Golf championship at Porthcawl will give £500K boost to local economy

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

By Philip Irwin

in Events

The top UK amateur golf event – the Amateur Championship – comes to Porthcawl next week, with organisers emphasising the local economic boost that can be expected.

The 121st Amateur Championship gets underway from June 13 to June 18 at the Royal Porthcawl and Pyle Kenfig golf clubs, and is set to bring a £500,000 cash boost, and raise the profile of Porthcawl, as the event will be broadcast on Sky TV, and other outlets.

The event is in two stages, with a 36-hole qualifying strokeplay over the first two days (June 13-14). Each entrant will play one round at the Royal, and one at P K.

The 64 lowest scores will then go on to play matchplay knockout over 18 holes at the Royal Porthcawl, culminating with a 36-hole final on Saturday, June 18.

An independent event impact study, commissioned by championship organiser The RA, from Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre calculates that 3,500 commercial bed nights are required to accommodate the 288 competitors from 34 countries taking part.

In addition to the cash injection, direct into the local economy, golf tourism locally will benefit from four days of television highlights broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and via local satellite service providers in other territories.

The RA’s executive director – championships, Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, said: “The Amateur Championship receives a warm welcome wherever it is staged and we are delighted that it also makes a significant contribution to golf tourism locally.

“The majority of the field will be facing the test of these fine Welsh links courses for the first time and it is a great opportunity for spectators to see the top flight in the amateur game in action”.

The Bridgend County Borough Council Leader, Coun Mel Nott OBE, said: “We hope the best amateur golfers in the world will enjoy testing themselves on two of the county borough’s great courses.

“Golf tourism is important to the area and I am sure our local businesses will welcome an early summer boost to trade.”

Tickets for the Amateur Championship are free, and free parking will also be available at both courses too. However, there will be a charge for parking at the Rest Bay car park.

The Amateur Champion wins a place in next month’s Open Championship at Royal Troon and next year’s US Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. Traditionally, an invitation is also extended to play in the Masters Tournament at Augusta next year.

It is often the final step for a young talent, planning a career in the professional game.

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