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New CGA Tournament Protocols Effective May 29


CGA and TYGA Tournament Registration Policy Update (July 22, 2020)

Carts: Effective July 20, all four-ball tournaments and championship will allow two riders (same team/side) in a cart together.  The side will be given one cart. They can ride together, walk/alternate walking, or withdraw for a full refund if they aren’t comfortable riding together. Masks are required within six feet in North Carolina and strongly encouraged in South Carolina. Individual tournaments will still employ single riders in a cart for the time being.

Starting Times: We will continue with single tee when possible, but double tee can be used when necessary.


CGA and TYGA Tournament Registration Policy Update (July 10, 2020)

HAVING SYMPTOMS OR TESTED POSITIVE: Players who have previously withdrawn from a CGA or TYGA tournament due to testing positive for COVID-19 may reregister for an event if they meet the following criteria:

  • For symptomatic patients: 10 days after symptom onset, plus at least 3 additional days without symptoms (including without fever and without respiratory symptoms).
  • For asymptomatic cases: 10 days after positive test for SARS-CoV-2.

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
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Stay home and monitor your health

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

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

For questions regarding the registration policy, please contact us at

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (May 19, 2019) – As we begin tournament play after the COVID-19 outbreak, the Carolinas Golf Association and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association would like to stress that adherence to the following protocols is necessary in order to keep our tournaments safe for players, volunteers, host club staffs and families. We ask that all players and spectators review these protocols before competing in or attending a CGA/TYGA tournament.

All of these protocols are subject to change as restrictions are lifted or added, per state and regional governments and health officials.

The CGA/TYGA will email updated protocols to each player in the field along with pairings when they are posted. 

Effective As of: May 29, 2020

  • All players must maintain a minimum of six feet distance from all other people, including other players, spectators, club staff, association staff, etc. at all times. This includes all areas of the host facility, i.e. the parking lot, putting green, practice area, on the golf course, in the scoring area, restrooms, clubhouse (if open), and golf shop (if open).


  • Golf carts will be optional at all CGA amateur events. Junior are still required to walk in all CGA/TYGA junior events. Cart usage is based upon host club policies (ie. Host club says person must be 16 years of age or older to drive a golf cart. Then players under the age of 16 must walk).
  • Caddies are prohibited in all CGA/TYGA tournaments. Caddies are still allowed for TYGA Tots events only and the caddie must be 16 years of age or older and should be from the same immediate family.
  • 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. There can only be one person in each spectator cart unless spectators are from the same household.
  • Players should not arrive at the golf course more than one hour before their starting time.
  • Practice areas will be for PLAYERS ONLY. Spectators are not allowed in practice areas.
  • Practice areas will not be open after tournament rounds.
  • 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.
  • Players are responsible for their own water/hydration.
  • CGA/TYGA Player Gifts will be available in scoring area after the first round. Please do not congregate around gift table.
  • The CGA/TYGA will provide optional paper scorecards to competitors. These scorecards are not official. Instructions on how to enter scores in the USGA TM app can be found here: here. If players do not wish to use the app, their marker may verbally relay their scores to CGA/TYGA staff at the end of the round.
  • All Rules Sheets and Hole Locations Sheets will be available online and can be viewed on a smartphone. Limited copies will be available in the starting area.
  • After the round, players will verify scores that were entered in the USGA TM App in the scoring area with CGA/TYGA staff. Scores are deemed returned once players and markers verbally verify scores. Optional paper scorecards will NOT be returned.
  • There will be no physical scoreboard. All scores will be posted online.
  • Players must leave the host club facility after the round. Do not gather and congregate at the clubhouse, parking lot, or any other common areas. If players are waiting for prizes/merchandise on the final day, they can wait in their vehicle or at a safe social distance outside.
  • All CGA/TYGA hosted food and beverage will be in the form of boxed lunches. All banquets and buffet lunches are suspended.
  • There will not be a traditional awards ceremony at the completion of the tournament. Results will be posted online only. 
  • 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 resumption of play will be sent via text to the tournament field.
  • Please make sure your player profile has your correct cell number so that you receive text message updates.  Update your profile here.


  • 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.


Rules of Golf Modifications:


  • WHEN THE SCORECARD IS RETURNED: A player’s scorecard is deemed returned (no changes allowed to scorecard) once the player verbally acknowledges the scores posted in the USGA TM software are correct and leaves the roped off scoring area.


  • BUNKERS: If a ball comes to rest in a bunker, the player may lift the ball, smooth the area they intend to place the ball, and place the ball in that area. This area must be in the bunker and within one club-length of the original lie of the ball. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.


  • FLAGSTICK: Under the Rules of Golf, players are permitted to leave the flagstick in the hole while putting. At this time, touching or removing the flagstick and replacing it before a stroke is deemed a CGA Code of Conduct violation at this time and is subject to penalty.  If a player removes the flagstick and makes a stroke with the flagstick removed, the player will be subject to the general penalty for each offense.


  • 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.


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.

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