‘Fabulous fortnight’ – Joint staging of 2021 English Amateur Championships to follow European Ladies event

England Golf is delighted to confirm the 2021 English Amateur Championships will once again be a joint celebration of the men’s and women’s game.

Having successfully staged both the English Men’s and Women’s Amateur events simultaneously at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in July, the decision has been made to repeat this festival of golf for 2021.

Between the dates of 27 July- 1 August 2021, the leading men and women amateurs will compete for honours on the neighbouring courses at Moortown Golf Club and Headingley Golf Club.

Competitors will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the 2020 winners – Emily Price (pictured below) and Jack Cope.

This will complete a fabulous fortnight of golf in Yorkshire with England Golf also pleased to confirm Alwoodley Golf Club as the venue for the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship between 21-24 July.

In announcing the plans for 2021, England Golf’s Director of Championships, James Crampton, said: “It’s exciting to confirm our plans for next year and another joint staging of our amateur championships.

“The success of this event at Woodhall Spa in July blew us all away.

“The pandemic meant we had to re-schedule the women’s event from May and we chose to be bold and align it with the men’s event in July.

“This was a ground-breaking plan, but it proved to be a tremendous success.

“The feedback from competitors was wholly positive and it was spectacular to see the top men and women on site together and competing for their respective national titles.

“We were able to showcase all that is good about the men’s and women’s amateur game in one amazing week of golf.

“It’s an innovative and modern formula we felt was worth repeating going forward.

“Moortown and Headingley are two terrific venues and I’m sure the standard of golf on show in 2021 will once again match the quality of the surroundings.”

The return of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship to English soil has been warmly welcomed.

“This is one of the most prestigious events on the amateur golf calendar and we are delighted to be the host nation and playing at Alwoodley,” added Crampton.

“Both the set-up and the reception that is guaranteed at Alwoodley – a fantastic venue as demonstrated when they successfully staged the 2019 Brabazon Trophy – will, I’m sure, do the event justice.”

England hosted the 2019 edition of the championship at Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset with homegrown talent Alice Hewson emerging as the winner.

“To have the best women golfers from all around Europe competing on English soil at Alwoodley (pictured below) followed the next week by the English Amateur Championships is hugely exciting,” confirmed Crampton.

“Hopefully, conditions at that time will allow the golfing public to witness some of the world’s best amateur golfers playing for three prestigious titles, over three top-class golf courses in the space of just two weeks.”

Other notable events in the 2021 season include the staging of the Brabazon Trophy at Ganton Golf Club, the English Girls’ Stroke Play at Malton and Norton Golf Club, the Carris Trophy at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club and the English Women’s Stroke Play at Wallasey Golf Club.

The calendar of England Golf elite events for 2021 can be accessed here 

Details of England Golf’s 2021 handicap events will be released in due course.

It should be noted that the full championship schedule remains dependent on Covid-19 policies put in place by government and all events may be subject to future change.

Photography: Leaderboard