For the first time in nearly three months, the South Florida PGA will operate Section and Junior tournaments as well as other events throughout south Florida, making a safe return to golf following the COVID-19 pandemic.
As golf courses open across the country and PGA Professionals learn to operate under new social distancing guidelines, the SFPGA has worked with its courses and county officials to develop guidelines that adhere to all executive orders and most importantly keep everyone safe.
On Sunday, June 7th, the SFPGA Junior Tour, presented by the Honda Classic returned to the course with its Prep Tour, operating a one-day, 18-hole event with 78 participants. A success, this event helped set the standard for how SFPGA events will run this summer – masks worn in common areas, no shotgun starts, six feet between players at all times and common touchpoints eliminated.
Additionally, the SFPGA will turn to its BlueGolf Tournament app to be the primary scoreboard to eliminate crowds in the scoring areas and tournament administers will text players through the app if needed.
The SFPGA Junior Tour will continue tournaments with a Challenge Tour event June 10th and 11th at Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City.
South Florida PGA Section tournaments will begin on Monday June 22nd with Tournament Series No. 1, followed by the E-Z-GO South Florida Open June 23-25th, both played at the Bonita Bay Club in Naples. Professionals will ride in their own cart and follow similar precautions as the juniors until it is safe to lift some of the restrictions.
The South Florida PGA is excited to return to operating events and administer a sport that, in many ways, has social distance built in with miles of fairway available for the game to be played.
Both the Section and Junior tournament schedule will continue to be modified as the SFPGA works to run safe events while delivering high-quality tournaments throughout south Florida.
Click here for a full list of Junior Tour events.
Click here for a full list of Section events.
About the South Florida PGA
The South Florida Section of the PGA of America is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards or practice; and enhance the well-being of golf professionals.
Approximately 1,830 members and apprentices are employed at over 475 facilities in the South Florida region, currently ranking South Florida Section the second largest Section of PGA Professionals amongst all 41 PGA Sections in the United States.
Back in 1979, the growth and golf population boom in the state of Florida caused what was once known as just the Florida Section to divide geographically into two Sections, now known as the North Florida and the South Florida PGA Sections. Geographically, the South Florida PGA extends as far North as Vero Beach on the east coast, to Punta Gorda on the west coast, south through the Florida Keys, in addition to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The South Florida Section PGA is further divided into four distinct Chapters, including the Southern, Southeast, Southwest and Island Chapters.