IN THE face of COVID-19 concerns cancelling sports across the country, the Griffith Golf Club Pro-Am has followed suit, with PGA announcing that this year's tournament will be postponed.
The esteemed weekend on the green sees golfing fanatics from all over flock to the MIA for some friendly competition, but PGA were unfortunately forced to make the difficult decision in an effort to counter human coronavirus exposure.
"It's obviously very disappointing, but with everything that's going on it had to happen," director of golf James Lethlean said.
"PGA has decided they're putting all of their events on hold from basically now until an indefinite date.
"At this stage we're looking at the first of May, at the earliest."
Guest speakers Greg Ritchie and Jim Cassidy were set to make an appearance at the Griffith Golf Club on March 25, but now organisers are hoping they will be available again later in the year.
Greg Ritchie is a former Australian cricketer, playing 30 Test matches between 1981 and 1987.
In the year 2000, he was named as one of the seven greatest Sheffield Shield run scorers in Queensland's history, amassing over 6,000 runs for his state.
Jim Cassidy is a retired New Zealand jockey, who has been inducted into both the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame - and has won two Melbourne Cups, two Caulfield Cups, a Cox Plate and a Golden Slipper.
"Hopefully the Pro-Am will happen at some point this year, and hopefully we'll be able to get both Greg Ritchie and Jim Cassidy down again later in the year," Mr Lethlean said.
"Obviously with it being such a big day on the golf club calendar, it's a bit of a downer that it's not happening now."
Caretakers at the Griffith Golf Course will continue to keep the grounds in stunning condition, as regular golf remains in full swing for the foreseeable future.
"Regular golf will still be going ahead unless we are notified otherwise by higher officials, Mr Lethlean explained.
"But there's no issue why golf won't go ahead, that's for sure."
PGA remain undecided on a future date for the Griffith Pro-Am tournament.
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