During these times, the goal of the 2020 Dallas Amateur Championship is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all players, caddies, spectators, and host facility staff when participating in the Dallas Amateur Qualifiers and the Championship. The following are tournament regulations policies, and procedures the 2020 DAC has adopted for upcoming tournament operations. The 2020 DAC has incorporated these policies and procedures to keep golf safe and follow guidelines set forth by local and state government officials.
The 2020 Dallas Amateur Championship will be implementing these regulations, policies, and procedures until such a time that the Dallas Amateur Championship, and local and state government officials deem it safe to remove them. Please note that these new policies and procedures will supersede any previous Dallas Amateur Championship Rules & Regulations and Rules of Golf where they are not in agreement.
It is the responsibility of players, caddies, and spectators to fully read, understand, and follow these policies and procedures set forth by the 2020 Dallas Amateur Championship.
COVID-19 EDUCATION & PROTECTION
It is important for players, caddies, and spectators to understand how COVID-19 spreads as well as ways to protect themselves. The following information is from the Governor’s Report to Open Texas.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread:
- Mainly from person to person
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Via respiratory droplets when an infected person talks loudly, coughs or sneezes; these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled.
It is recommended to follow health guidelines, including:
- Wash your hands with soap often and for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Practice social distancing, avoid crowds and limit physical contact
- Use simple cloth face coverings in public
In accordance with the guidelines outlined above, the Dallas Amateur Championship will implement and/or recommend the following guidelines and procedures at tournaments:
- All players and caddies to sign a COVID-19 waiver prior to participating in any tournament between July 10th – July 27th.
- Dallas Amateur Championship staff will wear a face covering when engaging with players, caddies, and spectators, specifically when managing the registration area, starting tee, and scoring area. Players, caddies, and spectators are not required to wear a face-covering but may do so at their discretion.
- Dallas Amateur Championship staff will wear gloves if/when distributing or receiving items from players, caddies, and spectators at the registration area, starting tee and scoring area. Players, caddies, and spectators are not required to wear gloves but may do so at their discretion.
- We ask regardless of a player’s, caddie’s, or spectator’s position around the clubhouse, at the practice facilities or on the golf course, they maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and other players, caddies, and spectators.
- All players and caddies must refrain from touching other players and caddies in any way, including shaking hands prior to and following the round, high fives, fist bumps, etc. Also, players must not touch, handle, or share each other’s equipment.
- Play Ready Golf – if playing out-of-turn can safely help avoid contact with another player or their equipment (i.e. marking a ball, avoiding a crowded tee waiting for honors), then do so.
- The Dallas Amateur Championship will not authorize or permit any player and caddie shuttling prior to, during, or after the round except for emergency situations only (i.e. medical or dangerous weather).
All Dallas Amateur Championship players, caddies, and spectators, and DAC staff are required to self-screen prior to being on-site at tournaments. The Dallas Amateur Championship asks that you please stay at home if you do not feel well and/or display any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19. Refunds will be issued to encourage your safe cooperation.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit. If measuring under the armpit, a fever is constituted at 99.0 degrees or higher.
- Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
Please note that public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Individuals should stay informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support economic revitalization.
HOST FACILITY REGULATIONS
Players, caddies, and spectators will have limited access to the clubhouse.
Players, caddies, and spectators will have limited access to the clubhouse at Trinity Forest for the championship.
All players and caddies are responsible for maintaining proper social distance when utilizing the practice facilities. Spectators should not be on or near the practice facilities.
- Driving Range will be available. Players are asked to minimize their time on the range to allow other players a chance to warm up.
- Putting / Chipping Greens will be available.
Food & Beverage
During qualifying rounds, all coolers will be removed from the practice facilities and golf course. Players, caddies, and spectators will be able to purchase beverages and snacks at check-in and from the beverage cart. Caddies and spectators may carry drinks and snacks for players during the round.
For the championship rounds, there will be snacks and beverages in coolers on the course.
All sand bottles will be removed from the practice facilities and golf course.
Ball Washers and Benches
Since it is impracticable for host facilities to remove their ball washers and benches from the golf course, the Dallas Amateur Championship recommends players not to use them.
CADDIES & SPECTATORS
Caddies are strongly recommended to be an immediate family member or live in the same household. It is also recommended that caddies 65 years of age or older, or caddies with pre-existing health conditions carefully consider their participation in the event. Players should be aware of the increased health risks for these individuals.
