Three Junior Events Canceled; Season Starts June 18
Oregon Junior Golf will begin its 2020 competition schedule on June 18 with the Summer Series event at Glendoveer followed by the 23rd Oregon Junior Stroke Play hosted by Chehalem Glenn, June 23-25.
Three previously scheduled 2020 events have been canceled. Those include:
- Centennial Junior (June 6-7)
- Peter Jacobsen Junior Challenge (June 16-17)
- EJ PlayDay at Eastmoreland (June 15)
Due to the ongoing issues related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), however, Oregon Junior Golf will begin implementing new guidelines for all tournaments. We will continue to monitor and keep updated on National and State Directives from government and health authorities and will make adjustments to plans as needed. The safety and wellbeing of our members, players, staff, host sites, volunteers and allied partners remains top priority.
The following guidelines will be in effect at all Oregon Junior Golf competitions and will remain in effect until further notice. These guidelines will be continually updated as conditions change:
- Starting times: All competitions will be conducted by starting times. Any tournaments previously advertised as a shotgun start will be updated with starting times and will be listed on the OGA website along with corresponding communications.
- Arrival times: Players and attendees may arrive on site no earlier than 35 minutes prior to their scheduled starting time. This is to help avoid unnecessary gatherings of contestants as well as allow for appropriate social distancing at our host facilities. Please note that some facilities may have limited practice areas available. Any limitations on practice will be communicated prior to the tournament.
- Spectators/ caddies: Contestants will be permitted only one spectator to accompany him or her before, during or after the round. Caddies will only be permitted at OGA Adult Championships comprised of 54 holes or more, to include the following championships only: Oregon Amateur Championship proper, the Oregon Senior Amateur, the Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship and Oregon Four-Ball Championship.
- Registration/ Check in: Until further notice, registration will take place at the player’s starting hole just prior to starting time. We suggest arriving to the tee approximately 10 minutes before your scheduled start time.
- On-course guidelines: No formal scoreboards will be used and limited access to clubhouse and golf shop may be available to help prevent group gatherings. In addition, players and spectators will be required to maintain social distancing requirements with OGA staff, volunteers and host club staff. Suggested protocols of wearing masks, gloves and other precautions may be place in order to maintain safety standards where close personal interactions might occur.
- Food and Beverage: Food and beverage may be limited by host facilities. The OGA may change what is provided based on each host facility. This will be communicated to participants prior to the tournament. Participants and spectators are encouraged to reach out to host facilities to inquire about any F&B restrictions.
- Liability Waiver: Participants, caddies (where applicable), spectators and parents/guardians will be required to sign a liability waiver absolving the OGA, the host facilities and any of its agents from liability for any issues related to contact with the COVID-19 virus.
Field Sizes: In order to maintain proper social distancing and group gathering protocols, some field sizes may be reduced.
In addition to these general guidelines, the OGA is developing a separate and more detailed list of operational procedures for adult championships and for Junior Golf which will be provided to all respective contestants once completed. All players will be expected to strictly adhere to these published procedures. As we continue to monitor this situation, we may add, adjust or modify any restrictions as needed, with everything being communicated prior to each competition.
While it may seem that some of these changes take away from the experience of a golf tournament, we are committed to providing a healthy atmosphere that allows players a chance to compete during these unprecedented times. Although it will be different, we are excited to be able to provide a both a safe and fun opportunity.