2021 COJGA INFORMATION LETTER
Dear Central Oregon Junior Golfers and Parents:
First, on behalf of the Central Oregon Junior Golf Association Board of Directors, I sincerely hope this letter finds you doing as well as can be expected considering everything happening in the world around us. The last several months have been incredibly challenging for all families, and we know that it’s been nearly impossible to plan ahead as we seek a return to normalcy. I would like to let everyone know that we are planning to go ahead with a revamped tournament and event schedule planned for this year, with a few regulations and changes related to keeping everyone as safe as possible. And we hope this gives you and your junior golfers something positive to look forward to!
Considerations for the 2021 summer golf season.
COVID-19. Our board of directors has been following the COVID-19 situation closely and has been looking to other junior golf programs for guidance and best practices on how to proceed for this season. Based on these careful deliberations, we are planning to keep our season as traditionally scheduled but with a strong emphasis on maintaining social distancing guidelines until advised otherwise. Please click the following link and read the guidelines we have created for this season: COJGA 2021 COVID-19 Changes Highlights include maintaining 6-foot social distancing, bringing your own gear such as water, scorecards, etc., and limited awards ceremonies and lunch. We will be relying on the host facility's guidelines for how food will be handled. It is important that all players, volunteers and spectators have read, understand, and abide by these guidelines.
Season registration opens April 1. From our website www.cojga.org, click on the “Registration” tab in the upper right corner; this will take you to a Golf Genius registration page which will provide the ability to register for COJGA membership as well as the first few events of the season. Our plan is to open the rest of the events as the dates approach. You will need to use an email address to register for Golf Genius. If you have multiple juniors to register, please follow the instructions provided.
Payment will be done via credit card at the end of the process. You will receive an email confirmation once your account has been approved. For the rest of the season you will use this account to register online for events.
Qualification Events We've decided to eliminate qualification events for this year, and instead allow players/parents to determine the best division for their players with the understanding that we have the flexibility to move players up or down based on how the season is progressing. As a rule of thumb, competitive level divisions often shoot in the mid 90s or better for 18 holes from an age appropriate tee.
Tournament and Events Schedule and New Formats.
We have done our best to create an exciting event line-up that does a great job to not conflict with major OGA events and other junior golf events. We hope to bolster the competitive nature of the new "Varsity" division and grow our junior golfers' skills and excitement in the "Junior Varsity" and "Introductory" divisions.
The year-end COJGA Cup Tournament and the year-end banquet status will be determined by your board of directors as that date approaches and based on current COVID-19 guidelines.
Each COJGA family will be expected to provide one volunteer for every two events that a player participates in throughout the season. Volunteer assignments include: check-in, walking scorer, scoreboard and others. Since we are a volunteer organization, our parents and family members will continue to be a very important part of our success. Instructions for signing up for volunteer assignments will be coming shortly.
Scholarship Funds - If you require funds to assist with any COJGA registration or event fees please contact me directly.
Donations - Finally, the strength of our organization and our ability to continue providing a high quality opportunity for all our members greatly relies on the generosity of our members. Each year, through the membership application process, a high percentage of our members donate small amounts that collectively are a meaningful funding source for COJGA. The 2021 operating plan anticipates nearly $30,000 in expenditures which is funded by a combination of donations and participation fees. Because COVID-19 has created a significant financial setback for all, including our fundraising efforts, if you can afford to contribute a little extra to COJGA please consider doing so to allow us to offer an exceptional experience at an outstanding value to all Central Oregon junior golfers.
We encourage you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to COJGA.
For over 27 years, we have served the youth through our organized tournaments. This is your chance to be a part of one of the best junior golf organizations in the Pacific Northwest and possibly the best regional program in the country. Thanks for your continued support and we hope you will join us for another exciting year of junior golf in Central Oregon!
COJGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nate Kitt, Tournament Director
Lindsey Grieb, Treasurer
Meagan Greenough, Secretary
Carly Carmichael, Member
Tam Bronkey, Member
Ross Kranz, Member
Frank Lemma, Member
Dietrich von Behren, Member
Brian Wasserman, Director Emeritus