Coronavirus: Golf’s response
The pandemic may be shutting courses, but golf is responding both globally and locally.
With professional tournaments cancelled, leading players have been taking to social media to support efforts to combat Coronavirus and exercise together, virtually, at home.
European Tour stars, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Henrik Stenson contributed to a video titled, ‘I am not your hero’ thanking health professionals and all essential workers.
Meanwhile, LPGA players Stephanie Meadow and Morgan Pressel joined PGA Tour professionals Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas, for a cycle workout on Peleton.
Golf clubs are also joining the response to combat Coronavirus in their communities.
At the Indian Wells Golf Resort in California, staff joined local volunteers in preparing materials to make medical masks.
In the UK, Truro Golf Club, Cornwall, made its car park available to health professionals at nearby Treliske Hospital, resulting in media coverage and thankful praise.
Meanwhile, superintendents, greenkeepers and turf professionals continue to work under restrictions to maintain golf courses worldwide.
Organizations including the GCSAA and BIGGA are providing resources, webinars and updates to help superintendents.
Syngenta is also playing its part, providing updates to turf professionals on its GreenCast platform – and contributing to community efforts.
In Switzerland, the home of Syngenta’s global headquarters, the company has joined together with Huntsman to produce and donate 50 tons of hand sanitizer to hospitals and pharmacies.
Syngenta’s production unit in Monthey does not usually produce sanitizer, but staff were able to adapt the facility and answer the call of local authorities when a shortage was declared.
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