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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2020) 一 The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship ー one of five Major Championships on the LPGA Tour ー will be contested without spectators onsite, October 6-11, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
The decision to play without spectators was made in coordination with Pennsylvania Department of Health, Newtown Township and the Chester County Department of Health, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority.
The PGA of America will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and work in concert with the leading state and township public health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, up to and through Championship Week.
“We’re grateful to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Newtown Township and Delaware County for their partnership in conducting the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley. “We’re excited to showcase historic Aronimink Golf Club, an incredible venue located in a community that has been a long-time supporter of women’s golf and the LPGA. And while we will, unfortunately, be unable to have spectators with us at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, we’re certain that the talented players in the field will inspire those watching around the globe.”
Founded in 1896, Aronimink has hosted a number of significant golf events during its storied history, including the 1962 PGA Championship (won by Gary Player). The PGA Championship will return to Aronimink in 2026.
With the playing of the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Aronimink will be the first venue to stage each of the PGA of America’s three rotating major championships (PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship).
“While we’ll miss our spectators at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this year, we will still impact young girls and boys all over the world, thanks to our worldwide television coverage,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This event has always been bigger than just golf. It impacts leaders and future leaders, lifting dreams while it changes stereotypes. A huge thank you to KPMG and the PGA of America for their willingness and persistence to ensure that the impact of this Championship is not diminished despite the challenges we face this year!”
In three of the last four years, the top 100 players on the LPGA Official Money List have played in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which again features one of the highest purses in women’s golf. The Championship will be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel and will include 16 hours of live coverage from Aronimink.
The field also will once again include the top eight finishers in the previous year’s LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship, whether they are PGA or LPGA members, as well as the 2020 PGA Women’s Stroke Play Champion.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has built on the history and tradition of the LPGA Championship, which began in 1955 and is the second-oldest major in women’s golf.
The event is held in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.
In the coming days, those who purchased corporate hospitality packages, tickets, or signed up to volunteer for the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be contacted to facilitate refunds.
Prior to its postponement on April 29, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was originally scheduled for play June 23-28.
About the PGA of America
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Celtic Golf is launching a generous raffle to benefit the family of the late Justin Riegel, PGA, who tragically passed away after an accident at Philmont C.C.
The grand prize includes six days and five nights at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel and four rounds of golf at Ballybunion G.C’s Old Course, Old Head Golf Links, Tralee G.C. and Waterville Golf Links in Ireland for four golfers. A second prize, a foursome at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, was donated by Derek Sprague, PGA. Entries are $100 each (no limit).
Please consider entering the raffle, by clicking the below button and registering via Golf Genius. PGA REACH Philadelphia and the Section thanks our friends at Celtic Golf.
Grand prize includes the following for a party of four golfers:
Hotel: Five nights in the Five-Star Killarney Park Hotel, located in the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry. One of the premier hotels in this picturesque town, situated on its own grounds yet centrally located within walking distance to the many shops, restaurants, and pubs. (two rooms / twin occupancy)
Ground Transport: Chauffeured Minivan with the full services of a professional Irish Driver-Guide to provide group airport, hotels, and golf transfers.
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast Daily
Taxes: All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges included
Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, PGA REACH Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 UPDATES AND GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE
The White House, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for large events and mass gatherings and recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. More information on the White House’s guidance can be found by clicking here and the CDC’s guidance can be found by clicking here.
Employee Rights: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Click here for more information.
REOPENING GUIDANCE: Click here for detailed guidance from the Allied Golf Organizations, the Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf and policies for New Jersey.
PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS WAIVERS
The Philadelphia PGA Section has been in contact with numerous state legislators and officials to clarify how golf facilities are affected by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s order for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Section has been advised that businesses seeking a waiver to the order should email with this email address: RAemail@example.com.
The Section encourages our golf facilities to email RAfirstname.lastname@example.org asking for exemptions for the following:
As a reminder, full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places may continue to operate for takeout only.
We believe that the more golf facilities that request waivers, the more seriously the state legislature and / or governor’s office will consider blanket exemptions for golf courses.
The Section requests that PGA Professionals that send an email to RAemail@example.com, that they also copy (cc) Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Section Communications Director Matt Frey, PGA (email@example.com) so the Section has the ability to lobby on your behalf as well.
Delaware Governor John Carney announced that the State of Delaware will lift the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers on June 1 as part of the rolling reopening of Delaware’s economy. The governor also announced that outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people will be permitted in Delaware beginning on June 1, with basic public health precautions in place to protect against spread of COVID-19. To read the full press release, click here.
Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening is scheduled to begin on June 1, allowing retail establishments, restaurants and other businesses to open at 30 percent of stated fire capacity with social distancing requirements and other public health guidance in place. To read Delaware’s Phase 1 economic reopening guidance, click here.
