Live Golf News Updates for April 11 & 12
10:00 p.m. EST, April 12, 2020
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Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for April 11 and 12. (All times Eastern)
Sunday, April 12
6:11 p.m --'Let New Hampshire Golf' petition has more than 11,000 signatures.
5:21 p.m -- Iowa has not issued a shelter in place policy, however golf clubs are not operating as they normally would. All clubhouses have been ordered to close while play is still permitted.
4:49 p.m -- On the week where he would have defended his green jacket, here's how Tiger Woods is playing golf during quarantine.
4:06 p.m. -- Despite executve order, private club in Illinois remains open to members.
3:13 p.m. -- Here are seven things that happen when course maintenance is halted. You may be surprised at some of the effects.
2:50 p.m. -- Warning: Golf at home comes with some hazards.
2:11 p.m -- Tiger caught up with Jim Nantz during todays re-broadcast of his 2019 Masters win.
1:44 p.m. -- Golficity guys catch up with Gavin Dear, chief commercial officer at Shot Scope, about the impact COVID-19 is having on golf companies around the world.
1:15 p.m. -- Iowa has not issued an official ‘shelter-in-place’ order, allowing courses to remain open in Marshalltown and across the state.
12:03 p.m. -- According to the National Golf Foundation, 44% of courses remain open.
11:34 a.m. -- Tiger recreates Magnolia Lane "quarantine style."
11:01 a.m. -- Omaha Mayor announces parks to stay closed while trails and golf courses remain open.
10:38 a.m. -- What will Augusta look like in the fall? Golf Channel offers a glance at the backdrop you can expect during a November Masters.
10:02 a.m. -- In Michigan, an image of a crowd gathered on a golf course has caused a stir. While Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay at home policy remains in place, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department says this is not a violation they can enforce when it comes to a private course.
9:33 a.m. -- Despite the recent closure of courses in New York golfers are sneaking out to play according to the New York Post.
9:12 a.m. -- With the potential for NFL games and major championships to clash in the fall, sworn network enemies might be forced to work hand in hand to navigate the fall sports season.
8:43 a.m -- Beaches, parks and trails are largely closed in Portland, so why is golf allowed to continue? Oregon Governor, Kate Brown turns to the fact that social distancing is easier to practice and monitor on the course.
8:16 a.m. -- With the support of 15 PGA TOUR players, Kingmade Jerky has donated more than $100,000 worth of product that will be given to 5,000 children. Current players involved include Jason Day, Matt Wallace, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose. Golfweek has the full list and story.
8:01 a.m. -- Jim Nantz and Phil Mickelson recounted Lefty's 2004 Maters victory during the CBS re-broadcast.
Saturday, April 11
9:44 p.m. -- New York's municipal courses are suspended, but that isn't stopping intrepid players from sneaking onto the tracks for free golf, according to the New York Post. Among the stats the Post has gathered: "An incredible 85 golfers were booted off South Shore Golf Course on Staten Island Wednesday and six were escorted from the borough’s LaTourette GC on Thursday."
8:05 p.m. -- Earlier this week The PGA Tour released a revised schedule, and the RBC Heritage, normally staged a week after the Masters in Hilton Head, S.C., has been canceled. But there are ramifications for that lost event, as described in this local feature story.
6:02 p.m. -- The USGA has announced an emergency relief fund and pledged up to $5 million in grants to help its 59 Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) prop up their businesses and maintain staffing levels during the pandemic. Golf Digest has more details.
5:19 p.m. -- On Saturday CBS re-aired the final round of the 2004 Masters, where Phil Mickelson won his first green jacket with an epic back-nine 31. No one was more excited to watch Phil than Phil.
4:05 p.m. -- Golf is open in North and South Dakota, but in neighboring Minnesota, courses are suspended for play as golfers fight to have them reopened.
2:53 p.m. -- Golf's therapeutic powers are highlighted in this feature from Slate Magazine. They visit Navajo Nation in Northeast Arizona, which is getting hit hard by Coronavirus, where they find locals playing the game on makeshift desert courses as part of a brief escape from the grim news within the community.
2:24 p.m. -- Golfweek checks in with a nice follow-up on what losing this year's men's and women's U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships, which are considered among the "majors" of amateur golf, means to some if its competitors.
1:40 p.m. -- How might pro golf first return? One scenario being explored in Ponte Vedra is the idea of staging events without galleries, according to Golf Digest.
11:19 a.m. -- The NCAA has given individual universities the option to give seniors in spring sports a fifth year of eligibility. But the University of Wisconsin has already announced it will not grant those student-athletes a fresh, final season. And so its golfers move on, reports Golfweek.
11:01 a.m. -- Scotland is serious about golf -- and social distancing.
9:08 a.m. -- Not often you seen golf and fishing in the same debate, but in Pennsylvania they are up for discussion, as golf remains suspended as a nonessential business.
Gov Wolf on allowing fishing and not opening golf courses:— Andrew Stockey (@astockeyWTAE) April 8, 2020
" (It's) something people can do individiually unlike golf where you actually have to pick up your card and actually congregate with other people this is something you can do like hiking ... and do on your own" #WTAE pic.twitter.com/9k3ZAfDEX1
8:05 a.m. -- Very sad news from Notah Begay as U.S. Coronavirus cases approach half a milion.
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