The South Dakota Golf Association shares the concern about COVID-19 and the questions this challenge presents. We are monitoring the situation and will be guided by our public health authorities as to how to handle our upcoming events. Our first events are not until late May, so at this point we continue to plan to hold our competitions and First Tee programming as scheduled.
In the meantime, we will be developing policies, procedures, and best practices for all of our events and activities to determine what measures we can take to further reduce any potential issues. We will do the same for our member clubs so they have good guidance for their operations and events.
The SDGA has set up a page on our website at www.sdga.org/COVID-19 to keep our membership informed of any news related to COVID-19. It includes best practices that course management and golfers can implement at the golf course so we can continue to enjoy our favorite pastime during these difficult times.
The USGA has been carefully monitoring all information available regarding the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and remains focused on the health and safety of the USGA community, including our staff, players, officials, volunteers and spectators. We have established an internal task force and are communicating on a regular basis with our peers in the golf community and the broader sports world as information on this evolving issue continues to be shared. Our leadership continues to follow current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization and will remain vigilant in working with local and state authorities to monitor the virus and its implications for the entire USGA community.
Our championship season begins in late April and runs through September, with the U.S. Open being played in June, and as of today, we have not made any decisions to alter this schedule. We are committed to being proactive in updating our constituents regarding any changes and will provide more information as it becomes available. We will take action in the event there are direct impacts to our people or our championships, including our qualifiers.
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