The scheduled competitions to be postponed as a result of this decision are the Ayrshire Junior Team Championship, the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship and the Ayrshire Matchplay Championship. It is hoped that circumstances will allow all three events to be rescheduled later in the year.
The two team matches due to take place by the end of march this year have also been postponed.
Entry forms for the Ayrshire Seniors Championship, The Ayrshire Boys Championship and the West of Scotland Boys Championship, due to be held later in the season, will not be made available until after the position is reevaluated on 12th May.
In addition there will be no play in the six extended competitions until at least 12th May, when the position will be reviewed and further information circulated.
The following information has been circulated to club secretaries by email
AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION – COVID-19 RESPONSE
After considering the latest national guidelines and all current information available, the Ayrshire Golf Association Executive have decided to postpone all Ayrshire Golf Association competitions and suspend all Ayrshire Golf Association extended competitions until at least 12th May 2020, when the position will be re-assessed and further information distributed.
In summary, the effect of this decision as far as county events is concerned is: -
1. The AYRSHIRE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP due to take place on Sunday 19th April at Routenburn GC has been postponed. It is hoped to reschedule this event later in the year if circumstances allow.
2. The AYRSHIRE STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP due to take place at Prestwick St Cuthbert GC on Sunday 26th April 2020 has been postponed. It is hoped to reschedule this event later in the year if possible.
3. The AYRSHIRE MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP due to take place at Dundonald Links from 4th to 7th May 2020 has been postponed. It is hoped to reschedule this event later in the year to suitable dates, as and when the Strokeplay Championship is rescheduled.
4. The annual fixture against the South of Scotland, due to take place on 29th March 2020 has been postponed and it is hoped to reschedule the fixture later in the season if circumstances allow.
5. The annual fixture against the Scratch league Division 1 winners, due to take place on 22nd March 2020 has been postponed and it is hoped to reschedule the fixture later in the season if circumstances allow.
6. Entry forms for the AYRSHIRE SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP, due to take place in mid-July will not be made available until after the position is reviewed on 12th May at the earliest.
7. Entry forms for the AYRSHIRE BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP, due to take place in early August will not be made available until after the position is reviewed on 12th May at the earliest.
8. Entry forms for the WEST OF SCOTLAND BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP, due to take place in late June at Rowallan Castle GC will not be made available until after the position is reviewed on 12th May at the earliest.
9. The Association will be liaising with the other five West of Scotland Area Associations in due course regarding the scheduled West of Scotland Under 18 inter county matches due to commence in May and the Youth/A team matches due to take place in September.
All ties and matches in the following Ayrshire Golf Association extended competitions are suspended pending further consideration of the position on May 12th, after which further advice will be circulated regarding dates for ties to be played and fixture schedules etc. The events concerned are:
THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY
THE AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
THE GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER
THE PRESIDENT’S PUTTER
THE AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
THE AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES
If there are any further questions on the six extended competitions, participants should contact the respective event administrator in the first instance, or the Area Association Secretary.
The Ayrshire Golf Association executive appreciate that this decision will have a considerable impact on county events this season but are sure that the member clubs and players will appreciate the background to which this difficult decision has been made.
At the moment Golf remains one of the few sporting activities which can be enjoyed within the confines of the present government advice on the COVID-19 outbreak and The Ayrshire Golf Association would encourage member clubs to keep informed of the current advice available and formulate an appropriate plan of action relevant to their own individual circumstances.
To assist clubs to access information, the following web link issued by the PGA may help member clubs.
The Ayrshire Golf Association would like to thank clubs and players for their understanding during these unprecedented circumstances which we are all subject to at the present time, and hope to provide a further positive update following the review of the position as far as the county events are concerned on 12th May.
Alasdair J Malcolm