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Golf NB Statement RE: COVID-19

 

On Wednesday, March 17, 2020, the Executive Committee of Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) voted unanimously to suspend all association operations through to May 3, 2020.  This decision will result in the following actions effective immediately;

Golf NB Office Closure – Immediately through May 3, 2020

The Golf NB office will be closed to the public through May 3, 2020.  The situation will be re-evaluated as of April 30, 2020 for further action.

While the Golf NB offices will be closed to the public, Golf NB continues to plan for the 2020 golf season and staff will remain available to provide support and answer any questions via normal communication methods.

Golf New Brunswick

E-Mail: info@golfnb.ca

Phone: 506-451-1324

Golf NB Handicap Certification Seminars – March 21, 28 & April 18, 2020

All Golf NB Handicap Certification Seminars have been postponed until further notice.  The committee’s decision will be re-evaluated as of April 30, 2020 for further action.

In the meantime, there are several online resources that clubs can access in order to familiarize themselves with the new World Handicap System.  While these resources will not result in “Certification” they will provide a solid knowledge base for facilities to bridge the gap until certification seminars can be rescheduled.

  • Washington State Golf Association (You Tube Presentation) – CLICK HERE
  • R & A – World Handicap System Videos – CLICK HERE
  • Rules of Handicapping – Effective January 2020 – CLICK HERE
  • Golf Canada Handicapping Information – CLICK HERE

Golf NB Spring Board of Directors Meeting – April 25, 2020

The 2020 Golf NB Spring Board of Directors Meeting has been POSTPONED. 

Golf NB will NOT hold a “Face to Face” 2020 Golf NB Spring Board of Directors Meeting, but will instead explore the option of holding a streamlined Spring Board of Directors Meeting, either via conference call or webinar to ensure that required business is conducted.

Additional information will be provided to facilities as it becomes available.

2020 Golf NB Events & Championships

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) will make decisions regarding individual events and championships a minimum of 3 weeks in advance of the championship. 

Golf NB strongly recommends that competitors enter any events scheduled in which they intend to play this season. In the event Golf NB cancels the event or the competitor needs to withdraw, entry fees will be 100% refunded.

Decisions on whether an event will proceed will be made and communicated to each competitor no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the event.

As an example, the NB Men’s Four Ball is scheduled to start Saturday May 23, 2020. Golf NB will advise no later than Saturday May 2, 2020 if the event will be held. Refunds of entry fees will be processed as soon as possible in the event of cancellation.

Golf NB reserves the right to cancel any Golf NB event or championship should the registered number of competitors be insufficient to justify holding the event at the conclusion of registration. In general, Golf NB will require 25% of the maximum field as outlined in the Tournament Information Page for each event. If Golf NB cancels the event as a result of insufficient registrations, entry fees will be 100% refunded. 

This procedure will remain in place through the balance of the championship season.

Championships will be cancelled not postponed.

Conclusion

Considering the heightened global concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is closely monitoring Health Canada and Government resources as well as consulting with our partners including Golf Canada, all Provincial Golf Associations, Sport NB and the other Provincial Sport Organizations in New Brunswick.

COVID-19 is something that the entire sport and golf community both internationally and domestically are taking seriously, especially with respect to the health and well-being of our people as well as any potential impact on our athletes or events.

Golf NB strongly recommends that everyone follow the recommendations from the New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Heath and the World Health Organization as we all do our part to help slow the spread of the virus;

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough, or sneeze
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve
  • Stay at home when you are sick

Golf NB would like to thank you for your patience, support, and understanding and we wish each of you and families and friends all the best in these difficult times.

Please direct any questions by email to:

Tyson Flinn               tflinn@golfnb.ca

Luke Lacey               llacey@golfnb.ca

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