Live Golf News Updates for May 6
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Wednesday, May 6. (All times Eastern)
10:00 p.m. -- Governor Charlie Baker to announce courses are allowed to reopen in Massachusetts. The announcement is expected on Thursday and will detail restrictions including no use of carts, clubhouses or restrooms.
8:15 p.m. -- With statewide restrictions being lessened, Howard County in Maryland will reopen a golf course, parks and courts to the public tomorrow.
8:08 p.m. -- L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger Wednesday announced that trails and golf courses in L.A. County will be allowed to reopen Friday, with face coverings and physical distancing guidelines remaining in place.
7:25 p.m. -- Challenge Tour pro, Steve Tiley is doing his part to help those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There aren’t many skills I can use from playing golf, but work colleagues have noted how driven I am.”— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) May 7, 2020
This Challenge Tour pro has swapped the fairways for the factory to help make hand sanitizer for Britain's National Health Service: https://t.co/xlx5pu8NWc pic.twitter.com/Qo2BvJTmUZ
7:00 p.m. -- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announces courses can reopen on Thursday among first wave of loosened restrictions.
6:04 p.m. -- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker standing firm on golf courses remaining closed. Several course operators have indicated they may open regardless.
3:45 p.m. -- Korn Ferry Tour member, Erik Barnes wakes up at 3 a.m. five days a week to work as a grocery replenishment specialist during hiatus.
2:30 p.m. -- Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club and River Bend Resort and Country Club in Brownsville, Texas were among the East Valley golf courses to reopen Friday, when Governor Greg Abbott’s latest executive order went into effect.
2:15 p.m. -- Golf Digest: Meet Nicolo Galletti, the greatest male golfer of the COVID Era. The 25-year-old hit a career low in February when he hurt himself wearing a sumo suit at Jon Rahm's wedding. Now he's the man to beat on the Outlaw Tour.
2:00 p.m. -- The city of Aurora, Colorado will reopen its municipal golf courses today, nearly six weeks after they were closed due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
1:30 p.m. -- The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.
1:00 p.m. -- Golf courses and some other forms of outdoor recreation can reopen for Vermont residents beginning May 7, Governor Phil Scott announced Wednesday. The "Play Smart and Play Safe" decision is the latest phase of his administration's phased approach to reopen the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
9:10 a.m. -- Vinton-Shellsburg senior golfers from Cedar Rapids, Iowa join coronavirus fight in New Jersey as nurses. The longtime friends and Certified Nursing Assistants decided to do their part in helping with the shortage of medical professionals and the need for help during the coronavirus pandemic.
8:46 a.m. -- Blended group of golfers in Colorado dispersed by COVID-19. Durango golf coach reflects on the season lost.
8:34 a.m. -- Due to the changing situation surrounding COVID-19 in Arkansas, Mercy Health Foundation has decided to reformat its 2020 NWA Mercy Golf Classic and 2020 Birdies Fore Babies Golf Classic events.
8:27 a.m. -- Why Symetra Tour player decided to trade her clubs for scrubs and join coronavirus fight. Sarah Hoffman went back to work as a nurse in Michigan, one of the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots.
8:22 a.m. -- United States golf industry leaders unveiled a three-stage plan yesterday to reopen courses with safety protocols in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The "Back2Golf" program, supported by the PGA TOUR and LPGA plus the USGA and PGA of America, also has the backing of U.S. course owners and superintendents and club managers.
8:18 a.m. -- A sport built for social distancing? Pensacola, Florida golf course sees surge in golfers. “We are probably up 20% of play across the board. It’s been good. It’s one of the safest sports you can play right now.”
8:05 a.m. -- Owners of Massachusetts golf courses are pushing Governor Charlie Baker to allow them to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We believed that this year was going to be one of biggest years of growing the game of golf nationwide," said Jay Miller, director of operations for Sterling Golf Management. "It's so frustrating. Social distancing is a natural thing in the game of golf."
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