The Lima Junior Golf Association has decided to play its full 14-tournament schedule this summer, LJGA president and tournament director Mike Harmon said Wednesday.
“We decided we’re going to make it go. We’re going to start June 4. We’re just going to have a whole bunch of restrictions,” Harmon said.
In addition to the social distancing and spacing regulations observed by area golf courses because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be additional tournament specific precautions.
“Normally the kids wait around for the results to be posted but we’re going to have to ask them to leave as soon as they’re done and maybe not show up as early. We usually trade scorecards but that won’t be an option. We’ll work around all that,” Harmon said.
“Mostly we like to be there to give kids something to do. We feel, like the rest of the country, that golf is a pretty safe activity. We watched a lot of the other junior golf associations around the state and the country and they’ve continued to keep going, just with the new sets of rules,” he said.
Online registration forms for the first tournament of the season at Tamarac Golf Club on June 4 will be available on the Lima Junior Golf Association website at web.golfsoftware.net/11146/ “in a couple of days,” Harmon said.
This year’s schedule includes eight tournaments in June and six in July. In addition to Tamarac, tournaments are scheduled at The Oaks, Celina Lynx, Springbrook, Hickory Sticks, Colonial Golfers Club, Hidden Creek, Sycamore Springs, Delphos Country Club, Pike Run, Bluffton Golf Club, Moose Landing, Shelby Oaks and the Shawnee Country Club.
All 14 tournaments have five divisions for golfers ages 12-18 and five tournaments have an 11 and under division.
Last summer the LJGA had five tournaments which attracted more than 60 players with the biggest field being 70. The fewest golfers in a tournament was 47.
The Lima City Men’s Golf Championship, the biggest local tournament for adult players, announced on April 29 that it was canceling its 2020 tournament. The Lima Area Women’s Match Play Tournament’s director Asa Donaldson said on Wednesday that there will be a meeting followed by an update by the end of this week about that tournament’s plans.