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KANNAPOLIS OPEN COVID-19 RELATED INFORMATION

 

COVID-19 RULES AND CODE OF CONDUCT IN EFFECT 

PLEASE CLICK THESE WORDS FOR FULL INFORMATION

 

PRACTICE ROUND INFORMATION

  • Tee times will be available between 10:00am and 2:00pm Monday July 6th
    • Players will not be permitted onsite more than an hour before their tee time
      • Players MUST BOOK a practice round time
  • Players will go through a check in process including:
    • COVID-19 questionnaire
    • Temperature check
    • players will be give a face mask

 

NC EXECUTIVE ORDER 147 (face masks)

  • Players will be required to wear a face mask when entering the building
  • Should a player have a caddie that is NOT from the same household and cannot keep a safe and social distance (six feet), both persons must wear a face mask for the duration of limited social distancing
    • to qualify for same household players need to provide proof of address if they are not a direct family member.
  • Should a weather delay force players to use the evacuation carts players will be required to wear their face mask

 

CADDIES AND SPECTATORS

We are pleased to announce that we will be allowing spectators and caddies at the 2020 KANNAPOLIS OPEN. Under the following conditions:

  • We respectfully ask that members of the community classed as “high risk” stay at home.
  • Must adhere to all policies that are set forth for players
  • Must REMAIN OFF ALL PRACTICE FACILITIES
  • Spectators MUST remain on the cart paths at all times

COVID-19 TESTING RESOURCES

We are encouraging players to get tested after each event they compete in. Other than a block of three event in August the tour will be operating on a week-on-week off basis for the remainder of the year. Allowing players to get tested directly after they compete and enough time for their results to come back before their next event. Below we have provided some resources to help locate where to get tested.

For the most part each state is now running a robust testing program where you will be able to find locations that offer “drive-up” and FREE testing that provide results within 2-4 days.

Again we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE all players to get tested after each event. The unfortunate fact is that this virus will be with society for the foreseeable future, for the tour and society to continue operating we all must do what we can to make sure our environments are as safe as we can make them.

 

Alabama Testing

Covid resource center: https://covid19.alabama.gov

 

Florida Testing

Handled on a city and country basis. Google your city and FREE testing for locations.

 

Georgia Testing

Department of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-19-testing-site

 

North Carolina Testing 

Department of Health and Human Services: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing

 

South Carolina Testing

Department of Health and Human Services: https://scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-screening-testing-sites

 

Tennessee Testing

Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html

 

Virginia Testing

Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/

BLUEGOLF LIVE SCORING INFORMATION and HELP

GProTour will be conducting a “test” live scoring event on June 19th. We highly suggest that all players registered for the 2020 MIMOSA OPEN take part to familiarize themselves with the BlueGolf scoring system. Players will be expected at the MIMOSA OPEN to use the live scoring feature as no formal scorecards will be given to players.

What you need

  • Players will need to download the BlueGolf Pro Golf App
  • Your check-in code for the event (provided on June 18th)
    • should you not receive your code by email, please contact us and we will provide it.

Scoring

  • Select the GProTour app/link from within.
    • Select the LIVE SCORING TEST EVENT June 19th
  • You will be able to check-in  the day before the event
  • You will be assigned a player within your group to mark
  • GProTour will not be verifying scores for the test event, BUT at events with living scoring enabled there will be a scoring area where players will verbally confirm their scores, much like our traditional scoring area. See COVID-19 protocols and restart information for more details.
  • If you would like to complete the additional statistics available in the app you are welcome to BUT not required.

How it will work

Players will have all day June 19th to complete their scorecard, we will set up the event so that players can complete their card anytime throughout the day. You DO NOT have to score you card at your given tee time. Tour staff will be available to help with questions from 1:00pm – 3:00pm on the 19th to help. Just contact us you would normally.

Tutorial Videos

Check-in process: View here

How to score: View here

NOTICE TO PLAYERS For MIMOSA OPEN

Practice Round Information

To cut down on shared points of contact MIMOSA HILLS and the TOUR have agreed to go cash/credit card “less” for the 2020 MIMOSA OPEN practice rounds June 22nd. Registrations will now include a $20 practice round fee, discounted from the typical $35.  ALL players are asked to call the course at the number below to book their practice round, please inform the club on whether you plan to join and existing group or create a group along with its members.

