As the calendar turns to April, those in charge of area golf tournaments are taking a wait-and-see attitude before shifting their schedule because of coronavirus concerns.
The New York State Golf Association, which runs amateur championships and a series of handicap tournaments around the state, has not postponed or canceled any elements to its 2020 schedule.
“We don’t start until May 11, so we’re waiting to see what opens up, what doesn’t, if the governor gives any clarification to groups or anything like that,” NYSGA executive director Bill Moore said. “We’re just hanging in there until we have to make a decision.”
The first tournament of the NYSGA’s popular Amateur Series, which offers 25 tournaments around the state for varying skill levels, is May 11 at Irondequoit in Rochester. Registration already has started for the first eight Amateur Series events, including June 1 at the Albany Country Club.
The initial state championship is the Men’s Amateur Four-Ball on May 17-18 at Leatherstocking in Cooperstown.
“Our drop-dead date would probably be May 1, to see if we’re a go for May 11,” Moore said. “The club is going to be the final factor. We’ve already had one give us a call, that they had to give away our date during the year because they had reschedule an outing. That hasn’t affected anything that was registered for, but that might be our biggest factor.
“If they had an early-season outing that got canceled, they might kick us out on a later date because it’s a bigger revenue-generating event. Unless we hear about some stay-at-home measure that’s going to go past May 11, we probably won’t make a decision until we absolutely have to, which would be about the 1st.”
The Northeastern New York PGA, which serves club professionals in the Capital Region and western Massachusetts, rescheduled its spring meeting from March 23 to April 27.
The first NENYPGA tournament is a Pro Classic 1 scheduled for April 20 at Pinehaven. Nothing has been postponed on the schedule other than the May 11 U.S. Open local qualifier at Shaker Ridge, an event that is staged by the NYSGA.
“We’re at a two-week rolling status, I’d call it,” NENYPGA executive director Tracie Warner said. “Our committee meets April 6. It’s not official, but cancellations through April probably will be the decision.
“Tentatively looking at our schedule, that takes a couple of (Pro) Classics out. It’s not official until they say it’s official. The two-week deadline is a thing. We’re probably looking at that Stroke Play, mid-May, we don’t have too terribly much in the first two weeks of May.”
The Stroke Play Championship, the first major and perhaps biggest tournament on the NENYPGA schedule, is set for May 19-20 for Mohawk.
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