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England Golf release revised championship schedule

The governing body have put together a new timetable for their 2020 championship season – subject to the situation with coronavirus
 

A new championship calendar outlined by England Golf could see a bumper late summer of elite amateur action – with the Brabazon Trophy, and English men’s amateur and women’s amateur championships, all staged within weeks of each other.

The governing body have issued a revised schedule for its 2020 events and aim to start the week beginning July 27.

An England Golf statement said the new schedule remained “provisional and subject to further change in accordance with the latest government and expert medical advice on the COVID-19 outbreak”.

They added the priority “at this time remains to assist the national effort to combat the threat of Coronavirus and ensure we protect our NHS and save lives during the pandemic.”

But should the lockdown restrictions be relaxed in the coming weeks, England Golf have provisionally rescheduled 15 events for late summer and early autumn, with eight events from the original calendar staying in place.

Highlights include the English Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships, at Woodhall Spa, from July 28 to August 2, the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play, at Burnham & Berrow, from August 18 to 20 and the Brabazon Trophy, at Sherwood Forest, from August 18 to 21.

England Golf said a further three events still had to be allocated new dates but that 31 of their national and regional competitions had to be cancelled.

The full, provisional, schedule is:

July 28-August 2: English Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships, Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin & Bracken)

August 4: Senior Series, Stowmarket

August 5: Golf Captains, Stowmarket

August 6-8: English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin & Bracken)

August 11-13: English Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Frilford Heath (Green)

August 12: English Women’s Par 3 Championship, Ampfield

August 18-20: English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Burnham & Berrow

August 18-21: English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy), Sherwood Forest

August 25-27: English U18 Boys’ Amateur Stroke Play (Carris Trophy), Broadstone

August 25-27: English U18 Girls’ Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Sandy Lodge

August 26: Senior Series, St Mellion

August 27: Golf Captains, St Mellion

September 11-13: European Seniors Championship, Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

September 14-18: English Women’s County Finals (new format TBC), Spalding

September 23: Golf Captains, Broadway

September 25-27: Men’s County Championship (new format TBC), Seacroft

September 29: Golf Captains, Moortown

October 5: Senior Series, South Staffordshire

October 6: Golf Captains, South Staffordshire

October 6-9: Senior Men’s County Championship (new format TBC), Torquay

The Senior Series and Golf Captains events at Hesketh, along with the Golf Captains event at Northants County, are yet to be confirmed.

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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