Woburn Golf Club’s prestigious Duchess Course will this week stage the inaugural English Under 25 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship with 132 top-class male and female golfers competing for the silverware.
Since opening in 1976, Woburn has hosted significant championships and qualifiers on behalf of the DP World Tour, the LET and The R&A.
Winners on its three courses include legendary players such as Seve Ballesteros, Dame Laura Davies, Sir Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Lee Trevino, Karrie Webb and Ian Woosnam.
The renowned venue is also proud of its tradition of welcoming the best amateurs to its pristine fairways.
Twice before it has hosted events on behalf of England Golf; the 1982 Brabazon Trophy won by Paul Downes and the 2011 English Men’s Amateur Championship. Current DP World Tour player Steven Brown took the title on that occasion.
“We’re proud of our rich tradition of staging tournaments here at Woburn, for every level of the game,” said Woburn Golf Club managing director Jason O’Malley.
“We’re excited that this new event on the golfing calendar will give young men and women dreaming of a career in professional golf a chance to reach their potential.”
England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson added: “Everyone connected with England Golf is thrilled at the prospect of watching the drama unfold and new chapters being written in our championship history at Woburn.
“I’m sure the standard of play in this inaugural championship will match the majesty of the venue in what promises to be three days of top-class competition.”
The event tees off on Tuesday with the mixed field of 66 female and 66 male golfers playing in their own separate championships.
Golfers will play 18 holes on each of the opening two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) with the top 30 male and top 30 female golfers going on to play a further 18 holes on Thursday.
Competitors in the inaugural event include 2021 English Under 18 champion Jenson Forrester and England internationals Seb Cave, Thalia Kirby, Caitlin Whitehead and Hannah Screen (pictured below).
The game’s best under 25 players take on the Duchess Course against a backdrop of Woburn continuing to set a high benchmark in the sphere of sustainability.
The club, which has been Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) certified since 2013, was recognised at last year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow for its work on reducing carbon emissions and increasing storage to create a net positive impact on climate.
England Golf’s sustainability team, accompanied by members of the Young Ambassadors, will be present this week to help shine a light on the work being done at Woburn in the areas of fostering nature, conserving resources and strengthening communities.