The GCS 24th Open Championship

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I know how busy you all must be with the Government moving the holes, as well as the goalposts, at ridiculously short notice to three- and fourball golf, thus putting booking systems under yet more strain (not to mention re-configuring and changing the format).

However, I am pleased to say that there have been very positive changes too for The Golf Club Secretary – Open Championship.

It always struck me that it was beyond very disappointing that those who had qualified for the 24th Open Championship Final (to be played at Saunton in May 2020) would be deprived of a Final appearance. In addition, whilst the Final of The 25th – Open could still go ahead in May 2021, just a few weeks before The (other) Open, there was a high probability that we would, when having found a fairway, have to play off mats. This, it was felt, would not give you the full Royal St George’s experience, so we have followed the lead of The R&A and postponed everything for 12 months.

The Final of The Golf Club Secretary – 24th Open Championship will now be held at Saunton Golf Club on Sunday 16th and Monday 17th May, 2021 and the Final of The 25th – Open at Royal St George’s on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd May, 2022.

We very much hope that The Regional Qualifying Tournaments already ‘advertised’ for August onwards this year will take place as planned, under the social distancing rules and catering arrangements that will be in place at that time. To enter visit:

https://tgcs-thegolfclubsecretaryregistration.golfgenius.com/

Those who qualified in the autumn of 2019 have already secured their place in the 24th Final at Saunton in 2021. Inevitably, to accommodate all of this, when it comes to the Regional Qualifying Tournaments, there will need to be fewer qualifiers than normal (probably three per venue), but there will still be plenty of opportunity to make it through to the Final at Saunton just under a year from now.

2020

Wednesday, 19th August – Hankley Common

Monday, 28th September – Barton on Sea

Monday, October 5thLuffenham Heath

Thursday, October 15thRoyal Worlington & Flempton

Monday, 19th October Seaton Carew

Monday, 26th October – Conwy

Thursday, November 5th St Georges Hill

Spring 2021

Thursday, 8th April – Roehampton Club

Friday, 16th April – Silloth on Solway

 

FINAL – Saunton

16th/17th May 2021