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SILLOTH-ON-SOLWAY TO HOST ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
23rd November 2009

Silloth-on-Solway

The English Amateur Championship will head to one of its most northerly outposts when it is played at Silloth-on-Solway in London Olympics year, 2012.

Also in the 2012 fixtures just released, Walton Heath will be the venue for the Brabazon Trophy while the Men's County Finals will be staged at Beau Desert.

Silloth-on-Solway in Cumbria (picture © Tom Ward), proved a testing venue for the Logan Trophy (Mid-Amateur Championship) in July when the host club's John Longcake proved a worthy winner.  This wasn't the English Golf Union's (EGU) first visit to the club. The Men's County Finals were staged there in 1995 when Lancashire triumphed while in 2002 it hosted the annual England v Scotland Under 16 match.

While Silloth will be the main venue, Seascale, venue for the northern region qualifying this year and of the County Finals in 1971, will be the other course hosting the qualifying rounds.

Walton Heath will host the Brabazon Trophy in June, the only previous occasion the popular Surrey club has staged the English Open Stroke Play Championship was in 1968 when (Sir) Michael Bonallack triumphed in a tournament reduced to 54 holes after the second round was abandoned.  However, the EGU has made regular visits to this superb 36-hole venue, the English Amateur being staged there on four occasions, the most recent in 2002 when Yorkshire's Richard Finch was champion.

The 2012 domestic season will start with the international against France at Royal Mid Surrey on 12th – 13th May, followed, two days later, by the southern qualifying round for the Brabazon Trophy at the same venue. The northern qualifier will take place a week later at Worksop.

The English Seniors will venture into East Anglia for only the second time in its history when the Championship is played over the Suffolk courses of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness from 6th – 8th June, while the Seniors County Finals, the last event of the season, visit Heworth in Gateshead, Co Durham, in early October.

The Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy visits a regular venue for EGU events when it is played over the West Course at Saunton in Devon in early July.

As far as the 2012 junior championships are concerned, the Under 16s for the McGregor Trophy head west to Trevose on 17th – 19th July, the Under 18s for the Carris Trophy to Royal Cinque Ports on the Kent coast, while the Under 14s for the Reid Trophy visit Blackwell, near Bromsgrove, in Worcestershire on 7th – 9th August.

The one-day English Schools will also be staged in the Midlands, at Kenilworth in Warwickshire, on 11th July, while the Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire will be the scene of the Boys County Finals on 28th – 30th August.

Among other venues, the Champion Club will be played at Stoneham, near Southampton, on 15th and 16th September, while the Junior Champion Club returns to its original venue of Woodhall Spa on 25th and 26th August.

The County Finals visit Staffordshire for the sixth time, the five previous occasions having been at Little Aston, the most recent in 2000 when Surrey were winners. But in 2012 Beau Desert, near Cannock, will play host, having been the venue for the Carris Trophy in 2002.

As usual, the Gold Medal and County Champions Tournament will be fought out at Woodhall Spa in August and September respectively.

The 2012 fixture list is:
12-13 May: England v France-Royal Mid Surrey
15 May: Brabazon Trophy Southern Qualifying-Royal Mid Surrey
22 May Brabazon: Trophy Northern Qualifying-Worksop
6-8 June: English Seniors Championship-Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
27-30 June: Brabazon Trophy-Walton Heath
6-8 July: Logan Trophy (Mid-Amateur Championship)-Saunton West
11 July: English Schools Championship-Kenilworth
17-19 July: McGregor Trophy (Under 16 Championship)-Trevose
24-26 July: Carris Trophy (Under 18 Championship)-Royal Cinque Ports
30 July- 4 Aug: English Amateur Championship-Silloth-on-Solway and
Seascale
7-9 August: Reid Trophy (Under 14 Championship)-Blackwell
18-19 August: EGU Gold Medal-Woodhall Spa
25-26 August: Junior Champion Club-Woodhall Spa
28-30 August: Boys County Finals-Cotswold Hills
15-16 Sept: Champion Club-Stoneham
22-23 Sept: County Champions Tournament-Woodhall Spa
28-30 Sept: County Finals-Beau Desert
9-11 Oct: Seniors County Finals-Heworth (Co Durham)


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