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Open invitation to play at Royal Birkdale

GOLF club members throughout Great Britain and Ireland will have the opportunity to tee up at Royal Birkdale shortly before the world’s best players compete at the 146th Open in July.

A group of 42 men and women will secure their places in the final of the inaugural R&A Nine Hole Championship through a qualifying process organised by the national governing bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The final will be July 15 when qualifiers will play the challenging back nine at the famous Southport links just before official practice begins for the top players in the game.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson, Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy and world number one Dustin Johnson will be among those competing. The Open is being staged at Royal Birkdale for the tenth time on July 16 – 23.

The nine hole event, which follows a successful pilot last year, is central to The R&A’s efforts to promote this form of golf as an ideal way to play the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively for handicap purposes.

Duncan Weir, executive director – Golf Development at The R&A said: “We want to promote nine hole golf as a perfectly valid means of enjoying the game whether socially or competitively and the 2017 event builds on the successful pilot run at Royal Troon last summer.

“We know the time 18 holes can take and that this can deter golfers from playing regularly so we continue to encourage clubs to offer nine hole event opportunities. It is important, we believe, to remind golfers that nine hole play is increasing in popularity and therefore being enjoyed by more players.”

The qualifying events are open to men, women, boys and girls who are club members with a CONGU handicap.

 

The Open teams up with Grand National

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THE Open has teamed up with the Randox Health Grand National ahead of the 146th staging of the Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.

The partnership will see the Open and  Randox Health Grand National work together on providing engaging content for fans over the coming months in the build-up to two of the world’s greatest sporting events.

The agreement will give racing fans the chance to get up close to the Claret Jug as it visits Aintree Racecourse on Saturday April 8 for the world’s greatest steeplechase.

There will also be exclusive offers to fans who plan to attend the Open, which will bring the world’s best golfers to the North West from July 16-23.

Fans of the Open will also have the opportunity to secure their place at the Randox Health Grand National Festival 2018 following this year’s sell-out event.

Neil Armit, chief commercial officer of the R&A, organisers of the Open, said: “We are looking forward to working with the Grand National to help promote the 146th Open ahead of the tenth staging of the Championship at the historic links of Royal Birkdale. We know that fans in Merseyside and the wider North West region are eagerly anticipating these two iconic events in 2017.”

Mike Sarath, head of marketing for Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: “With two world class sporting events taking place just a few miles apart this year, it made perfect sense to partner with The R&A. We are looking forward to helping promote the Open at the Randox Health Grand National and promoting our event at Royal Birkdale with exclusive ticket access to both sets of fans.”

Tickets for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale are available online now at www.TheOpen.com/Tickets

Lancashire clubs can capitalise on Open

LANCASHIRE golf clubs are being urged to use the Open Championship as a springboard to growing the sport.

The world’s best players be at Royal Birkdale from July 16-23 with the dream of lifting the coveted Claret Jug.

The event attracts worldwide attention and clubs in the region are hoping to raise awareness of local opportunities to give golf a go.

A Road to The Open campaign is being organised by England Golf, the Professional Golfers’ Association and the Golf Foundation with a range of activities to promote the game in schools, the local community and clubs.

It is being supported by the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs and the Lancashire County Ladies’ Golf Association.

The project is aiming to work with primary and secondary schools, offering special taster sessions, while pupils will be invited to the Open to visit the Golf Foundation and PGA in the specially-created Swing Zone.

Golf-themed assemblies will be delivered in Southport schools while staff, as well as the pupils, will be able to take part in Get into Golf sessions.

Community projects include Street Golf, an initiative that takes the sport away from the traditional fairways and greens and out on to pavements and roads to increase the accessibility of the sport. The national final of the HSBC Golf Roots Street Golf competition will be staged in the Southport area at the start of Open week, while there will be special family-orientated events before and after the championships.

Golf clubs will be asked to host taster sessions and a Road to The Open competition as well as social events, such as The Open Quiz night or food and drink festivals.

Clubs will also be encouraged to promote Golf Express to visitors to The Open, with the message that there is “time for 9” as part of their trip.

 

Statistics show that sports enjoy a two-week spike in interest following a major event and Lancashire Golf Development Group county officers Adam McAlister and Debbie Barber will be working with clubs to help capitalise on this potential surge in participation.

England Golf regional manager Gareth Shaw said: “The Open is a great shop window for golf and a chance for the sport to kick football off the back pages of the national newspapers.

“It is golf’s Olympic moment and we want to make sure that those people who are interested in trying golf or returning to it as a result of watching or reading about The Open can find the right opportunity to suit them at a local club.

“We want clubs to take the opportunity to celebrate the Open being on our doorstep by, perhaps, taking golf out to the community, into the parks or the clubs, a city centre or a beach – or holding a social night, such as a Spanish or American-themed event. It is not just about what happens on the grass!

“Clubs should dream big and ensure the Open is not just a one-shot experience.”

Danielle Thomas, the PGA regional coaching development officer, said: “This is not just about Open week but creating a legacy from the event. We will get all kinds of people going through the Swing Zone at the Open –youngsters picking up a club for the first time and even a 92 year-old who was still enjoying their golf – but we want to make sure clubs have the right offer in place in the weeks afterwards.”

Andy Leigh, Golf Foundation regional officer, added: “Lots of people want to pick up a tennis racquet after Wimbledon but may head for the parks rather than the clubs. So we want to ensure the clubs can help those who want to pick up a golf club after the Open.”

Road to the Open organisers have launched a new Twitter handle, #roadtotheopen2017, which they are encouraging clubs to adopt on social media.

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game and is run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Development Groups, supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding.

Get into golf opportunities include FREE taster sessions and low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766

You can follow Get into golf on Twitter twitter.com/getintogolf or on Facebook at facebook.com/Getintogolf

 

RoadtoOpen2017.jpg Road to the Open organisers include, from left, Adam McAlister and Debbie Barber, county development officers for the Lancashire Golf Development Group, Danielle Thomas, Regional Coaching Development Officer for the PGA, Andy Leigh, regional officer for the Golf Foundation, Phil Harvey, secretary of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, and Gareth Shaw, regional manager England Golf,

 

 

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Lancs lads book their place in the Open

 

LANCASTRIANS Jack Senior, from Heysham, and  Southport & Ainsdale’s Paul Howard cleared the Open Championship final qualifying hurdle at Hillside.

Senior, a late entrant, reeled off five birdies in the opening seven holes in his first round 69 then rolled in four more plus an eagle on the home straight to post 70.

Howard,  round in 69 and 73, won a five-way play-off for for second place.

Meanwhile, Colin Montgomerie thrilled a sizeable crowd by booking his place at Royal Troon by qualifying at Gailes Links.

The 53-yer-old, who is connected to Royal Troon, where his dad, James, served as club secretary, made 21 consecutive Open appearances until 2010, had been preparing at Gailes Links for this attempt since the end of last week.

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PGA pros set to coach at the Open

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