Yorkshire clubs invited to submit bids to stage England Golf events

Lindrick's Joe Dean won the English Men's Amateur Championship - the flagship event of England Golf - at Alwoodley in August (Picture: Chris Stratford).
Lindrick's Joe Dean won the English Men's Amateur Championship - the flagship event of England Golf - at Alwoodley in August (Picture: Chris Stratford).

YORKSHIRE clubs have been put on alert that England Golf are looking for venues to stage national championships and tournaments.

“We’d be delighted to hear from any club which is interested,” said James Crampton, the England Golf Championship Director.

Robin Hood GC in the Midlands staged the 2015. English Senior Mens County Championship (Picture: Leaderboard Photography).

Robin Hood GC in the Midlands staged the 2015. English Senior Mens County Championship (Picture: Leaderboard Photography).

“Hosting an event is a great way for clubs to mark a special anniversary or to show off their course and become better known.”

Among the clubs hosting 2015 events was Warwickshire’s Robin Hood GC, who held their first national championship when they staged the English Senior Men’s County Championship - and they would be happy to repeat the experience.

“We wanted to raise the profile of the club,” said general manager Martin Ward. “We had spent an enormous amount of money on the course and the greens and fairways had come on leaps and bounds. We felt the club was probably one of the best in the Midlands.

“Ourselves, the green staff, the caterers, the bar staff, the pro and a lot of the members were very pleased and proud that the event took place – and the participants were very complimentary in their praise of the course. The word was spread very well.”

Members supported the event as volunteers and those who wanted to play during the championship were able to take advantage of courtesy arrangements with other clubs in the county.

“We satisfied all of the requests from everyone who wanted to play elsewhere,” said Ward.

England Golf will soon start selecting venues for 2019 and are also filling the small number of remaining gaps for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

They run almost 50 events each year, ranging from competitions for handicap golfers to prestigious championships thatattract international fields.

For more information click here to email James Crampton (j.crampton@englandgolf.org).

Yorkshire will host three England Golf events in 2016, highlighted by the Men's Amateur Championship, which will be jointly staged by Ganton and Scarborough South Cliff from July 25-30.

It is the second consecutive year the White Rose county has been chosen for the event; Lindrick's Joe Dean won the title back in August after Alwoodley and Pannal shared hosting duties.

Next May, Fulford will be the used for the Brabazon Trophy Northern Qualifier, and in late August Wetherby will hold the Senior Men's and Women's North Tournament.