The R&A announces championship venues for 2017

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Royal St George's, Nairn, St Annes, Ballybunion will host amateur events.

The R&A has announced which venues will host its championship and international matches in 2017.

Royal St George’s, is to host the Amateur Championship, while the Boys Amateur Championship will be played at Nairn, with nearby courses also set to feature.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships, said: “We are looking forward to staging the 2017 championships at some of the most renowned courses in Great Britain and Ireland. The venues each have illustrious histories and will provide wonderful tests of golf. I’m sure the players will enjoy the challenge they present and that spectators will take the opportunity to come and watch some top class amateur golf.”

Royal St George’s, where Darren Clarke won the Open in 2011, will host the Amateur Championship for the 14th time, with the qualifying stroke play rounds also being played at nearby Prince’s.

‘The venues each have illustrious histories’ The Amateur Championship will return to the links at Sandwich for the first time since 2006 when Frenchman Julien Guerrier defeated Adam Gee from Leatherhead by 4&3 in the 36-hole final.

The Boys Amateur Championship will be played at Nairn and nearby Nairn Dunbar. It will be the second time the championship has been played at Nairn and the first occasion since 1989, when Carl Watts from Dyke lifted the trophy.

A field of 252 of the world’s leading young golfers will take part in the championship, which featured 23 nationalities in the 2014 event. Previous winners include Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabel and Sir Michael Bonallack.

The Boys Home Internationals will be played at St Annes Old Links, while the Jacques Leglise Trophy will by held at Ballybunion’s Old Course for the first time 

The Seniors Amateur Championship will make its first visit to Sunningdale’s Old Course and the 46th Walker Cup between GB&I and the USA will be played at Los Angeles Country Club in California.

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