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England's best amateurs heading to Leeds

Headingley Golf Club in Leeds  will co-host the men’s and women’s English Amateur Championship where some of the very best amateurs in the game will hope to follow in the footsteps of past winners Sir Nick Faldo, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Trish Johnson and Bronte Law.

Qualifying rounds will be played at the North Leeds course and at nearby Moortown Golf Club  on July 27 and 28. Following the 36 holes of strokeplay the  leading 64 men and 32 women will progress to the match play stages of the championship at Moortown. 

Legendary designers Dr Alister MacKenzie, of Augusta National fame, and Harry Colt,  both played a part in shaping Headingley, a  hybrid gem of heathland, moorland and parkland where the varied and dramatic terrain provide a collection of spectacular holes and views. And it has quite a history – nearly 100 years ago Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen once played against each other  in the unofficial meeting for ‘The Championship of the World’.

And you can guarantee that it will be presented in immaculate condition – head greenskeeper Andrew Stanger has previously worked at Augusta National and Liberty National.

Club manager Jon Hall said : “We don’t actually have to do much, they just say get your course ready as normal, no need to fancy it up. We’re not going to do anything silly but we do want to make it special.” 

Headingley, renowned as one of the friendliest and down-to-earth clubs, has a few spots still available in their open competitions and welcomes small groups of visitors – for more information click here

Moortown Golf Club is no stranger to hosting major events and was the venue for the first Ryder Cup to be played on British soil  in 1929. It is also one of MacKenzie’s finest creations and one of 26 courses he designed in his native Yorkshire. 

England Golf’s Director of Championships, James Crampton, said: “Headingley and Moortown are two terrific venues and I’m sure the standard of golf on show in 2021 will once again match the quality of the surroundings.”

What promised to be a spectacular fortnight of golf in Yorkshire has been thwarted after the 2021 European Ladies’ Amateur Championship, originally scheduled for Alwoodley Golf Club,  was moved to an alternative venue.

Keeping the same dates of 21 to 24 July, the championship will now be played on the Allianz Course by Robert Trent Jones Sr. at Royal Park I Roveri near Turin, Italy.

“Travel restrictions into the UK was the key factor in the decision to move the championship from Alwoodley Golf Club.” Said EGA President Haukur Örn Birgisson and EGA General Secretary, Michael Thannhäuser in a joint statement. “We would like to thank England Golf and the Italian Golf Federation for their outstanding support at such short notice.”