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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