MGA: May 2020

This month’s MGA input to the Tradition is going to be relatively sparse. This is truly a difficult time for all of us, but we’ve worked hard to mitigate the impact of this horrendous virus which has plagued our nation and the world. With most everything closed down due to governmental mandates, our members are taking advantage of the only game in town – GOLF!

Our tee sheets are filled up every day. If you miss reserving a tee time at 7:00 a.m. you’re SOL. Having a starter at the first tee is a blessing and truly helps to ensure our folks tee off on time and maintain adequate spacing between groups. Moff and his maintenance crew provide us with a golfing venue that is without equal in Central Oregon. Led by Jeff and Emily, our reduced staff works from sun up to sun down every day of the week to ensure an enjoyable golfing experience. They’re doing a wonderful job with very limited manpower, so we must all be gracious and take time to thank them for their efforts. We all should be just be glad we’re afforded the opportunity to play at all in light of this pandemic.

Your MGA board deferred its April meeting for obvious reasons. We’ll hold our next board meeting on Wednesday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. It’s my hope we can hold it at the club while maintaining appropriate distancing, but if not, we’ll convene our meeting using Zoom. Hopefully we can nail down some firm golf activities we’ll pursue post July 1, but it’s going to be difficult with so many unknowns. I know the tournament committee and members thereof are recommending we still hold our Member-Guest tournament, but in the fall timeframe. Specifically, the option under discussion is to swap the July Member-Guest date with the September Member-Member date. A difficult task to undertake with all the unknowns in play, but I’m confident that our head pro and the committee members will have a well-defined plan of action in the very near future for how to accomplish this task. Once this information is available, your MGA board will forward their plan to our membership.

In closing, I’d just like to extend my gratitude to Lindsay Wallace for his hard work and insights for how we should approach and plan for the conduct of our tournament season post July 1. Thanks, Lindsay, for all your support and hard work!

Scott Hakala,
President, BGC MGA

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