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Walker Cup – My Current GB&I Team And Squad With 200 Days To Go (20/10/20)
September 2020 Men’s Amateur Rankings (30/09/20)
The European Amateur Championship – 2020 Preview, Reports & Results (25/09/20)
The Amateur Championship – 2020 Preview, Reports & Results (30/08/20)
The Brabazon Trophy – 2020 Preview, Reports & Results (21/08/20)
U.S. Amateur Championship – 2020 Preview, Reports & Results (16/08/20)


1. AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship
Hugh FOLEY (IRL) (210 / -6) won the 54 hole stroke play title by 10 shots on Rosapenna’s Sandy Hills Links course. Patrick KEELING (IRL) and Marc BOUCHER (IRL) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, both players finishing on 220 / +4.  Results (9-11/10/20)


Hugh Foley (Photo: GUI / Pat Cashman Photography)

2. North of England Amateur Championship
In form Matty LAMB (ENG) won the North of England title at Alwoodley GC with a 281 -3 total. Four over par after two of his 72 holes Lamb showed commendable spirit to fight back in his opening round. Having taken the lead after round 2 he saw out the Championship relatively comfortably. Charlie THORNTON (ENG) Ev finished 2nd and Callum BRUCE (ENG) and Louis SANDERS (ENG) +1 3rd and 4th respectively.  Results (29/9-1/10/20)


Matty Lamb (Photo: Northern Counties Golf Union)

3. The European Amateur Championship
Matthias SCHMID (GER) retained his European Amateur Championship title at G. & C.C. Zurich in Switzerland with a 273 (-11) total. Nick BACHEM (GER) -8 finished 2nd and Haider HUSSAIN (ENG) -6 3rd.  Results (22-25/09/20)


Nick Bachem, Matthias Schmid and Haider Hussain (Photo: swissgolf.ch)

4. The Amateur Championship
Joe LONG (ENG) won the 2020 Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale G.C. He beat Joe HARVEY (ENG) by 4&3 in the 36 hole Final. Harvey beat Mark POWER (IRL) and Long overcame Jake BOLTON (ENG) in the Semi-Finals.
MP Results (27-30/08/20)


Joe Long (Photo: Richard Heathcote / The R&A / R&A via Getty Images)

Ruben LINDSAY (SCO) won the Stroke Play Qualifying competition with a 67 (-4). Play was reduced to 18 holes after heavy rain and strong winds ruined Day 1. Only 5 of the 120 players broke par with Mason ESSAM (ENG) finishing 2nd on -3, Sam BROADHURST (ENG) and Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) -2 tied 3rd and Jack DYER (ENG) -1 5th.
SPQ Results (25-26/08/20)

5. The Brabazon Trophy
David RAVETTO (FRA) won the 74th English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy at Sherwood Forest G.C. He beat Christoffer BRING (DEN) and Mark POWER (IRL) in a sudden death play-off after all three finished on -10. Power had earlier produced a stunning best of the day final round 66 (-5) in strong winds. Barclay BROWN (ENG) and Jack DYER (ENG) -8 finished tied for 4th with compatriots Enrique DIMAYUGA and Sam BAIRSTOW one shot further back in tied 6th. Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL) -6 finished 8th, Joe LONG -5 9th and Jack COPE and Josh BRISTOW (ENG) -4 tied 10th.  Results (18-21/08/20)


David Ravetto (Photo: Leaderboard Photography / FFGolf)

6. U.S. Amateur Championship 
Tyler STRAFACI (USA) is the 120th U.S. Amateur champion. He beat Charles ‘Ollie’ OSBORNE (USA) in a high quality Final by 1 Hole.

2020 U.S. Amateur

Tyler Strafaci With The Havemayer Trophy (Photo: Steve Gibbons / USGA)

Sandy SCOTT (SCO) was the most successful GB&I player. He lost his Round of 32 match to Davis CHATFIELD (USA) by 2&1. Scott beat Brayden GARRISON (USA) by 3&2 in the Round of 64. Two other players made the match play stage – Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) lost 2&1 to McClure MEISNNER (USA) and John GOUGH (ENG) on the 19th hole to Segundo OLIVA PINTO (ARG) in the Round of 64.

Wilson FURR (USA) 132 -11 secured medalist honours after posting rounds of 70 (Dunes) and 62 CR (Trails) at Bandon Dunes G.C. Just three of the eleven GB&I players made it through to the match play stage of the Championship. John GOUGH (ENG) -2 finished 25th, Sandy SCOTT (SCO) Ev 42nd and Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) 57th.

SP and MP Results (10-16/08/20)


Wilson Furr (Photo: Steve Gibbons / USGA)

7. English Amateur Championship
Jack COPE won the English Men’s Close Amateur Championship beating Callan BARROW 4&3 in the 36 hole Final.  MP Results (30-02/08/20)


Jack Cope (Photo: Leaderboard Photography / England Golf)

Joe LONG recorded rounds of 70 (H) and 66 (B) to earn medalist honours with a 136 (-9) total at Woodhall Spa G.C. Jack COPE, 69 (B) and 70 (H), finished 2nd in this stroke play qualifying competition. Jamie WOOD, Jack DYER, Arron EDWARDS-HILL and Sam BAIRSTOW (-4) were in the finishing group behind them.  SP Results (28-29/07/20)

8. Western Amateur Championship (USA)
Pierceson COODY (USA) beat Rasmus NEERGAARD-PETERSEN (DEN) by 2&1 to win the Western Amateur Championship at Crooked Stick G.C. The two English qualifiers, Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG), had earlier lost in Round 1 of the ‘Sweet 16’ event. Flanagan was beaten by 2 Holes by Austin HITT (USA) and Pagdin 5&4 by Davis THOMPSON (USA).


  Pierceson Coody (Photo: Western Amateur)

Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) achieved medalist honours at the Western Amateur to collect the Cameron Eddy Trophy. He recorded a 277 (-11) total after rounds of 69, 72, 70 and 66 at Crooked Stick G.C. in Indiana. Joe PAGDIN (ENG) qualified in 6th place with a 281 (-7) total.
SP and MP Results (28-01/08/20)


 Angus Flanagan (Photo: Western Amateur)

9. Tillman Trophy (ENG)
Matty LAMB (ENG) won the 40th Tillman Trophy at Foxhills C.C. in Surrey with rounds of 69, 69, 71, 67 (-12). Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) finished 2nd on -10, Mason ESSAM (ENG) and Olly HUGGINS (ENG) -9 tied 3rd and Arron EDWARDS-HILL (ENG) -8 5th.  Results (14-16/07/20)


Matty Lamb (Photo: Tillman Trophy)

10. 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)



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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