Live Golf News Updates for April 29
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Wednesday, April 29. (All times Eastern)
10:00 p.m. -- Here are the different ways to bet on The Match: Champions for Charity.
7:07 p.m. -- LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan on fans, testing and the 'staggering' financial blow the Tour has taken.
6:24 p.m. -- More on the LPGA postponing start of season until mid-July.
5:00 p.m. -- Golfweek.com: PGA Tour Champions announces revised 2020 schedule. The Tour plans to restart the season at the Ally Challenge on July 31 – Aug. 2 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
4:45 p.m. -- GOLF.com: This golf course set-up tweak would make golf safer for everyone. Two holes on every green would help golfers social distance.
4:15 p.m. -- Thinking about teeing it up again? Here’s a peek at golf’s new normal during the coronavirus pandemic in Coachella Valley,
4:00 p.m. -- Golf courses begin to release reopening dates in Pittsburgh area. The Allegheny County Parks Department plans to reopen the golf courses with social distancing guidelines at North and South parks this Friday.
3:30 p.m. -- Saskatchewan golf courses will have new rules when they open May 15. When the Saskatchewan government rolled out its five-phase reopening plan from the novel coronavirus on April 24, golf was deemed a low-risk outdoor activity and was included in the first phase.
1:36 p.m. -- Golf courses across Illinois are set to reopen Friday after they were forced to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Golfers set to go out 2 by 2, following rules to a ‘tee’.
1:29 p.m. -- Going to a park, marina or golf course as recreation reopens in Miami-Dade County? There are rules. Not every park or recreational area will be open. Miami has opted to keep its city parks closed for now. Coral Gables is also planning on keeping more than 35 parks that are smaller than one acre closed until further notice.
1:25 p.m. -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he isn’t yet ready to allow golf courses to reopen, saying he will leave the decision to the advisory group in charge of deciding the safest way to allow people return to public places following the coronavirus pandemic.
1:20 p.m. -- In landmark decision, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says he will sign an executive order to allow golf courses, state and county parks to reopen. “This order will take effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 2nd,” Murphy tweeted. “Social distancing will continue to be mandated.”
1:11 p.m. -- Zurich makes $1.5 Million donation despite cancelation of the Zurich Classic.
12:30 p.m. -- Golf Digest: Padraig Harrington doesn't shut down fan-less Ryder Cup, says event might have to 'take one for the team'. “It wouldn't be in the Ryder Cup's best interests but it could be in the best interests of enough people who want to see a big sporting occasion on TV."
12:15 p.m. -- Golfweek.com: 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifying system for golf extended with games moved to 2021. Golfers now will accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) points through June 21, 2021, for the men, and June 28 for the women.
12:00 p.m. -- GOLF.com: LPGA Tour announces restart dates, new schedule for 2020 season. The first tournament of a revised schedule will be the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in central Michigan, held July 15 - 18.
11:45 a.m. -- Lake Metroparks trails, golf course in Ohio remain open amid coronavirus crisis; other locations closed, events cancelled.
11:30 a.m. -- Golf carts were allowed at Currie Municipal Golf Course in Midland, Michigan briefly, but not anymore. Under new state guidelines, only those with disabilities will be allowed to ride carts for time being.
9:33 a.m. -- Tulsa: Bailey Ranch keeps its doors open during COVID-19 pandemic. One of only three public golf courses in the metropolitan area along with Broken Arrow-based courses Battle Creek and Forest Ridge who have remained in business.
9:28 a.m. -- For PGA Tour Champions golfer and Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly, the coronavirus pandemic has been reminiscent of another national tragedy. “I can’t, there’s no words,” said Kelly. “I mean, I never thought we would have another 9/11-type feel about life, and it is very strange.”
9:20 a.m. -- Squaxin Island’s Salish Cliffs Golf Club beat most other golf courses in Washington to the first tee on Tuesday when it reopened for play nearly a full week ahead of the rest of the state.
9:15 a.m. -- Massachusetts: Gardner Municipal Golf Course superintendent points to positives during coronavirus pandemic closure. He’s upbeat about what he sees as better-than-ever course conditions in May and into the summer, especially because of early turf growth without foot traffic and a major schedule change to the maintenance of the greens.
9:09 a.m. -- Ohio: Courses taking necessary precautions during pandemic. “We do everything we can. We’re not trying to skip out on anything at all, but we’re doing all we can. We’ve got hand sanitizer on counters, we wipe down everything when we walk in in the morning and during the day, I’ll wipe down stuff again.”
9:04 a.m. -- Crab Meadow & Dix Hills golf courses to reopen in Huntington, New York. There will be additional safety measures in place, as the golf courses will be reopened after the coronavirus-forced closures.
8:58 a.m. -- Seattle Times: Here’s what golfers should know as Washington courses prepare to reopen after coronavirus shutdown. Washington golf courses will be allowed to reopen May 5 as long as course officials and golfers follow specific guidelines.
8:53 a.m. -- Philadelphia leaders are still reviewing whether golf courses in the city can reopen Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf gave the OK for courses to reopen at the end of the week.
8:46 a.m. -- GOLF.com: What it’s like trying to build golf courses during the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Tom Doak said, the developers are more serious and selective.
- Cleaning contact points
- Limiting interactions
- Walking the course
- Closing putting greens and driving ranges
- Closed facilities
- New rules of play
- Different hours
8:33 a.m. -- Opening New Jersey golf courses, parks during coronavirus outbreak? Still no, Governor Murphy says. But they’re on list for review. “I don’t golf myself much, but I’ve got nothing against golf,” Murphy said Tuesday at his daily coronavirus press briefing in Trenton. “But we’ve got to make sure that we do this right and that we don’t have people congregating inappropriately.”
8:29 a.m. -- High demand expected at East Bay golf courses in Northern California upon reopening. Golf is poised to have its moment to shine as Alameda County golf course managers and pros say pent-up demand for the outdoor social-distance-friendly sport is unprecedented.
8:21 a.m. -- New Hampshire: Teeing off 2020 golf season appears not far off. Governor Chris Sununu said Tuesday the final details are being refined, but he sees a point in the near future when courses closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to open.
8:10 a.m. -- Delray Beach, Florida parks, golf courses receive improvements during coronavirus shutdown. The Delray Beach Golf Club, a public golf course, has been closed for more than a month, and the city took the opportunity improve the links.
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