Two fall majors cancelled due to COVID-19
One opposite coasts, two of the biggest mid-amateur fall majors have been derailed by COVID-19.
The Crump Cup, played at Pine Valley Golf Club and considered by some to be the best tournament in amateur golf, was forced to cancel in response to the state of New Jersey's ongoing COVID-19 travel advisory list.
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At present, there are 31 states on the list, which means that anyone traveling to New Jersey from those states would have to quarantine for 14 days. This makes running a tournament with a national field practically impossible.
3000 miles to the west, the Stocker Cup was also forced to cancel when a series of COVID-19 restrictions made running the event impractical.
Held in honor of Peter Stocker and played at the inspiring Preserve Golf Club near Carmel, Calif., the championship is analagous to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am of the PGA Tour, where top-ranked mid-amateurs team with 'B' players and compete for individual and team titles.
From the Stocker Cup Committee:
"Given the current restrictions due to Covid-19, it would be difficult to run the kind of event we are accustomed to. With limited food and beverage, use of clubhouse, and member lodging, the event would have been reduced to golf only.
Therefore the decision has been made to cancel the Stocker Cup for 2020 and plan for a big comeback event in 2021."
The dual cancellations continued the upheaval to the 2020 golf schedule. All four men's professional majors were rescheduled or cancelled, the number of USGA championships was reduced from 14 to 4, the college season was halted, and many other major events were either cancelled, rescheduled or significantly modified.