Start Times

  • Rounds One – Three: 7:30am
  • Single tee
  • Threesome will be utilized in 11-12 minute intervals

Spectators 

For the MIMOSA OPEN an addendum will be effect to the Covid-19 Code of Conduct

  1. Players will not be permitted to bring any spectators on-site for this event. The tour requests that players adhere to this policy, so we can get the first event up and running with focus on players safety. From there we will be able to review the event with hopes of relaxing some of the code of conduct for future events. Players will continually updated on changes.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

We had a number of calls over the past week in regards to memberships. We hope the information below helps answer those questions, should you have any more please reach out. We would also like to remind players that memberships have been extended thru June 30th 2021, giving players a projected 20+ events to use their membership.

 

Memberships purchased before March 13th 

Will not be refunded under any circumstance.

 

Memberships purchased between March 13th and May 20th (covid-19 effected time period)

Will be eligible for a refund, providing that players have not used the membership to enroll in any manufacture discount programs.

 

Memberships purchased May 21st onwards

2020 membership policy is still in effect – memberships will be fully refunded 7 days from purchase, after 7 days no refunds.

RESTART INFORMATION MAY 20th

The tour is pleased to announce the restart of the 2020 Season with the MIMOSA OPEN hosted by Mimosa Hills Country Club June 23rd – 25th.

This year, the world has faced a generational challenge not seen since 1918. The novel coronavirus has upended society as we know and will continue to be a disruptive force for the foreseeable future. As the tour begins the restart, a new normal will take center stage, with an additional “code of conduct” designed to keep our players, hosts and staff safe.

As many of you can imagine, scheduling has been a challenge. We have had host facilities that are requesting delays of their events, cancellations and guarantees of starts. At this time, the tour is taking the opportunity with the cancellation of Korn Ferry Q School to provide a more robust and flowing schedule for the remainder of 2020.

A full schedule for remainder 2020 will be released in the coming weeks with a projected two events per month. At this time, events for June and July are as follows

MIMOSA OPEN hosted by Mimosa Country Club June 23rd – 25th

KANNAPOLIS OPEN hosted by The Club at Irish Creek July 7th – 9th

GREENVILLE OPEN hosted by Brook Valley Country Club July 21st – 23rd

The past few months have allowed the tour to re-evaluate our scheduling and what is important to our players. Our goal has been to provide great events on great courses that lead up to and around Monday Qualifiers and the PGA Tour’s Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying system. GProTour has typically ended its season in early- to mid-November with a restart in late March. Over the past several seasons it has become clear that we also need to provide additional events for players that are tuning up for PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA, PGA TOUR CHINA and MACKENZIE TOUR CANADA.

With that said, we are pleased to announce that the 2020 Season will now be a wrap-around season, concluding June 30th, 2021. Memberships will also run through June 30th, 2021. New memberships will be needed for the 2021-22 season.

Events will run through November 2020 and restart January 2021 with a projected two events per month leading up to the 2021 TOUR CHAMPIONSHP June 28th – June 30th (information to be disclosed in the coming weeks). Players will continue to compete for prize money and points throughout the 2020-21 season with a select number of points leaders earning a spot in the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, with a number of events featuring increased purses and points availability.

From there, the tour will take a pause before the 2021-2022 season in August, with the aim of providing four to five events prior to the beginning of 2021 Korn Kerry Qualifying School.

Membership and Entries are now open: as society and life begin to come back “online,” we look forward to providing each of you a safe place to compete.

COVID-19 CODE OF CONDUCT and RESTART RULES

Below is what can be expected for and by players in the lead up to events along with a Code of Conduct that will be implemented for the foreseeable future, in guidance with CDC protocols.

Before the Event and During 

  1. If you have a temperature or show symptoms of Covid-19 please stay home (a full refund will be given).
  2. If you have been symptomatic of covid-19 within the past two weeks you are not eligible to compete (a full refund will be given if you become symptomatic after registration).
  3. If you knowingly have been in contact with someone diagnosed or symptomatic of covid-19 within the past two weeks you are not eligible to compete (a full refund will be given if you become symptomatic after registration).
  4. If you become symptomatic during an event you must notify staff and withdraw from the event (NO REFUND will be given if you have struck your first shot).
  5. If you are found to be symptomatic during an event you will be asked to leave and be withdrawn from the event (NO REFUND will be given if you have struck your first shot).
  6. Caddies, family members and spectators are currently prohibited from being on host properties.
  7. Players MUST maintain 6 feet from all players, staff both host facility and tour. All handshakes, elbow bumps etc. are suspended.
  8. There will be NO GATHERINGS at any point throughout the event, practice facilities, parking lots, locker rooms (if there are open) etc.
  9. Clubhouse access will be designated on a weekly basis and players will be notified of those rules prior to the official practice round.
  10. Players are encouraged to NOT PARTICIPATE IN DINE-IN and recommended that players take food-to-go, along with avoiding mass gatherings such as movie theaters and the like.

