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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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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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Keith Pelley pledges: ‘No European Tour players will lose their cards in 2020’

EUROPEAN Tour chief Keith Pelley has guaranteed no players will lose their playing rights as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc with its international schedule in 2020. So any player who was inside the top 110 on the Order of Merit at the end of the 2019 season, will keep their cards for […]

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UK swing sees European Tour return with six events in England and Wales

THE European Tour will return with a new six-week ‘UK Swing’ starting in July – and revealed details of four new Rolex Series events. The European Tour will play two Marriott venues and return to two Ryder Cup venues, while the BMW PGA Championship, at Wentworth, moves from September to October 15-18. And there is […]

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Qualifiers for US Open and USGA’s remaining amateur championships cancelled

THE qualifiers for the 2020 US Open on both sides of the Atlantic have been scrapped by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Each year thousands of amateurs, club professionals as well as Tour stars from all over the world enter the USGA’s regional and sectional qualifiers. They include the event held at Walton Heath […]

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R&A sets up £7m COVID-19 Support Fund to combat coronavirus pandemic

THE £7million R&A COVID-19 Support Fund has been launched by the game’s governing body to help golf deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will be largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland. With the global pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic […]

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Welsh golf clubs asked to wait for a week before reopening by Wales Golf

WELSH golf clubs have been asked to wait until next week before considering opening for play for the first time in seven weeks. They have been closed since the lockdown was introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed some 32,000 people in the UK. And Wales Golf has recommended that its 142 […]

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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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Clive Edgington to continue as captain of The R&A into 2020/21 season

CLIVE Edgington is to continue as captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 2020/21. Mr Edginton, a member at Surrey’s St George’s Hill – took office in September as captain for 2019/20. But because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the club’s past captains have nominated […]

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IGF World Amateur Team Championship in Singapore cancelled because of virus

THE Eisenhower and Espirito Santo Trophies will not be awarded in 2020 after the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women were cancelled. The International Golf Federation has scrapped both biennial events in October because of the the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision follows the IGF switching the events from Hong […]

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Langland Bay named Wales Golf Club of the Decade after attracting 300 new members

SWANSEA’S Langland Bay has received the first Wales Golf Club of the Decade Award – having introduced more than 300 people to play golf regularly amid a host of improvemnts. The stunning venue on the Gower coast also has had the largest ladies section in Wales for the last five years It has made large […]

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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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R&A push on with plans for big six championships – IF amateur golf gets green light

THE R&A has published a rearranged schedule for its 2020 amateur championships – but all of its international matches between Europe and Great Britain and Ireland, and the Home Internationals have been cancelled. The R&A’s two biggest junior events – the Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur Championships – will go ahead as planned in August, while […]

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Price is right as Phil claims Wales Golf Tour Pro of the Year after Staysure success

WELSH seniors champion Phil Price rates winning the Staysure Seniors Tour Order of Merit in 2019 as being right up there with his Ryder Cup heroics. Following Ian Woosnam as the only Welsh player to top one of the main golf order of merit tables was also enough to earn 53-year-old Price the Wales Golf […]

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Youngsters practising before a GolfSixes League match

GolfSixes Leagues starting to revolutionise game says new Golf Foundation report

GOLFSIXES Leagues have been hailed as a “game-changer” by the Golf Foundation in attracting new young players and families to the game. There has been almost a 50 per cent increase in the number signing up as club junior members in England in 2019, according to new figures from the golf charity. The GolfSixes League […]

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Golf Foundation: Six Steps to Knockdown the Lockdown with Golf at Home fun

THE Golf Foundation is offering ideas and activities for PGA coaches and families so they can enjoy “Golf at Home fun” and learning after the Government extended the current coronavirus lockdown for another three weeks. The charity has created a new Golf at Home page, which will help children to keep “loving their practice,” while […]

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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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Ashburnham CJO Andrea Martin receives Wales Golf’s Lifetime Achievement Award

WEST Wales golfer Andrea Martin has received the Wales Golf Lifetime Achievement for Golf Development Award in recognition of remarkable success with Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. Martin – who is the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire junior organiser – has helped players coming through the system, from those who go on to play for Wales, to those just […]

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Jack Senior, winner of the 2011 Hampshire Hog at North Hants Golf Club with 1961 winner Hew Squirrell (right)

Hew Squirrell – five-time Welsh Amateur Champion – passes away, aged 87

HEW Squirrell – one of Wales’ and Hertfordshire’s most successful-ever amateur golfers – has passed away aged 87. The Welsh international won five Welsh Amateur titles, represented his country in the Home Internationals 19 times between 1955 and 1975. Squirrell was part of the first Wales team ever to beat England in 1961 and won […]

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