The WIAA state boys golf tournament, long a Monday-Tuesday staple on the spring tournament calendar, will move to later in the week in 2021.
WIAA assistant director Tom Shafranski, who oversees the boys golf tournament, confirmed that the WIAA Board of Control approved Friday new dates for the 36-hole championship, which will be played on a Friday and Saturday – June 18-19 – in 2021 at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.
The 2020 tournament was to have been played two weeks later than normal, on June 15 and 16, due to new dates on the PGA Tour Champions schedule for the American Family Insurance Championship before the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of both events.
The AmFam Championship, in announcing its 2020 cancelation earlier this month, said that its 2021 event will be played June 11-13. Shafranski said the AmFam Championship has June 14 reserved in case weather delays or other issues require a Monday finish and – after course maintenance and removal of structures for that event – the first available date for practice rounds for the WIAA state boys tournament would by June 17, which is a Thursday.
“This allows for consistency for the boys’ entire season to remain the same weeks as it was planned for this year (the 2020 season), even though the state championship will be held later in the week than normal,” Shafranski wrote in an email to Wisconsin.Golf. “We truly enjoy playing at University Ridge and are very happy and pleased to work closely with everyone at University Ridge, the American Family Championship, the University of Wisconsin and so many great people from the community of Madison who help with our tournaments, to identify these dates and take advantage of the great course at University Ridge for the WIAA girls and boys state championships during the 2020-21 school year.”
Friday's announcement means practice for the 2021 season will begin April 5 with the first competition able to be played April 8. WIAA regionals will be played the week of May 31 and WIAA sectionals the week of June 7.
The 2020 WIAA state girls golf tournament is scheduled to be played Oct. 12-13 on its traditional Monday-Tuesday dates.