ENGLAND Golf is breaking new ground this summer by holding its men’s and women’s national championships at the same time at one venue – at its Lincolnshire headquarters at Woodhall Spa.
The English Men’s Amateur Championship dates back to 1925 and is one of amateur golf’s most illustrious events. This year 222 golfers tee it up at Woodhall Spa Golf Club between 28 July-2 August, 2020.
The English Women’s Amateur Championship is an England Golf flagship event. This year between 28 July-1 August at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, 66 women will battle it out for the honour of becoming the 2020 champion.
COMBINING the English Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships mirrors moves in the professional game to play some European Tour events at the same venue in recent seasons.
Both events will utilise both of Woodhall Spa’s courses – but will see the women’s event limited to 66 players. And after 36 holes of strokeplay, the top 16 women qualifiers will progress into the matchplay phase – with the 36-hole final being played on the Saturday.
The men’s event – which normally attracts a field of 288 entries – will see the top 64 qualifiers progress into the matchplay as normal on the Wednesday.
The 36-hole final will be played on the Sunday, a day later than the women’s, to accommodate two extra knockout rounds.
In 2019, Hertfordshire’s Ellen Hume won the English Women’s Amateur at Saunton Golf Club by defeating 2017 champion Lily May Humphreys, from Essex, at the 19th hole.
Stoke Park’s Conor Gough emerged triumphant in the men’s event – beating England team-mate Callum Farr, from Northamptonshire County, at Hankley Common.
The 16-year-old, who went on to play for Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup, just missed out on breaking Harry’s Ellis’s record as the youngest winner at 16, set in 2012.
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