Some of England’s leading amateurs will return to Alwoodley next week for the Northern Championship.
This 72-hole strokeplay event begins on Tuesday (October 2), with 18 holes on each of the first two days followed by a halfway cut and then 36 holes on Thursday to decide the winner.
Now in its sixth year, this major end-of-season championship has found a popular home at Alwoodley.
Last year, David Hague (pictured), from Malton & Norton, overcame the challenging playing conditions to record a one-over-par 72-hole total of 285.
That was good enough for a two-shot victory over Andrew Wilson from Darlington. Hague will return to defend his title next week.
Past winners of the championship include: Daniel Wasteney from Lindrick in 2013, Windermere’s Adam Chapman (2014 and 2015) and Dan Brown of Masham, as well as Hague 2017.
A spokesman from the the Northern Counties Golf Union championship committee said: “This prestigious England Golf championship has found a popular home at well-respected Alwoodley. “We are looking forward to yet another high quality golfing event. The forecast suggests that for the three days of the championship the weather will be predominantly dry, if somewhat chilly, which will be welcome news for the first group who tee off at 7.30 am prompt on Tuesday morning.”
Players to watch at Alwoodley include Barclay Brown, from Hallamshire, this year’s Carris Trophy winner, as well as his fellow England Boys teammates Enrique Dimayuga (Walton Heath) and Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor). Ipswich’s Habebul Islam came third in the Tillman Trophy while Curtis Knipes, of Abridge, is the England Men’s County Champion of Champions and Jack Leversidge, of Abbeydale was a winning team member in the England Boys’ County Finals.
Ollie Read, from Whittington Heath, finished third in the North of England Youths’ Championship, while Sam Rook of Lindrick was third in the Lee Westwood Trophy after shooting 62 in the last round and Felixstowe Ferry’s Paul Waring came third in the Selbourne Salver.
The North of England Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship is endorsed by England Golf, offers World Amateur Golf Ranking Points and is the last counting event of the season towards the England Golf Order of Merit for 2018.
In addition to the championship proper, each county with two or more players in the field will be eligible for the County Plate. The winning county will be the one with the lowest combined scores of their two best players over the first 36 holes. Full tournament details, including a draw sheet, can be found at ncgu.co.uk.