September 28, 2020

Procedures for Competitions (Phase 3)

The FSGA's current protocols in place to conduct golf tournaments

This document contains the procedures the FSGA is implementing at our competitions effective on 9/28/20. These procedures were created by following guidance provided by the CDC, PGA, and state and local governments. This is a fluid document that will be updated as new information is released by governing bodies and as social norms change. Additional measures may be implemented by host clubs or local governments. Click here to view the FSGA's procedures for Phase One and Phase Two (June 1 - September 27, 2020).

Last updated: September 28th

Phase Three of the Reopening

Florida entered Phase Three and the FSGA is adjusting some of our procedures in conducting competitions. The following procedures will gradually return to normal as our host clubs, players, volunteers, and staff members become more comfortable with them.

General

Safety & Authority - FSGA will conduct competitions following guidance consistent with Federal, State & County laws and guidelines by the Governor's Office, CDC, PGA & Back2Golf.

Location Dependent - Competitions may have differing procedures in place in different parts of the state.

Limited Fields - Fields may be limited due to the availability of golf carts.

Field Reductions - Field sizes will be reduced when necessary in a fair and equitable way.

Shotgun Starts - Shotguns are allowed with social distancing notifications.

Club Policies - FSGA will verify in advance that clubs are generally following sanitation protocols and social distancing procedures are in place at the host club.

Refunds - Full refunds will provided to players withdrawing due to COVID19 concerns or changes in their health. To receive a full refund the player must contact the FSGA via email or phone.

Communication - FSGA will communicate with the host clubs regularly regarding their facility and the FSGA procedures.

Players

Player Communications - Players will be notified via email of the procedures and their responsibilities within one week to each competition. Players that do not accept the set procedures, will need to withdraw via email or phone and receive a full refund.

Masks - Players are not required to wear masks unless the host club requires them in certain areas.

PPE & Other - Players are responsible for providing any PPE that they wish to use. Players are encouraged to bring sanitizers.

Arrival to the Course - Limited to ONE hour prior to the player's scheduled tee time.

Caddies - Prohibited at all FSGA competitions through 2020.

Spectators - Two maximum per player and the spectators must be a related family member or a significant other. Spectator carts will be allowed to rent if available. Some host clubs may prohibit spectators.

Registration - Performed at a distance; usually an Official with a clipboard and a mask checking players in.

Water & Snacks - Normally not provided by the FSGA. Players are responsible for bringing their own or purchasing from the club if available. The availability of F&B will be communicated via email to the players approximately one week in advance.

Skins Games - Will be conducted at certain events and is optional to the players.

Carts - The use of shared carts is dependent on the host club and size of the field. The use of individual carts or sharing carts with a divider is preferred; however, shared carts will be used at select competitions to facilitate larger sized fields. Partners will share carts in four-ball and two-person team competitions. Players that are uncomfortable sharing a cart with another player should contact the FSGA. Uncomfortable players will either be given a single cart if available, given the option to walk, or will be withdrawn with a full refund.

Starting & Scoring Areas

Player Greetings - Players must not shake hands, hug or physically touch other players or officials.

Touch Points - If not necessary, items creating touch points will be removed. For example, tents and starter boxes will normally not be used.

Starter Boxes - Generally not used. Players must provide their own tees and ball markers.

Notice to Players (Local Rules) and Hole Location Sheets - Hole location sheets for championships and qualifiers will be placed in the cart by individuals who have been sanitized prior. For walking events, starters will pass out hole location sheets and will have hand sanitizer available.

Scorecards - Players will not exchange scorecards before or after the round. Each player will have a scorecard on their cart for another player in their group and the scorecard will include a strip to record their own scores. For walking events, starters will pass out scorecards and will have hand sanitizer available. After the round, players will enter the scoring with signage instructing players where to stand. Then players will verbally go over their hole-by-hole scores until their is agreement on each score. Finally, each player will verbally sign off on their official score. The scorecards will never be exchanged and prior to exiting the scoring area, the scorecards will be dropped in a box lined which will only be accessed by a Committee member if necessary. Entering scores into Golf Genius on the course is allowed and strongly encouraged. 

Scoring - Electronic scoring using smart phones is encouraged. Verbal confirmation (signing) of the scorecard is required after the round.

Scoreboards - Likely not be used. A hyperlink to scores on the FSGA website will be emailed to all players.

Player Gifts / Tee Favors - Anything given to the players will be done so by placing them on the player's cart by individuals who have been sanitized before touching the items. Tee gifts at walking events will be placed on a table for the players to pick one up on their own.

Golf Course Set-Up & Operations

Rakes - Dependent on the host club. Rakes are allowed to be on the course. When rakes have not been replaced on the course the following Local Rule is in effect:

  • DISTURBED AREAS IN BUNKERS:  When rakes have been removed from the course, players are entitled to relief under Rule 16.1c from disturbed areas in bunkers for lie of ball and area of intended swing only. Disturbed areas are footprints, depressions and other non-smooth areas caused by other players. In taking relief under Rule 16.1c a ball must be dropped in the bunker within one club-length of the nearest point of complete relief not nearer the hole. For a one-stroke penalty, a ball may be dropped outside the bunker using the Back-On-The-Line Relief option.

Holes - Dependent on the host club. A device in the hole to keep the ball from falling to the bottom of the cup is not required.

Flagsticks - Dependent on the host club. The flagstick may be touched and removed unless the host club still requires it to not be removed.

Practice Areas - Social distancing must be maintained.

Weather Evacuations - Will differ based on the options at each club. Players will be assigned to wait in certain areas during suspensions or seek shelter in their car. Spectators will be asked to evacuate to their cars. Communications on restarting will be sent via text.

Awards & Gift Certificates -  Awards will not be handed out to players. Gift certificate amounts will be given to the Golf Shop; physical gift cards will not be given out or they will be mailed after the competition.

Officials

PPE Equipment - Officials are responsible for providing their own PPE equipment (masks, sanitizers, etc.)

Masks - Officials must wear masks when they are interacting in close proximity with players or are in the area of the clubhouse. Examples include registration, starting, a ruling, and scoring. Removal of the mask is acceptable on the course when away from players.

Clubhouse & Lunch - Officials must wear masks when in the clubhouse except when seated and eating.

Registration - Performed at a distance; usually an Official with a clipboard and a mask checking players in.

Starters - Normally no tables, tents, coolers, starter boxes, or other items on the tee. Starters will social distance from the players. No documents will be passed to the players, except at walking events (sanitizer provided).

Scoring Area - Arranged to allow social distancing. "Touch points" will be eliminated or sanitized regularly. Players will not sit down in chairs. Tape and signage will be used to indicate where players must stand. Players will verbally confirm each player's scorecard before the score is accepted via a verbal signature from the marker and player. A tv may be used so the players can easily see their hole-by-hole scores in the computer.

Radios - Sanitized prior to being placed on the volunteer's cart and they will be sanitized upon completing officiating duties.

Committee Packets - Placed on each official's cart and placed their by someone who was sanitized prior.


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