Call-off of one of first big stroke-play events of summer amateur season could indicate more cancellations to come
Canceled: By officials at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., the Northeast Amateur, because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. This is the first time since its debut in 1962 that the Northeast Amateur will not have been played. The news comes days after the USGA called off its U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior tournaments. The Northeast, which was scheduled for June 24-27, is one of the first big stroke-play events of the summer amateur season to be called off and could trigger more cancellations to follow. The Northeast was set to be played during the same week as men’s state-amateur events in California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Oregon. The Sahalee Players (June 29-July 1) and the North & South Amateur (June 30-July 4) still are scheduled in the days following the Northeast’s slot. “Our priority is to protect the health and safety of the invitees, officials, volunteers, staff and membership of Wannamoisett Country Club,” tournament chairman Ben Tuthill said in a statement. “We care deeply about amateur golf and hosting one of the top events of the year, and make this decision with a heavy heart. Many different considerations went into this decision, and we must act responsibly during this pandemic.”
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