The stroke-play portion of this year’s British Amateur will feature “ready golf” as the Royal and Ancient experiments with ways to improve pace of play.
Chief executive Martin Slumbers, on a conference call with reporters this week, said that after everyone in the group has teed off, players will be encouraged to play when ready during the 36-hole qualifier, instead of following Rule 10-1b, which states the player farthest from the hole plays first.
“Ready golf” is one of the recommendations in the R&A’s pace of play manual.
“Pace of play is something that we’ve been talking about extensively in the last 12 months,” Slumbers said, via the Scotsman. “The more evidence that I’ve seen this year, the more I’m going to continue talking about it because I think it is increasingly important to the development of the game.”
The British Amateur, which features 36 holes of stroke play and six rounds of match play, is scheduled for June 19-24 at Royal St. George’s.
The U.S. Amateur uses a checkpoint pace-of-play policy for the two rounds of qualifying.