Date: January 13, 2012

Woodlands and Huntingdale prepare for Amateur

Woodlands Golf Club and Huntingdale Golf Club are preparing to host the new-look Australian Amateur Championships in January. Entries close in less than a month for the 2012 championships will be played on Melbourne s sandbelt from 17-22 January. The new-look format sees the field size reduced slightly from previous years, as well as the qualifying rounds reduced from 72-holes to 36-holes. The leading 64 men and 32 women will qualify for elimination match play. The 2011 Champions, Matthew Stieger and Ashlee Dewhurst, will both return to defend their titles, and with players confirmed from Japan, England and Germany, the event will see a strong field. The Ross Herbert National and International Teams Trophies will be contested by various countries. Each State and International body will again nominate two males and two females, with the winner being the national and international teams with the lowest aggregate score over the qualifying rounds. Both Championships date back to 1894 and both winners receive an exemption into their respective Australian Open. Entries close at 5.00 pm AEDT on 4 January. The handicap limit is 2.0 for men and 6.4 for women. Schedule: Sunday 15 January: Practice Round – Huntingdale Golf Club Monday 16 January: Practice Round – Woodlands Golf Club Tuesday 17 January: Round 1 Qualifying – Woodlands and Huntingdale Golf Clubs Wednesday 18 January: Round 2 Qualifying – Woodlands and Huntingdale Golf Clubs Thursday 19 January: Day 1 – Match Play – Woodlands Golf Club Friday 20 January: Day 2 – Match Play – Woodlands Golf Club Saturday 21 January: Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals – Woodlands Golf Club Sunday 22 January: Final – Woodlands Golf Club