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Effingham GC welcomes amateur elite

Effingham Golf Club is hosting England’s male elite amateurs this month when they will compete in the 2014 Brabazon Trophy Southern Qualifier.

A maximum field of 132 of the top up-and-coming players in the south of England will take part in the event when it takes place at Effingham on Tuesday, May 13. The 18-hole competition is open to amateurs with a handicap of 1.4 or better and is one of two regional qualifiers that are held each year to cover the north and south of England.

A minimum of 30 players from each event will qualify to contest The Brabazon Trophy – the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship – which this year will be staged at Seaton Carew Golf Club from June 25-28.

Steve Slinger, Effingham Golf Club’s general manager, said: “It’s a great privilege for Effingham to be chosen to host southern qualifying for this year’s Brabazon Trophy. We are a club of genuine championship history and we’re looking forward to showcasing what we have to offer to both the players and their guests.

With the Surrey members’ club able to offer golf all-year-round due to the course being built on a chalk base, visitors have enjoyed some of the best golf conditions anywhere in England which has also been reflected in a rise in membership numbers.

Slinger added: “It has been a great start to the year with many guests and visitors playing golf at Effingham over the recent months, this has also lead to strong membership recruitment over this period. Everything is set to be in fantastic condition when we host The Brabazon Trophy qualifier and the event will signal the start of another successful summer for the club.”