Scottish Golf have cancelled three national championships in April and the Scottish Golf AGM, scheduled to take place on Sunday 15th March has been postponed, following the COVID-19 outbreak.
The following statements were released by Scottish Golf on Friday 13th March.
National Championship Cancellations
Scottish Golf continues to monitor developments of the COVID-19 Virus, including the impact that this will have on events that bring together groups of people.
With this in mind and following the latest Government advice, it is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the first three Scottish Golf National Championships of the 2020 calendar.
The cancelled events are:
8 – 10 April 2020 Scottish Boys’ Open Championship (North Berwick)
8 – 10 April 2020 Scottish Girls’ Open Championship (Powfoot)
17 – 19 April 2020 Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship (Royal Troon)
While golf is a sport that allows players to exercise outdoor in the fresh air where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low, Scottish Golf’s decision has been made recognising that these events all attract international fields, to ensure the risk to competitors, officials and spectators is minimised.
Scottish Golf will continue to respect government advice and work in partnership with organisations across the golf industry and more information about other National Championships will be communicated as this developing situation continues.
All entrants of the impacted events will receive a full refund and Scottish Golf will issue further guidance to those affected in due course.
We thank you for your understanding at this time.
Scottish Golf Annual General Meeting, Sunday 15 March 2020
The team at Scottish Golf has been carefully monitoring the situation regarding Corona Virus COVID-19.
Following the announcement in the past few hours regarding Scottish Football and golf worldwide, I am taking the decision to postpone the Scottish Golf AGM to a date to be clarified once the current crisis has passed.
This decision is based entirely on the health and well being of our volunteers and employees. I simply do not believe it reasonable to expose attendees to the unnecessary risk in both making the journey and in attending the event.
I send everyone my very best wishes at this worrying time. Stay safe.
Chair, Scottish Golf