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Royal and Ancient announce championship venues

ST. ANDREWS, Fife -- Carnoustie, which next year hosts the Open Championship, will also be the venue for the Boys Championship from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th August 2002, as announced by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in a comprehensive list of venues and dates.

The Boys Championship has been played there on three previous occasions, 1933, 1939 and 1957 although significantly this will be the first time since 1957 that the Boys will be played over a course currently on the Open rota.

Prior to the Boys Championship, the Boys Home Internationals will be played from Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th August over the tight tree-lined Lansdowne Course at Blairgowrie, a complete contrast to the exposed Carnoustie links. The most recent R&A event hosted by Blairgowrie was the 1996 Seniors Championship won by American Joel Hirsch.

For many years Hirsch has been a regular competitor in the Seniors which in 2002 will be played over the Hotchkin and Bracken courses at Woodhall Spa, the headquarters of the English Golf Union.

Muirfield was announced earlier this year as the Open venue in 2002 when it will host the Championship for the fifteenth time. Harold Hilton was the first to win there in 1892, the same year that the Open was extended to 72 holes and played over two days.

Nick Faldo was the most recent winner at Muirfield in both 1987 and 1992. Final Qualifying for the latter was played at Gullane No 1, Luffness New, North Berwick and Dunbar, the same four courses that will be used in 2002. This year Gullane staged the European Boys Team Championship and also jointly hosted the Amateur Championship. Luffness New fulfilled the same role for the 1990 Amateur Championship while North Berwick will host next year's Vagliano Trophy when the ladies from GB&I take on their Continental counterparts. Dunbar has a history of hosting national events, particularly the Scottish Boys, and also staged the Scottish Amateur in 1996. One year earlier the Boys Internationals and Championship were played there.

In 2002 the Amateur Championship will return to Royal Porthcawl for a sixth time. It was last played there in 1988 when Sweden's Christian Hardin was victorious. More recently it staged the memorable 1995 Walker Cup match in which GB&I beat the United States by 14-10. Gary Wolstenholme was a member of that winning side and this year at Ganton the 38 year old, a member of the triumphant 1998 Eisenhower Trophy team, added to his considerable collection of titles with a 19th hole win over Sandy Twynholm in the British Mid-Amateur Championship. That was Wolstenholme's third win in three appearances in the Championship which in 2002 will be played at Formby, a club which has hosted many R&A events including the Amateur, Boys and Seniors Championships.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002
Amateur Championship Royal County Down,
May 31-June 5
Royal Liverpool,
June 5-10
Kilmarnock (Barassie),
June 4-9
Royal Porthcawl,
Pyle & Kenfig,
June 3-8
Open Championship
Regional Qualifying
July 5 July 10 July 9 July 8
Open Championship
Final Qualifying
Monifieth Links,
Montrose Links, Panmure,
July 11-12
Ladybank, Leven Links,
Lundin, Scotscraig,
July 16-17
St Annes Old Links, Fairhaven,
Southport & Ainsdale, Hillside,
July 15-16
Gullane No.1,
Luffness New,
North Berwick, Dunbar,
July 14-15
Open Championship Carnoustie,
July 15-18
Old Course, St. Andrews,
July 20-23
Royal Lytham & St. Annes,
July 19-22
Honourable Company of
Edinburgh Golfers,
Muirfield, July 18-21
Seniors Championship Frilford Heath,
(Red & Green Courses),
August 4-6
(Courses No. 1 & 2),
August 9-11
Royal Portrush,
(Dunluce & Valley Courses),
August 8-10
Woodhall Spa,
(Hotchkin & Bracken Courses),
August 7-9
Boys Home
August 4-6
August 9-11
August 8-10
August 7-9
Boys Championship Royal St. David's,
August 9-14
August 14-19
August 13-18
August 12-17
British Mid-Amateur
Walton Heath,
August 11-15
Royal Troon,
August 16-20
Seaton Carew,
August 15-19
August 14-18
Jaques Leglise
Burnham & Berrow,
August 27-28
Turnberry (Ailsa Course),
June 30-July 1
Continent of Europe,
Course TBA,
August 31-September 1
Continent of Europe,
Course TBA,
August 30-31
St. Andrews Trophy - Turnberry (Ailsa Course),
June 30-July 1
- Continent of Europe,
Course TBA,
August 30-31
Walker Cup Nairn,
September 11-12
- Ocean Forest,
Sea Island,
Georgia, USA,
August 11-12
Eisenhower Trophy - Berlin,
August 31-September 3
- Malaysia,
Date & Courses TBA


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