March 25, 2020
To All OGA Members,
I hope this update finds you safe and healthy. Never before would I have thought that leading an allied golf association would require us to meet the unique challenges and types of decisions that we have had to make recently in addressing the biggest health crisis facing our country in recent memory. It has certainly put things in perspective for many of us.
Please know that your OGA staff is still working hard on your behalf, albeit from home. If you call the office, your message will be retrieved and forwarded to the appropriate staff member and emails will be returned. We just ask for a bit of patience as we all navigate this “remote work environment.”
As mentioned in our earlier update, we have cancelled all tournaments and events through April and will continue to evaluate our calendar as new information becomes available from government and health authorities. We share your concerns about this terrible crisis and will only resume organized competitions when we are told it is safe to do so.
Yes, we would much rather be making plans for conducting our scheduled tournaments, events and seminars as usual because that’s what we love to do! But like most of you, circumstances have forced us to pivot into a new arena of dealing with the unknown. We will persevere, however, and look forward with anticipation to serving our members, volunteers and partners once again in person.
One silver lining is that the game of golf itself is still a great way to enjoy the outdoors for exercise and stress relief! Yesterday’s Stay at Home Order by Governor Kate Brown provided the ability for golf courses to remain open as a vehicle for recreation as long as they comply and provide for the required social distancing space between individuals. Many courses have taken drastic and somewhat creative measures to ensure safety precautions as set out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are being met by modifying their daily operational procedures.
Although we encourage everyone to stay at home if possible, we are glad that the game can provide an approved respite from the indoors. Should you decide to go out for a quick 9 or 18 holes, we urge you to be responsible and do your part to avoid contact with others, use hand sanitizer often, follow the precautionary guidelines established by the golf course and maintain the proper distancing requirements to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
In closing, the thing we all have in common is this wonderful game we love! Take a moment to watch the following video created by the USGA. I hope it inspires all of you to be hopeful as well as grateful to be associated with a larger community who shares your passion and values. this link.
Thank you for being an OGA member - stay safe and see you soon!
Barb Trammell, OGA Chief Executive Officer