England Golf Club News 6th May, 2019 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
THE FIRST KEY domestic men’s elite amateur event of the season, the 72-hole Berkhamsted Trophy, will celebrate its 60th anniversary when it takes place in April.
Hosted at Berkhamsted Golf Club, the classic heathland venue in Hertfordshire, from April 4-6, the course is rated among England’s top 100 and is entirely bunker-free.
Given its anniversary year, the club is inviting past winners to a lunch on the event’s final day. Masters champion Sandy Lyle, former world No.1 Luke Donald and European Tour stars Tom Lewis and Andy Sullivan are among those former winners and, given what they have gone on to achieve, it is only correct that the Berkhamsted Trophy is seen as the perfect early-season test for male amateur golfers with tour aspirations.
The Berkhamsted Trophy, which became a 72-hole event in 2016 after almost six decades played over 36 holes, is an R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings qualifying event. It is also the season’s first top-class domestic event on England Golf’s men’s order of merit.
“The Berkhamsted Trophy opens the men’s domestic season, and has always been one of the most prestigious amateur events in Great Britain,” said Stephen Burnett, men’s performance manager at England Golf.
“We welcome its inclusion in our Order of Merit.
“Stepping up to a 72-hole format elevates it to the very top level of events in our schedule. It has its own week in the calendar, it has the history, and it is one of the few indisputably elite 72-hole golf events in this country each year. Given Berkhamsted’s unique set of challenges, it takes great guile and skill to win there, as is shown by the trophy’s illustrious list of winners.”
He added: “The Berkhamsted Trophy helps the England men’s team selectors to see whose early-season game is truly in shape approaching the Lytham Trophy in May and the rest of the season’s amateur ‘majors’. Let’s not forget that 2019 is also a home Walker Cup year, too.”
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