On the Course

  1. There will be no formal inside scoring or registration
  2. Players will need to be on the tee 10 minutes prior to their tee time, players will need to verbally confirm:
    1. That they have not been symptomatic of covid-19 within the past two weeks
    2. That they knowingly have not been in contact with someone diagnosed or symptomatic of covid-19 within the past two weeks
    3. A “yes” answer to the above questions shall result in immediate withdrawal from event and departure from host facility.
  3. Pin sheets, local rule sheets and any host specific rules will be digital and located on the same webpage as tee times.
  4. Scoring will be digital, all players are expected to participate
  5. The tour will not provide any snacks or beverages, players are encouraged to bring their own.
  6. Flagsticks will remain in the hole; players are allowed to center a flagstick before a stroke ONLY with a club head.
  7. Rakes will not be in any bunkers
  8. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will do its upmost to provide enough warning for players to safely walk-off the course. Players must shelter in their vehicles .
  9. Scoring will be verbal under a tent located by the 18th
  10. Players are required to leave the property once they have completed their round
  11. If a player is waiting for a potential playoff they are recommended to do so in their car or at the advice of the tournament committee the practice facilities.

What the Tour Is Doing for Your Safety

  1. Where possible twosomes will be used.
  2. Additional spacing between groups
  3. Hand sanitizer will be provided in select locations.
  4. Practice facilities will have additional spacing between hitting bays, practice greens may not have holes cut or additional holes to help with dispersion.
  5. Limited touch points
  6. All tax and ACH forms will need to be completed digitally. Players will need to have all required forms on file before payment will be issued.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT Effective JUNE 22nd Onwards

The following Local Rules are considered a Code of Conduct under Rule 1.2b and will apply TO ALL EVENTS until removed at which point players will be notified.

These Rules are in addition to the 2020 Season Terms of Competition (Hard Card) and any other event-specific Local Rules (rules sheet) given to players. The Code of Conduct is subject to change before any event.

Practice

Rule 5.2b is modified in this way: Players may only practice at the facility at which the competition is being conducted within 1-hour prior to their starting time both event and practice days. Also, players may not practice at the facility in any way following completion of a round unless otherwise allowed by the Committee (i.e. prior to a playoff).

Penalty for First Breach: Verbal Warning Penalty for Second Breach: Disqualification

Bunkers

When a ball lies in the bunker, players may utilize ‘Preferred Lies’. The player may lift, clean, and place the ball or any ball within one club length of the reference point (spot of the original ball). The relief area must not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the bunker. The relief area must not be smoothed before placing.

Penalty for Playing a Ball from a Wrong Place OR Smoothing Sand Before Placing the Ball: General Penalty (2 Strokes).

Flagsticks

Rule 13.2 is modified in this way: Players are prohibited from removing the flagstick at any time. Players will be responsible for any breach of this Rule by his/her caddie or any outside influence directed by the player. Any incidental or accidental touching of the flagstick from removing a ball from the hole is not subject to a breach of this Rule.

Penalty for Removing Flagstick: General Penalty (2 Strokes) For Each Breach.

Holing Out

A ball is considered ‘holed’ if it is resting on an object in place to prevent the ball from falling to the bottom of the cup even if the ball is not completely resting below the surface of the ground.

Scoring

Scoring will be completed digitally on a player’s mobile device (information will be released soon). In the scoring area, players will certify their scores hole-by-hole verbally and a signature will not be required by the player or marker. The scorecard is considered returned when the player verbally certifies the scores and leaves the defined scoring area. Players that are unable to use a digital platform may keep track of their scores via their own paper system (none will be provided by the tour) and again verbal confirmation will be used to certify that score. Players will not swap scorecards.

Disregarding Code of Conduct or Restart Rules

Any player who is found to be intentionally or repeatedly showing disregard to any part of this Code of Conduct or the safety of other players is subject to disqualification from the competition and removal from the facility property (at the discretion of the Committee) and may face a period of suspension from the tour.  

UPDATE MAY 12th

The tour is under the current working presumptions that play can resume once the State of North Carolina  enters PHASE TWO, which we believe will be in early June under current estimates. At this time we are working with each of our facilities for June and July to see what needs to be accomplished for events to be ran safely for all parties involved. We hope to have a formal start date by weeks end.

