Live updates on the latest coronavirus news.
March 12, 2020 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with 0 comments
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Two NTs — Glass Blown Open and Masters Cup — have been cancelled
– The PDGA announced that this year’s US Women’s Disc Golf Championships have been cancelled. The tournament will return to the same location with the same tournament director next year, and the originally scheduled 2021 location — Madison, Wisconsin — will now host the 2022 event.
– The New York Post is reporting that golf’s US Open, scheduled for June 18-21, will be postponed.
– The IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee released a joint statement postponing the Summer Olympics “beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021.”
– The Ultimate World Championships, originally scheduled for mid-July, have been postponed or cancelled.
– In a tweet, the PDGA asked disc golfers to “skip the course and stay home” to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
– Discraft has closed its factory in Michigan after the state’s governor implemented a Stay at Home order. They hope to reopen on April 13th.
– The PDGA has extended its event sanctioning suspension through April 30th.
– The PDGA Women’s Global Event, which had been scheduled for May 9th, has been postponed indefinitely.
– The PDGA has suspended event sanctioning through at least March 31, effective immediately.
– The PGA Championship, scheduled for May 14-17, has been postponed.
– Masters Cup, which had been scheduled for May 15-17 in Santa Cruz, has been cancelled.
– The Trump Administration is now advising against holding gatherings of more than 10 people and discouraging traveling, going to bars, and eating at restaurants.
– The CDC is now recommending that 50+ person events or gatherings be cancelled or postponed for at least eight weeks.
– The PDGA has suspended all Majors and Elite Series tournaments — including National Tour events and Disc Golf Pro Tour events — through the end of April. Texas States, Jonesboro Open, Spring Forester, and Glass Blown Open are postponed indefinitely.
– The Glass Blown Open has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
– The Disc Golf Pro Tour announced that Round 3 of the WACO Annual Charity Open has been cancelled. Round 2, which had already started, will serve as the final round. Spectators will be prohibited from attending today’s round.
– The German Disc Sports Association has barred German Tour disc golf tournaments until at least mid-April.
– Finland has cancelled or postponed any PDGA sanctioned events through April 5th.
– There have been no further updates from the PDGA or the Disc Golf Pro Tour besides those linked below from earlier this week.
– The PGA Tour has canceled the Players Championship after one round today and all events through March 30. The Valero Texas Open is the next event on the schedule and will be played without spectators. The cancellation late this evening followed a controversial decision to go forward with the first round.
– The Ladies Professional Golf Association canceled its first three events of the season due to coronavirus concerns. The first scheduled event is now set to start on April 15.
– USA Ultimate, the PDGA’s counterpart in ultimate frisbee, canceled all sanctioned events through April 20th and revoked its sanctioning of all tournaments and leagues.
– The National Hockey League announced an immediate suspension of games, the ATP men’s tennis tour suspended play for six weeks, Major League Soccer suspended play for 30 days, and Major League Baseball suspended spring training and announced a delay of the start of the season by at least two weeks (the season was scheduled to begin on March 26; two weeks from that date is April 9th).
– March Madness, the NCAA college basketball tournaments, has been cancelled.
– Dozens of colleges and universities cancelled in-person classes and announced travel restrictions that extend to club sports, which could jeopardize participation for some athletes in the College DG Championships, even if it is rescheduled.
– The National Basketball Association abruptly suspended its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.
– The College Disc Golf Championships were postponed indefinitely. It had been scheduled to start on March 30th.
– The Disc Golf Pro Tour made a statement about coronavirus, announcing plans for the WACO Annual Charity Open, which started on March 12th, to continue as scheduled.
– Ultiworld Disc Golf reported that the PDGA was monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, and that the Glass Blown Open, a nearly 2000 person tournament in Kansas in late April, was carefully watching the news to assess the safety of hosting the event. The PDGA made an official statement later in the day.