20 May 2020 | Clubs & Facilities | Golf Australia | Industry news |

UPDATE: Vic Events – Post COVID

by Golf Australia

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With announcements made recently by the various State Governments, Golf Australia is pleased to announce that our events will recommence from 1 July. 

We are encouraged that our events will soon be underway, and we look forward to scheduling event opportunities for every level of golfer to enhance their experiences and engagement in the sport, and to showcase the game.

We are excited to have events commence however we must be vigilant in ensuring our events adhere to government advice and remain a safe and healthy environment for competitors, and the host club and GA staff.

 GA will operate at each event a series of measures which ensure all requirements of the Victorian Government are adhered to. It is likely these measures will change from time to time as state government requirements evolve. These measures may include matters regarding practice arrangements, event catering, and presentations; limitations on carts, caddies and spectators; and differing draw formats.

Social distancing will need to be maintained at all times, including: 

  1. Keep 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible;

  2. Refrain from any contact after the round with your playing partners (shaking hands, bumping elbows, hugging, kissing, etc); and

  3. Practice good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene 

GA reminds players that if they are unwell, to please stay at home. Additionally, if they are in an at-risk category, they should consider whether contesting an event is necessary. 

We also STRONGLY encourage players to download the COVID Safe mobile app. 

Regrettably two upcoming events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, notably the Vic Women’s Weekend Getaway (incorporating the Vic Women’s Country Championships) and the Vic Men’s and Women’s Sand Greens Championships. 

These events had a new look for 2020, so GA was keen to present them in the best possible light. It was felt that restrictions around COVID-19 would hinder the delivery of some aspects of the event which may diminish the competitor experience.

COVID-19 has also resulted in some small changes to women’s club events which may assist club fixturing:

  • Silver Spoon: clubs may schedule only one round to determine their Stage 1 winner

  • Doris Chambers Cup: the close of entries has been extended by two (2) weeks to 5 October

  • RWH 4BBB: the close of entries has been extended by one (1) week to 13 November

We warmly welcome everyone back to GA events.

The GA website will remain up to date regarding the status of each event: golf.org.au/events

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