Over the past eight months, the Hoag Classic management team has been working on various scenarios and solutions for hosting a 2021 tournament while hoping (like all of you) that the world would begin to return to normalcy. Unfortunately for all of us, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, businesses, and communities. As a result, today we are saddened to announce that the 2021 Hoag Classic will not be played this March.
While we value our partnership with the PGA TOUR Champions, Hoag’s first responsibility is to protect the health of our community. Any gatherings are in direct conflict with our community health mission.
While we are all extremely disappointed not to have our annual March community celebration of the Hoag Classic, we are visiting with the PGA TOUR Champions on the possibility of playing later in the year. As we develop any potential plans, we will keep our community informed.
As a leading health care institution, Hoag is on the front lines of combating this virus and is committed to keeping its focus squarely on the community’s health. Since March, Hoag has conducted more than 20 COVID-19 clinical trials to expand patient access to cutting-edge therapies and innovative treatment options. Some of these trials markedly improved outcomes, including decreased mortality and decreased length of stay for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. In October, Hoag became the first in the nation to offer a phase 1 trial for a novel COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed here in Southern California.
Hoag was chosen to take part in these clinical trials because of our commitment to excellence and to the communities we serve. We are honored to be a trusted partner in the health and wellness of not only our patients but for the greater good as we work together to fight this disease. While we are making progress in battling this illness as an institution and in our country as a whole, there is still much to do and much uncertainty in the coming months.
We thank all our volunteers, fans, and sponsors for your understanding in these difficult times, and for your support and partnership moving forward.