Golfers aspiring to qualify for the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews can now submit entries for Regional and Final Qualifying events taking place in June this year.
Players who already have an exemption into the Championship, which is being held on the Old Course from July 14-17, can submit an entry form via TheOpen.com, but everyone else with a handicap of 0.4 or lower who fancies trying to take one of the 12 qualifying spots on offer will have to enter Regional and Final Qualifying events taking place at venues throughout Great Britain and Ireland on June 20.
Approximately 1,350 golfers are expected to compete across the 13 Regional Qualifying events on for a place in Final Qualifying. The venues are Alwoodley, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Burhill, Caldy, County Louth, Fairhaven, Frilford Heath, Kedleston Park, Minchinhampton, Moor Park, Northamptonshire County, Panmure and Rochester & Cobham Park.
A combined starting field of 288 players will then compete in Final Qualifying events taking place at Fairmont St Andrews, Hollinwell, Prince’s and St Annes Old Links on June 28.
Those golfers wanting to play in Regional and Final Qualifying can view the entry criteria and submit an entry form via TheOpen.com.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director, Championships at The R&A, said: “The drama and excitement of our qualifying events is always very special and this year will be no different with places in The 150th Open being the reward for the leading golfers. We look forward to seeing who emerges among the tour players, club professionals and leading amateurs to book their place in this historic playing of the Championship at St Andrews.”