BOYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO DELIVER A £350,000 BOOST TO THE WIRRAL ECONOMY
BOYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO DELIVER A £350,000 BOOST TO THE
7 August 2013, St Andrews, Scotland: The 87th staging of
The Boys Amateur Championship gets underway next week (13-18
2013) at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake and Wallasey golf clubs and is
set to deliver a £350,000 boost to the local economy.
Golf tourism businesses in particular will benefit from new
money injected directly into the local economy according to an
impact study by Sheffield Hallam University's Sport Industry
Research Centre. The research reveals that almost 3,000 commercial
bed nights are required to host the week-long championship which
brings in additional spending on food and drink, transport and
through local supplier contracts.
The news comes as Royal Liverpool prepares to host The Open
Championship next year (13-20 July 2014) for the 12th time. The
Jug trophy will be on display to the public in the clubhouse
throughout the week of the Boys Amateur Championship.
The championship will feature a 252-strong field of the best boy
golfers, aged 18 years and under, from around the world including
diverse as Argentina, Estonia and Singapore.
The R&A's, Director - Amateur Events, Euan Mordaunt said:
"The Boys Amateur Championship is one of the most prestigious
events in golf and
many players who have taken part over the years have gone on to
achieve great things in the game."
"With players, their families, friends and supporters travelling
to the Wirral from overseas and throughout the UK, the championship
generate a significant boost for the local economy and create a
lasting tourism benefit for the area."
Many of the world's finest players first showed promise at The
Boys including Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia,
Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald and
Justin Rose. Last year's Boys Champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick, won
the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at the 2013 Open
Championship at Muirfield.
The qualifying stroke play stage of The Boys Amateur
Championship is played on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August 2013
at both Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) and Wallasey. Thereafter the
field is cut to 64 and ties and the match play stage is played over
the final four days from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 August 2013, at
Admission and parking is free at both clubs and public catering
is available. Full details including the qualifying round
draw can be found at championships.randa.org.
Countries represented in the draw for The Boys Amateur
Championship include: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Croatia,
Denmark, England, Estonia,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Wales.
Based in St Andrews, The R&A organises The Open
Championship, major amateur events and international matches.
Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A
governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of
Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World
Amateur Golf Rankings. The R&A's working jurisdiction is
global, excluding the United States and Mexico.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the
growth of the game internationally and the development and
management of sustainable
golf facilities. The R&A operates with the consent of 149
organisations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf
of over thirty million
golfers in 135 countries.
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