The Open Championship – 2019 Regional Qualifying

18th June 2019

Regional Qualifying for the 2019 Open Championship will take place on Monday 24th June 2019 at 13 courses across Great Britain and Ireland.

The qualifying venues are Alwoodley, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Burhill, County Louth, Fairhaven, Frilford Heath, Kedleston Park, Minchinhampton, Northamptonshire County, Panmure, Sandy Lodge, West Lancashire and Wildernesse.

This is the point at which most amateur golfers enter the competition, although some are exempted in to Final Qualifying and a lucky handful the Championship itself.

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For more information on The Open click here – The Open Championship Official Website

Last year The Open website provided live reporting from all of the Regional Qualifying venues throughout the day on a single blog which was a welcome addition to their overall coverage.

Format

18 holes of stroke play golf will be played by each competitor in Regional Qualifying.

Field / Qualifiers

At the time of writing 1,368 players have entered Regional Qualifying with 506 of these being amateurs.

In addition to male and leading women professionals male amateurs need to have a scratch playing handicap or to have been ranked in the Top 2,000 of the WAGR between 1st January and 1st June 2019 to be eligible for entry. The cost is £150 per player.

There are normally between 8 and 14 places available for Final Qualifying at each of the 13 venues. The final number is linked to the number of players actually starting at each course and will be confirmed on the day.

This page will be updated with the Results on Monday evening.

Any ties for the last qualifying places in each competition will be resolved by a sudden death play-off at the end of play.

Reserve places, in case of subsequent withdrawals from Final Qualifying, will be decided by a card countback from each Regional Qualifying competition. Between 15-25 Reserves usually get called upon each year. 

Host Courses / Tee Times

Here is a list of the 13 Regional Qualifying events with all of the amateur entries (in alphabetical order) noted. Full Tee Times and Results links are also shown below: –

ALWOODLEY – 96 players / 28 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
08:33 am Sam Bairstow (a) – Hallowes
09:28 am Joseph Bannan (a) – Manchester
11:39 am Adam Barnard (a) – Elsham
07:44 am Maxwell Berrisford (a) – Skipton
12:23 pm Daniel Bradbury (a) – Wakefield
11:01 am Mark Brayshaw (a) – Huddersfield
09:17 am Jordan Clements (a) – Northcliffe
10:17 am Sam Done (a) – Kenwick Park
11:50 am Joshua Dye (a) – Delamere Forest
08:17 am Christopher Green (a) – Cleckheaton & District
12:56 pm David Houlding (a) – Moortown
12:01 pm Ryan Howe (a) – Richmond (Yorks)
12:45 pm Ben Hutchinson (a) – Howley Hall
12:12 pm Tom Irwin (a) – Alwoodley
07:11 am David Keywood (a) – Harrogate
09:50 am Fraser Macleod (a) – Hazel Grove
08:44 am Josh Morton (a) – Huddersfield
08:06 am Mark Nicholson (a) – Sitwell Park
09:50 am Luke Northwood (a) – Kenilworth
12:45 pm Jamie Perkins (a) – Wike Ridge
12:34 pm Liam Phipps (a) – Olton
10:39 am Jack Pritchard (a) – Worsley
08:55 am Ben Rhodes (a) – Woodhall Hills
11:39 am Ben Schmidt (a) – Rotherham
07:55 am Charlie Thornton (a) – Fulford
08:33 am Joshua Winchester (a) – Waltham Windmill
09:39 am James Whatmore (a) – The Founders Club
07:22 am Oscar Yeomans (a) – Chelmsford

