Live Golf News Updates for April 8
10:00 p.m. EST, April 8, 2020
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Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for April 8. (All times Eastern)
4:21 p.m. -- Two Oregon based courses are re-opening this week with COVID-19 precautions in place.
1:03 p.m. -- In Florida, private clubs are facing the possibility of being ordered to shut down as complaints flow in detailing golfers disregarding social distancing.
10:34 a.m. -- Swing instructor Pete Cowen making a turn for the better after battling the coronavirus.
10:07 a.m. -- Brockton Mayor instructs police department to send officers to golf courses with instructions to prevent anyone from trespassing and violating stay at home orders.
9:59 a.m. -- Memorial Tournament organizers clinging to hope that event will be played and with fans.
9:59 a.m. -- Golf courses across Iowa remain open as the COVID-19 outbreak concern has resulted in numerous closures of businesses, schools and nonessential facilities throughout the state. Gov. Kim Reynolds said golf courses can remain open because golfers can practice social distancing.
9:53 a.m. -- Michigan’s golf facilities are feeling the pinch financially following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordering golf courses closed in a statewide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
9:46 a.m. -- In Indiana, many businesses have shut down due to COVID-19 concerns and state mandates. However, golf courses are an exception in the Hoosier State as many have remained open but are advising players to heed social distancing and take precautions.
8:38 a.m. -- In North Carolina, the city of Wilmington as well as New Hanover County ordered the closure of stores, restaurants, and other “nonessential” businesses. But if your recreational activity of choice is spending a day out on the golf course there’s good news. In New Hanover County, golf courses are currently exempt from closures.
8:24 a.m. -- With no Augusta National action this week due to the postponement of The Masters until November, defending champion Tiger Woods nonetheless donned his green jacket and hosted his Champions Dinner with his family "quarantine style." Tiger posted this photo on Twitter featuring a table setting centered around his 2019 victory trophy alongside his children Sam and Charlie and girlfriend Erica Herman.
8:02 a.m. -- The North Florida Section of the PGA of America sought a clarification for playing golf after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a “stay at home” order effective April 3. The game was deemed to be an “essential activity,” and courses can remain open, provided federal social-distancing guidelines are followed. The Morning Read reports golf-obsessed communities like The Villages near Orlando remain open for play as residents enjoy the game that binds them as their activty options narrow due to social distancing.
8:00 a.m --Despite low attendance, both the Weed Course and and the Lake Shastina Golf Course remain open in Northern California.
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