2016 Seniors Amateur Champion
Chip Lutz (USA)
Chip Lutz completed a hat-trick of Seniors Amateur Championship titles in dramatic fashion when he holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off at Formby, beating fellow American Brady Exber and Scotland’s Graham Bell. Lutz became the seventh American in a row to lift the trophy.
Sunningdale (Old Course) 9-11 August 2017
The Seniors Amateur Championship will be played at Sunningdale (Old Course) from 9-11 August 2017. Sunningdale Golf Club was founded in 1900 and the Old Course, designed by Willie Park, Jr., who won The Open twice to become Champion Golfer of the Year in 1887 and 1889. The New Course at Sunningdale, designed by Harry Colt, opened in 1923. Sunningdale has a long history of hosting presitgious championships, qualifying events and international matches.
It has staged the Women’s British Open, the European Open, the Colgate European Open between 1974-79 and the British Masters several times on several occasions. Among the notable winners of championships at Sunningdale are Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer, Sir Nick Faldo, Karrie Ann Webb, Se-ri Pak and Jiyai Shin. From 2004-2013, it was host to International Final Qualifying for The Open. In the first round of International Final Qualifying on the Old Course in 2010, Shane Lowry equalled the course record set by Faldo at the 1986 European Open with a round of 62.
Sunningdale Golf Club Ridgemount Road Sunningdale Berkshire SL5 9RR Tel: 01344 621681
144 competitors play 36 holes on the Wednesday and Thursday, after which the leading 60 players and ties play a further 18 holes on the Friday.
The Seniors Amateur Championship was launched by The R&A in 1969 to help select a Great Britain & Ireland side to play in the World Senior Amateur Team Championship run by the World Amateur Golf Council.
While the Seniors, played for the first time at Formby, was an instant success, the team event did not survive beyond 1969.
The Seniors Amateur Championship is played on an annual basis on courses throughout Great Britain and Ireland.
Charlie Green has been the most successful player in the history of the event, winning six times in seven years from 1988.
Since 2006, Americans Paul Simson and Chip Lutz have both won the championship on three occasions.