Update to OGA Official Statement on Association Activities During the Coronavirus Concern | Oregon Golf Association

Update to OGA Official Statement on Association Activities During the Coronavirus Concern

OGA COVID-19 Competition Guidelines as of May 14, 2020

Beginning in June, the OGA plans to resume its competitions schedule - registration is now open for all OGA and Oregon Junior Golf competitions and events.

The OGA adult schedule will begin with the OGA Tour event at Eagle Crest on June 2nd, followed by the Oregon Amateur Qualifiers. Oregon Junior Golf will commence with the Summer Series at Glendoveer on June 18. The first major tournament will be the Junior Stroke Play Championship at Chehalem Glenn, June 23-25. Should a tournament subsequently be canceled, players will be notified to adjust travel arrangements and will be refunded any related entry fee accordingly.

Competitions Registration:

Due to the ongoing issues related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), however, the OGA 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 OGA competitions including: OGA Championships, Oregon Junior Golf, OGA Tour and Women’s Interclub Play 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.
  • Carts: Contestants will be encouraged to walk, however for events where power carts are permitted, only single rider carts will be rented and may be reserved on a first-come first-served basis.
  • 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.

Previous updates are listed below.

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Update to OGA Official Statement on Association Activities During the Coronavirus Concern – 4/30/2020

As we continue to monitor the status of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and keep updated on national and state directives from government and health authorities, the safety and wellbeing of our members, players, staff, host sites, volunteers and allied partners remains our top priority. Because of this, the OGA has made the decision to extend its cancelation of all organized events until June 1.

This includes OGA qualifiers, OGA Tour events, WHS seminars and other organized events. As indicated in our previous announcement, all entry fees previously paid for an event that has been cancelled will be fully refunded.

We are hopeful that by the first of June we will be able to host our scheduled tournaments for the remainder of the year, depending on any new developments between now and then. We will keep everyone apprised of our plans moving forward.

Our goal is to get back to conducting our competitions, educational seminars and other events just as soon as it is safe to do so. We wish to thank all of our constituents for their support and understanding during these unprecedented times and we encourage everyone to follow the recommended guidelines of the CDC to assist them in remaining safe and healthy.

Please feel free to call or email us with any questions: 503-981-4653 or info@oga.org

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Update to OGA Official Statement on Association Activities During the Coronavirus Concern – 4/14/2020

As we continue to monitor the status of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and keep updated on national and state directives from government and health authorities, the safety and wellbeing of our members, players, staff, host sites, volunteers and allied partners remains our top priority.

Because of this, the OGA has made the decision to extend its cancelation of all organized events until May 15. This includes OGA qualifiers, OGA Tour events, WHS seminars and other organized events. As indicated in our previous announcement, all entry fees previously paid for an event that has been cancelled will be fully refunded.

 

As this situation continues to evolve, we will keep everyone apprised of our plans moving forward. Our goal is to get back to conducting our competitions, educational seminars and other events just as soon as it is safe to do so. We wish to thank all of our constituents for their support and understanding during these unprecedented times and we encourage everyone to follow the recommended guidelines of the CDC to assist them in remaining safe and healthy.

Please feel free to call or email us with any questions: 503-981-4653 or info@oga.org

Previous events updates are listed below.

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Update to OGA Official Statement on Association Activities During the Coronavirus Concern – 3/18/2020

Due to ongoing monitoring of the status of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), along with further review of national and state directives from governmental authorities and in consideration of our players, staff, host sites, volunteers and allied partners, the OGA has made the decision to cancel all organized events until May 1. This includes OGA qualifiers, OGA Tour events, WHS seminars and other organized events. As indicated in our previous announcement, all entry fees previously paid for an event that has been cancelled will be fully refunded.

As this situation remains one that changes almost daily, we will keep everyone apprised of plans as they evolve. We wish to thank all of our constituents for their support and understanding during these unprecedented times and we encourage everyone to follow the recommended guidelines of the CDC to assist them in remaining safe and healthy.

Please feel free to call or email us with any questions: 503-981-4653 or info@oga.org

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OGA Official Statement on Association Activities during the Coronavirus Concern – 3/13/2020

The Oregon Golf Association shares the concern about the coronavirus and the questions this crisis presents. The health and wellbeing of our members and the general public is always paramount. The goal, of course, in any moment of public health concern is to be guided by expert information, grounded in scientific and medical data, and sourced from public health and government authorities. 

For information on this health concern, please read this Covid-19 website which gives you ways to stymie the Covid-19 virus as best as possible. 

In an effort to act as a responsible member of the community by helping curb the spread of the virus by social distancing, the OGA has made the decision, as of 3/13/20, to cancel all organized events until April. This includes Oregon Junior Golf tournaments and OGA Tour events as well as scheduled Rules workshops and WHS seminars during that time. If you have registered for an event that has now been cancelled, we will automatically refund your entry fee.

This is a continually evolving situation and we will update our plans and policies accordingly, based on information we receive from all health and governmental authorities.

We hope that everyone will follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local and state health authorities to lessen the risk of accidental transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The OGA will continue to monitor this situation with the hope that there will soon be a slowdown or remission of this pandemic and the Association can return to its normal cadence of activity. Updates will be provided on our website as things transpire.

In the mean time, we wish to remind everyone of ways to help stay safe:

  • Wash your hands. If you can't wash them on the course, please use hand sanitizer.
  • Don't touch your face, including your mouth, nose, lips or eyes.
  • Sanitize objects that lots of people touch, or that you touch often (including your phone!). (Note: The Rules of Golf allow players to keep the flagstick in the hole)
  • Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet apart.
  • If you are sick or at risk, please stay home.
  • No handshakes & hugs– This will be difficult, but out of caution, we are asking our staff, volunteer officials, and players to suspend the practice of shaking hands and hugging. This includes on the 1st tee and on the 18th green where a friendly handshake or hug have been long standing acts of proper sportsmanship. As an alternative, we recommend a friendly nod, a tip of your cap, or a simple wave or elbow touch as a form of greeting or sportsmanship.
  • Those who are at the highest risk are:
    1. Older adults
    2. Those with heart disease, diabetes and lung disease
       

If you have any questions feel free to call us (503-981-4653) or email at info@oga.org

Published / Last Updated On: 
05/14/20