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Amateur Championship could ‘return to straight knockout format’ at Birkdale

COULD the Amateur Championship be reverting to a simple knockout format due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic? The R&A has abandoned plans to use two courses – as it has for the past 36 years – to stage its traditional 36-hole qualifier, leading to a knockout matchplay for the top 64 players. Instead […]

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Golf bodies welcome PM’s new lockdown rules which let clubhouses serve food

GOLF bodies in England have welcomed further changes to COVID-19 lockdown rules and restrictions. But they have made it clear they remain vigilant as golfers and staff return to play and work. Following the changes announced yesterday by Boris Johnson – which come into effect on July 4 – golf clubs should be able to […]

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Hoylake ace saw Tiger and Rory win Open – but never dreamed of life on Tour

MATTHEW Jordan watched Tiger Wood and Rory McIlroy win The Open at his home course at Hoylake in the space of eight years. But he had no notion he would one day join the World No. 1 on the European Tour. Even 18 short months ago, Jordan could not be sure he would ever make […]

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England Golf chief executive: Feedback shows membership still relevant and affordable

ENGLAND Golf chief executive JEREMY TOMLINSON has written to club members across the country on the latest developments since the relaxing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions allowed the sport to resume. IS IT really only four weeks since golf was given the green light by government? We are just at the beginning of our journey back, […]

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Liz Young’s brainchild to be called the Rose Ladies Series with six events in the UK

JUSTIN Rose and his wife Kate are to sponsor the Rose Ladies Series of women’s golf tournaments in the UK – culminating in a two-day final. The Roses decided to put up £35,0000 to sponsor the one-day events in June and July after reading about fellow Hampshire-based professional Liz Young’s efforts to put on a […]

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Wales Golf plea to golfers: Stick to new rules when restrictions are lifted

WALES Golf has encouraged clubs and members to stick within the new rules of play announced by the Welsh Government – due to come into force from Monday. The changes will allow members of two households to play together – at the discretion of the golf club. Single players can still play, but also two, […]

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New lockdown rules means golf clubs in England can now allow three and four-ball rounds

New lockdown rules does mean three and four-balls can return next week

GOLF clubs in England can allow rounds to be played in three and fourballs from next week, under the new lockdown rules introduced by the UK Government. Golf England has confirmed that the latest relaxation of the rules during the COVID-19 pandemic will allow the current limit on two-balls to be lifted in time for […]

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Reid and McGregor Trophy both cancelled by England Golf but Carris is still on

THE Reid and McGregor Trophy will not take place in 2020 – because of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, England Golf has announced. England Golf believes the English U14 and U16 championships – due to be held in the last week of July and early August – pose to many obstacles to overcome for them to […]

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Don’t forget young golfers Golf Foundation urges in post-lockdown guidelines

THE Golf Foundation has called on clubs not to forget junior golfers as they open for the first weekend’s play in some two months. The charity, which works closely with PGA club professionals to introduce youngsters into the sport, wants to ensure they are not forgotten as members rush out to play golf again this […]

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More European Tour players join field at ‘Royal Portrush’ for BMW Indoor Invitational

A FIELD of 29 European Tour players will take on Royal Portrush in the second event in the European Tour’s BMW Indoor Invitational. Dutchman Joost Luiten won the inaugural virtual golf tournament – powered by Trackman – last Saturday. The five-time European Tour winner finished two shots clear of the field over St Andrews’ Old […]

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England Golf chief praises club staff who have held fort to allow the game’s return

ENGLAND GOLF chief executive JEREMY TOMLINSON writes about the lifting of the lockdown that allowed clubs across England to reopen today – after being closed for seven weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 32,000 lives in the UK. WASN’T it fantastic to think about those words again today as golf […]

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Golf clubs get green light to reopen as PM lifts COVID-19 rules on certain sports

GOLF clubs in England can resume playing from Wednesday this week after Prime Minister’s address to the nation on relaxing some parts of the lockdown imposed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. England Golf – the game’s governing body – welcomed the news allowing golf clubs to open for their members for the first time since […]

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Tommy Fleetwood: ‘I owe a big debt to my upbringing in England Golf squad system’

TOMMY Fleetwood has admitted pulling on England Golf’s kit as an amateur helped to make him a star on the European Tour. Fleetwood rose from the Lancashire ranks, via the England set-up, to the Challenge Tour and the European Tour, and was crowned winner of the Race to Dubai in 2017. He revealed his career […]

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Archie Davies is crowned Wales Golf Amateur of the Year for second year in a row

WELSH Amateur champion Archie Davies has claimed the Wales Golf Amateur of the Year Award for the second-year running. Davies is currently back in the UK while his American college career is interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak, working on his game where possible and also carrying on his studies online during lockdown. Davies was due […]

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England chief executive says: We will all get to play in our county and club events again

ENGLAND Golf chief executive Jeremy Tomlinson has penned a second letter to golf club members across the country about the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak affecting thousands of members. APRIL is the month when traditionally many golfers and their clubs come out of hibernation. The clocks have changed, the weather improves and The Masters whets […]

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Former Wiltshire county captain Jeremy Tomlinson playing in the 2002 Wiltshire Amateur Championship

England Golf’s ‘working hard to prepare for the day when play can resume on courses’

England Golf’s chief executive Jeremy Tomlinson has written a letter to golf club members across the country about the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak affecting thousands of members. Golf in England has never before faced so many difficult challenges, and in such a short space of time as it has done since restrictions were put […]

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Woodhall Spa to host both English Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships

ENGLAND Golf will attempt to break 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 national governing body had revealed its plan to try to salvage some events from the season wrecked by the COVID-19 crisis. […]

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Paul Waring accepts EDGA role as official ambassador for golfers with disabilities

EUROPEAN Tour star Paul Waring has signed up to officially represent EDGA – the international body that encourages people with disability to thrive through golf. Waring has been one of the European Tour’s most popular golfers with fans and players alike since he started competing on the Tour in 2008. The former England Boys captain […]

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McGregor and Carris on hold as coronavirus bites deeper into England Golf season

ENGLAND Golf have postponed another 14 events – including the Carris and McGregor trophies – in the summer’s amateur calendar in June and July amid the continuing coronavirus crisis. All major championships organised by the game’s governing body in England have now been put off up until July 27. That includes two of the three […]

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The PGA hotline will give latest advice on financial help to cope with COVID-19

THE PGA is working to launch a dedicated helpline for its membership to give advice on what financial help is available during the coronavirus pandemic. Chief executive Robert Maxfield Mr Maxfield said: “This will be open to all PGA members. “Run in partnership with the Golf Club Managers Association (GCMA), the objective of the helpline […]

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