USGA finalizes 2020 championship schedule

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. –?The USGA announced several updates to its 2020 championship schedule today, as the organization continues to reconfigure its season due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  
The 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur, scheduled for Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., and the 120th U.S. Amateur, scheduled for Aug. 10-16 at Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort, will be conducted as scheduled, provided that CDC recommendations and state and local government guidelines make it possible to do so.
In addition, the USGA announced that the remaining four 2020 amateur championships will be canceled. Those are:
* The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (which was scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 3 at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C.).
* U.S. Senior Amateur (Aug. 29-Sept. 3 at Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.).
* U.S. Mid-Amateur (Sept. 12-17 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., and Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.).
* U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (Sept. 12-17 at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.). 
“Throughout this process, our primary focus has been the safety and well-being of everyone involved, including our players, volunteers, host club representatives and staff,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. “We have not taken these decisions lightly and wish we had more options. But with a continued, keen interest in doing what is best for all involved, although we are extremely disappointed, this is the right decision.”   
The USGA previously announced the cancellation of six 2020 championships:
* The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Senior Women’s Open, U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Junior Amateur.
The USGA will thus conduct four championships in 2020, all at their originally scheduled sites. In early April, the USGA announced that the 120th U.S. Open will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., from Sept. 17-20, and the 75th U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, from Dec. 10-13. Testing and robust health and safety protocols will be in place at each of the four championships.  
All four championships will be conducted without qualifying, which means the fields will be filled entirely through exemptions. Given continued health and safety concerns, as well as the potential burden on Allied Golf Associations and the courses scheduled to host qualifying, conducting hundreds of qualifiers across the country for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open was not seen as a viable option.  
“As you can imagine, this was an incredibly difficult decision, as qualifying is a cornerstone of USGA championships,” said Bodenhamer. “We take great pride in the fact that many thousands typically enter to pursue their dream of qualifying for a USGA championship and we deeply regret that they will not have that opportunity this year. But this structure provides the best path forward for us to conduct these championships in 2020.”
Additional information regarding the expanded exemption categories for each championship will be made available in the coming weeks.
The USGA previously announced that it would delay opening entries for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships until the week of July 6. The 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be contested April 24-28 at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas. The 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be played May 22-26 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., and The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.?
For more USGA schedule updates, visit usga.org and usopen.com.

SOURCE: USGA


Stricker names 2 more Ryder Cup Vice Captains

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – United States Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker today named Zach Johnson and Davis Love III as Vice Captains for the 2020 Ryder Cup, which is scheduled Sept. 25-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.
Upon being named U.S. Captain on Feb. 20, 2019, Stricker immediately appointed former Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk as a Vice Captain.
“With the Ryder Cup, it's important to surround yourself with quality individuals who you can lean on and who have the best interests of the team in mind,” said Stricker. “Jim (Furyk) and I have talked about this a lot in the last year and now we are happy to add two Ryder Cup veterans in Zach and Davis to the conversation with the goal of putting this team in a prime position to win. Both Zach and Davis share a passion to compete at the highest level and are strong communicators, which is important, especially when we’re in the heat of competition.”
This is Johnson’s second stint as a Ryder Cup Vice Captain, having served at Le Golf National in 2018. Johnson, 44, played for the U.S. in five Ryder Cups: 2006, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14 and ‘16. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Johnson has 12 career PGA Tour victories as well as four appearances in the Presidents Cup.
“It’s always an honor to be part of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team,” said Johnson. “In a domestic Ryder Cup, it’s important to defend ‘our turf,’ and to do so on behalf of Steve - in his home state at Whistling Straits - is a great opportunity for our team to make a statement.”
A two-time Captain, Love led the U.S. to a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine National Golf Club in the most recent domestic Ryder Cup in 2016. Love played in six Ryder Cups (1993, ‘95, ‘97, ‘99, 2002, ‘04) and served as Vice Captain in 2010 and ‘18. The 56 year-old has 21 career PGA Tour victories, including the 1997 PGA Championship.
“Steve has been such a consistent presence on this team, both as a player and as a Vice Captain, and now it’s his time to lead.” Love said. “He has a terrific vision for what he wants our U.S. Team to not only accomplish, but represent, all year long. I’m confident in the program he has in place and am anxious to get to work.”
For more information about the United States Ryder Cup Team, visit RyderCup.com, follow @RyderCupUSA on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

