THREE of the most outstanding links courses in the North West of England – Formby, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale – will host the Monday Qualifying event prior to the 2013 Senior Open Championship.
Over 300 senior golfers will participate in the qualifying competition on Monday, July 22, vying for approximately 30 spots in the event which takes place at nearby Royal Birkdale from July 25 to Sunday, July 28.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, the R&A’s executive director of championships, said: “The development of the Senior Open Championship has followed the pattern established by The Open, whereby qualifying rounds precede the main event and create a truly Open competition where anyone at the top of his game can win this great championship.
“There is certainly precedent for this in the recent past, with Scotland’s Paul Lawrie qualifying for The 1999 Open at Downfield in Dundee before going on to capture the Claret Jug at Carnoustie, while in 2004 American Pete Oakley qualified on Monday and won the Senior Open Championship at Royal Portrush just six days later.
“This is the first time the Senior Open Championship has been held in Southport and we anticipate substantial local support from the public in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton for the return to Royal Birkdale of many of the game’s great champions.”