R&A will digitally broadcast the Amateur Men’s and Women’s Championship Finals live to fans for the first time in the history of the prestigious event.
The 118th Women’s Amateur Championship and 126th Amateur Championship Finals will be broadcast on R&A’s YouTube and Facebook channels as well as the 36-hole Finals. RandA.org
Fans will be able to watch all the action in each final from the first starting point until the champion is crowned. Commentaries team Dougie Donnelly, Mickey Walker and Kate Alexander will lead the women’s amateurs on June 12, with Richard Kaufman and Kate Alexander behind the amateur mic at Nairn on June 19. Trish Johnson will join them on the course. and George Harper, Jr.
Phil Anderton, Head of Development at The R&A, said, “Many of the world’s greatest golfers have competed in our historic tournaments and this live stream will allow fans to enjoy watching the best amateur talent as they compete to lift these prestigious titles and earn the right to play at the major tournaments.”
“Showing amateur golf at its best through live broadcasts was an opportunity that we decided to pursue based on research which indicated that the majority of UK golfers would like to follow or attend these high profile tournaments.
“It is important for us to continue to innovate and modernize in upgrading our amateur leagues using digital channels to bring them to younger audiences who we know regularly choose to consume and enjoy live sports using these means.”
The Women’s Amateur Championships takes place in Kilmarnock (Baracy) from June 7-12. The champion will get exceptions at the 2021 AIG Women’s Open, the 2021 Evian Championships, the 2022 US Women’s Open and, by tradition, an invitation to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
The amateur tournament takes place in Nairn from June 14-19. The stadium will feature many of the players who played in the last Walker Cup match for Great Britain and Ireland, including Jack Dyer and Mark Power, as well as 2019 team members Conor Gough and Sandy Scott.
Scott, a member of Nairn, will be joined by younger brother Callum. Joe Harvey, summer of 2020 is back to see if he can do his best in 2021.
In addition to receiving exemptions at the US Open and US Open and by tradition, an invitation to attend the Masters, this year’s champion will also be given the opportunity to participate in an event on the European Tour. Golfers who reach the semi-finals of the tournament will be invited to play in the Challenge Tour event.
Public access to the venue will not be available to viewers due to Covid-19 protocols making the live R&A broadcast the only place for fans to watch the event.