SOURCE: PGA of America

Coulee Region golf courses allowing carts

At least four La Crosse area golf courses are relaxing golf cart usage rules beginning at 8 a.m., on Wednesday, April 29.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers previously restricted the use of golf carts with his COVID-19 emergency order. However, those rules were apparently loosened late Tuesday.
Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club in Trempealeau and Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen will offer golf carts beginning on Wednesday.
In a statement from Cedar Creek PGA professional and general manager Dave Cornelius on Tuesday, "The use of golf carts are allowed. This will include homeowner carts. One rider on each cart unless the two people in the cart are from the same household."
Trempealeau Mountain issued a similar statement:   
Golfers may rent golf carts and push carts.Rentals must be paid for on-line or by phone.Golfers may use their own personal carts, if season pass trail fee purchased and approved by general manager.
Single rider carts only unless two people are from the same household. Those two may share a golf cart.
Limited number of carts based upon availability.
Drugan's Castle Mound co-owner Mike Drugan said no one is allowed in the golf shop, tee times must made over the phone, carts are available (1 rider per cart) and payments are to be made through "hands free" credit cards. Beverages and food may be consumed on the course.  
"Nothing has really changed, except anyone can use a cart, not just people who cannot walk the course, Drugan said. "Also, we sanitize the golf carts after every use."
Other La Crosse area golf courses are sure to ease cart rules, too.
Keith Stoll, PGA pro and general manager at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, said cart use has been running quite smoothly so far.
"We are going to continue offering golf carts on a first-come, first-serve basis. We've had good success with that the last two days," Stoll said. "Players just pay at the walkup snack bar window when they are checking in."
Keith Stoll, PGA pro and general manager at Forest Hills, said cart use has been running quite smoothly so far.
"We are going to continue offering golf carts on a first-come, first-serve basis. We've had good success with that the last two days," Stoll said early Friday. "Players just pay at the walk-up snack bar window when they are checking in."





2020 KPMG Women's PGA Championship reset for October

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. - The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for Oct. 6-11, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, provided it is safe and responsible to do so at that time.
The PGA of America will work closely with public health officials at the national, state and county levels through Championship Week. The health and safety of players, spectators, volunteers, rules officials and staff remain the top priority.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was originally scheduled for June 23-28.
“In this unique and unsettling time, it became evident that finding new dates for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was a prudent choice for the LPGA players, the local community, Aronimink membership and our staff,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley. “Throughout the process of making this decision, we appreciated the support we received from our friends at KPMG and the LPGA. Collectively, we remain resolute in our commitment to this Championship as well as helping future generations of women be more successful on and off the golf course.”
One of the LPGA’s five majors, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is a collaboration of the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women. The event is held in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will now be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
 
SOURCE: PGA of America

USGA cancels U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Junior Amateur Championships

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The USGA announced Friday that due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, several additional changes have been made to the 2020 championship season schedule.
The 72nd U.S. Girls’ Junior, which was scheduled for July 13-18 on the Blue Course at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur, which was scheduled to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National Golf Club and Chaska Town Course, both in Chaska, Minn., have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
“Our primary focus when making determinations around championships continues to be the safety and well-being of everyone involved,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. “While we are incredibly disappointed to have to make the decision to cancel our two junior championships, we know it is the right one.”
Current and proposed federal, state and local guidelines regarding gatherings would make effectively conducting qualifying for both championships next to impossible for Allied Golf Associations, which were scheduled to hold 100 qualifiers in 41 states between late May and early July.
“Given that juniors in most parts of the country are not physically attending school at this time, we did not feel comfortable asking them to compete in qualifying events,” said Bodenhamer. “We considered postponement but knowing that school will restart in many places around the country in August, we did not believe it was a viable option.”
In addition to the cancellation of the junior championships, the USGA has made the decision to delay opening entries for six additional amateur championships until the week of May 18: the U.S. Women’s Amateur (scheduled for Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.); U.S. Amateur (Aug. 10-16 at Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort); U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C.); U.S. Senior Amateur (Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.); U.S. Mid-Amateur (Sept. 12-17 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., and Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.); and U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (Sept. 12-17 at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.).  
The USGA will continue to rely on CDC and WHO recommendations, as well as state and local government guidelines in locations where championships and qualifiers are to be conducted, in determining schedule considerations for the remaining six 2020 amateur championships.
In addition to the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, the USGA previously canceled four 2020 championships - the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball on March 17, and the U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open on April 6.
In early April, the USGA also announced the postponement of the 75th U.S. Women’s Open to Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, and the postponement of the 120th U.S. Open Championship to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
The USGA has also delayed opening entries for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships until the week of July 6. The 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be contested April 24-28 at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas. The 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be played May 22-26 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., and The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

SOURCE: USGA