes are cut into the practice green, flagsticks will be removed by staff.

Locker Room

Locker room availability will be dictated by the host facility. If the locker rooms are not available, a men’s and a women’s bathroom will be made available. 

TEEING AREA:
 

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.

 

The rules sheet and hole location sheet will be available on the first tee. In addition, both will be emailed to all participants prior to the event. 

 

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, but must continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times.

ON COURSE TOUCH POINTS

GOLF CARTS:

The Met PGA will abide by local guidelines to determine cart availability on an event-by-event basis. If the facility doesn’t have enough carts in their fleet to accommodate all players, participants will be asked to walk and carry their clubs or use a push cart. Players are responsible for bringing their own push cart. The Met PGA and host facility will not provide push carts.

DIVOT MIX/BALL WASHER/ON COURSE BENCHES:

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.

BUNKERS:

We will work with the host facility to determine the status of bunkers. Bunkers may be considered in play, ground under repair or part of the general area. If bunker rakes are utilized, players must immediately sanitize their hands after use.

FLAGSTICK:

If we choose to let players remove the flagstick, players are responsible for using the appropriate PPE to remove, replace and clean the flagstick. Players must immediately sanitize their hands after removing and replacing the flagstick. 

A Code of Conduct Policy may be instituted to penalize any player who removes or touches the flagstick. No penalty will be assessed if the player accidentally touches the flagstick with his/her equipment or while removing the ball from the hole. 

WATER/SNACKS:

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.

POST ROUND POLICIES

SCORING AREA:

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.

POST ROUND:

Players must proceed to their cars and exit the 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 case of a tie or a playoff all contestants are reminded of their responsibility to keep informed regarding the possibility of playoffs due to ties. The method for resolving ties will be posted at the scorer’s table, if applicable. Playoff will start when all scores have been posted.

 

Once the round is complete, all players must leave the facility. Practice on putting green, short game areas, and driving range following the completion of play is prohibited. 

 

Award ceremonies will not be conducted. All awards will be shipped to players following the event.

WEATHER DELAYS

In the event of an extended suspension of play due to weather, players must proceed to their cars. All players must wear masks during a weather delay of any length. 

 

Met PGA staff will communicate suspension of play updates to players via email and text messages. 

 

Following a weather delay, players will not be permitted to practice unless approved by Met PGA staff. 

SPECTATORS/CADDIES

No spectator or caddies will be allowed at the facility until permitted by local guidelines.

DIRECT DEPOSIT SIGN UP

All Met PGA professionals must sign up for Direct Deposit to reduce the touch point of check from mail

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS

      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.

      Please familiarize yourself and follow best practices as published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and state / local governments.

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