Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bruntsfield Links (2011) one of four new Open

Regional Qualifying venues named by R&A

Four courses have been added to the list of venues staging Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship.
Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Bruntsfield Links and Hankley Common will be used for the 2011 Open Championship, to be held at Royal St George’s, while Moortown Golf Club will be used to help determine which players will tee-off at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012.
The course at Buckinghamshire Golf Club was designed by former PGA European Tour player and Ryder Cup Captain, John Jacobs OBE. Set in more than 200 acres of spectacular countryside and bisected by the Colne and Misbourne rivers, it opened for play in 1992 and has quickly become recognised as one of the finest inland courses in England.
Golf has been played over Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh since 1761 with the present course being originally laid out by two-time Open Champion, Willie Park Jr. Offering spectacular views over the Firth of Forth, Bruntsfield remains a stern test of golf and a regular venue for many high-level competitions.
Hankley Common Golf Club opened for play as a nine-hole course before five-time Open Championship winner, James Braid, added another nine in 1922. Often described as an inland course that closely resembles a seaside links, the land on which the course is built has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Situated close to another Regional Qualifying venue, Alwoodley, Moortown Golf Club was established in 1909 and famously hosted the Ryder Cup in 1929 which embedded Moortown’s reputation as a quality championship golf course. To this day, the Club’s ladies’ section competes annually for their own ‘Ryder Cup’, donated by Samuel Ryder in thanks for their help and support during the event.
Moortown was also one of four venues chosen to host Regional Qualifying when the concept was introduced before 1977’s Open Championship at Turnberry – the others being Beau Desert, Lanark and South Herts. Since then, RQ has proved to be a popular addition to The Open calendar, and as the Championship returns to Turnberry in 2009, 16 courses are now scheduled to host qualifying.
The full list of 2009 Regional Qualifying venues is:
Abridge, Alwoodley, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick), Coventry, Effingham, Enville, Ferndown, Gog Magog, Lindrick, Mere, Musselburgh, Old Fold Manor, Pleasington, Rochester & Cobham Park, Royal Ashdown Forest and Royal Dublin.



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