Changes to Championships for 2020
Ahead of the 2020 Season, some changes have been implemented with a design for more golfers being able to compete in National Championships.
Welsh Open Strokeplay Championship
From next season, the Welsh Open Strokeplay will be played over four days. The Championship set for Southerndown will mean an increased number of players will be able to make the cut and give an experience closer to that which would be experienced in professional tournaments.
Players will now play 18 holes each day with reverse position draws taking place after round 2 and round 3.
Welsh Open Youths Championship
The Under 21 Championship has been restricted to male competitors in the past, however the 2020 Championship at Llandudno Maesdu Golf Club, 29th – 31st May, will be a mixed gender Championship.
The 72 hole Championship will now mean the Overall Welsh Open Youths’ Champion can be either male or female, where players will play from gender specific tees under the guidelines of CONGU, as well as additional gender specific prizes available at the event. The Championship will also count towards World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points for both genders.
The Championship will be open to any golfer under the age of 21 on 1st January with a handicap of 6.4 or less.
Welsh Under 16’s Championship
2019 saw the Welsh Under 16 Championship extended to 54 holes for the first time, with Aberdovey’s Connor Owen producing a stunning victory at Clyne. The 2020 playing of the Championship will once again be played over three rounds, and now will be a counting event for WAGR.
Welsh Ladies Team Championships
Modernisation of the Welsh Ladies Team Championships will now mean it is to be played over two days later in the year. Full details of the changes can be viewed here.
Wales Golf Festival
A three day inclusive Golf Festival is to be launched for June 2020 at Parc Golf Club. More details of this celebration of beginner, disabled and junior golf can be viewed here.
David Wilson, Championship Manager “We have looked to make a few alternations to our Championships with a view to encourage and enable more players and clubs to enter and compete at our Championships.”
“We are always evaluating our Championship Schedules and it’s our ongoing intentions to run Championships and offer competitive opportunities for all golfers across Wales.”