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NORTHWEST NOTES: July 29, 2020

| July 29, 2020 1:10 AM

Area golf courses named to Golfweek’s Best of 2020

Circling Raven Golf Club and The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course were named to Golfweek’s Best 2020 — Best Courses You Can Play list, announced on Tuesday.

Circling Raven was second on the list, followed by the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.

Every year, Golfweek’s team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses — grading each on 10 strict standards of evaluation.

Circling Raven measures 7,189 yards from the rear tees.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort is 6,803 yards in length, with views of Lake Coeur d’Alene on nearly every hole.

Whitetail Golf Club in McCall was rated the top course in Idaho, with BanBury Golf Course in Eagle fourth and Sun Valley Golf Course fifth.

NAIA postpones most

fall sports championships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents voted to postpone national championships in cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball to spring 2021.

This decision still allows NAIA conferences to compete in the fall and winter, if they so choose. The timing of the football national championship will be determined at a subsequent COP meeting on Friday. Due to unique challenges surrounding football, COP members decided they needed more time to obtain feedback from their colleagues.

“Given the fast-paced and constantly-changing nature of the current environment, the COP recognized that the likelihood of safely completing the fall sports season has decreased significantly,” said Dr. Arvid Johnson, COP Chair and University of St. Francis President. “This decision allows conferences to consider the regional impact of COVID-19 when determining the appropriate time for regular season competition.”

Prior to the COP’s vote, 51 NAIA individual institutions had already opted to postpone fall competition until spring 2021.

“The NAIA realizes there are a wide range of considerations that come with postponing fall championships,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, our first priority is making sure our student-athletes are not penalized by this decision. That will likely require temporary rule changes and accommodations as related to eligibility and seasons of competition, which the NAIA governance groups will begin further defining this week.”

In March, the NAIA cancelled the spring 2020 sport season due to gathering restrictions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Consequently, no spring 2020 athlete was charged a season of competition.