Top amateur events called off, yet again

THE Bonallack Trophy and Patsy Hankins Trophy, amateur tournaments that pit Asia-Pacific against Europe, have been called off and rescheduled for 2023.

This latest development comes after the organisers confirmed that Asia-Pacific’s elite players would now have to wait until 2023 to defend their titles.

The cancellations come amid the Covid-19 pandemic and left the biennial Ryder Cup-style match play events between teams representing Asia-Pacific and Europe to be staged in two years’ time.

The decision was taken after consultation between the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and the European Golf Association.

The 11th edition of the Bonallack Trophy for men and the third Patsy Hankins Trophy had originally been scheduled to be hosted by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation at

La Manga Club Resort in Murcia, Spain from April 23 to 25, 2020.

Asia-Pacific chairman Taimur Hassan Amin was understandably disappointed and said: “We had hoped that we would be able to proceed with the tournaments this year. But given the restrictions on travel and quarantine, this will not be possible.”

European Golf Association president Haukur Örn Birgisson added: “It’s been a difficult decision, but the health, safety and well-being of players, officials and organisers is of paramount importance.

“We were left with little choice. We are now focusing on staging the tournaments at La Manga Club in late July, 2023.”

The Bonallack Trophy is named after Sir Michael Bonallack and was launched in 1998.

Bonallack was the British Amateur champion five times between 1961 and 1970, and is a former secretary of the R&A.

The Patsy Hankins Trophy is named after the late Patsy Hankins and was launched in 2016. She was one of the game’s leading golf administrators from New Zealand.

Asia-Pacific won both events the last time they were held, in Qatar in 2018.

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