Professional golf has been back for some time now. While the LPGA returns this week and the PGA Tour prepares for its first major championship of the revamped season next week, recent news isn’t as good for fans of the college game.
On Wednesday the ACC announced that “all seven ACC sponsored fall sports” can start competing the week of Sept. 7-12. The NCAA Championship for men’s and women’s golf is in the spring, but competition typically begins in the fall.
Just not this year — the conference announced on Wednesday it will cancel men’s and women’s fall golf.
“Today’s decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford via a release. “The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”
The release also stated that the ACC’s Medical Advisory Group has been meeting each week since the spring and will continue to do so in order to “share information on the impact of COVID-19 on ACC campuses and intercollegiate athletics.” The group also recommended minimum standards for each school to follow as fall sports return, recommendations such as: weekly testing for close contact sports, standards for reporting positive test results and protocols for cleaning and sanitizing competition areas.
Student-athletes competing in golf remain “eligible to compete unattached,” and that may continue to practice at their school’s discretion.
A decision has yet to be made on spring sports.