Vermont Golf Association cancels Spring Fourball Championship, holds out hope for June

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The Vermont Golf Association has canceled one of its marquee events.

The VGA’s Spring Fourball Championship will not be held as planned on May 1-2, the organization said on Tuesday. The two-day tournament traditionally features more competitors than any amateur event in New England, with more than 250 two-man teams teeing it up across six courses in the southern half of the state.

The news came via an email from VGA officials, who said they were attempting to reschedule the event for June 6-7.

Vermont’s golf courses are currently closed for play due to statewide restrictions on activity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Phil Scott issued a stay-at-home order last month that suspended outdoor recreation through at least April 15 in order to curb the spread of the virus.

More: What can Vermont golf courses do under COVID-19 restrictions?

Two other early-season events, state days at Proctor-Pittsford Country Club (April 25) and Burlington Country Club, have also been scrapped. 

The BCC state day has been moved to Oct. 12. A new date for the Proctor competition has not been determined yet.

COVID-19 is the official name of the disease related to the coronavirus that first started to affect people in China at the end of 2019.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal. 

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or edanforth@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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