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1. Men’s Italian International Amateur Championship
Italy’s Andrea Romano (-4) won the Italian Amateur at Acaya G&CC in Lecce. The fourth round was delayed due to strong winds and at the end of play there were only three under par rounds all day. Jake Bolton (ENG) finished 3rd after shooting 70 in the final round for a 284 (Ev) total. Charlie Thornton (ENG) who had lead after 18 and 36 holes, helped by a 63 (-8) in round 1, ended up finishing 9th on 285 (+1). Eugene Smith (IRE) finished 23rd on 291 (+7) – Results (17/03/18)

2. 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup
Harry Hall (ENG) and Olivia Mehaffey (IRE) have been named to the International team for the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup match. The annual collegiate competition will this year be played on 6th – 8th July at Evian Resort Golf Club in France. For the first time it will be a mixed match – 12 men and 12 women on each side – with United States taking on an expanded International team (Europe previously). There is still the possibility of other GB&I players being selected for the international side. Two spaces are reserved for the winner’s of The R&A Scholar Tournaments which will be held at St. Andrews on 2nd – 3rd April. The final two places will then be decided by the Team coach’s and will be announced on 4th May Team Announcements (14/03/18)

3. Major Champions Invitational
Tom McKibbin (IRE) won the inaugural Major Champions Boys’ Individual at Bella Collina in Florida with a 204 -12 score. Sam Locke (SCO) finished tied 8th on -3. 15 year old protege McKibbin has been talked about as the ‘new Rory’ for many years but this was his first significant result. Prior to this event commencing the Ulsterman was unranked in the WAGR and listed as #2,863 in the SPWAR. It will be interesting to see how the youngster, who has already committed to Florida, develops in the coming years – Results (14/13/18)

4. The Bonallack Trophy Match
Asia-Pacific beat Europe 16.5-15.5 in the 2018 Bonallack Trophy match played at Doha GC in Qatar. This was just the third time that Asia-Pacific have won the match and the first time since 2004. Europe now lead the series 7-3. Todd Clements (ENG) had a W2 H1 L2 record, Robin Dawson (IRE) W2 H1 L1 and Matthew Jordan (ENG) W1 H1 L3 – Match Results (10/03/18)

5. Spanish International Amateur Championship
Billy McKenzie (ENG) beat Alex Fitzpatrick (ENG) 3&2 in the 36 hole final of the Spanish Amateur at La Manga GC. Robin Williams (ENG) also did well this week falling to Fitzpatrick in the semi-finals – MP Results (04/03/18)

Jake Burnage (ENG) produced a best of the event 70 in Round 2, including a hole-in-one on the 17th, to secure medalist honours in the earlier Stroke Play Qualifiying with a 143 (-3) total. Tom Sloman (ENG) finished tied 3rd on +2, Alex Fitzpatrick (ENG) +3 tied 7th and Jonathan Yates (IRE) & Joe Long (ENG) +4 were tied 9th as 10 GB&I players progressed – SP Results (01/3/18)

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6. South African Amateur Championship
Deon Germishuys (RSA) beat compatriot Chris Woollam on the 39th hole of the Final at Durban CC. Both reached the Championship Match by beating Scottish players in tight semi-finals; John Paterson and Euan Walker respectively – MP Results (02/03/18)

Prior to the Match Play Stage David Langley (ENG) secured medalist honours and The Proudfoot Trophy with rounds of 67 and 70 (-7). Calum Fyfe (SCO) finished 2nd in the Qualifier with a -2 total whilst Jack Gaunt (ENG) and Darren Howie (SCO) were tied 7th – SP Results (26/02/18)

7. Portugal International Amateur Championship
Home favourite Vítor Londot Lopes (-15) won the Championship at Montado Golf Resort. Bailey Gill (ENG) and Ben Jones (ENG) finished tied 2nd on -12. In a good week for England Thomas Plumb -10 was tied 6th, Josh McMahon (-8) 9th, Robin Williams (-7) 10th and Conor Gough (-6) tied 11th – Results (17/02/18)

8. African Amateur Stroke Play Championship
James du Preez (RSA), 22, won the African Amateur at Glendower GC with a 274 (-14) total. Caolan Rafferty (IRE) -7 was the top GB&I finisher coming in tied 6th. Other notable scores were Andrew Wilson (ENG) -4 8th, Alex Gleeson -1 tied 12th and Jack Gaunt (ENG), Euan Walker (SCO) and Mark Power (IRE), all +1 tied 14th – Results (16/02/18)

9. Bonallack Trophy and Patsy Hankins Trophy Matches
The European Golf Association (EGA) today announced their 12 person teams for the men’s Bonallack Trophy and women’s Patsy Hankins Trophy matches, both against the Asia-Pacific region. Todd Clements (ENG), Robin Dawson (IRE) and Matthew Jordan (ENG) were selected for the former whilst Annabell Fuller (ENG), Paula Grant (IRE) and Isobel Wardle (ENG) made the latter team. Both matches will be played at the Doha Golf Club in Qatar on 8-10 March. The EGA press releases can be accessed here – MensBT (15/02/18) / WomensPH (15/02/18)  

10. The Ben Hogan Award
Harry Ellis (ENG), who represents Florida State on the US College circuit, has been selected to The Ben Hogan Award 2018 Watch List. The Ben Hogan Award is issued annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all competitions during a 12-month period from June to May. The 27 man Watch List will be reduced to 10 Semi-Finalists on 11th April – BHA Announcement (14/02/18)


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 7,275 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.


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Mark Eley.

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