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Monday, March 23, 2020

Let's Take a Quick Look at the News...

Another Monday passes without the Limerick Summary, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty happening. Here are links to some articles about how golf is surviving during the pandemic. I've got seven links for you, hitting many areas of the golf community.

GOLF Magazine's Luke Kerr-Dineen and Steph Curry

Let's start with tournament news from this post.
The LPGA announced Friday that the ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled to Sept. 10-13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
And three more tournaments have been postponed, so...
The earliest the LPGA season could resume is now the Pelican Women's Championship on May 14-17 in Belleair, Florida.
The Korn Ferry Tour players are having more financial worries than you might expect. This Golf Digest article details some of the financial differences between the KFT and the PGA Tour that you might not have thought about. KFT player Mark Baldwin said he's doing better than most because of one finish, and the article tells why:
The check [Baldwin's] talking about: $19,988 for finishing T-7 in the El Bosque Mexico Championship. For comparison, each of the 144 players who teed it up in the one round of the Players Championship, even the ones who shot 78 or 79, received a check for $52,083. Only 18 players on the Korn Ferry Tour have made that much for the entire season thus far.
The KFT has played only six events this season and they were the most expensive events of the year. Those players are in a very different bind than the big names on the PGA Tour.

You might be surprised to know that some mini-tours are still playing. Anna Nordqvist just won a playoff at a Cactus Tour event, and this GC article can give you some info on how the mini-tour situation looks.

Not everyone is so lucky, even at the club level. Pennsylvania has been hit really hard by COVID-19, so much so that the governor pretty much shut down the golf industry there. The Philadelphia Inquirer site is covering efforts to at least get the courses themselves back open.

Assuming you can get out on the course, the USGA has enacted some temporary amendments to the Rules of Golf to make the game a bit more 'pandemic friendly.'

In the wider world of sports, the Olympics are only a few months away and the International Olympic Committee is starting to feel the heat. This Golf Channel article notes that:
The International Olympic Committee agreed Sunday to explore other options for the 2020 Games, including the possibility of postponement. A decision should be made within the next four weeks...
The Games are currently scheduled for July 24, and that doesn't give the world much time to recover from the vast number of changes that the pandemic has forced on us all. And once you add the training problems caused by those changes... Well, at least the IOC plans to postpone instead of cancel the Olympics.

At least, that's the plan right now.

And finally, let's look for a bright spot. Look at the photo that heads this post. That's GOLF Magazine's Luke Kerr-Dineen and Steph Curry taking part in a social media campaign that hopes to brighten things up a bit; it's tagged #PlayingThrough. The article is called #PlayingThrough: How the golf world is coming together to spread positivity, and it has lots of tweets and videos that may give you a smile.

God knows we can all use some good news. Stay safe.

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