The coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we could not have imagined. Most importantly, I hope you and your families are healthy and staying safe.
We are receiving quite a bit of email correspondence and phone calls from PGA Professionals on how the golf industry should respond to COVID-19. Many are advocating for keeping courses open with stringent health safety protocols in place. It is encouraging that so many around the country see the value of golf as a safe haven to get some exercise and take a break from the uncertainty and anxiety many of us are feeling.
Others believe just as strongly that out of an abundance of caution, and to do our part to stop the spread of coronavirus, courses should close.
As one member wrote, “It is the nature of our PGA members to deal with adversity and find a way to succeed.” That is so true. Your natural instinct is to serve your customers while growing your businesses. You also have a long track record of serving your communities, which is where the issue becomes more complicated.
The best recommendation we can give is to follow the guidance of the CDC, your local city officials, county officials, and our state officials, which is changing daily . Some have mandates in place based on the local and regional impact of coronavirus, others do not. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. The most recent announcement that was made yesterday, Governor Lee’s Executive Order 22, can be found in its entirety here; https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee22.pdf.
For those of you who choose to stay open, you can find resources on PGA.org here, or the Section website here, including specific tips for safe and responsible coaching sessions. If you work at a facility that has remained open and you are understandably uncomfortable about going into work, we suggest you speak to your supervisor.
You may be eligible for paid sick leave once the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) goes into effect on April 2.
We hope this information is helpful. PGA of America continues to follow up at PGA.org with updates, including insights regarding developments from Washington and how relevant legislation impacts our PGA Professionals and the golf industry.
Please reach out with any questions or comments. Thank you for all you are doing. We will get through this together.
The 2020-21 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying season, set to begin May 2, will be canceled, given the continued effect of COVID-19 on scheduling during the time period critical to the success of local qualifying. Ultimately, the Founding Partners determined cancellation was the most responsible measure to take in protecting the health of everyone involved in this national endeavor, which includes tens of thousands of participants, their families and all those essential to staging hundreds of qualifying events across all 50 states. For more information click here
The TNPGA Officers, Tournament Committee and Staff have made the difficult, but necessary decision to postpone all TNPGA events through the month of April. We have been closely monitoring the situation and consulting with PGAHQ as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across the country. Out of an abundance of caution, as well as our desire to play an active role in helping mitigate the spread of Coronavirus across the U.S., we cannot justify holding events that involve a large gathering of people. Our PGA Members are the leaders at golfing facilities and while many of them remain open we realize the importance of their presence on property.
The Club Car Pro-Pro-Pro Scramble, Yamaha Pro-Assistant, and Club Car Pro-Official will be rescheduled for later this summer and fall.
The Yamaha Assistant Match Play will also be postponed. The deadline to register will be extended through April and the match schedule will be adjusted accordingly. Players Club registration will remain open until one week prior to our first event.
We recognize that changes to the Tennessee PGA schedule will have effects on our Professionals and their families and we ask for your patience and understanding as we venture through this together. The Tennessee PGA staff remains as optimistic and driven as possible to get all events rescheduled and for a full TNPGA Tournament Schedule to take place in 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the Tournament Schedule please contact:
Adam Greeno – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Bachman – email@example.com
When we finally get to the golf season, our customers are going to be ready for golf. This is a great time to spend familiarizing yourself with all the new products and services from many of our vendors.
Educational Resources: Below is a short list of links on the internet that were sourced by a teacher on our behalf. The TNPGA is not promoting any of these as being better than anything you are currently using, rather just providing links that could be useful for you at this time.