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Event cancellation/postponement update

Since our last update a couple of days ago, we have had further event cancellation/postponements.

At district level we will postpone the Secondary Schools Champs that was due to be played on 2 April at Marton, with the hope that this event can go ahead sometime during term 2 (fingers crossed)

District pennant competition is currently still going ahead, but this will continue to be monitored.

NZ Golf has advised the following regarding national events:

The affected golf events are:
• NZ Women’s Autumn Foursomes, 24 March - postponed
• Jennian Homes Charles Tour: Autex Muriwai Open, 26 March, postponed
• Jennian Homes Charles Tour: Barfoot and Thompson Akarana Open, 2 April, postponed
• New Zealand Women’s Masters, 3 April - postponed
• South Island Age Group Championships, 22 April, postponed

All these events are postponed with the intention of playing at dates to be finalised later in the year.

Other affected events include:
• New Zealand Golf Talent Development Camp, 5 and 6 April – postponed.
• New Zealand Golf Awards Dinner, 4 May – cancelled.
• Chairman’s Dinner for District Associations and Life Members, 4 May 2020 – cancelled
• District Association Forum, 5 May – cancelled
• Future Leaders Programme, 3 and 4 May – postponed
• New Zealand Golf AGM, 5 May – to be held by video conference (note that updated notice will be distributed next week).

We trust that you all understand New Zealand Golf’s decision on these matters has been based on information from experts and with the health and wellbeing of players, our staff and the general community in mind.

Club Golf

Each club is being advised to lessen the risk through various procedures, however it is still up to each club on how their events are effected.

NZ Golf has advised the following:

Health and safety must take priority over any other consideration

For now, restrictions do not prevent clubs from operating their facilities, however we suggest clubs and facilities consider the following:
• Asking members and guests to staying away from the club if they are experiencing flu like symptoms.
• Asking members and guests to staying away from the club if they have been travelling internationally in the past 14 days.
• Regularly washing hands with soap (recommended) or an antibacterial wash.
• Placing hand sanitisers in prominent areas and requesting that members and guests utilise these regularly whilst on the premises.
• Implementing a minimum 10 minute interval between tee times.
• Asking players to not remove the pin when putting.
• Removing the pins from practice putting greens.
• Removing bunker rakes from the course.
• Closing drinking fountains.
• Removing shared sun screen stations.
• Closing ball washers.
• Removing all shared food items/menus.
• Cleaning all surfaces at the club or facility regularly.
• Where possible, limiting person-to-person contact.

We will provide any further updates as they come up.