Hope everyone is getting along reasonably well. As of today both states in our chapter are still experiencing a spike in covid-19 cases(as was expected). In Rhode Island on this beautiful Saturday morning, I have been to a couple of public courses where the parking lots are totally full and their tee sheets are literally at capacity, in accordance with covid-19 operational guide lines. Our Massachusetts clubs are looking towards a possible opening soon- possibly 2-3 weeks-We shall stay tuned. At some point when our Massachusetts courses get the go ahead to open – Rhode Island club pros could be a great resource for guidance as they have been in the trenches, working harder then ever and have experienced the fluidity of the covid-19 situation(as it relates to golf course operations) -and dealing with the trials and tribulations of setting up and enforcing very specific and strict guidelines set forth by the RI state department of business regulations to remain operational. Robert Ward of the RIGA has been a great middle man between the powers that be in RI state government and the golf clubs of Rhode Island in getting their messages out- he is doing a fine job (I beat him 3and2 once in a club championship! match-he can golf his ball).
Rhode Island has certainly gone out on a limb keeping courses open during these uncertain and stressful times, but it appears as of today -it is going quite well- RI golfers love golf , and they are more appreciative to play now more then ever. The wide expanses of a golf course -groups limited to four people(no drive carts) make our sport a natural fit in these times as a reasonable recreational activity. “A lot of people have been coming in and saying-‘Thank God you are open” says John Rainone-PGA Head Professional at North Kingstown Golf Course. ”People are cooped up and they’re very grateful that they can still get out and play.” From my observation at the many RI clubs I have visited -the essential and key element of staying operational- is eliminating all touch points. Also, restroom cleaning and disinfecting could become full time/ all day job. I have heard that personal pull cart sales are at an all time high.
|April 7||RIPGA Spring Meeting (PPD)||North Kingstown GC|
|April 20||Pro-3AM (PPD)||Quidnessett|
|April 21||NEPGA Storke Play #1* (PPD)||Newport National|
|April 27||NEPGA Pro-3AM* (PPD)||Fall River|
|May 11-12||NEPGA Pro-Pro Match Play*||Kirkbrae|
|May 11||US Open Local Qualifying||Agawam Hunt|
|June 25-28||US Senior Open||Newport CC|
|July 6||NEPGA Stroke Play #3*||Ledgemont|
|August 11-12||Rhode Island Open||Valley|
|September 9||Chapter Championship||TBD|
|TBD||RIPGA Fall Meeting||TBD|
*Includes NEPGA events within the Rhode Island Chapter
The 2020 Rhode Island Chapter Spring Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 7th at North Kingstown GC in North Kingstown, RI. The meeting will take place at 10:00 AM and feature presentations from the Rhode Island Board of Directors as well as New England PGA leadership.
We hope to see you there!