BERWICK-UPON-TWEED (GOSWICK) – 62 players / 26 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
10:55 am Jack Ainscough (a) – Wynyard
09:55 am Steven Ashley (a) – Arcot Hall
10:44 am Benjamin Bailey (a) – The Wynyard Club
11:50 am William Bowe (a) – Workington
08:33 am Elliott Butterworth (a) – Middlesbrough
08:33 am Kieran Cantley (a) – Liberton
08:44 am Peter Caveney (a) – Middlesbrough
11:50 am Alex Dixon (a) – City of Newcastle
10:28 am Gary Donnison (a) – Gosforth
08:22 am Jonathan Douglas (a) – Close House GC
09:06 am Jonas Everhag (a) – Sweden
11:28 am Simon Fairburn (a) – Torwoodlee
10:55 am David Greenshields (a) – Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick)
08:22 am Chris Handy (a) – South Moor
09:06 am Michael Henson (a) – Bishop Auckland
08:55 am Simon Junk (a) – Germany
11:28 am Matty Lamb (a) – Hexham
09:33 am Gavin Nesbit (a) – Boldon
08:44 am Michael Pask (a) – Royal Wimbledon
10:17 am Alexander Robertson (a) – Wynyard
10:17 am Alastair Rogers (a) – Grange & Broughty
11:17 am Rob Spence (a) – Furness
09:22 am Rory Thompson (a) – Stonyholme
08:11 am John Waghorn (a) – East Sussex National
10:06 am Paul Ward (a) – Chester-le-Street
11:06 am Connor Wilson (a) – Castle Park

BURHILL (NEW COURSE) – 120 players / 35 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
11:01 am Jacob Aaholm (a) – Denmark
02:02 pm Alejandro Aguilera (a) – Spain
02:13 pm Alasdair Cheyne (a) – South Winchester
10:23 am Ryan Cox (a) – Warley Park
01:51 pm Mikey Doble (a) – Reigate Hill
07:44 am WillIam Dodds (a) – Styal
11:56 am Angus Flanagan (a) – St George’s Hill
01:40 pm Jack Floydd (a) – Haywards Heath
10:34 am Maxim French (a) – RAC
10:50 am Harry Hall (a) – West Cornwall
08:06 am Matthew Harris (a) – Southerndown
07:33 am Harry Hobday-Uzzell (a) – Wentworth Club
12:45 pm Duncan Hodgson (a) – Burhill
02:02 pm Philipp Johne (a) – Germany
01:07 pm David Kallstrom (a) – Sweden
01:18 pm Curtis Knipes (a) – Chelmsford
12:45 pm Nathan Longley (a) – Worthing
08:17 am Ryan Lumsden (a) – Royal Wimbledon
11:45 am Callum Mackay (a) – West Hill
08:28 am Billy McKenzie (a) – Rowlands Castle
02:24 pm Scott Meek (a) – Cowes
10:23 am Jake Mildenhall (a) – Haste Hill
02:24 pm Max O’Hagan (a) – West Hill
07:22 am Danial Parsons (a) – Sudbury
01:18 pm Andrew Rogers (a) – West Surrey
09:06 am Sam Russell (a) – Royal Eastbourne
01:51 pm Jake Sage (a) – Royal Eastbourne
09:28 am Joseph Swaine (a) – Ferndown
09:50 am Aadam Syed (a) – Foxhills
01:29 pm Daniel Taplin (a) – Chartham Park
07:00 am Kyler Tate (a) – United States
07:22 am Chris Thomas (a) – Hankley Common
07:33 am Louis Tydeman (a) – Roehampton
01:40 pm Michael Weaver (a) – Walton Heath
09:39 am Alex Winn (a) – Worlebury

