Golf postpones 2020 season a week after opener

Friday March 20, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Rotana Howard was the best of the ladies carding a 77 at last week’s Steinlager Classic Tournament. Picture: FACEBOOK/Rotana Howard/20031924 Rotana Howard was the best of the ladies carding a 77 at last week’s Steinlager Classic Tournament. Picture: FACEBOOK/Rotana Howard/20031924

The Rarotonga Golf Club has postponed all its club and sponsored events from today, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The club started its 2020 season last week with the prestigious Steinlager Classic Tournament.

But Stuart Henry, the president of Rarotonga Golf Club, said they have taken Health ministry’s advice on social distancing amid the Covid-19 crisis and postponed the upcoming events. They are Tuesday VETs competition, Thursday’s Chicken Run, Saturday’s club golf day or sponsored event and the upcoming planned Ambrose fundraisers.

However Henry said the club will continue to open from 8am and will close 6pm or earlier at times.

Members are welcome to play a round of golf, however they have to be mindful and practice hygiene everywhere.

Henry said the members have been requested to follow the hygienic practice set by New Zealand Golf:

·         Members and guests to stay away from the club if they are experiencing flu like symptoms.

·         Members and guests to stay away from the club if they have been travelling internationally in the past 14 days.

·         Regularly washing hands with soap (recommended) or an antibacterial wash.

·         Placing hand sanitisers in prominent areas and requesting that members and guests utilise these regularly whilst on the premises.

·         Implementing a minimum 10 minute interval between tee times.

·         Asking players to not remove the pin when putting.

·         Removing bunker rakes from the course.

·         Removing all shared food items/menus.

·         Cleaning all surfaces at the club or facility regularly.

·         Where possible, limiting person-to-person contact.

Henry said: “We will monitor the situation includes seeking Ministry of Health’s advice and update members accordingly our plan forward”.

Meanwhile Jojo Karati, who carded a 69 gross for a net 68 and 40 points, won the Steinlager Classic.

Jojo Karati scored the best round of the day for the men and top local female golfer Rotana Howard was the best of the ladies carding a 77.

More than 100 golfers competed for some wonderful prizes generously donated by tournament sponsor Steinlarger Classic and arranged by The Bond Store.

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