2020 PGA Professional Championship at Barton Creek postponed, AJGA delays season

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA (March 16, 2020) – The PGA of America today announced the postponement of the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, which was to have been played April 26-29 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.
The decision to postpone was made following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) March 15 recommendation not to hold gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.
The PGA is unable to reschedule the PPC at this time due to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 public health threat. Further information on a new date will be shared as it becomes available.
While no decision has been made concerning the upcoming 2020 PGA Championship (May 11-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco), PGA of America leadership remains in close coordination and communication with representatives from San Francisco and the state of California, evaluating plans on an ongoing basis with the health and well-being of all involved as the highest priority.
If the PGA Championship is played as currently scheduled, the 20 PGA Club Professionals in the field would be based on the Top 20 eligible players listed in the final 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings.
Begun in 1968, the PGA Professional Championship — the world’s largest all-professional event — is comprised of players who advance from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions. Per the event’s standard eligibility criteria, the low 20 eligible scorers at Omni Barton Creek would have earned a berth in the 2020 PGA Championship.
AJGA postpones season

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and other global golf partners, the American Junior Golf Association will postpone its entire spring schedule.

“To address health concerns from COVID-19, we wanted to simplify our plans to allow our community to focus on its most urgent needs,” said Executive Director Stephen Hamblin. “We’ve taken the past few days to align with mission-critical partners, host facilities and local leaders and ask for their support in rescheduling spring events. We plan to open the season Memorial Day weekend and conduct an expanded schedule with seven events per week to maximize playing opportunities for members.”

In the coming days, members should expect:

  • Rescheduled events from March 19-May 3 will return to the Schedule when confirmed.
  • Full refunds, or donations, processed for tournament entry fees in sequential order.
  • Event applications opened for Memorial Day and beyond.
  • Additional member communications as needed.

At this time, the AJGA plans to resume safe tournament operations by the end of May but we will continue to monitor rapidly changing circumstances and advice from the CDC, WHO and global partners. We will continue to make, and announce, changes as required.

AJGA National Headquarters will be closed to the public through March 30. Customer service by phone will be available, but may be more limited during this time.

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