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The 2020 World Amateur Team Championships Are Cancelled (06/05/20)
The 2020 St. Andrews Trophy Match Is Cancelled (22/04/20)
John Graham Jr – Amateur Profile (08/04/20)
March 2020 Men’s Amateur Rankings (03/04/2020)
John Laidlay – Amateur Profile (03/02/20)
January 2020 Men’s WAGR Power Method Release (13/01/20)


1. Spanish International Men’s Amateur Championship
José Luis BALLESTER BARRIO (ESP) won the the Spanish International Men’s Amateur Championship at RCG Sevilla. He beat Jannik DE BRUYN (GER) by 3&1 in the 36 hole Final.

James COOPER (ENG), who had beaten Arron EDWARDS-HILL (ENG) in the Quarter Finals and Maxwell MARTIN (ENG) both reached the Semi-Finals before losing to Ballester Barrio and De Bruyn respectively. MP Results (28-01/03/20)

José Luis BALLESTER BARRIO (ESP) earned medalist honours in the Stroke Play Qualifying competition at RCG Sevilla with rounds of 70 and 69 (-5). Callum FARR (ENG) -3 qualified in tied 3rd, Matt ROBERTS (WAL), Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) -2 and Rowan LESTER (IRL) -2 tied 8th and Max MARTIN (ENG) -1 tied 14th as a total of 11 GB&I players progressed.  SP Qualifying Results (26-27/02/20)


José Luis Ballester Barrio (Photo: Adolfo Juan Luna)

2. Cape Province Open Championship
Christo LAMPRECHT JNR (RSA) won the Cape Province Open by 9-shots with a magnificent 262 (-26) total after 72 holes at Kingswood Golf Estate (Rounds 2-3) and George Golf Club (Round 1). Haider HUSSAIN (ENG) -10 finished tied 4th, a fast finishing Jake BOLTON (ENG) -9 6th, Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) -6 8th, Joe HARVEY (ENG) -4 T10 and Joe LONG (ENG) -3 12th.  Results (24-26/02/20)


Christo Lamprecht (Photo: Southern Cape Golf Union)

3. Aon South African Amateur Championship
Casey JARVIS (RSA) beat James WILSON (SCO) 7&6 in the 36 hole Final of the South African Amateur Championship on RJK’s East Course. 16 year old Jarvis birdied five of the last 6 holes in the morning round to pull clear. His progress was halted after lightening caused a 2 hour suspension in play early in the afternoon but he soon completed the task upon the resumption. Wilson beat Jake BOLTON (ENG) 3&2 in the Semi-Finals after Jake had earlier overcome Olly HUGGINS (ENG) in the Quarters. In form Jarvis beat Joe LONG (ENG) 2&1 in the other Semi-Final. MP Results (18-21/02/20)


Casey Jarvis (Photo: Ernest Blignault / Golf RSA)

Sam SIMPSON (RSA) achieved medalist honours after rounds of 65 and 66 (-13) on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington G.C. West and East courses. Joe LONG (ENG) -10 qualified in 2nd place, Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) -8 5th, Darren HOWIE (SCO) -8 6th, James BIGGS (ENG) -8 7th, Connor WILSON (SCO) -8 9th, HAIDER HUSSAIN (ENG) -7 11th and Olly HUGGINS (ENG) -5 20th. SP Qualifying Results (16-17/02/20)


Sam Simpson (Photo: Ernest Blignault / Golf RSA)

4. Portuguese International Amateur Championship
Harry GODDARD (ENG) won the Portuguese International Amateur at Montado Golf Resort with a 269 (-19) total. Harry certainly won this one – his fourth round 66 included 8 birdies with four coming in his final five holes. He ended up winning by 1-shot from the Iberian duo Eduard ROUSARD (ESP) and Pedro Lencart SILVA (POR), the Portuguese player bogeying the last. Josh BRISTOW (ENG) -14 finished 5th, Mason ESSAM (ENG) -12 10th, Charlie THORNTON (ENG) -11 T11 and Tom PLUMB (ENG) -10 15th. Results (12-15/02/20)