In conjunction with the easing of certain business, travel and gathering restrictions, Governor Carney will lift Delaware’s stay-at-home order effective June 1, but he cautioned that Delawareans should continue to avoid unnecessary outings and gatherings to limit community spread of COVID-19.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that golf courses across the state will be permitted to reopen, effective on Thursday, May 7, at 7:00 a.m. Governor Hogan amended his stay-at-home order to broaden the list of permitted outdoor activities to now include individual and small group sports such as golfing, tennis, and similar activities; outdoor fitness instruction; recreational fishing and hunting; recreational boating; and horseback riding. It will remain critical, however, that Marylanders continue to follow public health guidance and practice physical distancing. To read the full press release, click here77.
Maryland has a COVID-19 business response webpage, which can be visited by clicking here. The state is also offering COVID-19 emergency relief fund programs for businesses (click here to learn more) and a COVID-19 layoff aversion fund (to read more, click here).
In accordance with tax rules applicable to 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations, the PGA of America, and its Sections, must collect annual dues. As such, the PGA of America and the Philadelphia PGA Section will collect dues under revamped procedures that take into account the significant challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you all know, your dues are a combination of Section and national dues. Your annual dues are very important to the Section as we rely on this revenue for our operations. These funds help us to provide a high level of member services, drive more benefits, host tournaments, seminars and events, and expand growth of the game initiatives, while allowing us to continue programs that will benefit the Section and you as a PGA Professional.
We at the Section appreciate the collaboration between PGA Headquarters and the 41 Sections to help get all parties to the other side of this crisis. This collaboration has enabled all Sections, including the Philadelphia Section, to push dues back to October 31 collectively.
PGA Members and Associates will have two payment options:
Those unable to pay the full dues amount by October 31, 2020, would be moved to nonactive status, and can still pay the full dues by June 30, 2021, to “re-establish” Membership (per the Bylaws), and the PGA of America would waive the late and reestablish fee. If not able to re-establish by June 30, 2021, individuals would need to reinstate their Membership. If the one-time reinstatement option has been previously used, approval has already been granted for a second reinstatement for those affected by COVID-19.
If you are a PGA Professional hurting financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, please apply today for the Golf Emergency Relief fund at relief.golf.
PGA of America and Section dues invoices are expected to be available on May 1 on PGA.org. If you have questions about Section dues, please contact Section Communications Director Matt Frey, PGA, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the invoices / payment procedues on PGA.org, please call the PGA Membership Department directly at 1-800-474-2776.
PHILADELPHIA PGA SECTION UPDATES
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across our region, the Philadelphia PGA Section is closely monitoring all available information related to the continued spread of the virus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), state and local governments, and the PGA of America.
The health and safety of our membership, staff, and partners are our top priority. As such, the Philadelphia PGA Section has adjusted the following:
The Section will continue to review its schedule and operations based on CDC, WHO and government guidance and communicate updates with you.
For the foreseable future, the Philadelphia PGA Section staff will be working remotely. Any questions should be directed to the Section’s Communications Director, Matt Frey, PGA: email@example.com. Should you need to reach any of our other staff members, their remote contact information is listed below.
Executive Director, Geoff Surrette, PGA: (215) 399-7872, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Executive Director, Barb Creveling: (215) 237-3888, email@example.com
PGA REACH Philadelphia Director, Leila Mackie, PGA: (704) 689-3136, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tournament Director, Brian Schulte, PGA: (215) 778-4411, email@example.com
Communications Director, Matt Frey, PGA: (513) 205-3081, firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Services Administrator, Sue Unger: (215) 287-6139, email@example.com
PGA REACH Philadelphia Coordinator, Courtney Curcio: (856) 685-3167, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tournament Coordinator, Lewis Harry, PGA: (575) 405-3684, email@example.com
Operations Coordinator, Colin Marshall: (717) 870-7554, firstname.lastname@example.org
PGA OF AMERICA COVID-19 RESOURCES
The PGA of America has created a COVID-19 resource page for PGA Members and Associates, which can be visited by clicking here. The page includes resources for facilities, action steps for the general population and golf facilities, courses and food & beverage operations, and also provides information about the SupportLinc Member Assistance Program.
LETTER FROM PGA OF AMERICA OFFICERS
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the worlds of business and sports has quickly become more far reaching than we could have imagined. Our business will be affected, as will the lives of our friends and family. We are all feeling the strain of the unknown and the stress and anxiety a crisis can cause.
We want you to know that your Association is doing everything we can to mitigate risk and lead in a challenging time. Times like these give us a moment to pause and to assess changes that our facilities and association can pursue…to act in a way that reflects golf’s values among our constituents, and to stand tall knowing that we are the keepers of the game.
First and foremost, in challenging times like these, our utmost priority is on the health and well-being of our members and all involved with the work of the PGA.
