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St Andrews Links Announces Cancellation of August Tournaments

June 25 2020

St Andrews Links Trust has been closely monitoring the constantly-moving situation in the COVID-19 pandemic and carefully following Government advice and medical guidance.

Over the past weeks and months the organising committee of the August Tournaments has been in close dialogue with public health officials and golf’s national governing bodies to ensure every effort could be undertaken to ensure our community of colleagues, participants and residents remain safe.

Regrettably with restrictions and quarantine measures still in place in the UK, and Scotland being approximately two weeks behind other countries in easing or lifting restrictions, the committee have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 August Tournaments.

Director of Golf John Grant said: “We have a responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our staff, entrants and the community in and around St Andrews.  Taking into account the size of the field, more than 500 golfers over two weeks, and entrant participation from across the UK and beyond we have worked with public health experts to carry out a detailed risk assessment.

“This has highlighted a number of mitigating measures that would have been required to ensure everyone’s safety. As a result of this work and a number of other additional challenges, such as travel to and from the Links, the organising committee feel that that it would not be practical, nor appropriate to stage this year’s Tournaments. 

“We are very disappointed with this outcome and can appreciate many competitors will share our frustration. However, we hope everyone can understand that the safety of everyone in these uncertain times is at the forefront of our minds when taking this decision.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the August Tournaments in 2021.”
The organising committee is committed to refunding all entry payments within 10/14 days. Entrants do not need to contact the Tournament team in order to request a refund, these will be processed automatically via the original payment method.

Looking ahead to the 2021 Tournaments, the organising committees have taken the decision to carry over entries for this years’ Eden and Strathtyrum Tournaments, therefore all entrants initially accepted into the Tournaments will be guaranteed their place. Entries for the Boys and Junior Ladies will reset for 2021.

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