Harry Goddard (Photo: Filipe Guerra / GolfTattoo / Portuguese Golf Federation)

5. South African Stroke Play Championship
Casey JARVIS (RSA) shot rounds of 66, 65, 67 and 65 at Randpark G.C. for a 263 (-25) total to impressively win the South African Stroke Play Championship by 9-shots. At 16 years, 6 months and 17 days old he became the youngest champion in the history of this event. Caolan RAFFERTY (IRL) -15 finished 3rd, James SUGRUE (IRL) -12 6th and Joe LONG (ENG), Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL), Rowan LESTER (IRL) & Haider HUSSAIN (ENG) all -11 tied 7th in what was another good event for the touring GB&I players. Results (10-13/02/20)


Casey Jarvis (Photo: Ernest Blignault / Golf RSA)

6. African Amateur Stroke Play Championship (RSA)
Martin VORSTER (RSA) holed a 30 foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole to force a play-off with Olly HUGGINS (ENG) before winning the event on the fourth sudden death hole. Both players had finished on 284 (-4) on the challenging Leopard Creek C.C. course. Joseph LONG (ENG) +1 finished tied 4th, Caolan RAFFERTY (IRL) & James SUGRUE (IRL) +3 tied 6th, Haider HUSSAIN (ENG) +4 8th and Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL) +5 tied 9th.  Results (3-6/02/20)


Martin Vorster (Photo: Ernest Blignault / Golf RSA)

7. Jones Cup Invitational (USA)
Davis THOMPSON (USA) produced a record breaking performance to win the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest G.C. in Sea Island, Georgia. Davis recorded a tournament low 203 (-13) including a course record 65 in the final round to win by 9-shots. The win secures him an exemption into the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic in November, an event he finished tied 23rd in last year. Mark POWER (IRL) +3 finished tied 13th, Callum BRUCE (SCO), John PATERSON (SCO) & Joe PAGDIN (ENG) +5 tied 21st and Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) +7 tied 31st. Results (31-2/02/20)


Davis Thompson (Photo: Georgia State Golf Association)

8. The Avondale Amateur (AUS)
Nathan BARBIERI (AUS) won The Avondale Amateur with a 268 -16 total (AUS). Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) -13 finished 2nd, Callan BARROW (ENG) -4 tied 16th and Ben JONES (ENG) & Callum FARR (ENG) -3 tied 18th. Results (28-31/01/20)


Nathan Barbieri (Photo: Avondale GC)

9. International Octagonal Match (ESP)
ENGLAND beat IRELAND 5.0 – 4.0 in the Final of the Octagonal Match at Costa Ballena G.C. England qualified after an unbeaten run against Germany, Italy and The Netherlands in the Blue Group. Ireland reached the Final by topping the Red Group after wins against Czech Republic and Spain and a half with Portugal in the qualifying stages.  Results (21-24/01/20)


England (Photo: Adolfo Luna / RFE Golf)

10. New South Wales Amateur Championship (AUS)
(ENG) beat compatriot Callum FARR 7&5 in the 36 hole Final to win the New South Wales Amateur. It was another good win for 17 year old Schmidt with Farr having to settle for the consolation of knocking out in form Jed Morgan in the Semi-Finals. Men’s MP Results (22-24/01/20)

The preceding 36 hole New South Wales Medal was won, after a play-off with Andre LAUTEE (AUS), by Jed MORGAN (AUS) after both players finished on 137 (-5). Jed won the Men’s Australian Amateur last week where the Final was played just 24 hours before this event started. Callum FARR (ENG) -2 finished 11th, Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) -2 14th, Callan BARROW (ENG) Ev 19th and Harvey BYERS (ENG) +2 31st after coming through an 11-for-5 spots play-off.  Men’s Medal Results (20-21/01/20)


Grace Kim and Ben Schmidt (Photo: GolfNSW) 



A separate Golf Bible Walker Cup website covers the biennial men’s amateur team match between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States of America.



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