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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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2020 Staysure season called off over worries about risk to over-50s players’ health

THE Staysure Tour – Europe’s Senior Tour for players aged 50 and older – has announced the cancellation of its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 crisis. The decision was taken following consultation with the Tour’s membership and its medical advisers. The move was based on the additional risk associated with the players’ age demographic […]

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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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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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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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Northern Ireland Executive gives golf the green light to resume in ‘the next week’

GOLF is set to return in Ulster in the coming days after the Northern Ireland Executive published its Step by Step plan to relax lockdown restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis. The Golfing Union of Ireland is working through the document so that clubs in Northern Ireland can reopen their doors – and follow those in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sign up for World’s Biggest Golf Lesson and help break the world record

GOLFERS across the land are being asked to take part in a world record attempt – without having to leave home – during the World’s Biggest Golf Lesson. PGA golf professionals around the world will take to Instagram Live at 2pm, on Tuesday, May 5, in an attempt to give the world’s biggest golf lesson. […]

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Langer denied chance to go one better at Sunningdale as Senior Open is postponed

THE 2020 Senior Open at Sunningdale has been postponed due to the continuing threat posed by the spread of the coronavirus. Europe’s only Senior Major Championship was scheduled to take place on the stunning Old Course at Sunningdale Golf Club, from July 23-25. Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, an executive director at The R&A, said: “We have made […]

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Every Scottish Golf event in 2020 has been cancelled as COVID-19 death toll rises

SCOTTISH Golf has become the first of the four Home Nations to completely cancel its entire domestic season as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Eleanor Cannon, who chairs Scottish Golf, announced her board had decided to postpone all remaining events in its championship calendar as the number of deaths from COVID-19 continues to […]

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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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The first tee at Royal St George’s – the 2020 Open is now off because of the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 crisis forces R&A to move Open at Royal St George’s back to 2021

THE R&A has cancelled The 149th Open at Royal St George’s in 2020 because of the current COVID-19 crisis – the championship will now be played at Sandwich in 2021, instead. The Open was due to be staged in Kent from July 12-19, but following guidance – from the UK Government, the health authorities, public […]

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