STATEMENT FROM THE R&A ON THE 41st CURTIS CUP, THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
1 April 2020, St Andrews, Scotland: Following advice provided by the UK Government, health authorities and our own medical consultants in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the amateur championships and international match due to be played in June.
We can confirm that:
- The 41st Curtis Cup at Conwy, due to take place from 12-14 June, has been rescheduled to 2021 in agreement with the USGA. The revised dates will be advised in due course.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R&A, said, “We have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the players and everyone involved in our events so it is the right course of action to take. We are grateful to all of the venues for their continuing support in these challenging circumstances and will update everyone involved with our plans.”
- The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire, due to take place from 15-20 June, and The Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie), due to take place from 23-27 June, are being rescheduled to week commencing 24 August 2020. These plans are dependent on the situation with the pandemic and we will continue to monitor it in the coming weeks.
We continue to review our 2020 professional championships and the remainder of our domestic amateur season. Further information will be issued in due course.
Notes to Editors:
About The R&A
The R&A group of companies was formed in 2004 to take on The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews’ responsibilities for governing the Rules of Golf, staging The Open, golf’s original championship, and developing the sport. The British Golf Museum in St Andrews is part of the R&A group.
Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions with a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 144 countries and with the consent of 158 organisations from amateur and professional golf.
The R&A merged with the Ladies’ Golf Union in 2017 and now has responsibility for running a series of world class amateur events and international matches in women’s and girls’ as well as men’s and boy’s golf. The R&A works with IMG to stage the Women’s British Open and with the European Tour to stage the Senior Open.
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