English amateur golf championship heads to Hartlepool and Seaton
One of the most prestigious events on the amateur golf calendar will come to Hartlepool as part of the Seaton Carew Golf Club 150th anniversary celebrations.
The English Amateur Championship will be co-hosted by neighboring clubs Hartlepool and Seaton Carew in the summer of 2024.
This will be the first time that the internationally renowned event, previously won by names such as Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Wilett in the men and by Bronte Law and Felicity Johnson in the women, will be played in this corner of the country.
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The cream of English amateur golf will be heading to the city, taking plenty of spectators with them, which will hopefully generate a huge boost to the local economy.
The players will be part of a field of 288 players which will initially be divided into two rounds of strokeplay during the first two days on each course.
The next four days will see the top 64 men and 32 women face off at Seaton Carew in a series of draws before the 36-hole men’s and women’s finals are played at England’s tenth oldest course.
The eight-day English Amateur will run from July 28 to August 4, 2024.
Seaton Carew captain Norman Bagley said: âThis is great news for the whole region. Over the years we have had some great tournaments and competitions, but to be invited to host the English Amateur Championship in three years time is just great.
âThis will be the culmination of all the hard work we have put in as a golf club to bring it back to the type of standard for which Seaton Carew has been historically famous.
âWhen we made the decision to choose a premier course manager just over a year ago, Tom Coulson came from Royal St George’s and presented a two, five and ten year vision for every hole. .
“By 2024, we’ll be fine with these plans. They should all have come to fruition and the British amateur’s arrival in 2024 freezes superbly with those.
âThe whole club are extremely excited to host such a prestigious event and having Hartlepool co-host the event with us makes it an even more exciting week for the city as a whole. “
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Seaton Carew has already hosted major events such as the Carris Trophy, the Brabazon Trophy, the Mid-Amateur Championship and the Senior Home Internationals.
England Golf Championship Director James Crampton said: âWe are delighted that Seaton Carew is once again hosting a flagship England Golf event which has proven to be such great hosts in the past.
âThe Brabazon Trophy was a great success when it was held at Seaton Carew in 2014, with the quality of the course and the welcome from the club both contributing to a successful championship.
“I have no doubt that the same factors will combine again for the English amateur championship in 2024.”
To co-host the event, the two clubs will join a long list of hosts including Ganton, Alwoodley, Saunton, Silloth, Royal St George’s and Lytham & St Annes & Birkdale.
The farthest north that the English Men’s Amateur Championship has reached in recent years is Ganton, near Scarborough.
And the last time it was held in the North East, the Northumberland Club hosted in 1972 when Consett’s Harry Ashby won.