While at least the next few weeks will prove challenging for our entire society, the golf industry will need to be prepared to come back strongly after things return to normal. We should be preparing now to take the necessary steps to reassure the public about the many benefits of our game, facilities and Professionals.
As such, we are thinking pragmatically about the Association’s business through the framework of our long-term strategic plan with focus on our members, game, business and people. For the purposes of this letter, we’ve bucketed the communication into three areas:
PGA Professionals, their facilities and the golf industry – Communication is key. Yesterday, PGA Chief Membership Officer John Easterbrook sent a note to the membership outlining that PGA HQ staff will be operating remotely effective Monday; while Valhalla and PGA Golf Club remain open to the public. We also provided a set of common-sense recommendations for consideration by operators. We have committed to keeping PGA Professionals up-to-date through “Five Things to Know” and PGA.org on a regular basis. From an MSR and education perspective, please note the following:
Championships and Events – At this time, we are working closely with state and local public health and government officials in Texas, California and Michigan and Pennsylvania regarding the playing of our upcoming events: The PPC, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the KPMG Womens PGA Championshiop. With the PGA TOUR canceling of The Players Championship and its next three events; the LPGA postponing its next three events, including its first Major Championship, after already cancelling three tournaments in Asia; and Augusta National postponing the Masters, we will be asked many questions about the status of our Championships and events.
We will continue to evaluate the status of each event every two weeks and provide further updates when available. Our hope is that the situation will improve, and once cleared by public health authorities, our events could be a welcome a “return to normal” in some form. That said, the health and well-being of all involved is our first priority and mandates from public health authorities will guide our decisions.
Due to recent NCAA actions, our PGA Works Collegiate Championship and the NextGen Spring Nationals are being cancelled as of today.
Association/Section Business – As noted above, we have asked all staff to work remotely for the foreseeable future in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our team. We would recommend that all PGA Sections follow our lead in this area. We have stressed to our staff how important it is that we continue to operate at an extremely high level to serve our Members and Sections during this period.
In addition, we have put a travel ban in effect both internationally and domestically. Again, we would recommend that you do the same. For at least the next four weeks, we also recommend that you postpone any group gatherings you are planning to host. And most importantly, stay close to what your state and local officials advise for your area. In addition, with the PGA Tour event cancelations, the corresponding qualifying events are also cancelled. Please let those participants know immediately.
PGA Member Assistance Program
People are understandably concerned about their health, jobs and future. During these unprecedented times, the PGA Member Assistance Program provides confidential, professional counseling and online services for a wide array of personal and well-being concerns. We encourage you to remind your fellow Members they can seek help at resources.pga.org. In addition, online guidance on preventive health and safety measures we can all take are available from the CDC.
We pledge to communicate relentlessly with all stakeholders and be open at all times as this situation inevitably evolves. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions and concerns. Remember that we are all in this together, will get out of it together and be that much stronger for the experience.
PREPARING FOR COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE
The PGA of America established a new resource center on PGA.org specific to helping our Professionals who are employers and / or employees with questions. Because the specifics of employment law and recommended COVID-19 best practices are different state-by-state, we have included a link that will direct PGA Professionals to the 50 state departments of labor for information that is relevant based on their location. Please pass this resource along to anyone looking for resources related to employment issues during these challenging times.
Following today’s debut video, we will also be opening it up to questions from you to help us address the issues that matter most to you all out in the field. If you have a specific question, please submit it here. We may not get to all of your questions on next week’s update, but will try to answer as many as possible.
NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL GOLF EVENTS
2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Rescheduled, October 6-11…click here for the full press release
2020 ShopRite LPGA Classic: Rescheduled, October 2-4
2020 Masters Tournament: Rescheduled, November 12-15
2020 PGA Championship: Rescheduled, August 6-9
2020 U.S. Open: Rescheduled, September 17-20
2020 Open Championship: Cancelled
2020 PGA Professional Championship: Postponed. Click here to read the full press release.
2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Philadelphia Cricket Club: Cancelled. Click here for the full statement.
GOLF PROFESSIONAL NATURAL DISASTER BEST PRACTICES FACEBOOK GROUP
As PGA Professionals and industry leaders we get many questions in the face of disaster. It is often overwhelming and can create a sense of helplessness. This tool should assist all of us in finding answers and solutions to the many diverse issues created by natural disaster. It will serve as a building block as natural disasters continue to confront our industry, membership and personal lives.
The group attracted almost 800 golf professionals and industry leaders. We hope you’ll join as well and then share with all of your “golf influencers”…it’s not just for golf professionals (thanks to those who previously joined and shared the group). The more golf leaders we have in the group, the broader and deeper our scope of best practices…better answers and solutions for the challenges ahead. Click here to request access.