SW GOLF South West Week tees off at RND

Matt Wells of Saunton Golf Club Royal North Devon Golf Club on the Northam Burrows at Westward Ho! is the seaside setting for this year's annual South Western Counties Golf Association Championship.

Founded in 1864 and the oldest golf course in England, RND – as it is affectionately referenced – is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Fittingly this week the world-famous links course will host the region's top amateur golfers as Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire compete for two top team prizes.

On Tuesday a select six from each county – usually finalised the night before competition – will bid to become the regional representatives via the annual English County Finals qualifier.

Tuesday is also when competitors try to win the individual South West Stroke Play Championship over 36 holes.

The six South West counties also vie for the coveted Match Play Shield, another testing golf competition which takes place from today until Friday, either side of Tuesday's stroke play competition.

With teams gathering – and practicing for competition – on Saturday, the championships effectively take place over seven days, hence the "South West Week" tag used by competitors and officials.

England international Jimmy Mullen will be among the favourites for next Tuesday's individual prize over his home course after finishing runner-up in last month's 72 hole West of England Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at RND.

Visit official South Western Counties Golf Association website for updates

• Tee time: Saunton teenager Matt Wells - pictured- selected to represent host county Devon at next week's South West championships

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