Pannal hosts prestigious Open regional qualifier

5th July 2003....Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, The Yorkshire Amateur Championship at pannal Golf Club.Pictured crowds watch as the winner Graham Clark of Doncaster Golf Club with a put on the  green.Graham went on to win 4 in 3 over Andy King of Garforth Golf Club.
5th July 2003....Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, The Yorkshire Amateur Championship at pannal Golf Club.Pictured crowds watch as the winner Graham Clark of Doncaster Golf Club with a put on the green.Graham went on to win 4 in 3 over Andy King of Garforth Golf Club.

Pannal Golf Club in Harrogate will be hosting the second of three major golf events in 2011 on Monday, this time an Open Championship Regional Qualifier.

Pannal is the only Open Championship Regional Qualifying venue in North Yorkshire. On June 20, 81 top quality golfers will battle it out in the first stage of what for one of them may turn into the ultimate dream of lifting the Old Claret Jug at Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Kent on July 17.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, organisers of the Open Championship (the R&A) has selected Pannal and 15 other courses around the UK to stage these qualifying events.

Players will be able to practise on Sunday and the Qualifier itself will take place over 18 holes on Monday.

Around 15 of the highest placed participants will go on to the Local Final Qualifying at one of four courses close to Royal St. George’s on June 28. From there only the lowest scorers enter the main event which starts on July 14th

Pannal Assistant Professional Tom Hesketh will be among the contenders as will fellow professionals Andrew Rigby (Rudding Park) and Matthew Cornall (Oakdale), and plus amateurs Wayne Crick and Curtis Wilding (both Oakdale).

2011 Club Captain Barry T Harris expressed his delight at being able to welcome the Open Qualifier to Pannal once again.

He said: “Our selection by the R&A as a Regional Qualifying venue is a tribute to the challenges offered by the course and the substantial investment we have made over the years in our greens and fairways.”

Visitors are welcome to visit the course on Monday June 20th to witness all the action: entry is free.