Nullarbor Links

World's Longest Golf Course, Australia

2020 Chasing the Sun Golf Tournament: Ceduna to Kalgoorlie

Important Notice - 19 March 2020

It is with a feeling of regret, but realising that we needed to make this decision, I advise that at a meeting of our management committee yesterday morning, it was decided based on best medical advice, that we cancel Chasing the Sun 2020 and commence to prepare for the tournament in 2021.

Chasing the Sun 2021 will commence in Ceduna on May 1st and conclude in Kalgoorlie May 8th.

We are saddened, but the health and wellbeing of our clients is paramount.

Below please find our medical advice from the RFDS.

It was good to have a sensible discussion with you this morning. I am one of the RFDS doctors and today I am working in the RFDS coordinating centre for western operations. As you have quite specific questions regarding risk management, I can only give you my personal opinion based on a sensible approach during these times, this is as no means a formal RFDS policy. From what you told me, you are planning a planning a 7 day golf tournament with approximately 45 older gentleman and ladies ranging between ages 50 - 75 years, but coming from all over Australia. You are meeting in Ceduna and will have multiple locations were you plan to play golf and finishing up in Kalgoorlie. I understand your international participants will not be attending because of travel restrictions and isolation policies.

Basically, from a practical point of view, if one player contracts COVID 19, the likelihood of spreading this to all the other players over the 7 days, will be very high. This would lead to a very challenging situation with identification of positive case, isolation practices (location dependant), aeromedical retrieval of unwell clients and most likely cancelling the tournament and isolating everyone for a period of time. My personal opinion would be to consider postponing or cancelling your event if possible. I don’t think the “benefits outweighs the risks” with this current COVID 19 outbreak and your golf members will be at increased risk due to being older aged.

Dr Theo De Vries
Medical Officer
RFDS Western Operations