Albertans, dust off your golf clubs. As part of a staged economic relaunch strategy, Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday that courses across the province will be allowed to open — with safety restrictions — “as soon as this weekend.”
The divot-digging had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Clubhouses and pro shops will, for now, remain closed.
“It was about 15 seconds (after the announcement) that we had the first phone call asking to book a tee time,” said Matt Kirlin, PGA of Canada Member and Director of Golf at Lynx Ridge GC. “People are just so excited to get that first tee in the ground. And it’s really cool to see — as golf-industry operators, we’ve worked very hard to get this decision, and it makes it all worth it when you hear the excitement of Alberta golfers.”
The 2020 PGA Championship of Canada has been postponed after careful consideration from the PGA of Canada and lead sponsors TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf.
In addition, the PGA of Canada has decided to pause its player rankings for 2020 given the uncertain impact of COVID-19 on events across the country.
“There is no denying this is an unpredictable year for professional tournaments,” said Adam LeBrun, managing director of championships and foundation at the PGA of Canada. “Given the uncertain nature of inter-provincial travel and other restrictions due to COVID-19, we felt it was prudent to postpone the championship and pause the association’s player rankings this year."
The PGA Championship of Canada presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf was scheduled for July 6-10 at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Royal Mayfair is unable to host the tournament later in the season but has stated they are eager to work with the PGA of Canada to see the event return in the near future.
“We are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to host the association’s top professionals this year, but we fully support the PGA of Canada’s decision to postpone the event," said Royal Mayfair’s director of golf Matthew Johnson. "It is our hope to return as a host venue for this prestigious championship in the near future."
The PGA of Canada and its partners continue to monitor COVID-19 developments across the country and will evaluate all opportunities to see the championship contested later in the season.
Tournament Schedule Update – First Two Events in June Cancelled
After much discussion with the host venues, the following tournaments have unfortunately been cancelled this season due to several reasons relating to COVID-19. The tournaments being cancelled will not be rescheduled to a later date this year. The following have officially been cancelled:
GSH Series (1-day) / Seniors’ Division @ Willow Park G&CC on June 1st
Pro-Lady South @ Stewart Creek G&CC on June 9th
The Association will look to schedule both venues for the 2021 season. We are continuing to review tournaments from June 15th and forward to ensure we are making informed and responsible decisions for everyone involved as it pertains to COVID-19. More information will be released to the membership at the end of May. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.
Please note the important updates below:
Withdrawal/Refunds - You will automatically be withdrawn from the tournaments mentioned above if you were registered. If you paid for one of the tournaments, your entry fee has already been refunded.
Payment Processing Date - The payment processing date for tournaments has been delayed to June 10th. The office will not process any payments until that point pending we have an official start date.
Registration - Members are still able to register for future tournaments online. In the event a tournament gets postponed/cancelled, your registration will either transfer to the new date if postponed or you will be refunded if cancelled. Click here for the Tournament Eligibility Form.
COVID-19 Resources at Your Facility - Signage & Face Coverings
With the recent good news about golf courses being able to open as early as Saturday, May 2nd, we wanted to send you information from our partners West Canadian Digital Imaging and Impact Canopy Canada for COVID-19 resources that you could use at your respective facilities. Please see the information below for COVID-19 related signage (West Canadian) and face coverings (Impact Canopy) for your facility .