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Changes for the Welsh Ladies’ Team Championships

Ladies Welsh Team Champions 2019
Wrexham Golf Club

Changes for the Welsh Ladies’ Team Championships

One of the oldest championships in Welsh golf will undergo changes next season to make the event more competitive and cost effective for the modern era.

Following consultation with competitors and captains at this year’s event, the finals of the 2020 Welsh Ladies Team Championships will be reduced to a two day event over the weekend of August 29-30, with regional qualifying rounds.

The finals will be reduced to 16 teams, including the defending champions and hosts, while the 12 teams who do not qualify for the semi-finals will compete for the Margaret Wood Plate.

The Welsh Ladies Team Championships is one of the oldest ladies competitions in Wales. It started in 1905, the same year as the Welsh Ladies Amateur Championship. Only the Welsh Amateur Championship is older among Welsh competitions still being held.

These changes look to address the decline in entry numbers the Championship has seen in recent years by ensuring reduced cost and time pressures on clubs and players alike. The Championship will be played on a weekend for the same reasons. 

“It is with real hope that these changes are a positive move for this Championship” explains Richard Dixon, Chief Executive of Wales Golf.

“We have seen significant decline in entry numbers in recent years and we feel this revised format gives greater opportunity for clubs to compete in what is a highlight in our Championship season.”

From 2020 the format of the Welsh Ladies’ Team Championship will now take the following format:

  • 16 Teams, including the defending Champions and host club, will compete at the Ladies Team Championship Finals. The finals will now comprise of two days competition with the round of 16 and quarter finals being played on day 1, and the semi-finals and final on day 2.
  • The Margaret Wood plate will take place on day 2 of the finals with all 12 teams failing to progress into the semi-finals competing. The plate will be a four-ball better ball scratch competition over 18 holes with all 6 squad players competing in any pairing combination.
  • Qualifying rounds will be played in 3 regions across Wales at neutral venues for all teams requiring to do so.

Upcoming Championship Dates & Venues

2020 – Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, August 29th & 30th (practice day August 28th)

2021 – Royal St. David’s Golf Club, September 4th & 5th (practice day September 3rd)