22 Dec 2020 – AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
The Club was looking forward to staging another Amateur Championship; however, with Covid-19 plunging the Country and most of the World into lockdown, the event looked like it would be cancelled. However, a new August date was found with the R&A keen to host one of its blue-ribboned tournaments following the cancellation of the Open Championship that year. Regrettably, the tournament had to be played under strict social distance conditions meaning no spectators could attend. Travel restrictions meant that most of the competitors were from mainland Europe.
The first day of the strokeplay was abandoned as storm Arwen ripped into the course, meaning the qualification was one round only.
The semi-finals saw the Englishmen Joe Long and Jake Bolton pitted against each other, with Long emerging victorious 2&1 and Joe Harvey producing somewhat of a shock as he defeated Irishman Mark Power 3&2.
The final was very much made in Bristol as both Joe’s Long and Harvey hailed from that City and were well known to one another. They lunched together between rounds and even shared the same local accommodation. In the final, Joe Long was too strong and won 4&3 in glorious summer conditions.