Championship Policies

If you plan to participate in any Championship(s) or the corresponding qualifiers conducted by the Chicago District Golf Association, it is important that you read the following information. It is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations concerning participation in CDGA events.

COVID-19 CDGA Event Guidelines and Policies

The CDGA has developed and introduced a set of COVID-19 CDGA Event Policies and Guidelines. Please note that each participant in a CDGA event or tournament will automatically sign a mandatory waiver as part of the registration process. CLICK HERE to view the full listing of COVID-19 Event Policies and Guidelines, as well as the waiver.

Alcohol, Marijuana and Controlled Substance Policy
During the round or any delay should a player or caddie consume, be under the influence of, or have in his/her possession any alcohol, marijuana or controlled substance, the player will be disqualified from that tournament. In the event the Committee determines serious misconduct has occurred, the player and/or caddie will also be suspended from all CDGA events for a minimum of 12 months. The player may appeal any such suspension to the CDGA Tournament Policy Committee.

Alternate Policy
The Alternate Policy is only in effect for the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

If this event is filled and a waitlist is developed, any team who remains on the waitlist through the end of the last business day prior to the tournament may choose to travel to the tournament site and become an alternate. The status of the alternates will be in the order in which they appear on the waitlist. The alternates shall report to the supervising CDGA staff member prior to the first starting time. Alternates that appear after the first starting time shall be placed at the end of the waitlist. Alternates shall have no status at the site. As an alternate, it is the sole responsibility of the individual to pay for all expenses, which may include range balls and food service.

All other CDGA/State events do not have an alternate policy in effect.

All players, caddies, and spectators must be properly attired both on the golf course and on the premises of the club. Jeans of any color, t-shirts and tank tops are prohibited. Collared shirts must be worn and shorts must be mid-thigh length. No cut-off or jean shorts are allowed. This dress code is in effect at all CDGA events and all USGA qualifying rounds in conjunction with any additional dress code restrictions of the site hosting the tournament.

Code of Conduct
Contestants and their caddies are reminded that at all times appropriate golf etiquette and dress is required and that any abuse or disrespect of fellow players, officials, host, spectators, employees, or other persons conducting or attending CDGA sponsored or conducted events are grounds for immediate removal from the event and denial of entry for future events. Such abuse or disrespect may be verbal or physical or threat thereof and includes but is not limited to the use of vulgar or obscene language, as well as physical damage to property or equipment of any of the persons set forth above or the hosting facility. Contestants may be subject to penalty for breach of the CDGA Code of Conduct Policy as permitted by local rule adoption 5H allowed in Rule 1.2 (b). A Code of Conduct breach is determined at the discretion of the committee.

Model Penalty Structure:

  • First breach of the Code of Conduct - warning or Committee sanction.
  • Second breach - general penalty.
  • Third Breach or any serious misconduct - disqualification.

Communication Devices
Electronic communications devices carried during a stipulated round by either a player or caddie should be powered off or kept in silent mode. Use of these devices should be limited to emergencies or specifically permitted golf purposes, such as checking leaderboards or requesting a ruling. Devices are NOT to be used for voice, text, or audio communications. Players will be subject to penalty if their usage of such a device distracts other players.

Conditions of Tournament Entry
The CDGA reserves the right to decline any entry. All entries submitted to the CDGA must be completed in full and include the entry fee for the event. In order to be officially entered into an event(s), the entry and the fees must be received by the CDGA no later than 5 p.m. on the day the entries close. The CDGA reserves the right to expand the field size at a qualifier to accommodate an excess of entries.

Spikes having single or mutiple points designed to penetrate deeply into the surface of the ground (regardless of whether made of metal, ceramic, plastic or other materials) are strictly prohibited. Model Local Rule G-7 is in effect.

Handicap Cart Requests
If a player or caddie requests the use of a handicap cart, the player must complete and return the player/caddie request form to the CDGA office by the entry deadline of the event. This form is only necessary for events that do not allow motorized carts. Failure to complete and return the request form will deny one the use of a handicap cart at the event.

If a spectator requests the use of a handicap cart, the player or spectator must complete and return the spectator request form to the CDGA office prior to the day of qualifying or the championship. Failure to complete and return the request form will deny one the use of a handicap cart at the event.

No Shows
The CDGA reserves the right to decline any entry based on a player’s previous year’s attendance in an event. Players who fail to appear for their assigned starting time without notifying the CDGA will be considered a no show. No shows also include any player who fails to turn in a scorecard or who withdraws during play without notifying an official and personally surrendering his/her scorecard to that official.

Should a player who qualifies for a championship not inform the CDGA that he or she wishes to withdraw from the championship, the player may be suspended from playing in further tournaments. A letter of warning or suspension will be issued after the player No Shows for a championship.

Practice Rounds
The CDGA does not require the host qualifying site to provide a practice round for contestants in either CDGA/State championships or qualifiers. The decision as to whether a practice round will be available is at the discretion of the host site. If a practice round is available each contestant is responsible to contact the host site and pay for any practice round(s) they wish to play.

Start Time Requests
The CDGA will not honor any start time requests for any CDGA tournament or USGA qualifying round.

Tournament Eligibility
The CDGA conducts a comprehensive tournament schedule for members of the Association and Illinois residents. Please refer to the website for a detailed description of each tournament, including eligibility requirements.

Follow link to CDGA Championship Tournament Schedule

Tournament Information
Information concerning pairings, starting times, etc., will be emailed and uploaded to the CDGA website approximately 10-14 days prior to the event. If you have not received your information, it is your responsibility to contact the CDGA office.

When the field for an event is full, please follow the waitlist prompt during the online registration process. Follow the steps and reserve your position on the waitlist. You will pay to reserve your position on the waitlist. A full refund will be given to anyone on a waitlist who does not make it into the event. Entries are placed on the waitlist in order of time and date received. When you finish the registration process for the waitlist you will recieve a confirmation email with your position on the list.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy
Individuals who have entered a CDGA event and wish to withdraw for any reason MUST notify the CDGA via email at WDs submitted at least one week prior to the qualifier will receive a full refund, minus a $25 administrative fee, provided a written notification is submitted to the CDGA office. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR WITHDRAWALS LESS THAN 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT