Surrey club set to host European Amateur in 2017
England will host one of amateur golf’s top events when it stages the 2017 European Men’s Amateur Championship at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey.
The championship will be played on the Old Course from June 28 to July 1, 2017, and will be contested by 144 of Europe’s leading amateurs, representing around 20 countries.
The winner is rewarded with a place in the Open Championship and former champions include world No.1 Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Stephen Gallacher, Victor Dubuisson, and more recently England’s own No.1 amateur for 2014, Ashley Chesters. The 25-year-old from Hawkstone Park is the only player with back-to-back titles (2013 and 2014).
England Golf Championship director James Crampton said: “We are thrilled to be able to hold it at Walton Heath.
“The Old Course is superb and one of the best inland courses in the country. It will provide a great test for the players and will be an excellent venue for spectators. Admission will be free to this event and we expect to welcome large crowds of visitors to watch fantastic golf from Europe’s top amateurs and the professional stars of the future.”
England Golf last hosted a European event in 2013, when the European Ladies’ Team Championship took place at Fulford Golf Club in York and attracted thousands of spectators.
“That was a highly successful championship and made us determined to bring more European golf to England,” added Crampton. “It’s a great opportunity for players and spectators and hopefully will inspire more people to play the game.”
Stuart Christie, the Walton Heath secretary, said the club had a proud history of hosting major amateur and professional tournaments and was “delighted” to have been chosen to host the contest this year.
“We look forward to working closely with England Golf and welcoming the top amateur golfers from around Europe,” said Christie.
The European Men’s Amateur Championshiwas first played in 1986 and has been held just once in England, at Hillside Golf Club, Lancashire, in 1991 when England’s Jim Payne won the title.