Changes In Store For Canadian Amateur Championships

We just received word of changes in place for the Canadian National Amateur Championships.  It was well known that some alterations were in the works.  We hope to get some reaction from both players and other golf officials on how they feel these changes will affect the players and the championships moving forward.

The biggest issue for many will be the travel subsidies which are scheduled to disappear in 2013 and how that is handled by the provinces with smaller budgets or greater distances to travel to each championship.

Here is the full content as provided by Golf Canada –

Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) Golf Canada, in partnership with Canada’s 10 provincial golf associations, have announced a number of changes related to Golf Canada’s seven national amateur golf championships beginning in 2011. The changes will impact the competitive format of both the individual and interprovincial competitions.

Golf Canada currently spends close to $1.3 million annually to conduct national amateur championships across the country.  Golf Canada will continue to invest in all of the championships with the goal to make them world class competitive experiences for Canadian and international competitors.

“The decision to change the structure of the championships is rooted in our continued commitment to conducting world class national amateur championships,” said Scott Simmons, Executive Director and CEO, Golf Canada.  “We believe that instituting some format changes will strengthen our events as championships of excellence with a greater focus on individual competition, but we are also committed to ensuring that interprovincial competition will continue to be an important component of each event.”

Changes to the competitions include:

  • Players representing their province for the interprovincial competition will not specifically be paired with players representing other provinces on the first two days of the competition.
  • Opening ceremonies and player banquets which had traditionally included only provincial team representatives will now include all of the players in the competition.
  • Interprovincial trophies will be awarded based on the scores of three (3) players with each province counting the best two (2) scores each day over the first two days of the competition.
  • Golf Canada will continue to provide travel subsidies for provincial representatives of up to $120,000 in 2011, and $100,000 in 2012, with no travel subsidy in 2013 and beyond. Each Provincial Golf Association will decide to what degree they are able to subsidize the travel costs of players representing their province at each respective national championship.

The existing field selection process (including the provincial quota system) for all national amateur championships will remain the same.