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Excitement builds for qualifiers

Looking ahead to a busy few months and visiting spectacular venues with the captains’ programme

AT last, after a cold start to spring the golf season has finally got underway and we look forward to welcoming you at the nine qualifying tournaments for 2013.

There are still places available with entry forms free to download at www.englandgolf.org/GolfCaptains under the tournament section, where you can also see a full list of qualifiers, as well as where and when they’ll be taking place.

England Golf Captains are also pleased to announce that this year’s Grand Final will be hosted by and played over the fabulous links of West Lancashire Golf Club from October 3-4.

To give yourself the chance of being one of the lucky 64 players, get your entry forms in to the team as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Here is a short preview of the venues not covered in the previous edition of English Club Golfer.

Tiverton is considered by many to be among the best 18-hole parkland courses in Devon. Originally designed by five-times Open champion James Braid, with Joyce Wethered contributing to the present layout of the course, it's a challenge for all handicaps, with a wide variety of trees lining the fairways complementing the natural hazards. The course measures 6,346 yards from the competition tees with a par of 71.

Set in over 500 acres of the magnificent Nottinghamshire countryside, Wollaton Park, which is overlooked by the imposing 16th century Wollaton Hall, is pleasantly undulating and parkland in character and winds its way through historic woodland. Staying on the ‘straight and narrow’ gives you the best chance of having a ‘treeless’ line in to the greens.

Then there’s Enville Golf Club, which is consistently rated one of the top courses in the UK.

Being an R&A regional qualifying course for the Open Championship and having hosted England Golf’s seniors and boys U14 championships this picturesque heathland course has a great championship pedigree.

Rotherham was originally a nine-hole course laid out by Sandy Herd, in 1906, which was increased to 18 holes and was subsequently modified by James Braid. The result is an exceptionally well laid out course, full of charm and character.

Ladbooke Park is a stern but fair test to golfers of all levels. Designed by Harry Colt with over 100 years of tradition, it is parkland, undulating and tree-lined with some fine elevation changes. As its name would suggest, a series of brooks weave their way through the mature parkland course dissecting the lush fairways and protecting the superb greens and feeding the numerous ponds and reservoirs.

Last but by no means least, we have High Post. This classic and rare downland golfing experience, gives a natural free draining terrain that promotes quick greens and quality turf on the fairways, almost guaranteeing the golfer the perfect lie every time. To further enhance High Post’s reputation the course is an Open Championship regional qualifying and England Golf Carris Trophy venue. Enjoy the ninth hole rated by Peter Alliss in his top 18 dream holes in the UK.

In line with England Golf, the captains’ programme has also been re-branded England Golf Captains and, therefore, all merchandising carries the new logo and is available through the online shop at www.englishgolfcaptainsshop.org.

We hope you like the new branded golf apparel provided by abacus, suppliers of the official on-course clothing to the England teams.  

So, with all that in place, we look forward to meeting you for some good golf and camaraderie we have come to enjoy at this year’s tournaments.






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