10 Dec 2019 | Amateur golf |
Queensland ready for Aus Am
by Golf Australia
Entries for the 2020 Australian Amateur Championships close tomorrow as the host clubs – Royal Queensland and Brisbane – gear up for a big week.
Full fields are expected with some of the world’s best amateurs joining the elite Australian players at the two iconic Queensland venues.
Royal Queensland is celebrating its centenary in 2020, and the amateur championships, which date to 1896, are a perfect way to celebrate this major milestone.
The championships will be played from January 12-19. Both men’s and women’s finals are at Royal Queensland.
“Golf Australia especially recognises the involvement of Royal Queensland in the 2020 championship as part of the club celebrating its centenary year,” said Andrew Newbold, the Golf Australia chairman. “A great week of golf lies ahead in the sunshine state. Players from around the world join the best of Australia’s men and women amateurs to contest our oldest event.”
Royal Queensland Golf Club was established in 1920 at Hamilton and was granted its Royal Charter in 1921 by King George V, with the King’s official letter of notification signed by Winston Churchill.
The legendary architect Dr Alister MacKenzie was persuaded to visit Brisbane in 1926 and contributed his renowned design wisdom to a number of holes. He said: “Royal Queensland already compares favourably with some of the British championship courses. It should have a very great future and will be an excellent test of golf.”
The Brisbane Golf Club was founded in 1896, moving to its current home in the southern suburb of Yeerongpilly in 1904. It is the third-oldest golf club in Queensland and has 1500 members, with a heritage-listed clubhouse. Brisbane previously hosted an Australian Amateur in 1996.
Ireland’s Conor Purcell and South Korea’s Yae Eun Hong won the titles at Woodlands this year.
For information about the Australian Amateur Championships, look here.
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