PGA Section Junior Tour to begin in June with precautions, registration open

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Under strict precautionary guidelines, the PGA South Central Section Junior Tour will begin its season in June for both the regular tour and the Player’s Tour for the more competitive juniors.

Parents can click here to sign up or for more information on the restrictions.

Following are the guidelines that will be enforced for all tournaments this summer.

2020 PGA South Central Section Junior Tour Guidelines

When registering for an event player’s must be aware and understand that the ability to have junior tour events relies solely on following these policies and taking every possible preventative measure to keep all individuals at the event as safe as possible. If you are showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 please contact scentral@pgahq.com as soon as possible and your registration will be cancelled for a full refund.

Arrival to the facility

Players arrive no earlier than 30 min prior to their tee time.

Only 1 spectator (parent/guardian) is permitted to accompany the contestant. (Facility and county health departments have the right to not allow spectators.)

Players and spectators may not enter the clubhouse unless communicated entry points and restrooms are stated.

Spectators are asked to either stay in the car or be mindful of social distancing themselves from others while waiting for their junior to tee off.

It is strongly recommended that Players and spectators wear masks when in close contact with others; this is inclusive of Registration, First Tee, the Clubhouse, & Scoring.

Check-in and warm-ups

Juniors are asked to spend no more than 10 minutes each at the range and on the putting green. Players must maintain social distancing at all times and in all areas.

Avoid any and all contact with non personal items as much as possible i.e practice cups, range balls, etc. Arrive to the First Tee: No less than 5 minutes prior to tee time to go over rules.

At the First Tee

Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

Participants should refrain from shaking hands.

Players are encouraged to sanitize hands upon arrival to the first tee.

Individual scorecards will be handed out to the marker. The marker will keep the scorecard for the duration of the round.

Rules/Hole Location Sheets will be given to the players.

During the Round

Social distancing must be maintained through the round. Only one player will be allowed on the tee box at a time.

When a group approached a putting green, the player whose ball is farthest from the hole will put until his/her ball is holed while the other players wait on the side of the green.

A condition of competition will be in place for flagsticks to remain in the hole. If a facility us utilizing inverted cups, the ball will be considered holed when it hits the cup liner.

In order to prevent the touch point of a bunker rake, players will be able to lift and place their ball, no closer to the hole, up to one club-length, while remaining in the bunker. Players are asked to smooth their divot and footprints with their foot after play

Players are encouraged to eliminate usage of benches, restrooms, and other common areas on the golf course to reduce touch points while playing.

Players are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. Facilities are encouraged to have a designated staff member wearing gloves and a mask handing gout bottled water on #1 and #10 tee

Scoring Area

Social distancing must be maintained.

Participants must use the Sanitation Station upon entering the scoring area.

Only one group will be allowed in the scoring area at any one time.

Without trading cards, players will confirm scores verbally to each other.

Once hole by hole scores are agreed upon with the marker, players will confirm scores to the scoring official.

The scoring official will be at a table and the players will remain 6 feet away during the scoring process.

Any rulings will take place in a secure area away from the scoring area while maintaining social distancing.

Once the participant agrees with the scoring official on the hole by hole scores, the scores will be submitted. This will be the validation of the scorecard.

Groups must leave the scoring area immediately after their scores are posted.

Players should sanitize hands upon leaving the scoring area.

Post Round

There will be no scoreboards at the facility. Players are encouraged to access the SCSPGA Jr Tour App and/or website after their round.
Players must return to their cars and exit the property upon completion of their rounds.

No congregation will be allowed post round.
No playoffs will take place and any event that ends in a tie will results in both players receiving a 1st place award. Awards will be shipped to the winners after the conclusion of the event.

Weather Delays

In the event of a weather delay, all players must leave the facility and the vent will be canceled. Players or age groups who have completed play will not be given refunds and awards will be given to those age groups. All canceled events will try to be rescheduled with support from the host facility.

Spectators

Upon finishing the round spectators will not be allowed to linger around the scoring area. They should return to their vehicle to wait until their player returns to them.

Spectator carts use is at the discretion of the host facility. All spectators must remain on the cart path or in their golf cart at all times.

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