COVID-19 Golf Operation Status Updates in NY & Massachusetts
Massachusetts - Pause Order in Effect Until May 18th
*Governor is expected to make announcements on May 18th about the plans for re-opening in 4 phases *MassGolf Association continues to advocate for the safe re-opening of golf as well as the NENY PGA Section in Berkshire County *After the Massachusetts plan to re-open is publicized, the golf organizations will begin working systematically to advocate for the golf business most likely with parts of the Back2Golf Plan
*NYForward Plan is broken down as follows: 1) 10 Regions - So know what Region You're In! 2) Metrics Dashboard - Until your region has achieved the 7 metrics you're still considered non-essential 3) Industry Phases - Be sure to follow and understand the Industry's and nuances listed. In Currently only details for Phase 1 Industry are posted but it does include RETAIL for Sports Stores and Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers (which could easily be golf/pro shops) within delivery, curbside and in-store pick up. ***** Have a PLAN! - There is no formal application but per compliance you MUST have an organized plan in place for the operation of your business regarding employees and patrons. Please feel free to utilize the Back2Golf Plan and modify as needed to fit your operation.
Golf Carts - Unfortunately there still has been no further guidance issued on this subject. As the Industry Phases start up, we again simply stress the importance of having a system and plan in place with safety measures. It must be a written plan. In Phase 2, full retail operation will start and more details should be on the NYForward website.
NENY PGA Tournament Rules & Regulations ACTION - ACH Deposit Required for Prize Purse Payments
As we begin Post-COVID practices, the Board of Directors has approved the recommended action from the Tournament Committee to require ACH Deposit for all prize check payments and will go into effect immediately
ACH Deposit for prize check payments will eliminate the touch points required for processing manual checks and mailing by staff
There will be an online secure portal for all NENY PGA members and associates to register for ACH Deposits and staff will begin communication to all members of such
ACH prize check payments will also be processed to the bank account 24 hours after the checks have been processed and eliminate any lost checks
ACH Deposit Portal link is in the process of being added as a sub-navigation link under our "Tournament" tab and will be live in a few days
NENY PGA Tournament Professional Event Status Updates
June 1st Pro Pro originally scheduled at Waubeeka Golf Links has been CANCELLED
June 7-8 Donald Ross Class - is tentatively on hold and in discussions for a possible rescheduled date (TBA)
3 remaining Pro Ams (Pro Junior; Pro Senior; and Pro Lady) have been CANCELLED. It is implausible these events are likely able to occur and the release of the dates enables the committee the ability to begin re-working the professional tournaments in advance to help establish a firm new schedule to be announced ASAP in order to secure sites and communicate to our professionals for planning purposes
Staff continues to work with PGA HQ and other allied golf organizations on edited tournament protocols to have in place for both staff and players safety
Next Scheduled: Wednesday, May 20th 10am-11am
NY and Massachusetts - Golf Operations Re-Opening Updates
NY Regions back to operating
NENY PGA Section will send out email invitations for our 8th Town Hall Video Conferencedirectly to our members. You are encouraged to log in via the link provided so that we can track our members who attend the webinar. We will provide 1 MSR Credit for the Webinars but the only method to do this is to "know and track" if a member uses the Google Meet link provided. Calling in via telephone will not allow for MSR Credit.
View the Latest Golf Tip from our NENY PGA Professionals!
Our new Tips Segment airs live on WNYT, Channel 13 on Wednesday evenings at 6pm during the Sports segment with Rodger Wyland so be sure to tune-in!
NENY PGA Special Award Member Spotlight
And the last of our Special Awards Spotlight features is our Sales Representative of the Year! Congrats Alex.
We're crossing our fingers we can hold our first Annual Special Awards Dinner Night & Celebration in November as previously planned to properly celebrate the achievements of all of our NENY PGA Special Awards Winners. Congratulations to all and special thanks for taking the time to complete your spotlights and share some information about each of you!
Below is some valuable information from PGA's cybersecurity advisors. Malicious attacks have risen significantly in the past two years and even more so in the past couple months so the following should serve as FYI and to be cognizant and aware of.
The FBI, the Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies have reported a series of attacks that are being conducted against companies like us and individuals like you. These attacks are intended to compromise our company’s information and to steal your personal information, including credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, health information, banking information and other valuable personal information. The Department of Defense (DoD) has even warned its military and civilian workforce be extra vigilant.
We are alerting you to this activity with specific instances and examples so you can protect yourself and the firm. Be extra vigilant as some of these emails are crafted with care and look very authentic.
Here are some things to watch for in your email as you work on your personal or company equipment.
Emails masquerading as legitimate government and non-government organizations involved in the fight against COVID-19, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease and Prevention
Emails requesting personal information so you will receive an economic stimulus check or other benefits from the government
Offers of COVID-19 test kits or web sites offering registration for testing
Messages that notify you of a positive COVID-19 test within our company or elsewhere local to you, sometimes containing malicious attachments disguised as protocols that the company is undertaking as well as a "flyer" that recipients are asked to open, read and print
Messages with QR codes for you to use for donations or for ordering supplies.