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Tuesday, 06 September 2011 (3018424)
Golf club chosen as venue for Open qualifier
by Henry James

HILLSIDE Golf Club has been chosen as a venue for the Final Qualifying stage of The Open Championship in changes that will come in force from 2014.

The Southport course is one of four venues to have been selected, one in Scotland and three in England covering the North-west, Central and South-coast regions, replacing the courses which are currently selected for their proximity to The Open Championship venue.

This is designed to provide a more accessible route into The Open for competitors qualifying from the 16 Regional Qualifying courses around Great Britain and Ireland.

From 2014, the four new courses that have been selected for this Final Qualifying stage are Glasgow - Gailes Links, Hillside, Woburn and Royal Cinque Ports. Competitors will compete for three Championship places, at each venue.

“This alteration to the qualifying make up will offer a more geographically convenient way for competitors seeking to achieve a starting place in The Open Championship,” said Rhodri Price, The Royal & Ancient’s Assistant director of championships.

“The R&A have maintained a very close relationship with all venues associated with the qualifying stages and this is a natural step towards continuing to offer competitors wishing to enter within Great Britain and Ireland a route into The Open Championship”.


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