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Below is a list of recent emails sent out to GCSACC members regarding the COVID-19 situation.

  • March 26, 2020 11:41 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Below is a link to an article posted on Yahoo Sports written by Mike Stachura from Golf Digest.  It includes a link to the GCSAA website which takes you to their COVID-19 resource page. GCSAA posts updates for each state twice a day.

    Click here for article

    Click here for GCSAA resource page

  • March 25, 2020 1:00 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Mass Golf and the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) serve as advocates and a resource for the golf industry in Massachusetts

    As of 11:18am this morning, Mark Fuller, Undersecretary of Business Growth at Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development at Commonwealth of Massachusetts, provided guidance regarding landscaping (i.e. golf course maintenance as described in AMGO’s letter sent on 3/24/20) and confirmed via email that the Governor’s Administration will be adding it to the COVID-19 Essential Service FAQ.
     
    "In short, landscaping (i.e. golf course maintenance) can continue as an essential service but all businesses and companies involved in landscaping should adhere to social distancing protocols for workers and customers in accordance with guidance from the Department of Public Health."

    AMGO was formed as an industry wide collaborative effort to assist the golf community and does not have any authority over golf course or facility operations in the Commonwealth.

  • March 25, 2020 9:30 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Some member may live and work, and potentially have a great relationship with local civic leaders in their towns.  Others may feel comfortable reaching out to the town Department of Health on their own.  For those who don’t, attached is sample outreach they can use, or simply to guide them in asking for the clearance to continue to maintain their golf courses.

    Using a document, or at least getting approval in writing, will serve several purposes.  First, should our members come under scrutiny, they are armed with written proof .  Second, in a worst case scenario where the department of health in one town denies this reasonable request, our members could reach out to peers for copies of written documentation from other towns as leverage to alter the decision.

    Using this document is NOT a requirement, simply a tool for our members to use if needed.

    Click here for document


    Kevin F. Doyle |Field Staff-Northeast Region
    Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
    1421 Research Park Drive | Lawrence, KS  66049
    800.472.7878, ext. 3636 | 785.832.3636 Direct | 816.807.3103
    kdoyle@gcsaa.org

  • March 24, 2020 3:42 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Mass Golf and the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) serve as advocates and a resource for the golf industry in Massachusetts

    Further clarification on the Governor's Executive Orders from Bob Antia, ESF-5 Business and Industry Team Lead at Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

    ⦁    Golf courses and facilities are not on the essential services list and must shut down operations. This includes golf operations staff as well as golfers not being allowed to play golf.

    ⦁    Golf courses and facilities wishing to continue maintenance during the shutdown period should contact their local Health Department and/or local Government Officials for approvals. A listing of contacts for local health departments can be found through the link below.

    Directory of local health departments

    March 23 Executive Order

    Essential Services List

    AMGO was formed as an industry wide collaborative effort to assist the golf community and does not have any authority over golf course or facility operations in the Commonwealth.

  • March 24, 2020 3:40 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The GCSACC Board of Directors is coordinating with the Allied Golf Associations in Massachusetts on an aggressive campaign to highlight the need for continuing maintenance at our facilities. This situation is changing rapidly and information is coming through all channels of our associations, and it is sometimes contradictory.

    GCSAA Northeast Field Staff Representative Kevin Doyle is working with all the associations to promote our needs to the public officials who can influence this decision. There are a few states in the northeast that are allowing for "Minimal Maintenance" practices on their courses. Kevin has crafted a letter outlining our needs for exemption. We are asking our association members to forward this letter to anyone who could help us.

    Click here to view letter

    Thank you,
    David Stott, GCSACC President

  • March 20, 2020 3:35 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    I want to also remind you all that GCSAA has a webpage devoted to COVID-19 Pandemic Resources which is located here:

    https://www.gcsaa.org/resources/covid-19-pandemic-resources


    Kevin F. Doyle |Field Staff-Northeast Region
    Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
    1421 Research Park Drive | Lawrence, KS  66049
    800.472.7878, ext. 3636 | 785.832.3636 Direct | 816.807.3103
    kdoyle@gcsaa.org

  • March 20, 2020 3:31 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Dear Mr. Buckley and Mr. Fuller,

    On behalf of The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations, I would respectfully request that the attached letter be shared and presented to Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito.

    With any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you very much for your consideration and support.

    Click here for letter

    Be well and safe.

    Regards,
    Jesse

    Jesse Menachem
    Executive Director/CEO
    Mass Golf
    300 Arnold Palmer Blvd
    Norton, MA 02766
    P: 774.430.9102
    C: 508.272.5550
    E: jmenachem@massgolf.org
    W: MassGolf.org


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