England to host European team championship at Royal St George’s

R St Georges credit Jason Livy

England Golf is delighted to announce that it will host the 2022 European men’s team championship at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Kent.

The tournament will see the finest amateurs from across Europe playing in national teams over the Open Championship links.

James Crampton, England Golf Championship Director, commented: “We are very excited to be holding this championship and, especially, to play it on such a wonderful course.

“The players will be thrilled to test themselves at an Open venue and Royal St George’s will be a memorable setting for competitors and spectators alike. The standard of golf will be superb and this will be a great chance to see players who will go on to make a real impact in the professional game.”

This will be the third time England Golf has hosted the championship and the second time it has been held at Royal St George’s.  It took place there in 1965, in the early days of the tournament, when Ireland were the winners. It returned to England in 2005 at Hillside, in Lancashire, when the national team claimed victory.

Altogether, England has won the championship 11 times and been runners-up eight times, most recently last year.

England is a regular host of European events and held the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford, York in 2013, and the European amateur at Walton Heath, Surrey, in 2017. Next year, Parkstone, Dorset, will the venue for the European women’s championship.

Royal St George’s boasts one of England’s finest links courses and has hosted amateur and professional tournaments since the early 1890s.

The Open Championship will be played there for the 15th time in 2020. It was last played at Royal St George’s in 2011 when Darren Clarke held off Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to become Champion Golfer of the Year.

Tim Checketts, the club Secretary, said: “St George’s is delighted to have been invited to host the championship and the club is looking forward to welcoming the best amateur golfers in Europe and their friends, families and supporters to Sandwich in 2022.”

Caption: The 6th hole at Royal St George’s (copyright Jason Livy).