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  • March 30, 2020 11:24 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Good morning all,

    I just wanted to provide some information for you all regarding April 1, the opening of score posting in Rhode Island.
    It will go on as scheduled. The USGA is not going to postpone it due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) So tee markers need to be out, etc.
    The USGA has expressed many different strategies to lower the risk of spreading the virus by using certain practices. Such as: removing bunker rakes, raising cup liners, inserting pool noodles or pvc pipe in the cup to keep the ball from going down into it and disinfecting flagsticks each day.
    Click here to read their best practices.
    Thank you for all that you do.


    Robert Ward
    Executive Director
    Rhode Island Golf Association

  • March 26, 2020 11:30 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Below is a link to an article posted on Yahoo Sports written by Mike Stachura from Golf Digest  It includes a link to the GCSAA website which takes to you their COVID-19 resource page. GCSAA posts updates for each state twice a day.

    Click here for article

    Click here for GCSAA COVID-19 resource page

  • March 24, 2020 4:30 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    In an effort to keep on top of the situation affecting businesses in Rhode Island, we were asked to come up with a letter.  Right now golf courses in RI can be open and can be maintained but things can change.

    Below is a link to a letter that was edited from a template that Kevin Doyle, GCSAA Northeast Field Representative, put together for the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO).  Feel free to forward this to state representatives and anyone else that may be able to help.

    Click here for letter

  • March 24, 2020 3:30 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    We recently received an update from Bob Ward, Executive Director for the Rhode Island Golf Association, regarding the Governor's press conference held today.  Please see information below.

    After the Governor's press conference today the ability to allow people to play golf is good. Please follow the correct practices to ensure that staff members and golfers remain safe.

    Here are some of the most common ideas that are being used:
    1.    12-15 minute tee times to spread golfers out
    2.    One person per golf cart
    3.    Allowing golfers to bring their own push cart
    4.    Raising hole liners out of the green a couple inches so golfers do not hole out and reach into a cup
    5.    Removing all rakes from bunkers
    6.    Covering or removing ball washers
    7.    Keeping groups around the clubhouses once golf is complete to less than 10 people
    8.    Giving people at public facilities the option to pay with a credit card online 

  • March 23, 2020 4:00 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Hello Fellow Members of the RIGCSA,

    I would like to give you an update of what the RIGCSA Board of Directors along with Julie Heston have been doing in relation to the daily challenges of the ongoing pandemic.

    We are members of the RI Golf Council, which was basically formed to initiate National Golf Day in the state and to then help fund a comprehensive study of the economic impact of the golf and turf industry in the state.  Well that has morphed into trying to help educate elected officials of steps courses are taking to remain open, with the highest emphasis on safety for golfers and workers in order to contain the spread of the virus.  A joint letter written by Bob Ward, RIGA Director was sent to the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor (click here to view letter). This letter was focused on keeping courses open, with the safety precautions stressed.

    The RIGCSA has sent a letter to the governor and lieutenant governor, strictly from our view of allowing courses to continue to maintain the turf (click here to view letter).  As the situation changes daily, we know that the turf, weeds, insects and disease will not adhere to government mandates.  This is a key time for all of us, and if a stoppage were to occur, once lifted none would be able to resume normal operations.  And probably not resume normal operations for several weeks after the lifting of restrictions.  There has not been a complete shut down as of yet, but we are trying to be proactive.

    The GCSAA has also sent out documents for associations and I assume individual members to use to inform elected officials and possibly club officials of ideas and techniques being found in the industry.

    I know many of you have joined our FaceBook page and have seen blips of what is transpiring.  It has become a great means of communication and I suggest to all to join and use this as another tool of communication.  For those of you not wanting to join FB for different security or privacy reasons, you can join under a pseudonym with no personal info attached.  Just let one of the administrators know it is you trying to join the group; RI Golf Course Superintendents.

    These are trying times for all.  I just wanted to assure you that our board is working with others on important issues and we will keep you informed as much as possible.

    We hope if you have questions or concerns you will contact us.

    Michael Varkonyi

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