R&A postpones Home Internationals at Royal Dornoch in April

A bid to help Great Britain & Ireland captain Stuart Wilson for this year’s Walker Cup has been dashed following the postponement of the Men’s Home International at Royal Dornoch in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Royal Dornoch had been scheduled to host the Men's Home Internationals in April in a bid to help with the selection process for the Walker Cup in Florida the following month. Picture: Allsport UK/ALLSPORT
Royal Dornoch had been scheduled to host the Men's Home Internationals in April in a bid to help with the selection process for the Walker Cup in Florida the following month. Picture: Allsport UK/ALLSPORT

The R&A, which runs the four-cornered event, has also made the same decision with the Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship, which was due to be played in April as well at Enville.

Phil Anderton, chief development officer at The R&A, said: “There is still a degree of uncertainty as to when the current health and safety measures throughout Great Britain and Ireland will be eased.

“Therefore, we have decided to reschedule both events until later this year when hopefully the situation with the pandemic has improved.”

Normally held in August or September, the attempt to play the Men’s Home Internationals earlier this time around was due to the Walker Cup taking place at Seminole in Florida in May.

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The GB&I preparations had already been hindered by last season’s domestic schedules being hit by Covid-19, with Scottish Golf cancelling its entire 2020 fixture list.

The Walker Cup is scheduled to be played on 5-6 May, with the likelihood that most of the spots in the GB&I team will now be filled by players at college in the US.

The Men’s Home Internationals will now be played from 15-17 September at a venue to be confirmed at a later date.

The Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship, won by Broomieknowe’s Hannah Darling at Fulford in 2018, will take place at Enville from 21-23 October.

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