Calling all Northern Golfers - Race to Alwoodley

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Calling all Northern Golfers  The Race to Alwoodley 

24th November 2010 

Amateur golfers in the North of England will have a brand new matchplay competition to compete in next season. 

The Northern Matchplay Golf Championship is a season-long tournament initially split into six counties; Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.  

There is an Individual and Betterball Pairs competition both played off handicap. The opening round is played over 36 holes on a ‘home & away’ basis so players are assured of at least one round away from their home course. A draw is then made for home advantage in subsequent rounds. 

To minimise travelling distances golfers will initially compete locally where they will be aiming to reach their ‘county’ final. The winners at each regional final venue will progress to the two-day expenses paid Grand Final at The Alwoodley Golf Club in September 2011 to determine the overall champions of the North.  

Regional final venues include; West Lancs, Wallasey, Silloth-on-Solway, Seaton Carew, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Pannal, all of which have hosted Open Championship qualifying events.  

Tournament Director, Edward Battye, said, “To have some of the finest courses in the North of England as regional final venues is a real coup and will certainly give entrants an extra incentive to reach theirs.” 

Scratch-golfer Battye added, “Whoever wins on the day at each regional final can then expect one of the best golfing experiences they are ever likely to have at Alwoodley.” 

To enter you must be a male golfer, aged 16 or over on 31st March 2011, with an active CONGU handicap held at a golf club affiliated to one of the above County Golf Unions. The entry-fee represents good value at just £15 per person or £25 per pair. 

Those interested in entering should log on to www.northernmatchplay.com for more details.