March 13, 2020
MEMORANDUM REGARDING COVID-19
As the ever-increasing risks associated with the Coronavirus COVID-19 continue to be widespread, including the declaration of COVID-19 as a national emergency, the Tennessee PGA Board and staff have come to a few key decisions as we move forward in the coming weeks.
Considering all the available information, and in following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local / state health department officials, we have decided to postpone all events and tournaments from Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Saturday, April 4, 2020. The postponement includes any gatherings for the purpose surrounding a PGA of America, Section or Chapter events, tournaments and Chapter Pro-Am series. This includes the Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee Chapter Championships, which we hope to have rescheduled in the coming weeks for a later date. The Pinehurst Pro-am currently scheduled for March 15-17, along with the Chapter Pro-am in the Tri-Cities Chapter scheduled for March 16th, will go on as scheduled.
The PGA of America is recommending all PGA HOPE and PGA Jr. League gatherings be postponed as well.
Ultimately, the health and well-being of Members, Associates and communities across our Section led us to this decision. We hope these postponements put us in the best position to still host as many events as originally scheduled.
Additionally, the Tennessee Section staff will begin working remotely. Considering how much travel our staff does throughout the year for tournaments, meetings and other Section activities, working remotely is commonplace and not seen as a drastic change. The staff will continue to be available, just as they have always been. With the guidance from leadership at both the National and Section levels, and with our partners at the Tennessee Golf Foundation and Tennessee Golf Association, we will continue to provide updates in the future.
We are committed to be responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decisions as we move forward in the coming weeks. As the situation surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 continues to rapidly change, we will be placing our Members and Associates first when deciding the best next steps.
Thank you all for your continued support during these trying times. Please see below the email addresses and cell phone numbers of your staff members, as these may be the best ways to reach them in the next few weeks.
Clayton Hromadka – email@example.com | (615) 476-3692
Adam Greeno – firstname.lastname@example.org | (615) 476-3563
Paul Stanek, PGA – email@example.com | (615) 922-0013
Kyle Bachman, PGA – firstname.lastname@example.org | (615) 476-3641
Jim Vernon, President
Lamar Mills, Vice President
Joey Hickman, Secretary
Johnny Bridgeman, Honorary President