Boys Amateur Championship set to deliver a £350,000 boost to the Wirral economy

The 87th staging of The Boys Amateur Championship gets underway next week (13-18 August 2013) at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake (Pictured) and Wallasey golf clubs and is set to deliver a £350,000 boost to the local economy.

Golf tourism businesses in particular will benefit from new money injected directly into the local economy according to an independent event impact study by Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre. The research reveals that almost 3,000 commercial bed nights are required to host the week-long championship which brings in additional spending on food and drink, transport and through local supplier contracts.

The news comes as Royal Liverpool prepares to host The Open Championship next year (13-20 July 2014) for the 12th time. The famous Claret Jug trophy will be on display to the public in the clubhouse throughout the week of the Boys Amateur Championship.

The championship will feature a 252-strong field of the best boy golfers, aged 18 years and under, from around the world including countries as diverse as Argentina, Estonia and Singapore.

The R&A’s, Director - Amateur Events, Euan Mordaunt said: “The Boys Amateur Championship is one of the most prestigious events in golf and many players who have taken part over the years have gone on to achieve great things in the game.

“With players, their families, friends and supporters travelling to the Wirral from overseas and throughout the UK, the championship will generate a significant boost for the local economy and create a lasting tourism benefit for the area.”

Many of the world’s finest players first showed promise at The Boys including Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald and Justin Rose. Last year’s Boys Champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick, won the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

The qualifying stroke play stage of The Boys Amateur Championship is played on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August 2013 at both Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) and Wallasey. Thereafter the field is cut to 64 and ties and the match play stage is played over the final four days from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 August 2013, at Royal Liverpool.

Admission and parking is free at both clubs and public catering is available.  Full details including the qualifying round draw can be found at championships.randa.org.