In this September 2019 file photo, Tom Lewis, of England, competes in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship golf tournament in Newburgh, Indiana. The tour's Live + Work in Maine Open, scheduled for June in Portland, has been rescheduled for 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Christiana Botic | AP

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Some of the country’s top up-and-coming professional golfers had been scheduled to make a stop in Maine later this year, but the tournament has been canceled.

The PGA Tour and Shamrock Sports and Entertainment cited the ongoing travel, business and social restrictions enacted to help stem the spread of the coronavirus for the decision.

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The inaugural 2020 Live + Work in Maine Open, part of the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour, had been scheduled June 8-14 at Falmouth Country Club in Portland. The tour features leading prospects who are battling to earn spots on the PGA Tour.

The five-year contract for the event, which was signed last year, will now begin in 2021.

“While all businesses face uncertainty related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in the short term we need to play our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge,” Shamrock CEO Brian Corcoran said in a statement. “We are committed to delivering community,

charitable and economic impact next year with the Live + Work in Maine Open tournament at Falmouth Country Club, as well as related festivities across our great state.”

The Korn Ferry Tour also on Thursday postponed another tournament until later in 2020 and canceled two others due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Since March 12, the tour has halted nine events and has postponed three for potential dates later this year.

Shamrock & Live + Work in Maine Open personnel will be in direct communications with all sponsors, ticket holders and volunteers as it remains committed to raising $100,000 annually to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

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Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...