New Zealand Golf Events
As many of you will have seen, the New Zealand Government has placed strict controls around people entering New Zealand and many events, sporting occasions and gatherings around New Zealand are being cancelled or postponed to reduce the threat of COVID-19 spreading.
New Zealand Golf has carefully considered our upcoming event schedule and made the decision to cancel or postpone all events through until at least 10 May. This decision has been taken with the support and input of the PGA, host clubs, and a range of other stakeholders.
While many of our events will have less than 500 people and be largely community events, we have made this decision based on our desire to not place any staff, players or other participants in a position of risk.
Some events have international attendees who are required to undertake a self-isolation process and many of our domestic attendees need to take flights, stay in hotel accommodation and be generally be placed in large group environments to partake.
Considering the health, safety and wellbeing of all, we are erring on the side of caution and ensuring we are not part of enabling a group environment where COVID-19 may be transmitted.
The affected golf events are:
· NZ Women’s Autumn Foursomes, 24 March – postponed.
· Jennian Homes Charles Tour: Barfoot and Thompson Akarana Open, 26 March, postponed.
· Jennian Homes Charles Tour: Autex Muriwai 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:
· 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.
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.