New events for women and girl county champions

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New competitions are being launched this year to find the England Golf women and girls’ county champions of champions.

They will join the men, boys and senior men at County Champions’ weekend at Woodhall Spa in September.

England Golf championship director James Crampton said: “We are delighted to add these two events to the calendar and look forward to welcoming the women and girls’ county champions to Woodhall Spa.

“When we put this proposal to county associations we had very enthusiastic feedback and I am sure the new titles will be very keenly contested.”

For this year only, the events will be run over 18 holes because of restrictions on course availability and they will be played on the Bracken course on Sunday, 11 September. From 2017 onwards the championships will be over 36 holes.

Players who hold both the girls’ and women’s titles in their county will be able to compete for and win both trophies. Entry forms will be sent to all county associations.

The English men’s county champion of champions was first held in 1962 and has been won by players including Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood. The boys’ event was added in 2009 and the senior men’s in 2011.

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