ALL EVENTS SUSPENDED THROUGH MAY 17th
UPDATE March 28th, 2020, 9:30 AM
Dear Friends - Regrettably, there is NO CHANGE TO OUR CURRENT OPERATING STATUS due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. We remain optimistic that we will return to conducting golf tournaments in the next few months. All events through May 17th are currently suspended. Once we move through the peak of the pandemic's infection rate, and when our health and governmental authorities suggest that our country is returning to a new normal, we will reschedule as many events as possible.
Once We Begin - When we are able to play, we will give scheduling priority to our most historic and long-standing Championships. Naturally, we will want to conduct our Men's and Women's Amateur Championships, Junior Championships, Senior Championships, Mid-Amateur Championships and Open Championships. However, we may only be able to conduct one Championship for each category. Team competitions will have a lower priority for rescheduling, and if the crisis continues, few team competitions will be conducted.
Florida Junior Tour - The FJT will resume its existing schedule when it's safe to play, and hopefully additional events will be added throughout the remainder of the year.
USGA - Qualifiers for USGA National Championships are also on hold, and the USGA will continue to provide guidance on the conduct of their championships.
Please remain safe and if you play golf - please take all possible precautions to avoid contracting the virus. Be smart, do not stand near people, do not ride in a cart with someone you don't live with, and do not touch anything unnecessarily (the flagstick, rakes, ball washers, door handles etc). Take wipes and hand sanitizer with you and clean surfaces that you need to touch before you do. And as you mother told you a thousand times before dinner "go wash your hands"!
Take care of your families and we look forward to seeing you at an FSGA Championship, One-Day, USGA or FJT event soon.
Best regards, Your friends at the FSGA
UPDATE March 18th, 2020, 5:00 PM
Dear Friends - We share your concerns about this terrible crisis that we are all in, and hope to conduct golf tournaments as soon as possible. Our greatest concern continues to be the well-being of everyone involved, and we are respecting the advice of our government health officials and other leaders. Frankly, we are being very conservative in our approach but we believe being conservative is best. After all, we are just talking about golf tournaments...
As for when we will begin playing again - It's not unlike the hundreds of weather suspensions that we have dealt with through the years - we will only play when we believe it is safe. We are carefully monitoring the actions taken by the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and other governing bodies of golf. Although our events are not conducted on the same scale as the professional tours - the lives we deal with are just as important. Please be patient - I can assure you that we are chomping at the bit to resume events.
Postponements - For now, no one knows when it will be safe to resume organized golf activities. Perhaps June, maybe July. If anyone already knows the answer please contact us!
What we do Know:
- We are going to attempt to re-schedule as many events that get postponed as possible
- One-Day competitions that are effected will not be re-scheduled
- Major Individual Championships that are Postponed - we will work like mad to find a new date or site to play our major individual championships - hopefully at the original site, but if that's not possible, somewhere else
- Some team events, four-balls etc. may have to be cancelled to provide room in the compressed schedule that will remain
- Updates - We will update you at least every week at this location so that you know where we are going next
- Restart - Once we begin playing - we can't just catch everything back up at once - we have only so many staff members, so many officials and so many golf courses.
For Now - Stay healthy, and go walk nine holes by yourself late in the evening; take only a few clubs - it's great therapy for stress and it should be safe too. Practice your chipping some - that can always use more work!
Refunds & a Little Patience - See below - but when we cancel any event, we are pushing 100% refunds back to your credit card. For some events that are suspended - we will hold your entry and not refund the amount until we know when and where the postponed event will occur. Then we will communicate with you more. Don't panic, we are good for it! It takes longer than usual to receive refunds - because the entire financial system including the credit card companies are stretched to the max. Please be patient. We are a small company and our staff is trying to stay out of harm's way too!
We love conducting golf tournaments and we will play as soon as we can - as long as it is considered safe for everyone, including the people we go home to after the round.
Warm regards, FSGA Team
UPDATE March 14th, 2020, 9:20 AM
Regrettably, due to the pandemic crisis facing our nation and the world, the Florida State Golf Association was forced to suspend all activities effective March 13, 2020. This suspension includes all FSGA and FJT events. Further, all training, education, and course rating activities are suspended.
The volunteers and staff of the FSGA love to conduct golf tournaments and provide service to our clubs and the golf community. We are very disappointed that we are unable to conduct events but for the safety of our players, volunteers, staff and the general public, we have suspended events. Please recognize that the FSGA is a volunteer-based organization, and many of our volunteers, players and club members are in high risk categories identified by the medical experts.
Players with active entries should NOT withdraw online as that will not result in a full refund. A full refund for all cancelled events will be automatically refunded to your credit card.
As this situation progresses, we will provide updates on how long operations will remain suspended and inform you of any dates for events that may be re-scheduled.
All future entries are now closed until further notice.
Thank you for your patience and support during this very challenging time for everyone.
Sincerely, Florida State Golf Association
Refunds of Entry Fees
Please DO NOT withdraw online for any events. Withdrawing online will not result in a full refund.
ALL cancelled events will be automatically refunded in full, back to the credit card that the entry was charged on.