Women and girls from golf clubs across Great Britain and Ireland are being encouraged to join over 25,000 golfers in entering the 2018 Coronation Foursomes to celebrate 65th anniversary.
Now in its 65th year, the Coronation Foursomes has grown to become one of the largest and most iconic participation events for women and girls in amateur golf, and to mark the special anniversary, the R&A will this year give golfers a dream opportunity to play at the ‘Home of Golf’ in the Grand Final.
Under the theme of a ‘New Tradition’, this year’s historic event will celebrate the camaraderie, companionship & competition that women have enjoyed in the Coronation Foursomes over the last 64 years, with over 25,000 golfers and 1,200 clubs expected to take part.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said,
"The Coronation Foursomes has long been established as a leading event for women and girls to enjoy participation in golf and we are again anticipating another significant level of entry from club members in Great Britain and Ireland".
“We are striving to make golf more accessible and appealing for women and girls and know that events like the Coronation Foursomes offer them opportunities to socialise and build new friendships.”
The Grand Final will be played over the Eden Course at St Andrews on Monday 24th September. 32 finalists will stay at the prestigious Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and even have the chance to book a place in the Pro-Am for the 2019 Ricoh Women's British Open.
“We were pinching ourselves, the buzz was amazing. We felt like professional golfers when we saw our names on the leaderboard and then the nerves hit when our names were announced over the PA system. It was an amazing experience and still feels like a dream", 2017 finalsist, Linda Spence from Elie & Earlsferry
It was Siobhan Behan and Lorraine Walsh from Killeen in Ireland who went on to take the title last year, scoring an impressive 41 points in the handicap stableford foursomes format to finish one point ahead of Hayston duo, Susan Thom and Joyce Woollon from Scotland.
With the stakes set so high this year, even more golfers are expected to enter the Coronation Foursomes in 2018, with qualification events taking place at thousands of golf clubs until 20th June. Any golf club that is affiliated to a home nation can run a qualifying round, which is to be played over 18 holes of foursomes stableford.
The top 100 teams (based on nett differential scores) will then qualify for the Area Finals which will be held at 16 venues around Great Britain and Ireland. The 16 winning teams will then book their trips to St Andrews (including travel and awards dinner) for the showpiece finale.
Please visit the Coronation Foursomes page to enter or find out more information.
All images: The R&A/John Stewart
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