In a release from tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld:
Hello DECC Community,
I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. In our last message, we recognized that challenging times reminded our team of what is most important… community. Since the Dominion Energy Charity Classic was established in 2016, the PGA TOUR, Dominion Energy and The Country Club of Virginia have looked forward to welcoming the community to the tournament every year in October. You have responded with unwavering support, and for that we are extremely appreciative.
With the 2020 tournament less than three months away, we wanted to provide an update. With the on-going COVID-19 health crisis, out of an abundance of caution, PGA TOUR Champions has determined that the 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic will be conducted without spectators. We believe this is the right decision to help keep the community safe and healthy. Even without spectators, many aspects of the event will still be implemented, so we are looking forward to the following:
- On Wednesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15 the Official Pro-Am presented by Markel will still take place. Golf lends itself to physical distancing, and we have a detailed plan in place to execute the Pro-Am in a safe manner.
- We are working with WestRock, our military program sponsor, on alternative events for 2020 including a Drive-Through Baby Shower for expectant military wives.
- The Birdies for Charity program presented by TowneBank is underway, with over 100 charities enrolled and over $100,000 generated for charity to date.
- Nearly 600 individuals have registered for the Volunteer Program presented by FCA Retirement. Even without spectators we will still need many volunteers to execute the tournament in a safe and healthy manner.
- The tournament broadcast on the Golf Channel will continue as planned, with eight hours of airtime over the three competition days, October 16-18. The broadcast airs not only across the United States, but also in nearly 200 countries around the globe.
In summary, executing the 2020 tournament, even without spectators, will enable the event to continue to give back to the community and the many charities we support. In four years, the tournament has helped generate more than $3.5 million for local charities, and we look forward to growing that figure this year.
The member of our team that you typically communicate with will be reaching out in the near future to discuss how the decision to operate without spectators affects you and your participation in the tournament. Thank you for your understanding and your support.