The New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) announced several major updates to its tournament schedule today, due to the evolving protocols and restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our (NYSGA Executive Committee’s) main priority is to preserve the safety of participants, staff, volunteers and club personnel under the guidance set forth by the CDC and New York State,” said NYSGA President Joe Enright. “Golf has provided a much-needed recreational outlet during these unprecedented times, and we hope that our members continue supporting their local golf clubs and play golf in a safe, responsible manner.”
The NYSGA has canceled the following championships in 2020:
- NYS Amateur & Senior Amateur Mixed Team at Brook-Lea Country Club
- NYS Women’s Amateur & Senior Amateur Four-Ball at Lakeshore Yacht & CC
- NYS Men’s Amateur & Senior Amateur Four-Ball at Leatherstocking Golf Course
- NYS Women’s Senior & Super Senior Amateur at Pinehaven Country Club
- NYS Men’s Senior & Super Senior Amateur at The Powelton Club
- NYS Boys’ Junior 14U Amateur at Seven Oaks Golf Club
The association has also canceled the entire NYSGA Amateur Series season, which included 25 net-based tournaments for low-to-high handicap golfers held at premier member clubs throughout the state.
“Canceling most of our competitive events was a difficult decision, but one that was made carefully with the best interests of our statewide community in mind,” said NYSGA Executive Director Bill Moore. “These changes are only temporary, and we have every intention of running a full schedule of events in 2021.”
The NYSGA plans to conduct the six championships listed below in 2020, providing the CDC recommendations and state/local government guidelines make it possible to do so.
- NYS Men’s Amateur at Onondaga Golf & Country Club
- NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur at The Seawane Club
- NYS Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur at Teugega Country Club
- NYS Boys’ Junior Amateur (18U) at Seven Oaks Golf Club
- NYS Girls’ Junior Amateur (18U) at TBD
“NYSGA leadership is working diligently to develop a comprehensive plan to conduct these championships in the safest manner possible,” notes Andrew Hickey, NYSGA Assistant Executive Director. “This plan is likely to include significant changes to the format, schedule, and conditions of these competitions. We will include safety procedures and guidelines which will require the complete compliance of everyone permitted on site.”
A few significant changes to these championships have already been approved:
The NYS Boys’ Junior 18U Championship will now permit golfers under 15 to compete, due to the cancelation of the NYS Boys’ Junior 14U Championship.
The NYS Girls’ Junior 18U Championship, normally conducted concurrently with the boys, will be moved to a new date and site in order to reduce the overall field size of both events.
There will be no sectional qualifying for the NYS Men’s Amateur, Boys’ Junior 18U Amateur, and Men’s Mid-Amateur Championships. The selection process for these championships will be announced soon.