Michigan PGA Women’s Open Sets New Guidelines
Several changes have been announced for this year’s 27th Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort.
Scheduled for June 29 through July 1, the tournament will consist of 54 holes of stroke play over three days and is limited to the first 78 golfers who enter by the Monday, June 22 deadline. The tournament does not require a Michigan residency and all 78 golfers will play each of the three rounds. The tournament’s pro-am has also been canceled.
Several precautions have been put in place and include the use of individual carts for each player, a volunteer at each hole who will be assigned flagstick duties to limit shared touch points, individual rakes for sand traps in each cart, limits on putting greens and a limit of 10 players at any point at the practice range.
“While the course and setup will be similar to past events, there are a number of precautions in place that will keep both players and spectators safe while enjoying the tournament” Crystal Mountain Resort Director of Golf Greg Babinec said in a release. “We have added a number of procedures in our cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including using CDC approved cleaners on all carts before and after each cart is used.
“We look forward to another successful event and to seeing all of the great play that occurs each year in determining a very deserving champion.”
Spectator carts will also not be permitted during the tournament, and the event will not provide spectator shuttle carts. Spectators are allowed to walk with the groups as long as they practice social distancing.
As community members will not be providing housing to golfers as they have in the past, Crystal Mountain Resort is stepping in to provide lodging at a reduced rate.
“Since COVID-19 precautions will not allow us to have residents of the Crystal Mountain community serve as housing hosts for the traveling tournament players like in the past, Crystal Mountain Resort has put together 50% off lodging rates for the players on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights of the championship,” Michigan PGA tournament director Justin Phillips said in a statement. “The resort has stepped up to make it possible for us to have the championship this year, and we have worked with them to develop plans to make it work safely and successfully for everyone.”
This year’s Michigan PGA Women’s Open marks the 17th consecutive year Crystal Mountain Resort has hosted the event.
Traverse City native and current University of Michigan women’s golf team member Anika Dy became the tournament’s youngest winner at 17 and just the second amateur to win the event.
The tournament’s field typically features members of LPGA Tour, Symetra Tour and mini-tour professionals as well as Michigan teaching professionals and amateurs from across the country.