SCGA Updates Regarding COVID-19

March 23, 2020

All SCGA and SCGA Junior Foundation events remain suspended.

Championships
The following four championships remain suspended: Senior Four-Ball, California Senior Women’s Amateur, Amateur Net and the Mid-Amateur Championships. We will continue to evaluate the feasibility of rescheduling these events later this year, if possible.

One-Day Series
All One-Day Series tournaments scheduled between Mar. 14 – May 2 are cancelled. A full refund will be issued to the credit card used to pay for the event.

Member Outings
All Member Outings scheduled between Mar. 16 – May 7 are cancelled. A full refund will be issued to the credit card used to pay for the event.

Additionally, the Member Outing to Bandon Dunes Resort has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued shortly.

Team Play & Women’s Team Play
Team Play Playoffs and the Women’s Team Play regular season remains suspended. We hope to resume as soon as possible.

USGA Qualifying
On behalf of the USGA:
Local qualifying for the 120th U.S. Open Championship in its current form has been canceled. Likewise, qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Championship in its current form has been canceled.

It will be necessary for players who registered to file a new application when the restructured qualifying plan is announced. All players who registered will be withdrawn and issued a full refund of $200 by the USGA. This refund will be issued in 10-12 business days to the credit card that was provided on the application.

As of March 20, the dates for Final Qualifying, the U.S. Open Championship, and the U.S. Women’s Open Championship remain as scheduled and players who have applied as either locally or fully exempt are still registered.

SCGA Junior Golf Foundation
The SCGA Golf-A-Thon has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.

All other SCGA Junior club outings, instruction classes, clinics and events remain suspended indefinitely.

The Southern California golf universe is now on hiatus. Not all golf courses have closed. For the most up-to-date information, click here.

In order to help golf course operators, committees and golfers better understand how the Rules of Golf and Rules of Handicapping apply to the various questions we have received, please review these COVID-19 Rules/Handicapping FAQs.

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Mar. 12 Update:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it’s with great caution that we announce the following changes, effective immediately:

In consultation with members of the Championships & Golf Operations committee and after careful considerations of Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order and Mayor Garcetti’s directive regarding mass gatherings, we have decided to suspend all scheduled competitive and non-competitive events indefinitely.

For those who signed up for the SCGA Amateur Net, Mid-Amateur, or Senior Four-Ball Qualifiers and Championships, they will be issued a full refund. Likewise, full refunds will be issued to those who signed up for One-Day Series tournaments in the month of March. We will constantly reevaluate with the anticipation of conducting championships in the future. Similarly, all SCGA Junior instructional classes have been suspended.

At this time, we are working to reschedule all Member Outings that were initially planned to occur in March. If we are able to reschedule these Member Outings, we will alert participants of that change and automatically place them in the field for that Member Outing. Should the future date conflict with your schedule, or if you wish to cancel out of the potential future event for any other reason, please let us know and you will be issued a full refund.

As for SCGA Team Play, we will reevaluate the status of these programs in a few weeks and communicate with participants when we come to a conclusion. We fully intend to continue and complete the Team Play and Women’s Team Play seasons as soon as possible.

If we act now with extreme conservatism and pragmatism, we hope to withstand the potential escalation of the virus. Keeping our community healthy and safe while we deliver on our mission remains our top priority.

This decision was not one we took lightly. We recognize the importance of these events to you, our region, and golf in Southern California. We appreciate your understanding and will keep you updated with next steps as they become clear.

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