For the first time in nearly a century, the Snohomish County Amateur golf tournament will not be played.
The 2020 Snohomish County Amateur, which was set to be the 90th edition of the annual tournament pitting the county’s best amateur golfers against one another, was officially canceled Wednesday. The announcement was made on the tournament’s website.
The County Am, which is scheduled each year for Memorial Day weekend in May, had been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The hope had been that the tournament could be rescheduled for Labor Day weekend in September.
However, a brief statement posted on the County Am’s website Wednesday stated: “Due to many factors, unknowns and concerns with COVID-19, the 2020 Michelob Ultra Snohomish County Amateur has been canceled. … The 90th annual championship is scheduled for May 20, 30 and 31, 2021.”
Tournament director Jason Himple could not be reached for comment.
This year’s three-round tournament was originally scheduled to take place May 23-25 on courses all located in Everett: the first round at Walter Hall Golf Course, the second round at Legion Memorial Golf Course, and the final round at Everett Golf & Country Club. However in early May, as a result of Washington Governor Jay Inslee extending the state’s stay-at-home order in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, the tournament was postponed.
At the time of the postponement, Himple described the odds on whether the tournament would be rescheduled for Labor Day weekend or canceled as 50-50. Himple also said that to his knowledge it was the first time the tournament had been postponed since it began being played in 1931. The tournament has crowned a champion every year, including during the World War II years.
The County Am had been on the rebound, as the return of Everett Golf & Country Club as host of the concluding round following a four-year absence saw participation numbers increase by 70%.
Alvin Kwak, a 2019 Kamiak High School graduate who now plays at Columbia University, is the defending champion.