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CGA Updates on Coronavirus

April 4 - 2020 Tournmanet Rescheduling Announcement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic gripping America, all CGA and TYGA events have been suspended through May 10. This includes all CGA and TYGA championships and qualifiers, ladies four-ball play days, one-day events, interclub matches, and USGA qualifiers. 

Click here to see a list of CGA/TYGA/USGA events that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the status of a rescheduled date or if the events has been canceled in 2020. Any future suspensions, cancellations or rescheduled events will be added and updated information becomes available.


March 23 - CGA Events Suspended through May 10

At the Carolinas Golf Association, we are committed to the health and well-being of our members and member clubs throughout the Carolinas. To reduce the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak conditions on our golfers, employees, volunteers and member club personnel, we have decided to suspend all CGA and TYGA events through May 10. We do not make this decision lightly, but on the recommendation of government health officials and other leaders, we believe this is the prudent move.

Which events are impacted?
All events previously scheduled to take place between now and May 10, have been suspended. This includes all CGA and TYGA championships and qualifiers, ladies four-ball play days, one-day events, interclub matches, USGA qualifiers and so on.

Will my event be rescheduled?
Events will be rescheduled on a case-by-case basis. We are actively working with all our host clubs in the hope that the majority of suspended events are able to be rescheduled.

Will I receive a refund?
All players who are currently in fields for events with start dates from today through May 10 will be contacted directly by the CGA about refunds and any other available options.

What about events that occur after May 10?
We want all our golfers to feel safe before returning to our events. We love conducting golf tournaments and we will play as soon as we can - as long as it is considered safe for everyone, including the people we go home to after the round. We are temporarily adjusting our withdrawal policy for the players who have already registered and paid for a tournament that occurs after May 10. Those players can withdraw at any time prior to the event and will receive a full refund with no admin fees. You can withdraw here.

What events are open for registration?
Registration will remain open for events that take place on or after May 11. The CGA/TYGA will place all tournament entries on a “Pending List” in the order they are received. This means you can hold a spot in the tournament without paying an entry fee until the tournament is confirmed to be conducted.

How can you stay-up-date with the latest news?
We will continue to provide updates as this situation progresses. Visit our website and follow our social media feeds for updates regarding future announcements.

Thank you for your patience and support during this time!
Soon enough we will be giving and receiving congratulatory hugs and high fives. In the meantime, stay safe and use caution if you decide to play!

We're all in this together!

 

March 20 - Rules & Handicapping Guidance During COVID-19

Golf courses all over the Carolinas are incorporating a variety of creative measures to help minimize any possible exposure to coronavirus to their golfers. Many courses have removed bunker rakes, have made adjustments to their holes and have asked their members not to touch or remove the flagstick. Because of this, we have received several inquires from golfers asking how the altered rules during the COVID-19 era will impact the rules of golf and our ability to submit a score to GHIN.

It is not the intended purpose of the below guidance to either encourage or discourage anyone from playing the game, but rather, in our governance role, to help golf course operators, committees and golfers better understand how the Rules of Golf and Rules of Handicapping apply to the various questions we have received.

The 2019 Rules of Golf were drafted to offer each Committee the flexibility to make decisions as to how golf is played at their course or in competition and the Committee Procedures section of the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf (available online here) offers a significant amount of guidance and recommendations on how to address circumstances unique to each course or competition.

This flexibility will prove to be very helpful as Committees look to address many of the challenges they are facing within the current environment. While the Committee Procedures section is a tremendous resource and has much to offer, many of the current questions were not originally contemplated under the Rules of Golf and therefore there is no history or guidance provided. To better address the questions that have come about because of these unique circumstances and the related challenges, additional guidance can be accessed by clicking here. This will continue to be updated as additional questions are received.

From the perspective of the Rules of Handicapping, the most frequent questions received are primarily related to the acceptability of scores for posting to a player’s scoring record. In particular, relating to modifying the hole and not requiring the player to “hole out” as required under the Rules of Golf. These are founded in a desire to minimize the possibility of exposing golfers to coronavirus and have included leaving the hole liner raised above the putting surface or placing various objects into the hole so the ball can be more easily removed. In these specific cases, provided guidance from health and governmental officials is being followed, a temporary measure is in place within the United States to accept scores played under these conditions for handicap purposes using the most likely score guidelines, even though the player has not holed out. 

This temporary measure is now in effect within the United States until advised otherwise by the USGA. 

For more information and detailed guidance, please click here or contact your area and state golf association. 


March 16 - A Note About CGA Tournament Registration

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the CGA/TYGA will place all tournament entries on a “Pending List” in the order they are received. 

This means you can effectively hold a spot in a tournament without being charged. Once we confirm that the tournament will be played as scheduled, or played at a rescheduled date your credit card will be charged.

For players already registered for a tournament, if you wish to withdraw at any time prior to the event, you will receive for a full refund with no admin fees. You can withdraw here: https://www.carolinasgolf.org/tournament_withdraw.

Additional updates will be  posted by the CGA/TYGA on March 23.

We hope this eases your concern about losing any fees for just signing up for a CGA/TYGA event.  Now you have nothing to lose!  Thank you for your patience and support during this very challenging time for everyone.


March 13 - Coronavirus Update: CGA/TYGA Events Suspended through April 5

Due to the rapidly-changing situation resulting from the coronavirus, the Carolinas Golf Association and Tarheel Youth Golf Association have decided to temporarily suspend all scheduled CGA and TYGA competitive and non-competitive events through April 5. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any updates with our member clubs and their golfers.

Anyone who is currently registered for a CGA or TYGA event scheduled to be held prior to April 6 will receive specific tournament communication about that event. All events scheduled after April 5 are currently continuing as scheduled. Future updates on specific events will be sent to registered players.

The CGA and TYGA staff will be contacting host clubs that will be impacted by the change, and event rescheduling will be on a case-by-case basis.  This suspension is specific only to the CGA and TYGA events and has no effect on these host clubs regarding their member or other outside play.

The health and safety of our players, members, employees, volunteers and community is of utmost importance. We appreciate your understanding and will keep you updated as the situation progresses.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us (910-673-1000) or email us here . We will continue to keep this web page current and will provide future emails and social media updates as needed.

Carolinas Golf Association
140 Ridge Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
910-673-1000 | /CGA-Coronavirus-Updates
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