Thursday, 22 September 2016

#146th Open at Royal Birkdale ON 16-23 July 2017


Picture of# Royal Birkdale Golf Course Southport home of the British Open



Royal Birkdale Golf Club @Southport is regarded by many as being “The Golfing Capital of England”. Southport is located at the centre of England’s golf coast and over twenty courses including the three Royals can be reached in under an hour.

#GOLF’S OLDEST CHAMPIONSHIP EVEN MORE OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION OF FANS
21 September 2016, St Andrews, Scotland:  Tickets for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale will go on general sale tomorrow22 September 2016, at 9:00 am with a variety of different ticketing options and early season prices available.  For under-25s, The Open is more accessible than ever with Youth Tickets extended from 16 – 21 years of age to 16 – 24 year olds and The R&A is once again providing free camping accommodation for Youth Ticket holders.
Sports fans should have 16-23 July 2017 firmly in their diaries as Champion Golfer of the Year, Henrik Stenson will look to defend the title he won in record-breaking fashion following a gripping duel with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon in 2016. The world’s best golfers will join him next summer at Royal Birkdale as they compete for the most coveted prize in golf, the Claret Jug.
More than 200,000 spectators are expected to come together across the magnificent dunes of Royal Birkdale, arguably The Open’s best viewing course.
Spectators can secure their place at The Open from tomorrow at TheOpen.com and take advantage of early season pricing. Adult daily tickets will be available from £15 for Practice Days (16-19 July) and £60 for Championship Days (20-23 July).
Fans will enjoy £5 off the price of their ticket if they purchase with a MasterCard – the official card of The Open.
Weekly tickets, covering the whole Championship - Sunday 16 to Sunday 23 July - are available for £230 before 28 February, a saving of £105 on the daily ticket prices for the full week.
A limited number of Twilight Tickets will also be on offer providing access to the evening action from 4:00 pm onward on Thursday and Fridayof the Championship for only £25.
The Open offers a number of incentives to welcome the next generation of golf fans to the Championship, including the Kids Go Free initiative, which provides free admission to children under the age of 16.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said: “We are very much looking forward to another exciting Championship next summer when The Open returns to Royal Birkdale for the tenth time. The course offers a tremendous viewing experience for spectators and it has produced many of The Open’s finest Champions including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Peter Thomson and Padraig Harrington.
“Our aim is to deliver the best possible experience for golf fans and to ensure that the Championship remains affordable and accessible. There are few sports events in the world where fans can get so close to the star names. Innovations including the Sky Open Zone practice area and player Autograph Zone will return in 2017. Reduced early season pricing, our Kids Go Free policy and free camping accommodation for under-25s are also part of that commitment.”
A limited number of official hospitality packages are also available providing the very best on-course locations to experience The 146th Open, including the exclusive Claret Jug Pavilion at Royal Birkdale’s first tee and the stylish, relaxed atmosphere of the Champions Club.  For more information visit www.TheOpen.com/Hospitality.
Tickets will go on sale from 9:00 am BST tomorrow, Thursday 22 September. For more information, to purchase tickets and for full ticket terms and conditions please visit www.TheOpen.com/Tickets.


Monday, 12 September 2016

SELECTION OF THE WORLD’S FINEST COURSES TO HOST R&A EVENTS IN 2019




Royal Liverpool


SELECTION OF THE WORLD’S FINEST COURSES TO HOST R&A EVENTS IN 2019
The dates for the Championships and International Matches in 2019 are as follows:
The Amateur Championship, Portmarnock and The Island:  17 - 22 June
The 148th Open, Royal Portrush: 18 - 21 July
The Seniors Amateur Championship, North Berwick:  31 July - 2 August
The Boys Home Internationals, Ashburnham:  6 - 8 August
The Boys Amateur Championship, Saunton, East and West courses:  13 - 18 August
The Jacques Leglise Trophy, Aldeburgh: 30 and 31 August

The Walker Cup, Royal Liverpool: 7 and 8 September

08 September 2016, St Andrews, Scotland: A selection of the world’s finest golf courses will host R&A Championships and International Matches in 2019.
While The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush from 18-21 July, with golf’s first Championship making a historic return to Northern Ireland after 68 years, there is a full season of prestigious amateur championships and international matches being staged by The R&A.
The Walker Cup will be played at another of the historic venues for The Open, Royal Liverpool, which will celebrate the 150thanniversary of its foundation when it hosts the biennial contest between Great Britain and Ireland and the USA for a second time. The Wirral links was the setting for the United States’ 13½-10½ victory in 1983 when it first staged the event.
Royal Liverpool also retains an enduring link with the amateur game, with the club having been instrumental in founding The Amateur Championship and hosting the inaugural event in 1885, and also serving as the venue for the first international match between GB&I and the USA in 1921, which led to the creation of the Walker Cup.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A said, “We can look forward to a wonderful season of championships and international matches in 2019. Our priority is to ensure that we provide excellent tests of golf for our competitors at each level of the game and we are delighted to be working with some top class venues. These events provide a tremendous platform for the players to compete with their peers and perform at the highest level.”
Three prestigious links courses will host the flagship events of the men’s and boys’ amateur seasons. The 124th Amateur Championship will be played at Portmarnock in Dublin, with The Island also hosting stroke-play qualifying for the Championship. It will be the first time The Amateur has been played on the north Dublin peninsula since 1949 when Max McCready defeated Willie Turnesa in the final.
Portmarnock, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2019, has a long history of hosting championships, including professional events such as the Irish Open and the Dunlop Masters, as well as prestigious amateur events including the Walker Cup, the St Andrews Trophy, the Jacques Leglise Trophy, the Canada Cup and the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.
The Boys Amateur Championship will return to Saunton for the first time since 1997, when Sergio Garcia won by 6&5 against Richard Jones, and will be played on the East and West courses. The Devon links has hosted events such as the St Andrews Trophy, the English Amateur Championship and the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.
Elsewhere, The R&A has named three venues where the following events will be played for the first time; The Jacques Leglise Trophy match will be played at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, the Boys Home Internationals will be played at Ashburnham on the Welsh coast, and the Seniors Amateur Championship will take place at North Berwick in East Lothian.
The dates for the Championships and International Matches in 2019 are as follows:
The Amateur Championship, Portmarnock and The Island:  17 - 22 June
The 148th Open, Royal Portrush: 18 - 21 July
The Seniors Amateur Championship, North Berwick:  31 July - 2 August
North Berwick

The Boys Home Internationals, Ashburnham:  6 - 8 August

The Boys Amateur Championship, Saunton, East and West courses:  13 - 18 August

The Jacques Leglise Trophy,h: 30 and 31 August

 Aldeburg

The Walker Cup, Royal Liverpool: 7 and 8 September