 

EVENT ENTRIES

Entries will open up three weeks prior to an events entry deadline. With all tour policies in regards to entries standing.

UPDATE APRIL 30th

Due to unforeseen circumstances at Colonial Country Club the 2020 THOMASVILLE OPEN has been canceled.

The tour hopes that we can continue our 2020 season on June 16th-18th at the HIGH POINT OPEN, we are awaiting news from the governors office in regards to phasing and the lifting of stay-at-home orders. Once we have a confirmed start date the tour will notify players of the “g0 ahead” and open entries for events under the following process:

 

EVENT ENTRIES

Entries will open up three weeks prior to an events entry deadline. With all tour policies in regards to entries standing.

 

UPDATE APRIL 24th

In regards to the new information released by the State of North Carolina on April 23rd.

The state announced the stay-at-home order has been extended thru May 8th along with the PHASES for reopening.

The state has set a list of criteria that must be met for each PHASE to be initiated, in those phases certain business and social normalities will come back on-line.

At this time we are trying to find out where the tour fits in and at what PHASE it is safe to begin operations. The tour will not begin operations until we have met the legal requirements by the state (and each state hosting an event), along with making sure that we can provide our players, staff and hosts a safe environment.

When operations begin players can expect things to be different than before, most likely there will need to be a reduction in field sizes, spacing out of practice facilities, 2-somes and extended tee time intervals, for the short term.

As more information is released, the tour will notify the players of our confirmed start date along with the necessary information to do so. At this time we are a projecting a June 2nd start with the 2020 THOMASVILLE OPEN hosted by Colonial Country Club.

 

THOMASVILLE OPEN

Has been moved to June 2-4th (one week later)

UPDATE APRIL 2nd

HOWARD CLARK MEMORIAL

Due to the new guidance issued by the CDC through the end of April the 2020 HOWARD CLARK MEMORIAL has been postponed, with a hope of rescheduling for later in the year.  All registered players will be refunded on April 2nd and can expect to see the funds back to their original purchase source within three business days.

2020 BIGGS CLASSIC

Due to the fact that the BIGGS CLASSIC is hosted within a 55+ community and COVID-19 hitting that segment of the population especially hard, tournament coordinators decided on April 2nd to cancel the 2020 iteration of the event.

 

At this time the next scheduled event, the 2020 THOMASVILLE OPEN will remain on the schedule. Tour staff will continue to monitor the situation and only host events when it becomes safe for both our players, staff and the communities. Please keep checking back for updates.

UPDATE MARCH 25th 

No additional information at this time.

UPDATE MARCH 18th 3:00pm

2020 GASTON CLASSIC – POSTPONED

We regret to inform our players that the 2020 GASTON CLASSIC scheduled for April 14-16 has been POSTPONED.

With the CDC creating new guidelines on gatherings larger that 50, along with new mandates in the State of North Carolina. From both a health and social standpoint hosting an event at this time would untenable.

All players will be fully refunded Monday morning and can expect funds to hit the original purchase source within 48 hours.

 

APRIL EVENTS

With the new CDC guideline in place though the second week of May we are currently evaluating the viability of scheduled events through that time. Players will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

As the world faces an unpresented social and economic crisis, we can all do our part to help our communities. Small business that rely on constant traffic will be going through additional hardship, whether it’s your favorite coffee shop, bakery, ice cream parlor or restaurant – tip a bit more. Each additional dollar you can contribute will only help keep your favorite local business ticking.

 

CHARITABLE CAUSES

With thousands of school closures, millions of children will be out of school, a large number of these kids rely on their school and community for food each day. There will be a number of programs, some within your community looking for assistance, please if you have the time, look into how you can help.

 

CONTINUE GOOD HEALTH PRACTICES

  • Wash your hands. If you can’t wash them on the course, please use hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Sanitize objects
  • Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet apart.
  • No handshakes & hugs

 

Should the tour receive additional information or guidance, players will be notified promptly. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@thegprotour.com.

UPDATE MARCH 18th 3:00pm

2020 GASTON CLASSIC – POSTPONED

We regret to inform our players that the 2020 GASTON CLASSIC scheduled for April 14-16 has been POSTPONED.

With the CDC creating new guidelines on gatherings larger that 50, along with new mandates in the State of North Carolina. From both a health and social standpoint hosting an event at this time would untenable.

