HELENA — The Montana High School Association implemented a golf spectator pilot program prior to the 2018-19 school year.
Until last fall, spectators weren’t allowed on courses at MHSA meets due to a longstanding rule that designated specific spectator areas. The pilot program expanded spectator access to the course last fall, allowing fans on the courses at state golf meets for the first time.
After a successful trial run, the MHSA has now expanded the program to include regular-season meets. The executive board approved the additions on its June conference call.
Below is text from an MHSA media release.
The MHSA welcomes and encourages parents and spectators to attend regular-season and postseason golf events. It is appropriate for parents and spectators to respectfully applaud good shots by all players and not just the player they are following. Additionally, we require that parents and spectators adhere to the following set of guidelines. To note, if any of the following guidelines are perceived to be broken by a designated tournament official, the spectator will be removed from the event.
1. Attendance fees (if any) for regular-season events will be determined by the host school. All spectators must register and receive the proper credentials, which must be worn at all times on the course.
2. The MHSA requires all spectators to pay a $10 fee per day during the postseason. Spectators will receive a badge that will be required to be worn at all times on the course. After the fee is paid and the spectator receives a copy of the MHSA Spectator Code of Conduct, they will receive a badge. The host school is responsible for making arrangements to collect fees and distribute badges. The spectator fees will be retained by the host school.
3. MHSA golf coaches and host course personnel will be responsible for ensuring all rules are being followed.