11th January 2011
Huddersfield & Pleasington Golf Clubs to host new strokeplay competition.
The Fixby Challenge, a new individual strokeplay tournament for amateur golfers, will be held at Huddersfield Golf Club on Friday 17th June 2011. And the event will have one of the biggest prizes on offer in the country – a place in the all-expenses paid two-day grand final of the Northern Matchplay Golf Championship at Alwoodley Golf Club.
The Northern Matchplay is a season-long knockout competition for amateur golfers across the North of England. The winners of each county – Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire – will progress to the 72-hole climax at Alwoodley next September.
The winners of two stand-alone tournaments, one of which is the Fixby event, will also join them. The other competition is to be held at Pleasington Golf Club, near Blackburn in Lancashire, on Thursday 18th August 2011
Organiser of the championship, Edward Battye, explained, “The main route to the grand final is by entering the matchplay section and becoming the champion of your county. However, I also wanted to add an extra dimension and provide another way for golfers to qualify. A stand-alone tournament, where effectively the winner takes all, should add for some great excitement and tension.”
Battye, a former member at Huddersfield added, “When the opportunity arose to bring the event to Fixby it was an easy decision. The course speaks for itself and it’s perfectly located for golfers across the North. It’s a true test of golf and whoever comes out on top will be a worthy winner.”
Huddersfield Golf Club, one of the finest championship courses in the North of England, has famously staged European Tour Seniors events in the past and is a regular venue for the Yorkshire Amateur County Championship. In 2009 it was a qualifying course for the prestigious Brabazon Trophy and since work was carried out on the greens about a decade ago, bringing them up to USGA standard, it has received many plaudits nationwide.
Whilst the player returning the best nett score on the day lines up at Alwoodley a prize voucher of £200 will also be awarded to the player returning the lowest gross score over the 18 holes. That’s sure to tempt many of the regions better players who are familiar with the course.
Entry to the Huddersfield event is £40 and includes soup and sandwiches although anybody entering before January 31st can do so at a reduce price of just £30.
The Pleasington event is excellent value at £70 per pair, which includes soup and sandwiches.
More details and an entry-form can be found on www.northernmatchplay.com
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