South Cliff and Ganton set for co-hosting duties

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South Cliff Golf Club have been handed a major boost after it was announced they will co-host the English Amateur Championships in 2016 with Ganton.

Following their successful hosting of the Yorkshire v Lincolnshire county match in 2013, the course has now been handed the responsibility of co-hosting the opening two days of strokeplay with Ganton, before the A64-based venue holds the knockout stages.

Planning has already started for the South Cliff hierarchy, who are determined to put on a good show come 2016.

The club have set up a planning committee and are confident that the 256 players vying for the 64 qualifying places will be impressed once they arrive.

Club captain Neil Bruce said: “We are delighted to be hosting such a prestigious event.

“It is recognition of the quality and condition of our course.

“We have an ongoing course development plan that will present a real test to the top amateur players who will be competing.”

Ganton, who will be celebrating their 125th anniversary, will host the prestigious event for the sixth time.

The championships were held at the famous course in 1933, 1947 , 1955, 1968 and 1976.

Secretary Richard Penley-Martin is delighted that the championships are coming to Ganton in 2016.

He said: “The tournament has been to Ganton before, so it’s great that it’s coming back for our 125th anniversary.

“We’re always in close contact with the golfing bodies. We have the British Seniors this year and the women’s equivalent coming in 2020 as well.”