Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic 2020 – 5/19/2020
The Board of Upstate Golf Charities and the Executive Leadership Committee of the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic regrettably has announced that our 2020 tournament has been cancelled. The development of the appropriate safety protocols for holding a Symetra Tour Event are still being finalized and the tour and our committee agree that absent these guidelines, it would be inappropriate, and virtually impossible to plan, finance and hold a tournament during the week of July 13-19, 2020. The tour has moved out the reopening of the tour to at least July 20 at this time. In that there was no mutually agreeable date that would have worked for a rescheduling of the tournament, we have agreed that we would hold our place on the Symetra Tour Calendar in July, 2021, and proceed accordingly.
We are saddened to make this announcement and join so many local businesses, groups and community organizations who have previously had to do the same thing. However, we recognize that our primary responsibility is to prioritize safety for the community, the players, the caddies, our volunteers and those who serve as host families to players. The consultations with Tour officials, players, sponsors, volunteers and households that have hosted players when they visit for our event provided us with great feedback, but there is just not enough time and information for us to safely proceed with our 2020 tournament.
Our tournament has continued to bring professional women’s golf to Rochester for the past five years, after the LPGA ran here for 38 years, and this effectively pauses that formidable streak of supporting women professional golfers. We feel a deep hurt for the players on tour, who have been out of work for months, and who still hope to resume play in July. We also know that our many stakeholders, including Brook-Lea Country Club, the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, and our local high school players and the many other constituents that stood to benefit from this year’s tournament share in the disappointment that we feel over this announcement.
We are happy to confirm that the DDCUC will be on the Symetra Tour schedule in 2021, and we look forward to working with all of you next year. We are also pleased to announce that the 2020 Danielle Downey Scholarship will be granted in the weeks to come. We look forward to honoring a deserving high school senior female golfer with this prestigious award. Finally, we extend our thanks to everyone who has made this event successful, and we hope that you are safe and that we can be together soon!