It’s probably a good time to remind readers the difference between postponed and canceled when it comes to any event, but especially in this section.
The sports world has postponements all the time, many due to inclimate weather conditions. Those events most of the time – but not always – are played at a later date.
Cancellations, on the otherhand, are more rare. Occasionally you’ll see a post-poned event ulti-mately get canceled because time runs out in a regular season and/or the event is rendered unnec-essary by sub-sequent action.
But the cancellations we learned about this week are of those rare types – and they are big ones. These are the kind that usually come during a time of actual conflict, as in a war. And they’re the type you’ll be reminded of many times over the rest of your lifetimes.
One is The Open – we often call it the British Open in this country to distinguish it from our own national golf championship. But it’s called The Open most everywhere else.
The R&A, according to Golf Digest, is expected to cancel the 2020 Open because of the COVID-19 world-wise emergency. The All England Club already this week canceled the Wimbledon tennis tournament – scheduled to start June 29.
The R&A (which derives its name from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews), along with the USGA, governs the sport of golf worldwide. R&A also manages a series of prestigious tournaments, including The Open, which was set to start July 16 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England.
The R&A is expected to announce the cancellation of The Open any day now. Its amateur tournaments already have been postponed and may ultimately be canceled, too.
The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II. The Second World War also was the last time Wimbledon wasn’t played.
Wimbledon won’t be played essentially because of the difficulty in preparing the tournament site’s 40 grass courts.
The daylight and weather conditions required to treat the grass courts ruled out the option of postponing the event until later in the year.
• The Alabama Sports Writers Association this week named the Super All-State basketball teams for both the boys and girls.
Both teams – the state’s five best players regardless of position or classification – feature one junior and four seniors.
The lone junior boy is Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year J.D. Davison of Calhoun. Other members of the team are Colby Jones of Mountain Brook, Duke Miles of Lee-Montgomery, Reginald Perry of Fairfield
and Kam Woods of Pinson Valley.
One of the five will be named the state’s “Mr. Basketball” tonight.
The lone junior on the girls All-State team is Amiya Payne of Hewitt-Trussville. The seniors are Sarah Ashlee Barker of Spain Park, Aniya Hubbard of Hoover, Niaira Jones of Charles Henderson and Farrah Pearson of Hazel Green.