See it, play it, do it

Watch the stars at Went­wor th and fol­low in Seve’s foot­steps in Spain

Today's Golfer (UK) - - First Tee -

PLAY IT Your club’s nine-hole stable­ford com­pe­ti­tion

If it’s al­ways been your dream to play in the Open, this might be the next best thing. Club golfers are be­ing of­fered the chance to com­pete in the R&A 9 Hole Cham­pi­onship at Carnoustie on July 14 – just five days be­fore the start of the Open. Travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs are cov­ered, with the fi­nal be­ing con­tested by stable­ford over the first four and last five holes on the Cham­pi­onship course. The good news is that qual­i­fi­ca­tion is open to ev­ery­one who is a club mem­ber and has an of­fi­cial CONGU hand­i­cap. In­vites are al­lo­cated based on your per­for­mance in a nine-hole qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion, so you’ll need to make sure your club is run­ning one be­fore June 22. If they are, the two best stable­ford scores will be added to­gether to form a pair, with the lead­ing 10 teams in Eng­land join­ing four teams each from Ire­land and Scot­land, two from Wales and one from Carnoustie Golf Club in the fi­nal.

www.randa.org/9Holecham­pi­onship

SEE IT US OPEN QUAL­I­FY­ING

Get down to Wal­ton Health on June 4 and watch the likes of Padraig Har­ring­ton, An­drew ‘Beef’ John­ston and Ed­die Pep­perell bat­tle it out over 36 holes on the Old and New course. Tick­ets are free, and the top 15 play­ers will qual­ify for the US Open.

DO IT The Seve Balles­teros Ex­pe­ri­ence

End your sum­mer in style by splash­ing out on a week-long trip to Spain’s Costa Verde. It costs £1,150pp for the priv­i­lege, but you get to stay at the five-star Ho­tel Real in San­tander, play six rounds of golf (green fees and lunch in­cluded) and en­joy a se­ries of Seve-re­lated ex­cur­sions, in­clud­ing a guided his­tor­i­cal tour and a boat trip. The break, which runs be­tween May 20-26 and Septem­ber 16-22, is based on two shar­ing a twin room. Break­fast and trans­fers are in­cluded; flights are not. 01708 339300 www.leisure­linkgolf.com

PLAY IT The Wal­ton Heath Tro­phy

Not good enough to play in the Bri­tish Mas­ters? Fear not be­cause you can sign up to com­pete in the Wal­ton Heath Tro­phy in­stead. The 72-hole stroke­play event runs from July 24-26 and will be played over the New and Old Cour­ses at Wal­ton Health in Sur­rey. The en­try fee costs £80 (lunch in­cluded) and in­cludes cour­tesy prac­tice rounds from June 2223. T&CS ap­ply; en­tries close at noon on June 13. Com­peti­tors must play off 1.0 or lower. www.wal­ton­heath.com 01737 812380

SEE IT The BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship

The first of eight Rolex Se­ries events kicks off at Went­worth and all the Ry­der Cup hope­fuls, led by Rory Mcilroy and Tommy Fleet­wood, will be in at­ten­dance. The ac­tion be­gins on May 23, where the pros will com­pete along­side celebs in­clud­ing Paul Sc­holes, Damian Lewis (be­low) and Piers Mor­gan. The main event then runs from May 24-27, with Rudi­men­tal and Sim­ple Minds per­form­ing on the Satur­day and Sun­day night re­spec­tively. Celebrity Pro-am day tick­ets cost £25; tour­na­ment tick­ets start from £35. Un­der 16s go free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

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