All players will be fully refunded Monday morning and can expect funds to hit the original purchase source within 48 hours.

 

APRIL EVENTS

With the new CDC guideline in place though the second week of May we are currently evaluating the viability of scheduled events through that time. Players will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

As the world faces an unpresented social and economic crisis, we can all do our part to help our communities. Small business that rely on constant traffic will be going through additional hardship, whether it’s your favorite coffee shop, bakery, ice cream parlor or restaurant – tip a bit more. Each additional dollar you can contribute will only help keep your favorite local business ticking.

 

CHARITABLE CAUSES

With thousands of school closures, millions of children will be out of school, a large number of these kids rely on their school and community for food each day. There will be a number of programs, some within your community looking for assistance, please if you have the time, look into how you can help.

 

CONTINUE GOOD HEALTH PRACTICES

  • Wash your hands. If you can’t wash them on the course, please use hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Sanitize objects
  • Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet apart.
  • No handshakes & hugs

 

Should the tour receive additional information or guidance, players will be notified promptly. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@thegprotour.com.

UPDATE MARCH 17th   2:00pm

No New Updates

UPDATE MARCH 15th  11:00pm

2020 SAVANNAH OPEN – POSTPONED

We regret to inform our players that the 2020 SAVANNAH OPEN scheduled for March 25-27 has been POSTPONED.

Late Sunday evening management at Savannah Quarters notified tour staff that the club will no longer be able to host outside events due to CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) concerns.

The club will be going through a systematic shutdown with only essential staff working. Director of Golf Jonathan Mattox was sorely disappointed they could not showcase their course and host in 10 days’ time and noted that a reschedule for the fall would be a priority.

All players will be fully refunded Monday morning and can expect funds to hit the original purchase source within 48 hours.

 

APRIL EVENTS

With the CDC setting new guidance each day, tour staff will be maintaining constant contact with each facilities management. As soon as we hear any updates that would affect events, players will be notified instantly.

At this time April events are scheduled to be completed.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

As the world faces an unpresented social and economic crisis, we can all do our part to help our communities. Small business that rely on constant traffic will be going through additional hardship, whether it’s your favorite coffee shop, bakery, ice cream parlor or restaurant – tip a bit more. Each additional dollar you can contribute will only help keep your favorite local business ticking.

 

CHARITABLE CAUSES

With thousands of school closures, millions of children will be out of school, a large number of these kids rely on their school and community for food each day. There will be a number of programs, some within your community looking for assistance, please if you have the time, look into how you can help.

 

CONTINUE GOOD HEALTH PRACTICES

  • Wash your hands. If you can’t wash them on the course, please use hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Sanitize objects
  • Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet apart.
  • No handshakes & hugs

 

Should the tour receive additional information or guidance, players will be notified promptly. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@thegprotour.com.

Coronavirus Update: March 13th 2020

2020 SAVANNAH OPEN

At this time the Savannah Open March 25th – 27th will proceed as scheduled. The tour will NOT be providing water, snacks or fruit to cut down on areas of potential transmission. Players must adhere to good health practices and will be asked to sign a waiver stating they they understand the risks associated with large gatherings.

2020 GASTSON CLASSIC and 2020 HOWARD CLARK MEMORIAL

These events are currently scheduled with 84 player limited fields in accordances with the State of North Carolina’s ban on gatherings over 100 people.

IN GENERAL

As in our March 12th statement at this time the tour will continue to offer professional golf events providing that the risk is low to our staff, competitors and the golf community. The situation is fluid and as we host at various venues we will be at the mercy of these venues remaining open.

The tour will continue to update players, if and when new information is released by local, state and federal agencies.

Coronavirus Update: March 12th 2020

GProTour is closely monitoring all available information regarding the Coronavirus. The health and safety of our players, staff and golf community as a whole will be our top priority.

The situation is fluid; GProTour will continue to follow guidance from local, state and federal government.

At this time, the tour will move forward with scheduled events as planned.

We ask that all individuals follow local and regional advice when it comes to the virus and health practices;

• If you are sick or at risk, please stay home.
• Wash your hands. If you can’t wash them on the course, please use hand sanitizer.
• Don’t touch your face
• Sanitize objects
• Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet apart.
• No handshakes & hugs
• We also ask that individuals that are classed as “high risk” to stay home.

At this time all withdrawal policies are still in effect and players will need to adhere to them. Players also need to be aware that competing will be at their own risk.

Should the tour receive additional information or guidance, players will be notified promptly. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@thegprotour.com.

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