CGA and TYGA Tournament Protocols (Updated April 9, 2021)

What to Expect at a CGA/TYGA Tournament in 2021

WITHDRAWALS: Beginning June 1, all withdrawals will be subject to the following policy.
-Open Date to Two Days Prior to Tournament First Round or Tournament Date: Full refund minus $30.00 administrative fee refunded regardless of reason if entry accepted into the tournament.
-Withdraw Day Prior or on Tournament First Round or Tournament Date: No refunds.
-Alternates/Waitlist: Full refund if the player does not gain entry into the tournament.
*For COVID-19 related withdrawals, please contact the CGA directly.

GOLF CARTS: The CGA will be conducting all tournaments utilizing golf carts with two riders per cart.  Players riding together need to follow mask guidance for that particular state. Players may still have the option to walk (for the same entry fee paid) or withdraw.

FLAGSTICK: The CGA will not* utilize any local rule prohibiting touching the flagstick (and potential penalty for doing so). Under the Rules of Golf, players are permitted to leave the flagstick in the hole while putting. At this time, we encourage players to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times. *Local rule prohibiting touching the flagstick could be implemented per a host club request.

STARTING TIMES: There are no tee time restrictions in place in CGA/TYGA tournaments.

SPECTATORS: Spectators are allowed, but please limit the amount of spectators at this time. Spectators are asked to stay in their vehicle until their players’ tee time and refrain from congregating before and after the round. Spectators are not allowed in practice areas. Spectator carts will only be permitted in junior tournaments.

PLAYER INFORMATION: Players should refrain from the traditional hug or handshake before or after rounds. A friendly nod, a tip of the cap, or a simple wave is recommended as a form of greeting or sportsmanship. Players should bring their own tees, pencils, traditional golf supplies. The CGA/TYGA will not provide these items on the starting tee at this time.
There will be no physical scoreboard. There will not be a traditional awards ceremony at the completion of the tournament. Results will be posted online only.  Please make sure your player profile has your correct cell number so that you receive text message updates.  Update your USGA TM Tournament profile here

SCORECARDS:  Depending upon the type of tournament, different scoring and scorecard policies will be in effect.
-CGA Junior/TYGA Tournaments: Paper scorecards will NOT be provided to competitors.  Players will use the USGA TM Digital Scorecards feature to act as a marker for another competitor, enter their own scores and marker notes, and review and certify scores after their round. Digital Scorecard Instructions
-Non-Junior CGA Tournaments: Paper scorecards will be distributed at starting and returned in the defined scoring area with 2 signatures. Players are still encouraged to keep and enter live scores via USGA TM, but they are not official. Enter Scores in USGA TM Instructions

FOOD and BEVERAGE: All CGA/TYGA hosted food and beverage will be in the form of boxed lunches. All banquets and buffet lunches are suspended.

SUSPENSION of PLAY: In the event play is suspended, players should evacuate the course and wait in their vehicle in the parking lot. In the event a player does not have a vehicle to wait in, please see the CGA/TYGA staff. Updates about the resumption of play will be sent via text to the tournament field.

HOLING OUT: A ball is considered ‘holed’ if it is resting on an object in place to prevent the ball from falling to the bottom of the cup even if the ball is not completely resting below the surface of the ground. However, all measures will be taken by setup staff to ensure that whatever object is in the hole will indeed allow the ball to come to rest completely below the surface of the ground.

BUNKERS (only used as needed): Some clubs will have rakes available for use and some clubs will not. Based on the availability of rakes and bunker conditions, the CGA will institute the lift, clean, and place bunker local rule as needed.

Before arriving at a CGA/TYGA tournament, please take these precautions:

  • If you are sick or at risk (CDC’s list of high risk individuals) please stay home.

  • Any spectators that fall into the at-risk category should stay home.

  • Please bring your own water and/or snacks. Water and/or snacks will NOT be provided by the CGA/TYGA. Food and beverage will only be available to purchase at the host facility.

  • Players should wash their hands frequently, where available. Hand sanitizer should be used frequently in the absence of a restroom. Players are responsible for providing their own hand sanitizer.

  • Players should avoid touching their face, including their mouth, nose, lips or eyes.


HAVING SYMPTOMS OR TESTED POSITIVE: Players who have previously withdrawn from a CGA or TYGA tournament due to testing positive for COVID-19 may reregister for an event if they meet the following criteria:

  • I think or know I had COVID-19 and I had symptoms: You can be around others after 10 days since symptoms first appeared; and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

  • I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms: If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

If you are showing symptoms or tested positive please follow the guidelines by the CDC here


CLOSE CONTACT POLICY: Players who have come in contact with someone showing symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 must withdraw and may reregister for an event if they meet the following criteria:

  • What counts as close contact? You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

  • When can I register and play again? Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

For more information on Close Contact please see the CDC Guidelines here


The Carolinas Golf Association and Tarheel Youth Golf Association will continue to act in the best interest of our members.  Our top priority is the safety of our players, volunteers, spectators and host club’s personnel.

Questions? contact us at

Carolinas Golf Association
140 Ridge Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
910-673-1000 |
Monday-Friday: 8:30-5:00

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