46th Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship

The Country Club of Lincoln, August 3-5, 2020
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NGA COVID-19 Championship Guidelines

In preparation for the NGA championship season we wanted to share with you our guidelines for conducting championships. The health and safety of everyone is our top priority. Although these guidelines are subject to change, they include the following until further notice.

  • Do not play if you feel sick or are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not play if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or have been out of the country within the last 14 days.
  • Maintain the 6’ social distancing from anyone at all times.
  • Use proper hygiene at all times.
    • Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and water.
    • Use hand sanitizer when necessary.
  • Arrival - Players will not be permitted on-site until one hour prior to their start time.
  • Registration - Players will be required to check-in each day of the championship and answer standard COVID-19 screening questions.
  • Championship Documents - All championship documents, including notice to competitors, pace of play policy, NGA local rules & terms of competition, hole location sheet, etc. will be sent to players electronically prior to the start of each championship.
    • Players are encouraged to print and review these documents prior to play.
    • All documents will also be available under the Information tab of each championship website and at the starter's area.
  • Scorecards - Individual scorecards will be distributed. See Scoring under Championship Operations below for details on how scoring will be done at each championship.
  • Carts - When allowed during a championship, only one player and one bag per cart will be allowed. Caddies are permitted to ride with the player in the cart.
    • Note: When entering a championship be sure to select that you will be using a cart. Players that do not reserve a cart will only be given a cart based on availability.
  • Caddies - Caddies are permitted and may perform typical caddie duties under the Rules of Golf.
  • Spectators - Spectators will be permitted. Media and college coaches will be allowed.
    • Spectators are asked to maintain 6’ social distancing and refrain from congregating before or after the round.
    • Spectators will not be allowed in any of the practice areas.
  • Practice Areas - The policies below for the practice range and putting/chipping green(s) allows for players to practice prior to their start time on a limited basis. All players will have equal opportunity to practice before their round if the following are adhered to.
    • Practice Range
      • Limitations to the number of players that may be on the range will be site specific based on the size of the range and the number of stations available using 6’ social distancing.
      • Players only allowed on the practice range. No caddies or spectators allowed.
      • Players will be limited to only one bag of balls (approximately 50 balls) to hit on the range.
      • Range balls will be available for pick up from a range attendant.
      • Use of the range after a player’s round is prohibited.
      • We ask that all players be quick and efficient with their warm-up to ensure all players get time on the range.
    • Putting/Chipping Greens
      • Limitations to the number of players that may be on the practice putting green and/or chipping green will be site specific based on the size of the greens.
      • Players only allowed on or around the greens. No caddies or spectators allowed.
      • We ask that all players be quick and efficient with their practice to ensure all players get time on the greens.
  • Starting Areas - Players should arrive at their assigned tee no less than 5 min before their assigned starting time.
    • Scorecards, hole locations, notice to competitors, pencils, etc. will be available in the starting area.
  • Scoring - Digital (online) scoring will be used through the USGA Tournament Management (USGA TM) app.
    • Players are asked to download the USGA TM app prior to the start of their first round.
    • Complete instructions on how to download the USGA TM app, login, and keep score will be sent to players prior to the start of each championship.
    • One player or caddie in each group is required to enter scores via the app after each hole.
    • Scorecards will be distributed to the marker for each player.  Scorecards will not be exchanged or require signatures.
    • Upon completion of the round players will enter the designated scoring area to review and verify their scores verbally with the scoring official.
  • On-Course Water & Snacks
    • Water - Water stations will be available on-course with an attendant present to hand players individual bottles of water.
      • Players are asked to bring their own water, as the on-course stations will not be located in numerous places throughout the course as you are accustomed to.
    • Snacks - We will not be providing snacks, such as, fruit, energy bars, etc. in the starting area or on-course comfort stations.
  • Scoreboards - Public scoreboards will not be used.
    • Scores and results will be posted on the championship website for viewing via personal devices.
  • Inclement Weather - In the event of inclement weather requiring a suspension of play all players will be asked to proceed to their vehicles. Updates regarding the suspension and resumption of play will be sent to players via email and text.
    • Note: Please make sure that your cell phone number is provided in your player profile to ensure you receive the text messages.
  • Awards - Awards ceremonies will be conducted.
    • Players will be asked to pick up their award(s).  They will not be handed to them.
    • Merchandise certificates will be kept on file at the host facility.
    • Merchandise reports will be sent to players following the completion of each championship.
    • Players are asked to redeem their certificates at a later date if possible.
  • Bunkers - A limited number of bunker rakes will be available on the golf course.
    • Ball will be played as it lies in the bunker.
    • If a player feels their ball is in an abnormal ground condition they can ask for relief from a member of the Committee. If granted, the relief procedure will be followed as stated in the Rules of Golf.
    • In some cases, where enough rakes are available, we may place one rake on a cart in the group and ask that player to be the designated bunker raker.
    • NGA staff and volunteers will also be equipped with rakes to tidy up bunkers throughout the day.
  • Flagstick - Attending and removal of flagsticks is permitted.
    • It is recommended that the player or caddie that removed the flagstick be the one to replace it.
  • Returned Scorecard - A scorecard will be deemed returned when the player has verbally verified their hole-by-hole scores with their marker and the scoring official and left the designated scoring area.
  • Clubhouse and Food & Beverage - Clubhouse accessibility and food & beverage availability will be site specific based on the operation model they have in place to adhere to directed health measures at the time of the championship.  This information will be provided to players in the Player Memo prior to the championship.