Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s golf clubs have been chosen to stage the 2013 Amateur Championship. The Kent links courses will share the initial stroke play qualifying stage before Royal Cinque Ports hosts the matchplay rounds.
Royal Cinque Ports has hosted the Amateur Championship on two occasions: first in 1923 when England’s Roger Wethered defeated Scotland’s Robert Harris, and then again in 1982 when Martin Thompson beat Andrew Stubbs in an all-English final.
Royal Cinque Ports, also known as Deal, has also staged two Open Championships. JH Taylor lifted the Claret Jug there in 1909, and Scot, George Duncan, did the same in 1920.
Like its neighbour, Prince’s Golf Club can also claim Open Championship pedigree. It was there that Gene Sarazen won the fifth of his seven Major Championships in 1932. The sand-iron, which he introduced to the game of golf during the Championship, is still on display in the clubhouse.
Prince’s hosted the Amateur Championship with Royal St George’s in 2006, when Frenchman Julien Guerrier beat England’s Adam Gee to win the title.
Both clubs will be used as Local Final Qualifying venues in advance of the 2011 Open Championship at nearby Royal St George’s.
The 118th Amateur Championship will take place on 17-22 June 2013.
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