ENTRIES are now open for the 2016 Northern Matchplay Golf Championship.
The popular competition is a season-long knockout tournament for category one and two amateur golfers across the North of England and Midlands. It attracts more than 1,000 golfers annually and is an excellent way to play competitively at different golf courses.
Now in its seventh year, there are individual and pairs competitions where golfers compete against fellow opponents in knockout rounds with the aim of reaching the three-day, 54-hole Grand Final at the iconic Trump Turnberry.
In 2016 the semi-finals are to be played at the fabulous Ganton Golf Club whilst quarter-final matches will take place over the famous Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa.
Tournament organiser, Edward Battye, said, “I’m really pleased with the venues we have for the championship in 2016. Turnberry was perfect last year for our finals and to have arguably three top 100 in the world golf courses will hopefully provide a real incentive for golfers to sign-up.”
Prior to reaching the latter stages players must win through a maximum of five local knockout rounds. This includes the popular ‘home & away’ 36-hole first round, which guarantees everybody a round away from their own course.
The 2015 event was won by North East duo Craig Penny, a plus three handicapper from Newbiggin, who partnered seven-handicapper Jimmy Trewick (Burgham Park) to the pairs title whilst five-handicapper Luke Higgins (Cow Nest Park) landed the singles trophy.
The championship is open to male golfers with a competition CONGU handicap (maximum playing handicap limit 12) and entries can be made online via the championship website: www.northernmatchplay.com. Entries close March 31, 2016 and the entry fee is £30 per person.
Pictured (from left) are last year’s champions Jimmy Trewick, Craig Penny and Luke Higgins.