PING Scottish Mixed Championship
The PING Scottish Mixed Championship is to be a unique new addition to the domestic handicap amateur calendar in 2017, as Scottish Golf brings male and female golfers together in a fun-filled format for all ages and abilities to add further value to club membership.
The innovative new event sees PING become sponsors of Scottish Golf for the first time, with the leading golf brand’s investment providing a welcome boost to the governing body’s partnership portfolio.
American Beth Allen, the Scots-based new Ladies European Tour No 1, and Scottish Golf Men’s Order of Merit winner Euan McIntosh were on hand at Gleneagles to help launch the event, pictured top.
The free-to-enter competition will be open to all golf club members in Scotland holding an official handicap, from juniors to seniors. Golfers can compete in a mixed event at local club level (stableford format), with the top 40 club pairings nationwide going forward to the Grand Final over the superb Queen’s Course at Gleneagles.
The event sees a fitting partnership between Scottish Golf, Gleneagles and PING, given the manufacturer was founded by Karsten Solheim, who helped create the biggest team event in ladies’ golf. Beatson Cancer Charity is the official charity partner for the competition, who are also charity partner for the 2017 Scottish Golf Awards.
The PING Scottish Mixed Championship will see qualifying take place at club level (either using an existing mixed event in the club’s calendar or introducing a new event) from April through to the end of July.
Club Handicap Championship
Scotland’s club golfers battled on the Bonnie Banks in 2016 for the right to be crowned the nation’s Club Handicap champions, with Lundin savouring the setting to run out winners.
The Carrick at Cameron House Golf Club played host to the Scottish Club Handicap Championship Grand Final for the first time in October, as the renowned tournament venue welcomed 40 club pairings from Cruden Bay to Cardrona in search of the prized title.
With the weather staying fair on the west coast, it was Lundin’s Gary Stein and Stuart Fowler who took the crown across to the east after firing a superb winning score of seven-under-par 64. Derek Urquhart and Stuart Robertson claimed the runners-up prize for the Logie team on four-under 67, with Gannochy’s Gary Tough and Nick Yates a stroke further back.
The Scottish Club Handicap Grand Final was generously supported in 2016 by partners TaylorMade, Taste of Arran and Royal & Awesome, as well as wonderful host venue The Carrick.
Each club in Scotland was invited to host a free-to-enter local qualifying event for its members through an existing competition, with the two players topping the leaderboard (nett scores) going onto represent their club at one of four Regional Finals taking place in August and September.
The Scottish Club Handicap Championship has been the country’s biggest participation event since its launch in 1999, with around 20,000 club members taking part in local qualifying each year.
News on the 2017 staging of the championship, along with the Belhaven Captains & Secretaries Championship, will follow in due course.
For more information on Handicap Championships, please contact the Events team on 01334 466477.