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NORTON, Massachusetts – In light of the current COVID-19 situation and emergency orders from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Mass Golf has canceled all competitions and events through May 5.
The Four-Ball Championship, set to take place May 4-5 at GreatHorse and Twin Hills CC, has been canceled. Mass Golf is also announcing the postponement of the first two Member Days (Willowbend on April 27 & The Club at New Seabury on May 4), as well as the cancellation of the Spring Team Matches statewide program, originally set to begin April 23.
At this time, these events have not been rescheduled. Events that are listed as “canceled” on our event status page for their current dates might be rescheduled and alternate dates are being considered. Mass Golf Members will be notified by email and updates will be posted on MassGolf.org regarding additional updates to Mass Golf events.
“The health and safety of all Mass Golf Members, Volunteers and Staff as well as those who work at Member Clubs is the priority for Mass Golf during this difficult time,” said Jesse Menachem, Executive Director/CEO of Mass Golf. “We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation for several weeks now and making these decisions is never easy, but they’re necessary at this time. The staff has been exploring different options and exhausting all resources to best serve the interest of Mass Golf Members moving forward. We also appreciate our Member Clubs and their willingness to work with us in this difficult time.
“We will do whatever we can to maximize the amount of competitive and enjoyable golf experiences that can be played in a safe and responsible way.”
The Four-Ball is the first Championship of the Mass Golf calendar, and this year is set to be the 40th year of the event. Walter Sharis and Warren Nelson won the inaugural championship at Concord CC in 1981. This year’s field was set to include 192 teams (384 total competitors) competing in 36 holes of four-ball stroke play.
All competitors in the Four-Ball will be receiving a full refund of their entry fee, which will be processed in the next few days to the credit card that was used at the time of registration. For anyone who used credit card that is no longer active, checks will be processed and mailed out accordingly.
For questions regarding Championships, please email Kevin Eldridge, Mass Golf ‘s Director of Rules & Competitions.
The first two Member Days of the year are canceled at this time, and new dates are being explored.
Registration for Member Days is done through an online lottery system, but neither lottery has chosen participants for the first two Member Days. Therefore, nobody who entered the lottery system has been charged an entry fee.
For any questions regarding Member Days, please email Patrick Fannon, Mass Golf’s Manager of Member Events & Services.
The Spring Teams Matches, the first of two seasonal Women’s Cup Matches, will not take place this year. The matches consist of five weekly matchups among Mass Golf Member Clubs. The first event date was scheduled for April 23, running every Thursday through May 21. However, there are multiple constraints for hosting the weekly events, since golf course operations cannot resume in Massachusetts until at least May 4.
“We explored all possible options for rescheduling and reformatting the Spring Team Matches, but none of the alternative plans would hold true to the essence of this program,” said Naomi Nesenoff, Mass Golf’s Manager of Women’s Events & Player Development. “We will do whatever we can to continue providing exceptional and enjoyable women’s events in the future.”
All teams will receive a full refund. Those who paid with a credit card will be refunded their registration fee to the credit card used at the time of registration within the next few days. For those who paid with a check, refunds will be processed and mailed out as soon as possible.
For any questions regarding Women’s Cup Matches, please email Naomi Nesenoff, PGA.
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