Below are the current guidelines for the Junior Tour. Restrictions may be subject to change. 


The Metropolitan PGA will adhere to all state/county/local health official’s guidelines and regulations when conducting tournaments in an attempt to minimize risk of exposure to its participants. This plan was developed by using recommendations from global health partners and working in conjunction with the Back2Golf plan, an industry-wide collaboration of the PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, LPGA, IAGA and allied golf associations. Thank you for reviewing, and adopting, these practices to protect all stakeholders at events.

PLAYERS VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL RISKS, HAZARDS AND DANGERS arising from or relating in any way from Met PGA Junior Tour Events, whether occurring before, during, or after Met PGA Junior Tour Events, including, without limitation, the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness. Players waive all claims and potential claims relating to or arising from such risks, hazards and dangers.
 

Players/Parents who violate the following tournament guidelines may be be subject to disqualification and future tournament suspensions. Tournament Guidelines will be reviewed and adjusted in accordance with changing government guidance.
 

SAFETY PROCEDURES
 

  • All Met PGA staff will have their temperatures taken each morning at all tournament venues

  • All Met PGA staff will wear a mask when engaging with players/guests

  • All players/guests are responsible for their own facemask and will not be permitted to play or spectate without access to one

  • Players/guests will be required to have, and wear, a face mask in situations where social distancing is not possible

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at starting areas


SOCIAL DISTANCING/PPE
 

Players not able to properly social distance must wear a face mask. Social Distancing is defined by at least six feet of physical distance between all people and must always be practiced. Failure to follow social distancing guidelines will be enforced via penalty under our Players Code of Conduct.

  • This includes when Players are preparing for a shot, walking down the fairway/rough, on the teeing area, on the putting green and all other locations

  • Players should refrain from touching their fellow competitors in any way, including shaking hands, prior to and following the round

  • Players should not touch, handle, or share each other’s equipment

  • All tournaments will be tee time starts to reduce the number of people congregated in one area. Each tournament will be run this way until it is responsible to make adjustments

  • Tee time increments will be utilized to maximize social distancing and may vary depending on field sizes and course availability


PRE-ROUND POLICIES
 


ARRIVAL TIME/CHECK-IN:

 

  • Players are permitted on site 30 minutes prior to their tee time.

  • Players shoud wear facemasks where social distancing is not possible. 

  • Parents are asked to limit their time at check-in and at the first tee and should wear a mask at all times in areas where social distancing is not possbile. 


PRACTICE FACILITIES:

  • Use of practice facilities is on a tournament by tournament basis. Players will be notified of availability of practice facilities before the event. Players wishing to utilize a practice facility may do so at their own risk.


TEEING AREA:
 

  • There will be a starter at the first tee to review the rules of the day and safety protocols

  • Players will be provided their official scorecard for use during the round

  • Rules sheets will be available on the first tee. 

  • Players should maintain social distancing guidelines and wear their mask on the tee box


ON COURSE TOUCH POINTS
 

Bunkers:

  • Rakes may be available to use on a course by course basis. Players may lift, smooth and drop their ball no closer to the hole in the event that their ball comes to rest in a bunker- the ball must remain in the bunker. We encourage all players to smooth out bunkers to the best of their ability after their shot has been played with their feet and/ or club if a rake is not available for use. 

Flagstick:

  • Players may remove the flagstick at the courses that permit their removal. An insert or device may be placed at the bottom of the flagstick in the hole to assist the players in removing their golf ball. In this case it may not be possible for the flagstick to be removed and should be left untouched. The starter on the first tee will notify players of the condition of the flagstick for the day before you tee off. 

  • In order for a ball to be considered holed, it MUST come to rest at the bottom of the hole. Any ball deflected by the flagstick or assistant device that does not come to rest at the bottom of the hole is not deemed to be holed. 

Water/Snacks:

  • The Met PGA will NOT be providing water or snacks on course at any event. Players should plan accordingly and bring their own.

  • Food service and availability will be based on the discretion of the host facility. 

Other On Course Touchpoints:

  • Players using divot mix, a ball washer and any other on course touch points do so at their own risk. Players are encouraged to sanitize their hands immediately after using any of these or other common touch points on the course.


POST ROUND POLICIES
 

SCORING AREA:

  • Parents are not permitted in or near the scoring area.

  • After completing the 18th hole players must proceed to the designated scoring area. 

  • Social distancing rules must be maintained at all times in the scoring area

  • Only one group will be allowed in the scoring area at all times.

  • Players will verbally read hole by hole scores to their marker. The marker will verbally attest the player’s score and the player must sign the marker’s name. Any rules questions must be asked and resolved with the scoring official while the group is in the scoring area.

  • When the player leaves the scoring area, their score is official. Groups will be asked to leave the scoring area after each score is posted on the computer.

POST ROUND:

  • Players must proceed to their cars and exit property when their round is complete. Congregation of any kind will not be allowed following the round.