There will be no limit to the number of spectators that may attend a DAC Qualifier or the Championship. Spectators on-site will be required to maintain a proper social distance of at least 6 feet from everyone except for people from the same household. It is recommended that spectators 65 years of age or older, or spectators with pre-existing health conditions carefully consider their participation in the event. Players should be aware of the increased health risks for these individuals.
Spectator carts will not be available. Spectators should not be on or near the practice facilities, and when on the golf course, must abide by the current Dallas Amateur Championship spectator policy.
COVID-19 TOURNAMENT POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Method of Starting
The Dallas Amateur Championship will be no longer conduct a double tee start. All Qualifiers and the Championship will be single tee time starts. In accordance with state guidelines for outdoor sports participants, no more than four (4) participants will be grouped together in a single tee time.
It is recommended that players, caddies, and spectators arrive at the golf course no earlier than forty-five (45) minutes prior to their starting time.
All players will be required to check-in upon arriving at the golf course.
The Dallas Amateur Championship will communicate all applicable Player Information, Local Rules, and Hole Locations digitally prior to the tournament. Players, caddies, and spectators will be allowed to access these documents during the round on their mobile devices via email.
- A copy of these documents will be displayed for players, caddies, and spectators to take a picture of at registration.
Starters boxes will be removed from registration and all starting tees. Players should come prepared with tees, ball markers, pencils, permanent markers, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.
In the event of a suspension of play due to inclement weather, all players, caddies, and spectators should immediately vacate the golf course and go straight to their vehicles. Players without a vehicle on-site will take shelter under the pavilion maintaining proper social distance.
Dallas Amateur Championship staff will communicate weather delay information with players, caddies, and spectators via email and text.
Bunkers and Rakes
All rakes will be removed from the practice facilities and golf course. Players are encouraged to smooth the sand with their shoes or club when exiting the bunker. Please note that players still may not smooth the sand when entering the bunker prior to hitting their shot.
Modified Model Local Rule E-3: Preferred lies will be in effect in all bunkers to prevent players from playing out of disturbed areas. If a player’s ball is in a bunker they will be allowed to lift, clean, and place the ball within one club-length of where the ball came to rest. The new spot of the ball must be no closer to the hole and must remain in the bunker. A player may still elect to use relief options described under 16.1c (Abnormal Course Condition in Bunker), 16.2 (Dangerous Animal), and 19.3 (Unplayable Ball). The player must choose a spot to place the ball and use procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.
Players and caddies must not touch or remove the flagstick under any circumstances.
- Exception: A player may touch the flagstick with his/her putter in determining whether or not the ball has been holed.
Hole / Holing Out
Cups on the green are filled to assist players in removing their ball from the hole to decrease touching and potential contamination around the cup and flagstick. A player’s ball must still be holed.
Scorecards will be printed with each player’s name in the group, and each player will be given a scorecard by the Dallas Amateur Championship staff.
Scorecards will not be exchanged between players. At the conclusion of each hole, each player in the group will announce their score and it will be recorded by each player. Players must bring their own writing utensils for recording scores, as none will be provided on the starting tee, and players are not permitted to share.
There will be scoring stations set up throughout the course. At these stations, players will read their scores for the previous holes to the score taker to record and post in the Golf Genius.
Once the round is completed:
- Players must walk straight from the final green to the scoring area with all of their equipment.
- Tables and chairs will not be available in the scoring area.
- Only one (1) group will be allowed into the scoring area at a time and all players will maintain 6 feet of distance between them.
- Players will confirm their scores verbally with the group and the Dallas Amateur Championship staff conducting the scoring. Two signatures will not be required to make the scorecard official.
- A scorecard will be considered “returned” once the player has verbally confirmed their scores with their group and the Dallas Amateur Championship staff, placed their scorecard in a designated dropbox and leaves the scoring area.
- Traditional scoreboards and/or digital scoreboards will be removed from the scoring area. Players, caddies, and spectators are encouraged to use the Golf Genius app to view tournament results.
The Dallas Amateur Championship staff will not be conducting an in-person awards ceremony onsite following the qualifiers. Dallas Amateur Championship staff will email results following the completion of the qualifier with scores and a list of players that have qualified. Players will also be able to see the results at www.iamagolfer.com or using the qualifier's GGID on the Golf Genius App.