It is with sincere regret that we inform you that the 59th Annual Gasparilla Invitational Golf Tournament has been cancelled. Over the last month, we have experienced a fungus on several of our greens. We have been working with some of the industries' best consultants to remedy this situation, and have made some progress. However, after aggressively treating the symptoms of this fungus, the culture of our greens during this time of year is not conducive to a total cure. Cold, damp, cloudy days enhance the environment for this fungus to prosper. Weather permitting, there was a chance our greens could recover by tournament time, but we are not willing to take that chance as it could jeopardize the quality of the venue we're committed to provide for our participants. Simply stated, our greens today do not meet our tournament standards, and we can't guarantee they will be totally cured by February 20th.
This is the first time in the 59 year history of the tournament that we've had to cancel the event. This is not a decision that was made without serious consideration of any and all hardship this causes for our participants. Therefore we will begin to process returns of the entry fees in a week. Also, in an effort to minimize the hardship this decision may cause you, our Board of Directors has agreed to reimburse participants for all reasonable, documented, non-recoverable expenses that you have incurred. Please understand the logistics of this commitment are unprecedented, but we are committed to do the best we can to help solve your financial hardship. Additionally, we would like to extend an invitation to play our course any time over the next year and we'll waive all greens and cart fees to accommodate you. We hope this will provide you the opportunity to prepare for next year's tournament.
On behalf of our entire club, board of directors, and tournament committees, we are deeply appreciative of your patronage and understanding of this regretful situation. Also, please know that we all remain very enthusiastic about the future of this tournament and our goal of making the GIGT one of the best amateur tournaments in the country.
Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club