Royal Liverpool Golf Club to Host 2019 Walker Cup

The British Amateur will take place at Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin

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The R&A has announced its championship venues for 2019 and Royal Liverpool Golf Club will host the Walker Cup in the club's 150th year

Royal Liverpool Golf Club to Host 2019 Walker Cup

The R&A has announced the venues for its championships in 2019 and, unsurprisingly, there are some spectacular courses on the list.

While The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush for the first time in 68 years, there is a full season of prestigious amateur championships and international matches being staged by The R&A.

The Walker Cup will be played at another of the historic venues for The Open, Royal Liverpool, which will celebrate the 150th anniversary when it hosts the contest between GB&I and the USA for a second time. The Wirral links was the setting for the United States’ 13 1/2 - 10 1/2 victory in 1983 when it first staged the event.

Royal Liverpool was instrumental in founding The Amateur Championship and hosted the inaugural event in 1885, and was also the venue for the first international match between GB&I and the USA in 1921, which led to the creation of the Walker Cup.

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The par 5 3rd at Royal Liverpool

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A said, “We can look forward to a wonderful season of championships and international matches in 2019. Our priority is to ensure that we provide excellent tests of golf for our competitors at each level of the game and we are delighted to be working with some top class venues. These events provide a tremendous platform for the players to compete with their peers and perform at the highest level.”

Three prestigious links courses will host the flagship events of the men’s and boys’ amateur seasons.

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The par 3 7th at Portmarnock

The 124th Amateur Championship will be played at Portmarnock in Dublin, with The Island also hosting stroke-play qualifying for the Championship. It will be the first time The Amateur has been played on the north Dublin peninsula since 1949 when Max McCready defeated Willie Turnesa in the final.

Portmarnock, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2019, has a long history of hosting championships, including professional events such as the Irish Open and the Dunlop Masters, as well as prestigious amateur events including the Walker Cup, the St Andrews Trophy, the Jacques Leglise Trophy, the Canada Cup and the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.

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The par 5 2nd on the East Course at Saunton

The Boys Amateur Championship will be back at Saunton for the first time since 1997, when Sergio Garcia won, and will be played on the East and West courses. The Devon links has hosted events such as the St Andrews Trophy, the English Amateur Championship and the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.

Elsewhere, The R&A has named three venues where the following events will be played for the first time; The Jacques Leglise Trophy match will be played at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, the Boys Home Internationals will be played at Ashburnham on the Welsh coast, and the Seniors Amateur Championship will take place at North Berwick in East Lothian.

The dates for the Championships and International Matches in 2019:

The Amateur Championship, Portmarnock and The Island:  17 - 22 June

The 148th Open, Royal Portrush: 18 - 21 July

The Seniors Amateur Championship, North Berwick:  31 July - 2 August

The Boys Home Internationals, Ashburnham:  6 - 8 August

The Boys Amateur Championship, Saunton, East and West courses:  13 - 18 August

The Jacques Leglise Trophy, Aldeburgh: 30 and 31 August

The Walker Cup, Royal Liverpool: 7 and 8 September

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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