Softley in national final for amateurs Published: Only 16 players throughout England, Scotland and Wales qualified for the event, which is played on the exclusive championship course in Leicestershire. Qualifying rounds for the championship are played at over golf courses throughout the UK and the top 16 scores qualify for the final rounds. The competition is a matchplay handicap knockout competition with the Friday being a practice day, the first round on the Saturday morning, quarter-finals in the afternoon, semi-finals on the Sunday morning and the final on the Sunday afternoon. As well as receiving a top quality putter for winning the competition at March with a net score of 61 Softley also gets luxury accommodation for the weekend as part of his prize, and he receives two tickets to the HSBC World Matchplay Championship to be played at Wentworth later in the month.
Matchplay's year run at Wentworth ends - Telegraph
Matchplay's year run at Wentworth ends By Lewine Mair Full list of golf fixtures An announcement, possibly today, is expected to outline details of a re-launch in The brainchild of the late Mark McCormack, the Matchplay has enjoyed a magnificent, unbroken run of 44 years. Arnold Palmer was the first winner, while Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus similarly had their names engraved on the trophy.
Subscribe to our daily newsletter Sign Up And in the men's section Gavin O'Neill reached the semi-final but just failed on the last hole to overcome the handicap of giving away 17 shots. His opponent, Scott Swalwell went on to win the title. They were joined by the top 15 men and women scorers from or so clubs who were supported by HSBC in their monthly medal competitions earlier in the summer. Higgins, off four, eased to a 4 and 3 victory which earned a standing ovation from onlookers and beaten opponents who, like everyone else, knew they had witnessed a player with a bright future.
The 32 competitors are amongst the top 16 ladies and men from the clubs that HSBC supported in their monthly medal competitions which took place from May to August. With the event providing all the tension and experiences of its professional counterpart, the HSBC World Match Play Championship, the finalists will need to display the high levels of concentration, skill and match play thinking seen in the world's leading athletes to take the title of HSBC Amateur Match Play Champion With this title will also come the opportunity to play at the Wentworth Club during the HSBC World Match Play Championship week in what could only be described as a battle of the sexes, continuing the age-old discussion as to whether women are of equal skill and capability on the golf course.