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Home of Golf awaits for Coronations final

Later this month, club golfers will enjoy the dream chance of teeing up at the Home of Golf in the final of one of the largest domestic golf participation events.

Sixteen area finals were held across Great Britain and Ireland in July and August, giving players the chance to qualify for the 2018 Coronation Foursomes Grand Final in St Andrews.

Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire hosted the last of the area events on 29 August, after Ratho Park in Edinburgh and Romford in Essex hosted the first regional finals on 18 July.

Team pairings

At Ratho Park, the duo of Emma Cassidy and Barbara McCrory successfully qualified, after the Uphall GC pair emerged victorious on 39 points by virtue of a better inward half.

South of the border, the duo of Caroline Richardson and Diane Aloia (Brampton Park GC) were one of the best qualifiers after amassing 41 points in their victory at Lutterworth in Leicestershire.

Meantime, four Irish golfers have also qualified after the team pairings of Maria Downey and Bessie Brophy (Castlecomer GC), along with Marian Hamilton and Irene Currie (Portstewart GC), came through at Delgany and Moyola Park respectively.

Showpiece final

The team pairings from each area final will now be among the 32 finalists who will tee up at the Eden Course in St Andrews on Monday, 24 September. They will also stay at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and have the chance to book a place in the Pro-Am for the 2019 Women's British Open.

They will look to emulate Siobhan Behan and Lorraine Walsh from Killeen in Ireland who took the title in 2017, amassing 41 points in the handicap stableford foursomes format to finish one point ahead of Hayston duo, Susan Thom and Joyce Woollon from Scotland.

Women and girls from golf clubs across Great Britain and Ireland have been competing among thousands of golfers in the Coronation Foursomes to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the iconic event.

Participation

As part of The R&A’s continuing drive to encourage more women and girls into playing golf, the event celebrates the camaraderie, companionship and friendly competition that women and girls have enjoyed over the last 64 years.

Local competitions were organised by golf clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland to give golfers the opportunity to reach the Grand Final.

The best 100 scores based on nett differential then qualified for the area finals, before the top 16 teams book their trip to St Andrews (including travel and awards dinner) for the finale.

Roll of honour

Established in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation, the team event is open to all members of affiliated golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland who hold a current CONGU handicap of 36 or under.

Over 25,000 competitors from over 1,100 clubs took part this year for the chance to etch their names in the Coronation Foursomes roll of honour.

The Eden Course is one of seven courses at St Andrews Links. Opened in 1914, the Eden Course was designed by Harry S Colt and is named after the Eden estuary.

Please visit the Coronation Foursomes page at randa.org to find out more information.