Golf Australia has aborted plans to reschedule the summer season’s premier three events, reluctantly cancelling the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Initiating and Females’s Australian Initiating.
PGA of Australia chief government Gavin Kirkman, ALPG chief government Karen Lunn and Golf Australia chief government James Sutherland acknowledged all three events, which had been to had been performed in February, might per probability furthermore now not proceed because of the worldwide pandemic.
“It’s exceptional and an precise blow for Australian golf and its followers,” Kirkman acknowledged.
“Now we comprise collectively spent months in exhaustive session with all related authorities and our sanctioning companions to are trying to acquire a solution to stage all three events safely and at that world-class degree to which we now comprise all become accustomed.
“However even with fairly so loads of contingency plans, it has reached a level the do decisions should be made and this, regrettably, is the one we now comprise needed to devour.”
A raft of measures had been conception-about – together with gamers coming right into a hub and competing whereas serving a strict quarantine length, as well to limiting crowd numbers and lag – however no decisions had been viable.
“We look forward to bringing all three tournaments alive once more after they return as conventional for summer season 2021-22,” Kirkman acknowledged.
The Australian Initiating and Australian PGA Championship – the intention events on the PGA Tour of Australasia – had been earlier than all of the items slated for a slack November and early December window, to be performed at Melbourne’s Kingston Heath and Brisbane’s Royal Queensland, respectively.
Each had been postponed in most fashionable months throughout the hope a slack-summer timeslot – probably advance the Females’s Australian Initiating – would choose time to host the time-honoured tournaments.
However the impacts of COVID-19, most notably in assembling international fields and guaranteeing the security of gamers, spectators and officers, has pressured the decision.
It should be the primary time since 1945, the ultimate yr of WWII, that the boys’s Initiating might per probability furthermore now not be staged, the primary time since 1995 that the PGA might per probability furthermore now not occur and the primary time since 2006 that the ladies people’s Initiating might per probability furthermore now not be contested.