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Golfers petition Evers to overturn course closures

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Wisconsin is one of 11 states that banned playing golf under Gov. Tony Evers "Safer at Home" order.

"One of the categories of businesses that are deemed non-essential are entertainment places, therefore, cannot be open during the safer at home order," Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor, said.

Golf course owners and organizations in Wisconsin do believe there is a way to play golf safely and follow strict social-distancing guidelines.

"You drive to the golf course, you show up, you pay or book your round online. " WSGA Executive Director Rob Jansen said.

"The pro shops and clubhouses stay closed. Practice facilities are closed. You grab your clubs, you go right to the first tee. You stay six feet apart from the people you're playing with. Ideally they're close family or in your small circle that you're keeping. Things on the golf course that could be touched being removed like rakes, benches, and ball washers."

State representative Jon Plumer released a statement supporting re-instating golf.

"It is extremely important for our physical and mental health," Plumer wrote.

"Sometimes things like this can seem so trivial," Director of Golf at The Bridges Golf Club Becky Iverson said.

"You know what I mean, but for a lot of people's mental well-being it's not just physically because you can always just go for a walk. Just to stimulate your brain and get things moving, for a lot of people golf is almost therapy."

She's not alone, an online petition titled, "Let Wisconsin Golf" has over 35,000 signatures. https://www.change.org/p/tony-evers-let-wisconsin-golf

Karley Marotta

Weekend Sports Anchor

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