As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, the Gateway PGA Section is closely monitoring all available information related to the continued spread of the virus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), state and local governments, and the PGA of America. The health and safety of our membership, staff, and partners are our top priority. As such, the Gateway PGA Section has adjusted the following:
Temporarily submit current handicap index of ten or less, to satisfy the PAT Qualifying Score to start your PGA coursework. All individuals who enter in this manner will still need to eventually fully pass the Playing Ability Test to elect into PGA Membership. While PATs are currently not being conducted, individuals may temporarily submit verification of a current handicap index of ten or less, to satisfy the PAT Qualifying Score in order to register as an Associate. This is commensurate with the current parameters of the Qualifying Score, listed in the chart on this page. Contact Michael Brown, email@example.com or 636-486-4063 with any questions.
Because of the suspension of the Spring Meeting, all tournament program attendance requirements have been waived for the 2020 season. The Section will continue to review its schedule and operations based on CDC, WHO and government guidance and communicate updates with you.
For the foreseeable future, the Gateway PGA Section staff will be working remotely. Should you need to reach any staff member, their remote contact information is listed below.
Executive Director, Ali Wells, PGA: (636) 399-5340 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Competitions, Michael Brown, PGA: (314) 412-1226 | email@example.com
Operations Director, Mitchell Smith, PGA: (636) 236-6743 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Coordinator, Ben Loewnau: (636) 346-6460 |, email@example.com
Junior Golf Director, Nolan Toovey: (636) 486-4062 | firstname.lastname@example.org
PGA WORKS Fellow, Natalie Long: (618) 444-5919 | email@example.com
Office Administrative Assistant, Cathy Gouge: (636) 486-4061 | firstname.lastname@example.org
As many of you are now aware, the State of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and Governor Mike Parson announced a newread more
*These are the meeting minutes from the first Gateway Google Member Chat on April 2, 2020* 9:31 a.m. – Ali Wells (AW) gives brief introduction andread more
Every week the Gateway PGA Section publishes a newsletter to the Membership. Please CLICK HERE for the April 1st newsletter.read more
Please view this video from the PGA of America President Suzy Whaley updating the PGA Member.
Gateway PGA President Mike Suhre gives insight and opinions regarding COVID-19 and the Section.
Please view this video from the PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh updating the PGA Member.
The White House, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for large events and mass gatherings and recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. More information on the White House’s guidance can be found by clicking here and the CDC’s guidance can be found by clicking here.
You can learn more about the Coronavirus from the National Club Association right here.
Learn more about the CDC and the Coronavirus here.
Check here for updates from the White House.
Here you will find the latest situation updates and data regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for the WHO.
Please use this video from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) as a reference on how to properly wash your hands.
Take steps to lower your risk of getting sick with COVID-19. Here are some things you should do.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the worlds of business and sports has quickly become more far reaching than we could have imagined. Our business will be affected, as will the lives of our friends and family. We are all feeling the strain of the unknown and the stress and anxiety a crisis can cause.
We want you to know that your Association is doing everything we can to mitigate risk and lead in a challenging time. Times like these give us a moment to pause and to assess changes that our facilities and association can pursue…to act in a way that reflects golf’s values among our constituents, and to stand tall knowing that we are the keepers of the game.
First and foremost, in challenging times like these, our utmost priority is on the health and well-being of our members and all involved with the work of the PGA.
While at least the next few weeks will prove challenging for our entire society, the golf industry will need to be prepared to come back strongly after things return to normal. We should be preparing now to take the necessary steps to reassure the public about the many benefits of our game, facilities and Professionals.
As such, we are thinking pragmatically about the Association’s business through the framework of our long-term strategic plan with focus on our members, game, business and people. For the purposes of this letter, we’ve bucketed the communication into three areas:
PGA Professionals, their facilities and the golf industry – Communication is key. Yesterday, PGA Chief Membership Officer John Easterbrook sent a note to the membership outlining that PGA HQ staff will be operating remotely effective Monday; while Valhalla and PGA Golf Club remain open to the public. We also provided a set of common-sense recommendations for consideration by operators. We have committed to keeping PGA Professionals up-to-date through “Five Things to Know” and PGA.org on a regular basis. From an MSR and education perspective, please note the following:
Championships and Events – At this time, we are working closely with state and local public health and government officials in Texas, California and Michigan and Pennsylvania regarding the playing of our upcoming events: The PPC, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the KPMG Womens PGA Championshiop. With the PGA TOUR canceling of The Players Championship and its next three events; the LPGA postponing its next three events, including its first Major Championship, after already cancelling three tournaments in Asia; and Augusta National postponing the Masters, we will be asked many questions about the status of our Championships and events.
We will continue to evaluate the status of each event every two weeks and provide further updates when available. Our hope is that the situation will improve, and once cleared by public health authorities, our events could be a welcome a “return to normal” in some form. That said, the health and well-being of all involved is our first priority and mandates from public health authorities will guide our decisions.
Due to recent NCAA actions, our PGA Works Collegiate Championship and the NextGen Spring Nationals are being cancelled as of today.
Association/Section Business – As noted above, we have asked all staff to work remotely for the foreseeable future in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our team. We would recommend that all PGA Sections follow our lead in this area. We have stressed to our staff how important it is that we continue to operate at an extremely high level to serve our Members and Sections during this period.
In addition, we have put a travel ban in effect both internationally and domestically. Again, we would recommend that you do the same. For at least the next four weeks, we also recommend that you postpone any group gatherings you are planning to host. And most importantly, stay close to what your state and local officials advise for your area. In addition, with the PGA Tour event cancelations, the corresponding qualifying events are also cancelled. Please let those participants know immediately.
PGA Member Assistance Program
People are understandably concerned about their health, jobs and future. During these unprecedented times, the PGA Member Assistance Program provides confidential, professional counseling and online services for a wide array of personal and well-being concerns. We encourage you to remind your fellow Members they can seek help at resources.pga.org. In addition, online guidance on preventive health and safety measures we can all take are available from the CDC.
We pledge to communicate relentlessly with all stakeholders and be open at all times as this situation inevitably evolves. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions and concerns. Remember that we are all in this together, will get out of it together and be that much stronger for the experience.
Suzy Whaley, President Jim Richerson, Vice President John Lindert, Secretary