England Golf will host many of the world’s finest amateur players this year when it stages the European Men’s International Amateur Championship at Walton Heath in Surrey.
The winner will book a place in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and the event will be one of the highlights of a packed calendar, alongside the Brabazon Trophy at Woodhall Spa, the Lincolnshire home of England Golf; and the Men’s Home Internationals at Moortown in Yorkshire.
The 2017 England Golf championship season – for which entries have just opened – will feature events for elite amateurs and handicap golfers across the length and breadth of the country. The most southerly will be played at Trevose in Cornwall, and the most northerly at Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland.
There will be celebrations along the way – and not just from the winners. Two of the host clubs are marking their 125th anniversaries in 2017: South Staffs, which will host the English senior women’s amateur in May, and Harrogate, which will hold the senior women’s Brenda King Foursomes in October.
The much sought-after Brabazon Trophy is the high spot of the early season. It will be played on the renowned Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa in May and will attract a top-class international field.
The title of English men’s open stroke play champion is one of the most prized in amateur golf and past winners include Major champions Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel.
It’s followed at the end of June by the European Amateur on the world-class Old Course at Walton Heath (image courtesy Charles Briscoe-Knight). This will be played immediately after the R&A’s Amateur Championship in Kent, creating a ‘double’ which should prove extremely attractive to international players from around the globe.
It will be the second time England Golf has hosted this championship, having staged it 25 years ago at Hillside in Lancashire. England’s most recent European champion was Ashley Chesters, who won back-to-back-titles in 2013 and 2014 and took great advantage of his place in The Open of 2015. He tied 12th at St Andrews, springboarding his professional career and he is now playing on the European Tour.
The keenly contested Men’s Home Internationals will be played in August at Moortown, which hosted the first Ryder Cup on British soil. England will take on the challenge of Scotland, Ireland and Wales and bid to regain the trophy for the first time since 2013 – when the championship was also held in Yorkshire, at Ganton.
The England women’s team will defend their Home Internationals on home ground at Little Aston in Staffordshire, in a championship run by the newly merged R&A and the LGU.
Other key dates for leading women golfers include the English women’s amateur at Lindrick in Yorkshire, and the increasingly international English women’s open stroke play at Woodhall Spa in August.
Woodhall Spa will play a prominent role in England Golf championships for 2017 and will also host Golf Week, the showcase for a series of handicap events.
The finalists in six team and individual events will be invited to Woodhall Spa to play off for their titles and be treated to the full English championship experience.
England Golf runs more events for handicap golfers than for elite players and other tournaments for club golfers will be played throughout the season. These include the PING Family and Women’s Fourball tournaments, the Schools’ Team Championship, the Abraham Trophy to find England’s most improved girl golfer and the women’s Par Three championship.
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