We have been considering advice and developments during this second 3 week period of lockdown. The Scottish Government has said that large gatherings are unlikely to be permitted in the foreseeable future. We know that Scottish Golf has decided to cancel all competitive events, including the County Finals and the Commonwealth Spoons Final.
We are aware that politicians have turned their attention to how we can exit from lockdown without compromising the safety of individuals and the NHS. We read in yesterday’s letter to Member Clubs from Karin Sharp, Scottish Golf’s Chief Operating Officer that “it is highly likely that any return [to golf] will be in phases, with single golfers or household groups in the first instance”. Without knowing what the relaxation of lockdown will entail, it is difficult to plan events.
Within their rationale for cancelling events, Scottish Golf mentions the protection of staff and helper volunteers, the availability of accommodation and catering facilities for participants, and the suitability of temporary playing conditions for championship matches. These issues all apply to our Jamboree and the North of Scotland Championship. Additionally, the sharing of a golf ball in a foursomes game format is potentially hazardous.
Taking account of all these factors, and in the interests of securing the wellbeing of all County members in our division, the following conclusions have been reached:
· The 2020 Northern Division Inter-County Jamboree at Monifieth Golf Club is cancelled.
· The 2020 North of Scotland Championship at Blairgowrie Golf Club is cancelled.
· Angus LCGA will retain current responsibility for the Northern Division Inter-County Jamboree and will host it in 2021 around dates similar to those that were scheduled in June this year.
· Perth & Kinross LCGA will retain current responsibility for the North of Scotland Championship and will host it in 2021 around dates similar to those that were scheduled in July this year.
It is really disappointing to have had to be involved in making these cancellation decisions and to have to share them with you now. For our Team Squad - especially those players who were aiming for team selection – and for our selector Laura (McLardy), the loss of the Jamboree, a highlight of their golfing season, is especially saddening and frustrating. However, it is pleasing that we Aberdeenshire ladies will have the opportunities to visit our Angus and P&K friends on their home territories for great competitions next year.
As always, please take care and stay safe.
Lorna M Johnson