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NYSGA forced to delay female amateur, female junior Pete Dougherty, by Pete Dougherty June 23, 2020Updated: June 23, 2020 10:08 a.m.

The New York State Golf Association announced Tuesday morning that at least two of its upcoming championships have been postponed due to state regulations regarding travel for “low risk recreational activities” during the COVID pandemic – 19.

The NYSGA, which has already eliminated the majority of its championship tournaments and all of its amateur series for 2020, has declared that its amateur and semi-amateur women’s championship, scheduled for June 29-30 at the Teugega Country Club in Rome (Oneida County)), and the Junior Amateur Girls, which will take place from July 6 to 7 at the Tuscarora Golf Club in Marcellus (Onondaga County), will not be played on their original dates.

“We contacted ESD, Empire State Development, because they were our primary contacts for all of these regulations,” said Andrew Hickey, deputy executive director of NYSGA. “We got this information on Thursday, then (Monday) we got clarification from ESD, saying:” Competitive travel events are events outside the region ”

“A tournament in central New York could not involve people from outside central New York. For us, this means that we cannot host any of our state championships until it is lifted. , and we didn’t have a delay when it actually was. ”

Two other scheduled events, the Junior Amateur Boy on July 20-21 at Seven Oaks in Hamilton (Madison) and the Male Amateur on July 27-28 at Onondaga Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville, remain on the program, awaiting further developments. .

“We are meeting with our partners and all stakeholders involved to try to get the state to relax the guidelines around golf, as we have worked very hard with other regional and state golf associations to develop a game manual that has been reviewed by the CDC. to organize tournaments safely during this public health crisis, “said Hickey.” We are not quite there yet, but we are already contacting state senators and local officials to try to make our case, so that we can at least lead those tournaments and, hopefully, women am and junior girls later in the season. ”

The only other tournament on the NYSGA calendar is the Men’s Mid-Amateur, scheduled for October 2-4 at the Seawane Club in Hewlitt Harbor, Nassau County.

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1of3Mary Sicard of the Queensbury Ballston Spa Country Club, winner of the New York State Senior Women’s Amateur Tuesday August 15, 2017, at the Corning Country Club (Dan Thompson / NYSGA)

2of3Dan Russo of Schuyler Meadows holds the Bill Stark Bowl on Thursday, September 26, 2019, after winning the New York State Senior Amateur Award at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, New York (Dan Thompson / NYSGA) NYSGA

3of3Jim Mueller of Orchard Creek holds the award for best finisher in the 60-64 age group on Thursday September 26, 2019, in the 2019 New York State Senior Amateur at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, NY Mueller finished sixth at General classification. (Dan Thompson / NYSGA) NYSGA

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