The R&A shakes up the international calendar due to COVID-19
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Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Royal & Ancient (R&A) announced that two of its biggest championships will be rescheduled, and the premier women's team match will be pushed back to 2021.
The British Amateur Championship, scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England, and the British Women's Amateur, scheduled for June 23-27 at Kilmarnock Golf Club in Scotland, are both being moved to the week of August 24.
In addition, the Curtis Cup, which was to be held June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, will be postponed until 2021 in agreement with the USGA. The new dates will be announced soon.
"We have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the players and everyone involved in our events so it is the right course of action to take," said Duncan Weir, Executive Director for Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R&A. "We are grateful to all of the venues for their continuing support in these challenging circumstances and will update everyone involved with our plans."
The moves by the R&A further compress the golf calendar, which has seen many of its most important spring and early summer tournaments either cancelled or moved to later in the year.
Importantly, the new dates for the Amateur and Women's Amateur do not conflict with the U.S. AMateur and Women's Amateur, which are both held earlier in August.