DAYS out from Leeton's biggest golfing event of the year, organisers have had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone.
The Leeton Pro-Am was due to be held this Saturday and Sunday, but following advice and instruction from Golf Australia, all PGA events have had to be postponed amid the growing COVID-19 crisis.
It is hoped the Leeton event will now go ahead later in the year, but it was still a blow to organisers.
Leeton golf professional Jason Mimmo has spent the better part of six months organising the event, with Leeton Shire Council and Leeton Golf Club members spending countless hours getting the course into tip top shape.
"It's definitely disappointing, but what can you do," he said.
"PGA Australia gave us advice on Tuesday that everything is to be off until at least May.
"Hopefully though we can hold it later in the year."
A solid contingent of professional golfers were expected to be part of this year's field, but due to scheduling issues, they are unlikely to take part later in the year.
"The downside is the quality of field we have now (ahead of the weekend) is amazing," Mimmo said.
"The course is as good as it could possibly be, it hasn't looked this good for 10 Pro-Ams.
"It's probably not going to look as good later in the year.
"We'll still get 50 pros later in the year, but we had a top-ranked field. There were two European winners coming, but we have to follow the advice."
A silver lining in the news is social golf is still going ahead, with all of those competitions in Leeton still underway.
Twilight grand finals will still be played and other social guests are welcome at the course.
There's no issue with being too close to one another on the course, so Mimmo was hopeful social hitters would come along and enjoy the fresh air, while of course, still undertaking the appropriate health and safety measures.
Extra measures may need to be taken for presentations, particularly when it comes to the twilight golf grand finals.
Mimmo will keep the community updated when a new Pro-Am date is set.