NGAP delays National Stroke Play due to increase in Covid-19 cases

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THE National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) has postponed the staging of the National Stroke Play Championship at Manila Southwoods’ Legends course due to the alarming spike in Covid cases in the National Capital Region and other parts of the country.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) upgraded the NCR’s health status to Alert Level 3 due to the sudden rise of Covid-19 cases over the holiday season. With this development, the NGAP strongly felt that this may impact the health and welfare of the participants, which led them to make the call to move the event to a later date.

While the NGAP regrets the postponement of an event that they have been looking forward to as a way to restart their activities long stalled by the pandemic, local golf’s governing body said it was “the most responsible action to take at this time.”

“We would rather err on the side of caution and not contribute to any risk of transmission at our event,” the NGAP said in a statement signed by secretary-general Bones Floro.

“The NGAP board has therefore determined that the most responsible course of action to take at this time is to defer the tournament until the situation has improved.”

Before the IATF’s decision on the NCR status came, there was much anticipation for the event which was supposed to end the long lull on elite tournament play since January 2020. There were 116 confirmed entries, including 24 in the women’s event, when registration ended with so many more on the wait-list.

“NGAP shares everyone’s hope that, with increased vigilance and cooperation, we can do our share to defeat this pandemic. We will post updates on our tournament schedule as details become available,” said Floro.

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