For Immediate Release, May 13, 2020
The 2020 Arkansas Amateur Championship, originally scheduled May 28-30 at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, has been rescheduled at Hot Springs Country Club’s Arlington Course June 26-28. The ASGA Executive Committee agreed that the late May date was too early in the current climate of the Covid 19 Pandemic and Hardscrabble, which is now expected to host in 2022, was unable to move the championship to a later date.
“We are extremely grateful to Hot Springs Country Club, its Board of Directors and General Manager/Director of Golf Barry Howard,” stated ASGA Executive Director Jay Fox. “The historic Arlington Course, which has hosted many of our championships, will be a great test of golf.”
Designed by legendary golf course architect William A. “Bill” Diddel with renovations in the mid-1990s by two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw and partner Bill Coore of Coore & Crenshaw, the rolling terrain plays much longer than the 6,700 yards from the back tees.
The state amateur consists of five divisions: amateurs for 16 & older, mid-amateurs for 36 & older; seniors 51 & older, super-seniors 61 & older and masters division for 70 & older. In 2021, mid-amateur, senior and super-senior ages will all be reduced one additional year.
Contestants will play 18 holes on Friday, June 26 and 18 holes on Saturday, June 27 and the field will be cut approximately in half for Sunday’s final round. Appropriate “social distance” protocols will be in effect for the 2020 State Amateur
The ASGA will resume its 2020 Championship Schedule June 16-17 as Chenal Country Club will host the Arkansas Women’s Amateur and the Arkansas Junior Amateur will be played at Hot Springs Village De Soto Golf Club June 23-24.
“If anything changes with respect to local, state or federal guidelines and regulations relating to Covid 19, we may be looking to adjust again,” Fox said. “Our staff and host clubs will place a priority on keeping players safe.”
ASGA Championships that have been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid 19 Pandemic include: Junior 4-Ball March 28-29; Two-Lady Scramble April 6-7; Men’s & Senior Men’s 4-Ball April 18-19; Monk Wade Father & Son / Parent-Child May 2; Monk Wade Junior Classic May 9-10; Governor’s Cup Matches May 9-10; and the Phyliss Thomas Pink Ball May 21. The ASGA Board of Directors will be meeting via ZOOM on Friday, May 22.
Hot Springs Country Club will host its annual designated tournament two weeks prior to the state amateur, on June 13-14, which would be a great opportunity for anyone wanting some extra time navigating the unique Arlington layout. The HSCC Men’s 4-Ball has been rescheduled on August 27-30.
Entry forms for the 2020 Arkansas State Amateur will be posted at ASGA.org by Monday, May 18 – participants must be active ASGA members and can enter online with a major credit card or print the entry and mail to the ASGA office.
For more information on Hot Springs Country Club, go to www.hotspringscc.com.