CORONAVIRUS: Statement from ESGA Executive as sent to county schools’ organisers today UPDATED 18/3/20
At the ESGA Executive Meeting on Saturday 14th March, we spent a fair amount of time discussing the current situation, with specific focus on the advice currently being offered by England Golf, Public Health England and the Government.
At County level, it has to be recognised that ESGA has no status as a governing body. Consequently, the decision on whether to run an event lies with the county, but that should be done after considering the guidelines offered by the bodies listed above. If the event is in term time, then consultation with the LEA ought to be considered, since the schools will still be in loco parentis.
If a county decides it is right to cancel a county qualifier, that does not affect its right to nominate players/teams for the Regional Championships, the EG Schools' Team Championship or the National Under 16 Championships.
In the event of cancellation of a Regional or National Championship, the procedure for onward progress was laid down at the 2017 ESGA AGM.
We hope that it doesn't come to having mass cancellations, but current predictions suggest that May will be the peak time for the impact of the virus.
The following County Associations have cancelled upcoming events:
Yorkshire (all events)
Cumbria (all events)
Somerset (all events)
Avon (all events)
Gloucestershire (all events)
Cambridgeshire (all events)
Lancashire (see Lancashire Schools website for details)
Further Update 18/3/20
Surrey (scratch event on June 29 is still scheduled)
All Regional Championships
Postponed only: Devon