Live Golf News Updates for April 16
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Thursday, April 16. (All times Eastern)
6:17 p.m. -- Golf Digest: The role of ethics when playing golf during a pandemic.
5:51 p.m. -- A look at how Cobblestone Golf Club in Georgia has created a new way to avoid touching the flagstick.
5:31 p.m. -- Korn Ferry Tour to resume 2020 season in June, but promotions to the PGA TOUR might be in jeopardy.
5:25 p.m. -- Golf Digest: Why It’s Healthy To Hope.
5:17 p.m. -- The Greenbrier is out as a PGA Tour host, canceling the remaining seven years on contract.
4:55 p.m. -- Lake Tansi Golf Course in Crossville, Tennessee considers early May reopen strategy.
4:44 p.m. -- Although not considered 'essential,' Kern County, California golf courses remain open during COVID-19 shutdown.
4:38 p.m. -- Lawrence Taylor’s Throwback Celebrity Golf Weekend in Tamarac, Florida postponed due to coronavirus.
4:23 p.m. -- Cedar Rapids, Iowa is closing Gardner Golf Course and disc golf courses within local parks.
4:16 p.m. -- American Family Insurance Championship golf event in Madison, Wisconsin canceled due to coronavirus pandemic.
4:07 p.m. -- Wisconsin golf courses allowed to reopen April 24 under Governor Tony Evers' extended safer at home order. According to the story, Wisconsin courses must follow these restrictions, which are becoming familiar across the country:
- The use of golf carts is prohibited.
- Social distancing requirements must be observed at all times, unless the players reside in the same living unit or household.
- All tee times and payments must be made in advance online or by phone.
- Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed. Any restaurant or bar facility may remain open only for takeout or delivery.
- Tee times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes from clustering or gathering at any stage of the course.
- All maintenance work and groundskeepers must comply with restrictions outlined in the governor's order. All other functions may only continue under minimum basic operations.
- Driving ranges and miniature golf must remain closed.
3:54 p.m. -- ESPN: PGA Tour wants ramped-up coronavirus testing.
3:45 p.m. -- Portland, Oregon golfers play through coronavirus pandemic at five city-owned courses.
2:17 p.m. -- GOLF.com: PGA TOUR permanently removes Greenbrier from tournament schedule amid changes.
2:06 p.m. -- Local golf associations lobby Massachusetts leaders to open courses during coronavirus pandemic.
1:55 p.m. -- Toledo: Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has change of heart and allows municipal courses to join local private golf courses and open for business.
1:45 p.m. -- Ivanka Trump defies social distancing to celebrate Passover at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
1:34 p.m. -- After Washington Governor Jay Inslee's shutdown order of non-essential businesses, Horseshoe Lake Golf Club stays open anyway.
1:23 p.m. -- Golf Digest: Georgia golf course creates ingenious way to combat coronavirus spread.
10:23 a.m. -- RBC Heritage which was scheduled to host round one action today, remains on Tour schedule.
10:02 a.m. -- Travelers Championship among tournaments that will be played as a TV-only event.
The #TravelersChamp remains on the @PGATOUR schedule as a TV-only event, with no fans on-site, broadcast June 25-28 on @CBS and @GolfChannel. Fans who purchased tickets will be automatically refunded. Thanks for your continued support. https://t.co/S0SG2AErNk pic.twitter.com/UALq42OAyS— TravelersChamp (@TravelersChamp) April 16, 2020
9:46 a.m. -- The PGA Tour has announced a revised schedule with the first four events to be played without fans.
9:13 a.m. -- Peyton Manning, Justin Timberlake, and Bubba Watson auction off incredible golf packages for #ALLINCHALLENGE.
9:01 a.m. -- Golf Digest: Playing golf during a pandemic might be safe. But is it right?
8:39 a.m. -- Austin golf courses reopen on Wednesday after Texas Attorney General allows it.
8:27 a.m. -- Award-winning Butterfield Trail golf course closing to save El Paso, Texas cash.
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