Nebraska Golf Association's plans for summer tournaments
The Nebraska Golf Association is planning its rules and regulations for their 2020 summer schedule which is set to start June 16 at Oakland Golf Course with the Nebraska Match Play Championships.
NGA Executive Director Craig Ames said there rules are not finalized but some are clear cut at this point. Those include:
-Only interval tee-times (10-12 minutes between groups)
-Limited time on the range and practice green
-Only one-rider per golf cart
-Cannot touch the flag sticks
With all the rules and regulations, Ames said he hopes when golfers step on the course they will feel a sense of normalcy.
"It's nice once you get out on the golf course. It's just kind of normal. You know you're out playing and the sport lends itself to social distancing," Ames said. "Ultimately, what I'm hoping is that although we have to put out all these precautions in place, what it boils down to is once we start playing golf it will be somewhat normal."
He said they are still figuring out how caddies will work but most likely in June no caddies will be allowed. The NGA is also figuring out how spectators will work once competitions begin.
The NGA is following a lot of the guidelines on the Professional Golf Association's
which the Center for Disease Control consulted them on. Ames said while it is a great tool they need to follow regulations based on directive health measures set in Nebraska.
"It's difficult because not every state is going Phase 1, Phase 2. Sometimes some groups have one foot in one area, one foot in another but it was a great reference tool for us to be able to conduct competitions because they put this playbook together with consultation from the CDC," Ames said.
The NGA has its full summer
out on its website. They only made one change in terms of venues. The Match Play Championships will no longer be at Riverside Golf Course in Grand Island but at Oakland Golf Course.
Ames said this was due to concerns raised for how many COVID-19 cases there were in the Grand Island area. Riverside will host the 2021 Match Play Championships.
The NGA will release its rules and regulations next Monday, June 1st.