Health and Safety Protocols
River Oaks Country Club and the Tournament Committee are implementing the following protocols which coincide with state and local government recommendations. It is important to note and understand all protocols and procedures. By accepting an invitation to The Greenwood Cup, contestants and guests are ultimately responsible for their own health and safety. This responsibility includes following social distancing guidelines as well as other recommended safety protocols during travel and throughout your stay in Houston. In addition, each contestant and guest must complete the following prior to the tournament dates:
1) Electronic Liability Waiver – One form must be completed for each contestant and guest. (Contestants under the age of 18 must have a guardian’s signature on their behalf.)
2) Electronic Acknowledgement of Health Form – One form must be completed prior to the Practice Round and Tournament Rounds. (Contestants under the age of 18 must have a guardian sign on their behalf.)
*Please note River Oaks Country Club and the Tournament Committee reserves the right to disqualify any team not adhering to safety protocols before, during or after tournament play.
-Self-Screening: All contestants, guests, caddies, volunteers and staff are required to self-screen prior to the property each day. The Tournament Committee asks that anyone involved in the tournament stays home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Shortness of breath
Loss of taste or smell
Muscle pain AND Headache
-Tournament Health Screenings: All contestants, guests, caddies, volunteers and staff are subject to a temperature check once on property, but before entering the “Golf Area”. Acknowledgement of Health electronic forms are required to be completed each day of the event by all involved with the tournament.
-Health and Safety Alerts: If the Tournament Committee is made aware of any health and safety situations, tournament staff are to notify all contestants through their emergency contact phone number and email address.
-Testing Center: If contestants or guests need to be tested for COVID-19 during their time in Houston, tournament staff are to provide information for a local testing center used by River Oaks Country Club members and staff.
-Sanitizing Stations: Hand Sanitizer is readily available at the Check-In area, Golf Shop, Practice Range, Short Game Area, Teeing Areas, Greens and Restrooms on the Golf Course.
All volunteers and staff are required to wear face masks at the Check-In Area, Food and Beverage Stations and at the Tournament Scoring Area.
The Greenwood Cup is to provide one caddie per team. Historically, one caddie carried both bags for a 2-man team, but instead caddies are to drive one golf cart per team. Contestants’ golf clubs will stay on the golf cart and contestants responsible for walking and handling their own clubs during the round. Caddies are to have one rake on the cart to take care of bunkers for their team. Caddies alone are permitted to handle bunker rakes and the flagsticks. The flagstick may be removed, but contestants must request their caddie to remove it for them.
Food and Beverage Operations
River Oaks Country Club staff are to ensure all current safety protocols are executed surrounding the Food and Beverage operations. All food and beverage stations are manned, rather than “buffet style” presentation. A breakfast station and boxed lunches are available both tournament days. Following the Practice Round, teams are provided “to-go” team meals.
The Golf Staff is to maintain safe distancing during tournament rounds on No. 1 and No. 10 teeing areas. Those managing the Tournament Scoring Table are required to wear masks when interacting with teams following their rounds.
Contestants have limited access to the River Oaks Country Club Clubhouse. Designated restrooms located in the Turn and on the Golf Course are available for contestants and guests.
Tournament Contestants and Guests do not have access to golf carts at any time during the tournament. Golf carts are to only be used by the Golf Staff, Volunteers and Caddies.
Tournament Play Procedures
Contestants are permitted to use their own rangefinder during practice and tournament rounds. Sharing of rangefinders between teams and their caddies is not permitted. Contestants must use their rangefinders themselves.
The use of sand bottles, bunker rakes are the responsibility of the teams’ caddies. Contestants are not permitted to touch sand bottles or bunker rakes.
Flagsticks are removable, and it is the responsibility of the team’s caddies to handle the flagstick. Contestants are not permitted to handle flagsticks and must ask their caddie to remove the flagstick during practice and tournament rounds.
One contestant per team is responsible for using the USGA Tournament Management mobile application to enter scores.
Inclement Weather Protocols
During a weather delay, all contestants and guests must return to their vehicle in the parking lot. Congregating around the Clubhouse is not permitted. Once the weather delay passes, tournament staff are to notify contestants and guests in the parking lot that they may return to the Golf Course.
Practice Round – October 23, 2020
Tournament Rounds – October 24 & 25, 2020
The Greenwood Cup Tournament Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 event returning home to River Oaks Country Club. Click HERE for more information.
The Greenwood Cup is a highly competitive junior golf invitational that attracts accomplished players from across the nation. Invitations are served by the Tournament Committee and are mailed in August. If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please complete the Invitation Application by clicking HERE.
All participants must be under 19 years of age and have not graduated from high school as of October 25, 2020 and conform to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. As an invitee, you are permitted to choose and invite a partner of similar or better golf ability and junior golf accomplishment.
Format and Divisions
Two rounds of four-ball stroke play. The field is limited to 50 two-person teams. There are two divisions: a girls’ division and a boys’ division. Mixed gender teams are not permitted.
Entry Fee and Registration
Online registration must be completed by the entry deadline, 5:00 p.m. CST on September 25, 2020. Please note, the number of teams invited exceeds field capacity and we intend to fill the field on a first-come-first-serve basis. To register your team online, click HERE and complete the online registration form. The Tournament Committee will review your registration form. Upon their approval, you will receive an email confirming your team’s entry in the tournament. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to deny, or waitlist an entry based on partner selection and overall strength. A $400.00 entry fee per team must be paid at the time of registration. Withdrawals after October 16, 2020 are non-refundable.
Contestants must check in on Friday, October 23, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the registration desk located in front of the Driving Range Tee. Failure to check in or notify the Tournament Committee of your intent to play could result in forfeiting your place in the field.
The official practice round is on Friday, October 23, after 11:00 a.m. Full details on practice rounds are available following close of entries.
Contestants and guests are permitted to arrive at River Oaks Country Club 1 hour prior to their practice and tournament rounds.
Golf Course Details
The boys’ division plays the markers from approximately 7,000 – 7,200 yards. The girls’ division plays the markers from approximately 6,200 – 6,400 yards. Yardages are subject to change given course conditions.
The Tournament Committee may reject an entry application, revoke an accepted application, or expel from the competition a competitor who engages in conduct detrimental to the integrity and image of the game of golf.