Coulee Region golf courses abiding by governor's order
La Crosse area golf courses are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials from three courses in the Coulee Region issued statements about their closures to boblamboutdoors.com, after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an order on Tuesday that all non-essential businesses must close until further notice, effective on Wednesday. Keith Stoll, general manager and PGA professional at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, said, "Tony Evers just closed all non-essential businesses until further notice, so I have no idea when we will be able to open." Dave Cornelius, general manager and PGA pro at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, opened the course on Tuesday. "We did get open today for one day and everyone was great relative to the rules we put in place for social distancing," Cornelius said in a statement to members. Cornelius said the course will be closed due to COVID-19 Emergency Order No. 12, adding that the Emergency order states 8 a.m, March 25, to 8 a.m., April 24, or until a superseding order is issued. Cornelius said golf course staff will be in limited amounts also due to the order. "If you call for questions, please leave a message. We do want to answer any questions you might have," he said in the statement. "Our staff is still booking future events and answering e-mails and phone calls/messages." Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club also issued this email statement: "In order to remain compliant with the WI Governor’s EO, we have been mandated to close the golf course, Wednesday, March 25. We are hoping in the future the Governor's order exempts golf courses as other states have ruled. If this status for golf courses change, we will let you all know." - TMGC Ownership. Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen and Ettrick Golf Course also closed.
COVID-19 impacting 2020 golf schedule
USGA cancels first 2 championships
Given the recent CDC guidance and the evolving dynamics of the coronavirus pandemic, the USGA announced today that it has canceled its first two 2020 championships, the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, originally scheduled for April 25-29 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., and the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, originally scheduled for May 23-27 at Philadelphia (Pa.) Cricket Club. These championships will not be rescheduled in 2020. In addition, the USGA has canceled local (first stage) qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open and qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Women's Open in their current forms, and in conjunction with our Allied Golf Association (AGA) partners and International Federations, will look to redesign qualifying going forward as events unfold. We will continue to hold the dates for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club and the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club. At this time, it is premature to speculate what might occur with other 2020 USGA championships. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and regulations from the CDC, WHO and other federal, state and local authorities to do what is in the best interests of our community. We appreciate everyone's understanding and support during these unprecedented times.
2020 PGA Championship postponed
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The PGA of America announced today that the 2020 PGA Championship, scheduled for TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, has been postponed. “Throughout our evaluation process, we have been committed to following the guidance of public health authorities and given the coronavirus shelter-in-place order in effect in San Francisco, postponement is the best decision for all involved,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “This is a reflection of a thoughtful process,” Waugh added. “We are and have been working in concert with Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners and friends at the PGA TOUR to find an alternative date that works for all. We are all very hopeful for a great outcome. “We are also in dialogue with Mayor Breed and her team at the City of San Francisco and look forward to hopefully bringing the 2020 PGA Championship to TPC Harding Park at a date this summer when it is on.
SOURCE: PGA of America
USGA names U.S. Women’s Open champion’s medal after Mickey Wright
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced that the medal presented each year to the winner of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship has been renamed in Mickey Wright’s honor and redesigned with an image of her iconic swing, ensuring that every future champion is forever linked to one of golf’s greatest pioneers and competitors. The gold medal, which until now has not had a formal name, dates to the 1953 U.S. Women's Open when the USGA first began conducting the championship. Beginning in June with the 75th U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston, each champion will receive the Mickey Wright Medal along with the U.S. Women’s Open Trophy. “Mickey exemplified what it means to be a USGA champion both on and off the course,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “Naming the U.S. Women’s Open champion’s medal after Mickey, in a milestone anniversary year for the championship, is a fitting way to honor the breadth of her accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf. She embodied what it means to be a U.S. Women’s Open competitor and champion, showing mental toughness, exquisite shot-making and exceptional course management. We are so honored to have had the relationship with her that we did.” Over the course of her career, Wright, who died on Feb. 17, at the age of 85, won four U.S. Women’s Open titles, which ties Betsy Rawls for the most ever. In addition, Wright has seven top-three finishes and 10 top-five finishes in the championship. She was the first player to win consecutive Women’s Opens, in 1958 at Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and in 1959 at Churchill Valley Golf Club in Blackridge, Pa. She added victories in 1961 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., and 1964 at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. Wright also won the 1952 U.S. Girls’ Junior and received the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor, in 2010. In 2012, she became the fourth golfer – and first woman – to be honored with her own exhibition room at the USGA Golf Museum in Liberty Corner, N.J., joining Ben Hogan, Bob Jones and Arnold Palmer. She donated more than 200 personal items for the Mickey Wright Room, which can be visited by the general public. Jack Nicklaus became the fifth person to have a dedicated room in the museum in 2015 and is the only other person to have a USGA championship medal named after him, an honor that was bestowed in 2012 with the gold medal that is awarded to the U.S. Open champion. “The USGA has been a big part of my life since 1950 when I played in my first Girls’ Junior,” Wright said in 2012. “To win five of their championships, the U.S. Girls’ Junior and four Women’s Opens, has always been my most cherished accomplishment in golf. My only regret was not being able to win a fifth Women’s Open. Someday, perhaps, someone will.” Regarded as one of the greatest players in the game’s history, Wright was renowned for her powerful and beautifully rhythmic swing, which was described as the greatest ever by Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. She amassed 82 LPGA Tour victories, including 13 major championships. Both totals are second-most in women’s golf. Between 1961 and 1962, Wright became the only woman to hold four major titles at the same time, a record she still holds. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Associated Press named her the female golfer of the century in 1999. The Mickey Wright Medal will be awarded to the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open champion on Sunday, June 7, capping a week-long celebration at Champions Golf Club.