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Curtis Cup

R&A postpones its three biggest amateur events of 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the rescheduling of the Curtis Cup – with two other big R&A championships also moving in the calendar

 

The Curtis Cup, the highest profile team trophy for women amateur golfers, has been postponed until next year. The R&A, in conjunction with the USGA, has agreed to reschedule the 41st matches – due to have been played at Conwy from June 12-14 – after taking advice from the Government, health authorities and their own medical teams as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Amateur Championship, at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire, and the Women’s Amateur Championship, at Kilmarnock (Barassie), were also meant to be played in June and have now been moved to August, subject to the situation with the Covid-19 crisis.

An R&A statement said: “Following advice provided by the UK Government, health authorities and our own medical consultants in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have postponed the amateur championships and international match due to be played in June.

We can confirm that:

  • The 41st Curtis Cup at Conwy, due to take place from 12-14 June, has been rescheduled to 2021 in agreement with the USGA. The revised dates will be advised in due course.
  • The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire, due to take place from 15-20 June, and The Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie), due to take place from 23-27 June, are being rescheduled to week commencing 24 August 2020. These plans are dependent on the situation with the pandemic and we will continue to monitor it in the coming weeks.”

Duncan Weir, the R&A’s executive director for golf development and amateur championships, added: “We have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the players and everyone involved in our events so it is the right course of action to take.

“We are grateful to all of the venues for their continuing support in these challenging circumstances and will update everyone involved with our plans.”

The R&A said it continued to review their 2020 professional championships and the remainder of its domestic amateur season and would issue further information in due course.

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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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