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Golf Bible focuses on Great British and Irish men’s elite amateur golf, providing competition, rankings and other related information.

Walker Cup – My 2019 GB&I Walker Cup Team (18/08/19)
U.S. Amateur Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results (18/08/19)
Walker Cup – Gough And Schmidt Make Their GB&I Walker Cup Cases (05/08/19)
The Western Amateur Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results (03/08/19)
Walker Cup – USA Selects First 3 Players For 2019 Walker Cup Team (24/07/19)


1. The Boys’ Home Internationals
ENGLAND beat IRELAND on the final day to complete the triple crown and win the 2019 Boys’ Home Internationals which were played at Ashburnham G.C. in west Wales. Max HOPKINS was unbeaten winning five and halving one of his six games. Callum MACFIE and Joe PAGDIN also won five of their six games for the victorious English. Joshua HILL was the star man for 2nd place Ireland winning all six of his games, the only player out of the 44 to achieve this rare feat.  Results (06-08/08/19)


England (Photo: Mark Pagdin)

2. Irish Amateur Championship (Close)
Ronan MULLARNEY beat Rob BRAZILL by 1 hole to win the 18 hole Final of the Irish Amateur Championship at Ballybunion G.C. MP Results (03-04/08/19)

Mullarney enjoyed a superb week also winning the stroke play qualifying with excellent scores of 65 and 68 for a 133 (-9) total. Eoin LEONARD (-3) qualified in 2nd place and Colm CAMPBELL (-2) was 3rd.  SP Qualifying Results (05-07/08/19)


Ronan Mullarney (Photo: Pat Cashman Photography)

3. English Men’s Amateur Championship (Close)
Conor GOUGH beat Callum FARR 3&2 in the 36 hole Final of the English Amateur at Hankley Common today. Gough beat Jake BURNAGE whilst Farr overcame Bradley BAWDEN in the Semi-Finals.  MP Results (01-04/08/19)

Jake BOLTON, with a 68 at Hankley Common and a 67 at North Hants, was the leading qualifier with a 135 (-6) total. Ben FIRTH and Harvey BYERS came second and third, both on -5.  SP Qualifying Results (30-31/07/19)


Conor Gough (Photo: Leaderboard Photography)

4. Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship (Close)
George BURNS won the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship at Crail Golfing Society in Fife. He beat Lewis IRVINE on the 19th hole of a tight 18 hole Final.  MP Results (1-3/08/19)

Stuart MCLAREN earned medalist honours with rounds of 68 and 61 on the Craighead Course and the Balcomie Links respectively. David RUDD (Round 1) and Michael SMYTH (Round 2) both recorded new course record 60’s on the Balcomie during the Stroke Play Qualifying. SP Qualifying Results (30-31/07/19)


George Burns (Photo: Kenny Smith Photography / Crail Golfing Society)

5. Welsh Men’s Amateur Championship (Close)
Archie DAVIES won the Welsh Amateur at Tenby G.C. He beat Connor JONES by 8&7 in the 36 hole Final. Once Davies had got through two tight opening matches, against Jacob DAVIES and Ronan OLIVER, he seemed to easily manoeuvre himself to the title.  MP Results (31/07-02/08/19

Ben CHAMBERLAIN 68 68 and Lewys SANGES 64 72 were the leading qualifiers on 136 -4.  SP Qualifying Results (29-30/07/19)


Connor Jones and Archie Davies (Photo: Steve Jones)

6. South of Ireland Championship
Sean DESMOND (IRL) beat Keith EGAN (IRL) by 1 hole in the Final of the South at Lahinch GC.C.  The four Irish Walker Cup squad players, Mark POWER, Connor PURCELL, Caolan RAFFERTY and James SUGRUE, were all given a bye into the match play stage due to their participation in last week’s practice session but all narrowly lost in Round 2.  MP Results (26-28/07/19)

Hugh FOLEY (IRL) shot rounds of 64 and 70 (-10) to win the stroke play qualifying competition by 7 shots from Greg O’Mahoney (-3).  SP Qualifying Results (24-25/07/19)


Sean Desmond (Photo: Brian Arthur Photography)

7. Carris Trophy – English Boys’ U18 Open Amateur SP Championship 
Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) completed a memorable double by winning the Carris Trophy at Moor Park G.C. The win came two months after he picked up the Brabazon Trophy, the English men’s equivalent. Rodrigo MARTIN (ESP) finished strongly to force a play-off but a poor drive cost the Spaniard and allowed the Yorkshireman to win on the first extra hole.  Results (24-26/07/19)


Ben Schmidt (Photo: Schmidt Family)

8. Walton Heath Trophy (ENG)
Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) recorded a total score of 279 (-9) to win the 2019 Walton Heath Trophy. Olly HUGGINS (ENG) -6 finished 2nd and Jordan SUNDBORG (ENG) -5 3rd. Jacob DAVIES (WAL) appeared to have the tournament in his hands after 54 holes but an 82 saw him lose the 6-shot lead he started the final round with.  Results (23-25/07/19)


Daniel O’Loughlin (Photo: Walton Heath Trophy)

9. U.S. Junior Amateur Championship 
16 year old Preston Summerhays (USA) won the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Inverness Club in Ohio. He beat Bo Jin (CHN) 2&1 in the 36 hole Final.

Joe PAGDIN (ENG) reached the Semi-Finals before falling to the eventual champion 4&3. Unfortunately Connor MCKINNEY (SCO) and Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL) both lost in Round 1 (64).

There were five GB&I players in the field at the start of the week. In the Stroke Play Qualifying Joe Pagdin +3 finished T23, Connor Mckinney & Tom McKibbin +6 T37 – all three qualifying – and missing out Eoin SULLIVAN (IRL) +10 T74 and Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) +12 T95.  SP Qualifying Results and MP Results (15-20/07/19) (15-20/07/19)


Preston Summerhays (Photo: USGA)

10. European Men’s Amateur Team Championship (SWE)
Host’s Sweden beat ENGLAND 4.5-2.5 to win the 2019 European Men’s Amateur Team Championship at Ljunghusen G.C. SCOTLAND finished 3rd, IRELAND 5th and WALES 6th.  MP Results (11-13/07/19)

IRELAND (-19) won the initial Stroke Play Qualifying competition, beating ENGLAND (-16) and SCOTLAND (-10) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Euan WALKER (SCO) -12 earned the individual medalist honours from Conor PURCELL (IRE) -9 and Tom SLOMAN (ENG) -8.  SP Qualifying Results (09-10/07/19)


Sweden (Photo: European Golf Association)



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.



The @GolfBible Twitter account, which now has over 9,000 followers, provides daily updates on both men’s and women’s amateur competitions. The twitter feed can be accessed by clicking either the above link or Menu tab.


You may also want to take a look at the GolfBible Pinterest account. There’s over 3,350 golf photos to flick through here with some of the more recent additions shown below (slide photos upwards to view more).


I hope you will find something of interest and enjoy exploring the various parts of Golf Bible.

Mark Eley.

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