For the first time in recent memory, the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club has decided to cancel its Invitational tournament.
The annual event, originally scheduled for May 12, 2020, then postponed until Sept. 29 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, is popular among San Diego County amateur women golfers, often registering a full field only a few days after entries open.
The RBIWGC Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 tournament because of continuing concerns about the pandemic. Tournament protocols, such as a shotgun start and an indoor group awards luncheon, appear to be out of reach for the next several weeks, if not for the remainder of the year.
“Our Club members share the disappointment of all the players looking forward to this highly anticipated event,” said RBIWGC President Romona Smith. “The tournament will return in 2021 with heightened appreciation and gratitude for the event’s camaraderie and exciting competition.”
Refunds of entry fees are being processed for registrants and for those on the waiting list.
Next year’s RBIWGC Invitational is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2021. More information will be available after the first of the year.
By Diane L. Borden
Rancho Bernardo Inn reopened its golf course to restricted play on Friday, May 1. The course was closed in mid-March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the RBI Women’s Golf Club will resume weekly play on Tuesday, May 5.
“The Inn staff has worked hard this past month to be ready (for golf reopening), and the course is in excellent condition,” said Jamie Lemon, general manager of the resort.
The County of San Diego has issued a list of safe-play guidelines for all golf courses in the county. The guidelines are subject to revision as Covid-19 conditions change. JC Golf, which owns and manages the RBI resort and golf course, also has issued a list of protocols for its member courses. Among the new restrictions at RBI are the following:
- Face coverings are required at all times in common areas, but as long as players maintain six-foot distancing on the course, masks may be removed while playing.
- Staff must check the temperature of each guest upon entry to the facility.
- Social distancing is in effect; keep a six-foot distance at all times.
- Only credit-card payments will be accepted; cash will not be accepted.
- Golfers may only walk the course, with one exception: Players with an ADA handicap placard issued by the DMV may utilize a single-person cart.
- Only the restrooms on-course will be open and available for use.
- The driving range and practice areas will remain closed.
- The Golf Grille will open at 11 a.m. for grab-and-go food/beverages only.
- No outside food/beverages will be allowed.
- Golfers should not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time.
A full list of all JC Golf safe-play guidelines may be found here.
“These restrictions are to guard the health of our members, friends, staff at RBI and others at the Inn,” said Romona Smith, president of RBIWGC. “Resuming golf in this measured way means that our 80 Club members are one step closer to being together again as a group.”
The RBIWGC Invitational, originally scheduled for May 12, was rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Club’s Board of Directors will continue to monitor news reports and state and county health directives regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and will provide more information as events warrant.
During the last two months without golf, RBIWGC members have been participating in online-games competitions and have engaged in a members-only website project to share photos taken during their daily walks or as they spend time on their patios or in their backyards.
The 2020 Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Invitational has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
The tournament, originally scheduled for May 12, was postponed because the Covid-19 pandemic forced closure of the RBI golf course until at least mid-May.
Entries from players whose participant status was confirmed for the original May 12 date will be honored for the new date. Registration Chair Joyce Dubuque may be contacted at email@example.com to answer any questions.
“Everyone is disappointed when a highly anticipated event is postponed,” said RBIWGC President Romona Smith. “But it is critical to take the long view and to safeguard the health of all participants.”
“We value the high degree of interest in our annual tournament,” she added, “and we look forward to seeing a full field of players in September, when we all will enjoy the spirit of this year’s Invitational, ‘The Fabulous ‘50s.’”