31 May 19
PGA Professionals are being urged to encourage more women and girls to enter the 2019 Coronation Foursomes - the largest domestic golf participation event for females.
Women and girls from golf clubs across Great Britain and Ireland can secure a place at the ‘Home of Golf’ and go on to rub shoulders with stars of the sport by entering the 2019 tournament.
Last year more than 25,000 golfers took part from 1,100 golf clubs. This year’s event culminates in St Andrews with 32 finalists playing in the Grand Final at the Eden Course on 9 September, with the winners earning a place in the 2020 AIG Women’s British Open Pro-Am at Royal Toon where they will play alongside the sport’s biggest names.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said: “The Coronation Foursomes is a popular event for thousands of women and girls to enjoy playing golf with their friends and family.
“We are working hard to make golf more accessible and appealing for women and girls of all ages and abilities and events like the Coronation Foursomes offer them opportunities to socialise, build new friendships and enjoy competitive golf in a relaxed environment.”
Any club affiliated to a home nation can run a qualifying round, played over 18 holes of foursomes stableford.
The best 100 scores will then qualify for the Area Finals, held at 16 venues around Great Britain and Ireland. The winning teams at each venue will book their trip to the showpiece finale at the Eden Course in St Andrews, including two nights at the prestigious Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa.
Last year, Northamptonshire pair Ann Lester and Christina Hancock sealed a memorable victory over the Eden layout.
The Whittlebury Park Golf Club team shone in the autumnal sun to post a winning score of 38 points in the handicap stableford foursomes format, with Norma Hughes and Julia Line from Llanymynech Golf Club on the English-Welsh border finishing in second place.
Established in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation, the team event is open to all members of affiliated golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland who hold a current CONGU handicap of 36 or under.
Qualifying rounds for this year’s event can be held up until the 20 June 2019 closing date and entries submitted online via randa.org
The Eden Course is one of seven courses at St Andrews Links. Opened in 1914, the Eden Course was designed by Harry S Colt and is named after the Eden estuary.
For more information about the Coronation Foursomes click here.
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