The BIGGA Virtual National Championship
Ladies and gentlement, welcome to the first ever government guideline-approved, socially-distanced BIGGA National Championship.
- Play at a course of your choice
- Play in your own time
- Track a live leaderboard
- Raise money for greenkeepers in need
- Connect with members
Sign up for the first-ever BIGGA Virtual National Championship now!Sign up now!
We're tired of COVID getting us down, so it's time to have a bit of fun by playing some golf.
Wherever you are, whatever your skill level, anyone can take part and be in with a chance of winning prizes while raising a little bit of cash for the Greenkeeper's Benevolent Fund.
There will be scratch and nett competitions as well as all the usual categories with prizes for your first and second day's score. The best scratch score over 36 holes will win the title of first-ever BIGGA National Virtual Champion.
First rounds must be completed the week commencing 28 September, with round two to be played on Sunday 4th or Monday 5 October. We’ll live stream a presentation ceremony on the evening of the 5th October at 7pm. (Dates and times are BST)
Players will be encouraged to join up with other member and play two rounds at a local course of their choosing on two separate days in a one-week period. We anticipate the BIGGA National Championship will return to its regular format in 2021.
How will it work?
Firstly, register to get involved using this link, which will take you to the GolfGenius registration page.
Download the Golf Genius app – you'll need it to input your scores.
You can play in groups of four or less but make sure there's someone present to witness your score - preferably a BIGGA member.
Play wherever you are able, so long as you can play 18 holes. With a bit of technical wizardry, we'll determine the leaderboard based upon handicaps and course ratings.
As usual, there'll be great prizes given to each of the winners. There'll also be Nearest the Pin prizes - all we need you to do is take a tape measure with you and nominate a hole on your round in advance (a par-3 close to 150 yards would be the ideal)
Take a photo of where your ball comes to rest and measure it from the hole (to the front of your ball nearest the pin), then post it on Twitter and mention @BIGGALtd.
A longest drive competition will also take place for those who are able to get involved using range finders.
Keep up to date with our live leaderboard on the BIGGA Golf Genius site and stay tuned in to social media for the duration of the event - we want to see videos and images of you teeing off, of your best shots and anything else you get up to!
At the culmination of the event, we'll have a live prizegiving and announce the winner of the BIGGA Facebook Page. And remember, this is all about having fun!
Previous BIGGA National Champions and Venues:
|1988||Ayr Belleisle||Edwin Walsh|
|1989||Lyme Regis||Paul Newcombe|
|1991||Royal St Davids||Barry Holt|
|1995||Old St Annes||Shaun Richards|
|1997||Cooden Beach||Steve Sullivan|
|1999||Carden Park||Anthony James|
|2000||Old St Annes / Fairhaven||Dustin Houghton|
|2001||Southport & Ainsdale/Birkdale||Chris Bell|
|2003||Hollinwell /Coxmoor||Chris Lomas|
|2005||Worksop/Sherwood Forest||Noel Crawford|
|2006||Burton on Trent||Anthony Mclure|
|2008||East Sussex National||David Simpson|
|2009||Burnham & Berrow||Derek McJannet|
|2010||The Berkshire||Paul Frith|
|2011||West Lancashire||Jason Hunt|
|2012||Irvine Bogside||Oliver Browning|
|2013||Frilford Heath||Gordon Sangster|
|2016||Bowood Golf & Country Club||Gary Burgess|
|2017||Verulam (30th Anniversary)||Christopher Lamb|
|2018||Gullane Golf Club||David Simpson|
|2019||Formby Golf Club||Llion Kerry|
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