Fresh look for senior events

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There’s a fresh look to senior events for 2017, with a new format for the English Senior Women’s Championship and the creation of a Senior Series for men and women, with a grand finale at England Golf Week.

The senior women’s championship will be played from 15-19 May at South Staffordshire Golf Club and will now include a new match play flight for players aged 60 and over.

The event will start, as usual, with two rounds of stroke play to decide who goes forward to the match play flights.

The top 32 players will compete in the championship matches for the Wendy Taylor Salver. The leading 16 players, aged 60 and over, will play for the Ann Howard Trophy.

Competitors can choose which flight they would like to play in, but will have to state their decision when registering at the event.

The change in format was agreed by a working group of competitors, tournament officials and members of the England Golf Championship Department.

The Senior Series, which is open to men and women, will be made up of six 18-hole stableford tournaments, played off full handicap.

The leading players at each event will qualify for the grand final at Golf Week, when they’ll play on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa on 16 August. We’ll also run a Series order of merit and the leading players on this will qualify for the final.

The players who win through to Golf Week will arrive on 15 August for a practice round and a gala dinner, when trophies will be presented to the regional winners. They’ll stay overnight as the guests of England Golf before playing the final, then enjoying a buffet lunch and the presentation.

The six qualifying tournaments will be held at: Woodcote Park Golf Club, Surrey, on 11 May; Huddersfield Golf Club, Yorkshire, 1 June; Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire, 15 June; Teignmouth Golf Club, Devon, 28 June; Longcliffe Golf Club, Leicestershire, 14 July; and Princes Golf Club, Kent, 25 July.

It costs just £47.50 to enter each event, which includes bacon roll and coffee on arrival and a two course meal after the round. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Entries for all men’s, women’s and senior events will open online on 1 February 2017 at www.englandgolf.org/championships
where more information can be found on all England Golf tournaments.

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