16 Mar 2020

Media Release:

Golf Australia advises of key changes to several planned tournaments.

In light of national and ongoing Covid-19 concerns, GA chairman Andrew Newbold reluctantly confirms the scheduled Australian Junior Championships in April, both for girls and boys, has been cancelled.

In addition, the subsequent girls’ and boys’ Australian Junior Interstate Series – also scheduled for South Australia and the ACT, respectively – has also been cancelled.

The Australian Interstate Series, scheduled for Sydney in May, has also been cancelled.

The South Australian Amateur Classic and Rene Erichsen Salver competitions, scheduled to start at Glenelg Golf Club tomorrow, have been postponed to a date to be fixed.

“These decisions are not taken lightly,” Newbold said.

“We will work with everyone in South Australia in an attempt to reschedule this week’s events, hopefully later in the year.

“But regrettably, the national competitions will not run in 2020, which I’m sure is a tough pill to swallow for all those who looked forward to competing in such time-honoured events.

“GA protocols insist that all events involving crowds or large-scale interstate travel be strictly reviewed given the current health issues we’re confronting as a community.

"As such, and using the latest government advice and guidelines, Golf Australia was left no choice but to take these sad actions.

“Naturally, our priority will always remain the safety and wellbeing of all stakeholders in the sport and we’ll continue to make decisions based on that mantra in conjunction with our partners in the Australian golf industry.”

Decisions about exemptions into respective Australian Opens for national junior champions will be made at a later date, Newbold said.

For further information from the Federal Government on Covid-19, the Coronavirus Health Information Line operates 24 hours a day on 1800 020 080.

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