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R&A Girls U16 Amateur Championship

The inaugural R&A Girls U16 Amateur Championship took place at Fulford near York in 2018.

Fulford enjoys a prestigious reputation as a championship venue having staged European Tour events for many years and was the host of the first ever Women’s British Open when Jenny Lee Smith won the championship in 1976. It has also hosted several amateur events including the European Ladies Team Championship in 2013.

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2019 Girls U16 Amateur Champion

Francesca Fiorellini (ITA)

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The 2019 Girls U16 Amateur Championship was won by Italy's Francesca Fiorellini. The 13-year-old sealed a three-shot victory over Scotland's Carmen Griffiths and lift the trophy at Fulford Golf Club in York.  

2020 Championship

Carmen Griffiths at Fulford

2020 Championship

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Fulford Golf Club, York
24-26 April 2020

The 2020 Girls U16 Amateur Championship will take place at Fulford Golf Club near York between 24-26 April 2020.

Fulford enjoys a prestigious reputation as a championship venue having staged European Tour events for many years and was the host of the first ever Women’s British Open when Jenny Lee Smith won the championship in 1976.

Fulford famously hosted the Benson and Hedges International Open between 1971 and 1989. Memorably, during the 1981 tournament, Bernhard Langer climbed the tree by the 17th green to play his third shot. The club also hosted the Martini International in 1967, the Sun Alliance European Matchplay Championship in 1979 and the Murphy's Cup in 1990 and 1991.

Contact details:

Fulford Golf Club
Heslington Lane
Heslington
York 
YO10 5DY
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 413579

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2020 Championship

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Entry is open to female members of a recognised golf club, who hold a current CONGU handicap or overseas equivalent and who are under 16 years of age at 0001 hours on 1 January in the year of the Championship.

Entries shall be limited to 90.  In the event of entries exceeding this number, the 90 players with the lowest exact handicaps will be accepted. 
Players may notify The R&A of any reduction in handicap before the closing date for entries.

The Championship shall consist of 54 holes of stroke play.  One round of 18 holes shall be played on each of the three days. There will be no cut.
 

HISTORY

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2020 Championship

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The inaugural Girls U16 Amateur Championship took place at Fulford near York.

Scotland’s Hannah Darling holed a closing 40-foot birdie putt to seal a dramatic victory in the inaugural Girls Under 16 Amateur Championship at Fulford.

Ireland’s Beth Coulter had looked set for a wire-to-wire victory in York, leading by a stroke with the par-5 18th to play, only to go out of bounds after her second shot hit a tree leading to a triple bogey.
 
Darling, applied the pressure after a closing two-under-par round of 72 had given her the clubhouse lead on a total of four-under-par, fired four birdies in the last ten holes to make a surge up the leaderboard.
The 14-year-old Broomieknowe player was crowned champion as Coulter’s hopes ended in disappointment, signing off for final round of 78 to finish two strokes back on two-under-par.

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