The cream of English amateur golf will gather this week at Lindrick and Worksop golf clubs to fight for the right to be named English Men’s or Women’s Amateur champion.
England men’s squad players including Jack Brooks, Jack Bigham, Mason Essam, Ben Quinney, Arron Edwards-Hill, Zach Chegwidden, Callan Barrow and Olly Huggins will look to follow on from last year’s champion John Gough.
English Under 18 champion Tyler Weaver is also joined by the newly crowned English Under 25 winner, Robert Holden.
In the women’s event, Lottie Woad, part of the England squad that retained their European title earlier this month, will compete alongside Rose Ladies Series winner Rachel Gourley and Alice Barlow, champion at this year’s Welsh Women’s Open.
Both the men and the women will play 18 holes of stroke play on each of the first two days – one round at Lindrick and one round at Worksop.
The top 64 men and 32 women will progress to their respective match play events.
Players will be seeded according to their stroke play results and face each other on the basis of 1 v 64, 2 v 63, 1 v 32, 2 v 31 etc.
Worksop and Lindrick will co-host the stroke play section of the championship over the first two days. Lindrick will then stage all of the match play rounds for both men and women.
Lindrick is renowned as one of England’s finest inland courses and a mixture of both heathland and moorland terrain.
The club itself has a rich heritage and hosted the 1957 Ryder Cup when Great Britain defeated the USA to lift the trophy for only the third time.
Former Master champion Danny Willett remains a member at the club and believes it will help produce true champions this week.
He said: “When it’s firm and fast in the summer it gets tricky.
“It all depends on how they set it up. It’s had Open qualifying for many years and I know for that it plays firm and fast. It often plays tricky. It’s not overly long but when the wind starts swirling it’s a good solid test of shot-making.”
Worksop will test the competitors not by its length, but by its requirements for accuracy off the tee with danger lurking on every hole.
Former European number one Lee Westwood is proud to call Worksop his home club and said: “It’s similar to Lindrick but maybe with more trees.
“You have to hit the ball straight or you won’t get your handicap down!
“It’s not the longest golf course, but when I was growing up it was long enough.
“It can play fast and the greens are fast and undulating – you have to have a lot of imagination on the greens.
“I’m pleased it’s going to Worksop – the club deserves it.”