Live Golf News Updates for March 31
10:00 p.m. EST, March 31, 2020
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Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Tuesday, March 31. (All times Eastern)
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9:04 p.m. -- Another golfer migration story: With courses suspended in Palm Beach County, Fla., golfers are reportedly heading north to Martin County to tee it up.
7:05 p.m. -- An ongoing trend in the industry: golfers driving from their towns where golf is suspended to play rounds in spots that are still open. In this local Iowa TV news feature, golfers from Illinois enjoy a round in Iowa.
2:32 p.m. -- The recently released National Golf Foundation (NGF) study on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the golf industry found that people in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Palm Springs, California were searching in greater frequency for “golf’ rather than “coronavirus” in these two golf-rich areas.
10:56 a.m. -- Not all professional tour players are multimillionaires. This GolfDigest.com article breaks down the economics of the Korn Ferry Tour amid the coronavirus stoppage as player livelihoods comes to a halt.
9:42 a.m. -- While thousands of golfers are probably stir-crazy and isolated at home, GOLF.com suggests 13 “golfy” activities as ideal antidotes for scratching that pent-up itch. A baker’s dozen of tips includes everything from re-gripping clubs, to honing putting, to organizing your bag.
9:19 a.m. -- The Palm Beach Post has reported that due to the growing coronavirus outbreak in Florida, all public and private golf courses in Palm Beach County are now closed. Miami-Dade was the first county in Florida to close golf courses on March 19. Broward County followed suit on March 22 and Kerner announced his order would go into effect last Thursday. Those counties are among the hardest-hit in the Sunshine State by COVID-19.
9:08 a.m. -- Global Golf Awards has announced its ongoing poll will now have a new closing date necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus and closure of numerous golf clubs. The original closing date for the online poll was May 31. The extension will be for an additional two months. The revised closing date is July 31, 2020.
8:53 a.m. -- The Edinburgh News reports some Scottish golfers are ignoring the government's lockdown guidelines by sneaking on to courses. The measures announced by the Scottish Government dictate that its citizens may:
· Go to work (if they are a key worker)
· Infrequently shop for groceries, medicine and other essentials
· Exercise outside once a day, but this does not extend to golf
· Provide care or help a vulnerable person
8:38 a.m. -- On Monday, the Augusta National Golf Club announced it is donating $2 million to local coronavirus response and relief efforts. In a statement from Chairman Fred Ridley, the club is giving $1 million to Augusta University for expansion of COVID-19 testing in the region, with another $1 million earmarked to CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) Emergency Response Fund, a joint endeavor by the United Way and the Community Fund.
8:29 a.m. ET -- The National Golf Foundation (NGF) is conducting the first nationwide poll of golf courses as well launching a new webpage to track coronavirus effects on the golf business. The information is accessible through NGF.org and directly at www.thengfq.com/covid-19.