  • The Met PGA will not have scoreboards or televisions at the scoring area to avoid congregation / gathering. All results will be posted on BlueGolf and will be available on the Met PGA website and BlueGolf Junior Tour App. 

  • In the event of ties, there will be no playoffs for all 9 and 18-Hole competitions and a match of cards will determine the prizes for first, second and third place. For 36-Hole Championships and Future Series Events, a sudden death playoff will determine the winner.

  • Award ceremonies will not be conducted. All awards will be shipped to players following the event.


WEATHER DELAYS
 

  • In the event of a weather situation, all players immediately vacate the golf course and go back to their vehicles. If a vehicle is not available, the Met PGA will designate safe shelter areas were players can properly social distance and wait for a parent.

  • The Met PGA will take an aggressive approach to cancelling events prior to the start of a round if there is a forecast for inclement weather that day.


SPECTATORS/CADDIES
 

  • There are no spectators permitted at all Future Series events until further notice. 

  • Spectators are never permitted at any Players Tour or 9-Hole event. 


    In the event that there is a change to our current Spectator policy, below are the guidelines for spectators to follow:
     

  • The allowance of spectators is subject to approval by the host site and may vary based on their rules and comfort level.

  • Please note that if any of the following guidelines are perceived as broken by a PGA official, the player may be subject to penalty and/or disqualification and the guest will be removed from the golf course. All individuals attending a Met PGA Junior Golf event do so at their own risk.

  • Parents/guests must stay on the cart paths or in the rough areas. Please remain clear of all fairways, tees, and greens. Remember to keep proper distance from all players (75 yards is recommended) and always remain alert.

  • Parents/guests are allowed to aid in the search for lost golf balls. Parents/guests cannot walk with players during tournament play.

  • Talking to competitors during tournament play is not allowed and can be construed as giving advice. This includes any conversation between player/spectator in their native language. In either instance, penalty for breach of this rule is two strokes. Players are responsible for the actions of their relatives and spectators in regards to this rule.

  • Parents/guests can act as a forecaddie; carry umbrellas, jackets, medicine, food or drink, etc.

  • Parents/guests are not to give rulings on the Rules of Golf. In stroke play, when a player is in doubt to a rules situation he/she may complete the hole by playing a "second ball" and report the facts to the Rules Committee before returning his/her scorecard.

  • Allow Met PGA Rules Officials to administer rulings. You will be brought into a situation ONLY if the Rules Official asks you.

  • Please make sure all cell phones and electronic devices are on silent.

  • Parent/Guest carts are not permitted during tournament rounds. If you have a disability that prevents you from walking the golf course our staff will do its best to provide you with access to different viewing opportunities.

  • Alcohol, swearing or abusive language will not be tolerated.

  • Parents/guests are attending this PGA event at their own risk. For your personal safety, we ask you exercise caution at all times. When inclement weather moves into the area, the PGA will suspend play by sounding air horns. Accordingly, you should seek shelter immediately. The PGA staff will evacuate players from the course first and then parents/guests.


GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
 

  • If you do not feel well, please stay home.

  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, lips and eyes.

  • Wash your hands frequently. If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.

  • Please familiarize yourself and follow best practices as published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and state / local governments.

USGA RULES SHALL GOVERN ALL PLAY

TEE MARKERS: Players will be advised of the color tee markers they will be playing from on the first tee.

FORMAT: 9 Hole, 18 Hole, or 36 hole Stroke Play depending on the respective event

TIME OF STARTING: All players must be at the first tee exactly 10 minutes before their given starters time. If the player arrives at his starting point ready to play within 5 minutes of their starting time, in the absence of circumstances which warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes, instead of disqualification.

EMBEDDED BALL: Through the green a ball which is embedded in its own pitch mark, in the ground other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by connected white lines. Also, all french drains, which are exposed trenches filled with stones.

YELLOW PENALTY AREAS : Defined by Yellow Stakes/Lines

RED PENALTY AREAS: Defined by Red Stakes/Lines

OBSTRUCTIONS: In addition to artificially surfaced roads and paths, white lined areas tying into such roads and paths are considered part of the obstruction and not ground under repair. Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments.

DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE:  Rule 20.1c(3): In stroke play, if a player is uncertain about the right procedure while playing a hole he / she may complete the whole with two balls without penalty. The player must decide to play two balls without penalty. The player must decide to play two balls after the uncertain situation arises and before making a stroke. The player should choose which ball will count if the Rules allow the procedure used for that ball, by announcing that choice to his or her marker or to another playr beefore making a stroke. The player must report the facts of the situation to the Committee before returning the scorecard, even if the player scores the same with both balls. The player is disqualified if he or she fails to do so.


DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: May be used but only to ,measure distance and nothing else (Wind, Slope, Etc.)

PUSH CARTS: Push carts are permitted at all Met PGA Junior Tour events with the exception of facilities that do not permit their use. 

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