NYSGA cancels remaining 2020 golf championships due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

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JAMESVILLE — The New York State Golf Association has announced the cancellation of the remaining 2020 NYSGA championship schedule due to current state guidelines restricting travel between regions to compete in tournaments.

The canceled NYSGA championships include:

  • NYS Men’s Amateur scheduled for Onondaga G&CC, July 27-28

  • NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur scheduled for The Seawane Club, Oct. 2-4

  • NYS Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur scheduled for Teugega CC, previously postponed

  • NYS Boys’ (18U) Junior Amateur scheduled for Seven Oaks GC, July 20-21

  • NYS Girls’ (18U) Junior Amateur scheduled for Tuscarora GC, previously postponed

Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency was published by the NYS Department of Health on June 18. Included in these guidelines is a prohibition on individuals traveling between regions (updated on July 7 to include their contiguous counties) to compete in tournaments. The NYSGA is unable to conduct state-wide championships with such restrictions in place.

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“It is with great regret that the NYSGA is forced by circumstances to cancel the remainder of its championships,” said Joe Enright, NYSGA President. “After conferences and communication among our tournament staff, board and championship committee, our scheduled host clubs, and state representatives, it has become obvious that these cancellations are necessary.”

The NYSGA had previously canceled the 2020 Amateur Series schedule on June 1, along with several New York State championships including the Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, Men’s Amateur Four-Ball, Women’s Senior Amateur, Men’s Senior Amateur and Mixed Team Amateur.

It was the NYSGA’s intention to conduct these six championships because they could most easily be administered under rigorous CDC approved policies and procedures meant to minimize the risk for exposure to the coronavirus. Additional changes had been adopted to further minimize the risk, including changing schedules and formats, reducing field sizes, cancelling sectional qualifying and practice rounds, prohibiting caddies and restricting spectators and volunteers.

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