17 English regional finals were staged in September 2016 (see §4/8). These qualified clubs for four semi finals in early-October, at Essendon, China Fleet, Clitheroe and the Hallamshire. The four winners and one runner up then contested the National Final at Studley Wood, Oxfordshire, on 23rd October, (see §5/8)
Five Scottish quarter-finals were staged in early September followed by two Scotland semi-finals at the start of October, staged at Marriot Dalmahoy and The Carrick. The winners and runners-up of each of these semi finals contested the Scotland National Final on 16th October at Royal Burgess. (see §5/8)
Winners and runners-up in individual Welsh competitions qualify directly for the National final at Builth Wells on 26th October.
Winners of the four provincial competitions in Ireland qualified for the All Ireland semi-finals and finals in late August, in which they competed for the Fred Daly Trophy Final.
The Home Nations Championship Final features the four national champions and four national runners up playing a round robin competition on five consecutive days overseas.
The format is match play over 18 holes
The 2016/17 Home Nations Championship Final, together with the England and Scotland finals, will once again be the subject of a 75-minute feature programme to be broadcast on Sky Sports in June/July 2017 with at least four repeats thereafter. The Home Nations Final will be featured for at least 60 minutes.
Often there is a further series of repeats later in the year
The official party for each team in the England and Scotland regional, semi and national finals, comprises six players, one/two reserves, one/two junior organisers. These competitors are usually accompanied by an equal number of supporters, plus a JTG management team and, for each of the National Finals, a small TV crew.
Similarly, the official party for Home Nations Final includes eight players, plus one/two team managers for each of the eight teams, plus TV crew, journalists, sponsors, event management and golf union representatives, numbering close to 100 in total.
Note: For the Home Nations Final, the official party above is accompanied by an average of a further 15 supporters per competing club. i.e. 120 pax
The 2015 Home Nations Final, (played in March 2016) saw over 200 pax staying in the official hotel, with approximately another 100 pax staying elsewhere close to the Antequera Golf Club venue.
The Championship has grown into one of the biggest and most prestigious junior team tournaments in the world. It is the only one in the British Isles and is supported by the R&A, the four Golf Unions and the Golf Foundation.
A limited PR campaign assures editorial coverage in regional/local newspapers, specialist golf publications and some national newspapers.
National finals normally achieve “regional” news coverage.
The Home Nations Final is often featured on regional news channels.
As well as the individual finals, i.e. Home Nations, England and Scotland, the title/co-title sponsorship for the championship as a whole is currently available.
The concept of venues entering into three-year contracts with JTG, (the Championship organisers), to stage three regional/semi/national finals was introduced for the 2000 championships.
In parallel with this development, the opportunity was created for brands to identify with a venue by becoming title sponsors to the relevant regional or national final for the same three-year period.
It is planned to develop/licence similar National competitions in other countries in Western Europe over the next three years in parallel with the Home Nations final, thereby creating the basis for a European Championship, and eventually a Europe v USA Ryder Cup format event.
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