Live Golf News Updates for May 1
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Friday, May 1. (All times Eastern)
7:12 p.m. -- New Hampshire's Stay-at-Home 2.0 order allows campgrounds, drive-in-theaters and golf courses to reopen with restrictions. Beaches will remain closed.
6:40 p.m. -- Michigan ER nurse makes ace in third career round.
“I don’t know if I deserved to get this because of what I do, it’s mostly pure luck, but it was nice. Certainly, something to enjoy with all that is going on.”— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) May 1, 2020
ER Nurse Kelly Spitz's first ace couldn't have come at a better time. https://t.co/Seo7lDAKNQ pic.twitter.com/7Bo19nJZqD
6:03 p.m. -- Shane Lowry's not immune to quarantine rust.
5:19 p.m. -- There has only been one winner on the Symetra Tour this season. Here's how Janie Jackson has been passing the time since.
3:31 p.m. -- Golf Digest: Scott Stallings was roundy criticized for his comments on why PGA Tour players may hesitate to resume competing. He has since clarified that he was speaking in generalities rather than sharing his own thoughts.
2:45 p.m. -- Vancouver marked May Day by reopening two golf courses and a popular garden, as B.C. communities look at ways to slowly resume business with physical distancing modifications during the COVID-19 pandemic. But those who haven’t already booked online for golf will likely have to wait.
2:30 p.m. -- Target Specialty Products announced the sixth part of the Turf Fuel Master Class, “Golfing through Change with COVID-19 – Part II”. The free webinar, which is part of the Business Growth Webinar Series, features a golf course superintendent panel discussing closures and golf course maintenance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar begins at Noon EST Thursday, May 7.
2:15 p.m. -- Commissioners voted today to reopen all county beaches, parks, golf courses, and boat ramps in Martin County, Florida excluding Hobe Sound Beach, starting on Monday, May 4.
2:00 p.m. -- Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller will reopen the city’s golf courses with limited operations on Saturday, May 2 following new guidelines issued by the New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday.
1:45 p.m. -- El Paso golf course reservations skyrocket following orders to reopen. The Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course in northeast El Paso sold out of Friday and Saturday reservations the same day they started bookings.
1:30 p.m. -- Golf and tennis set to reopen in southern Nevada with new order. Clark County and the cities of Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas all announced they would move to reopen certain recreation centers amid the coronavirus outbreak.
1:15 p.m. -- Golf courses reopened today in Illinois. Wilmette Golf Club sold out tee times in under 5 minutes for the weekend. "The demand has been tremendous, and people are ready," said Adam Kwiatkoski, general manager at Wilmette Golf Club. "With golf being a sport that people can get outside and I think a lot of folks feel pretty safe being in this kind of space that it's something they're looking forward to."
1:00 p.m. -- Whatcom County golf courses in Washington planning to re-open after nearly six weeks of coronavirus closure. When beginning play, courses and employees must follow these guidelines:
- Online or phone tee time reservations systems must be used to limit interactions and payments must be done by credit card to eliminate handling cash
- Golf courses must maintain a log of all customers, including contact information
- Foursomes are allowed only if they are from the same household, otherwise no more than two players from separate households are allowed in a group
- Only one rider is allowed per cart, unless a minor is also playing
- Courses must regularly sanitize counter tops, doorknobs, range buckets, golf carts, push carts, cash registers, score posting kiosks and other common surfaces
- Flagsticks must always remain in holes and players educated not to touch them for any reason
- Find ways to prevent players from having to reach into a hole to retrieve a ball
- Eliminate cups and holes on practice greens
- Club and equipment rentals are not allowed
- Restrict use of driving range and putting greens to those with tee times in the next 30 minutes. Driving ranges should also keep golfers at least 10 feet apart
- Remove bunker rakes, benches, ball washers and water coolers, as well as on-course garbage cans
- Install signs to discourage group congregation, promote social distancing and limit the number of people in the club or pro shop
- Marshall the course to ensure proper social distancing and warn repeat offenders
- Ask golfers to leave as soon as they complete a round
10:06 a.m. -- Golf Digest: The Cactus Tour plays on amid praise—and criticism—during COVID-19 pandemic. The professional women’s mini-tour in the Southwest has been staging about 30 events a year at desert locales in Arizona, California and Nevada.
9:54 a.m. -- GOLF.com: What’s the most important part of your game to focus on after a long layoff? Easing back into your game is the way to go.
9:43 a.m. -- Arizona man hits a ‘COVID-19 hole-in-one’. Had been golfing for nearly 60 years and never aced a hole. But the Strawberry resident was competing in the Payson Men’s Golf Association when his sand wedge shot from the 14th tee soared 123 yards, hit the pin, struck the foam and ricocheted ten feet before stopping.
9:30 a.m. -- Can I golf? Visit a library? As Boise, Idaho reopens, what Mayor Lauren McLean says you can (and can’t) do.
8:55 a.m. -- Professor turns golf background into sizable coronavirus donations. Tom Coyne, M.F.A., associate professor of English, made his golf experience at 50 of the previous U.S. Open venues a way to help those most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
8:51 a.m. -- Government loans and eased COVID-19 restrictions might come too late for struggling Bob Burns Golf in Appleton, Wisconsin. Part of his frustration is that golf courses are open, but driving ranges and pro-shops are not identified by the state as essential businesses and therefore must remain closed.
8:47 a.m. -- New Mexico: State begins to lift business restrictions Friday. Starting today, many nonessential retailers, pet groomers, state parks and golf courses will be permitted to operate in a limited way under a new, modified state public health order.
8:42 a.m. -- As of today, golfers were once again able to hit the links at Dearborn Hills Golf Course and Mystic Creek Golf Course at Camp Dearborn in Milford Township, Michigan.
8:34 a.m. -- Golfers in San Francisco react to new changes as more courses reopen on Monday amid COVID-19 crisis.
8:29 a.m. -- Riverside Golf Course will be open for golf starting May 5 to walking only. The golf course will be following the coronavirus restrictions and guidelines outlined by the State of Maine and the City of Portland.
8:23 a.m. -- Allentown Municipal Golf Course and driving range is one of many across Pennsylvania preparing to open today, after Governor Tom Wolf recently said he was lifting some restrictions amid the pandemic.
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