Tournament Talk: How to Safely Run a Golf Tournament
04 May 2020
by Pete Wlodkowski of

see also: Graham City Amateur Championship, Southwick Golf Course

Southwick Golf Course GM Tony Byerly
Southwick Golf Course GM Tony Byerly

Tony Byerly won the Graham City Amateur in North Carolina - he also organized it as the General Manager of Southwick Golf Course. That was no small task in April, as most Americans were practicing social distancing and stay-at-home orders were in place in many parts of the country. Golf was stopped in more than 50% of the country, but states like North Carolina allowed the game to continue, albeit with safety measures in place.

Located halfway between Greensboro and Durham, the course put itself (and the town of Graham) on the map by being the only place a two day amateur only tournament was contested in the money of April.

Byerly thought long and hard about whether or not to run the Graham City Championship. His take on tournament golf in the post COVID-19 world is a must-listen for anyone in the tournament business. With all precautions in place, and a well thought-out game plan, The Graham City went off without a hitch. Golf is safe, and tournament golf can be too.

ABOUT THE Graham City Amateur

36-hole individual stroke play tournament flighted after the first round. Championship and Senior (ages 55+) divisions.

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