COUNTY LOUTH – 116 players / 51 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
12:18 pm Ben Best (a) – Rathmore
09:39 am Marc Boucher (a) – Carton House
08:17 am Robert Brazill (a) – Naas
07:33 am Paul Buckley (a) – Memorial
01:51 pm Colm Campbell Jr (a) – Warrenpoint
08:55 am Shaun Carter (a) – Royal Dublin
10:23 am Nathan Clark (a) – United States
10:01 am John Cleary (a) – Elm Park
01:29 pm Noel Crawford (a) – Mourne
07:33 am Patrick Dallat (a) – Galgorm Castle
09:50 am Gerard Dunne (a) – County Louth
07:00 am Arron Edwards-Hill (a) – Chelmsford
09:39 am Jamie Fletcher (a) – Warrenpoint
01:40 pm Hugh Foley (a) – Royal Dublin
01:51 pm James Fox (a) – Portmarnock
11:34 am Liam Grehan (a) – Mullingar
01:18 pm Jake Hapgood (a) – Southerndown
11:01 am Graysen Huff (a) – United States
12:56 pm David Joyce (a) – Powerscourt
07:55 am Dylan Keating (a) – Seapoint
12:45 pm Max Kennedy (a) – Royal Dublin
11:45 am David Kitt (a) – Athenry
08:39 am Richard Knightly (a) – Royal Dublin
08:28 am Jamie Knipe (a) – Royal Portrush
11:12 am Geoff Lenehan (a) – Portmarnock
07:44 am Dave Lowry (a) – Corrstown
12:07 pm Filip Lundell (a) – Sweden
11:23 am Ian Lynch (a) – Rosslare
11:45 am Joseph Lyons (a) – Galway
09:17 am Jack Madden (a) – Royal Portrush
12:18 pm James Maginn (a) – Mourne
01:18 pm Matthew Mcalpin (a) – Royal Portrush
02:13 pm Richard McCrudden (a) – Royal Portrush
08:28 am Tom McKibbin (a) – Holywood
07:11 am Tiarnan McLarnon (a) – Massereene
12:45 pm Robert Moran (a) – Castle
10:50 am Devin Morley (a) – Oughterard
07:55 am Mark Mullen (a) – Rosslare
10:34 am Thomas Mulligan (a) – Laytown & Bettystown
10:34 am Paul Murphy (a) – Rosslare
09:17 am Shaun Murphy (a) – Stanton-on-the-Wolds
08:17 am Eoin O’Brien (a) – Clontarf
11:23 am Ruairi O’Connor (a) – Co Sligo
08:55 am Ryan O’Doherty (a) – Enniscrone
11:12 am Hugh O’Hare (a) – Fortwilliam
09:50 am Peter O’Keeffe (a) – Douglas
01:07 pm Declan O’Neill (a) – The Links Portmarnock
07:44 am Jake Rowe (a) – Tandragee
01:07 pm Matt Saulez (a) – South Africa
12:29 pm Paul Tobin (a) – Douglas
10:01 am Martin Westerlund (a) – Sweden

FAIRHAVEN – 117 players / 41 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
07:44 am Callan Barrow (a) – Royal Lytham & St Annes
12:45 pm Harry Beavan (a) – Crewe
12:29 pm Jonathan Beesley (a) – The Mere
09:50 am Matthew Buckley (a) – Bolton Old Links
07:11 am Daryl Callister (a) – Mount Murray
10:50 am Darren Carlisle (a) – Fairhaven
08:39 am Christopher Carney (a) – Morecambe
11:45 am Adam Chester (a) – Morecambe
09:06 am Tiger Christensen (a) – Germany
10:34 am Benjamin Churchill (a) – Fleetwood
02:24 pm Simon Coumbe (a) – Pontefract & District
11:34 am Reece Cranfield (a) – Wigan
10:23 am James Darcy (a) – Bingley St Ives
11:12 am Ben Firth (a) – Leeds Golf Centre
11:01 am Elliot Gothe (a) – Sweden
09:28 am Jake Hibbert (a) – Delamere Forest
01:40 pm Greg Holmes (a) – Royal Birkdale
02:02 pm Peter Jackson (a) – Woking
10:23 am Jordan Kellett (a) – Fleetwood
08:17 am Matthew Latham (a) – Pine Ridge
12:07 pm Eoin Leonard (a) – Wentworth
08:06 am Thomas Matthews (a) – Oswestry
11:34 am Jack McPhail (a) – Huyton & Prescott
09:39 am Neil McQueen (a) – Chorley
01:29 pm Calum Metcalfe (a) – Pleasington
07:11 am Remy Miller (a) – Prestbury
10:01 am Daniel Morris (a) – Fairhaven
09:39 am James Newton (a) – Prestbury
09:06 am Nicholas Peoples (a) – Royal Lytham & St Annes
12:18 pm Joe Price (a) – Hagley
10:12 am Alexander Roberts (a) – Crewe
11:23 am Anthony Stirling (a) – Formby
12:07 pm Oliver Sullivan (a) – Phoenix
02:24 pm Louis Talarczyk (a) – Royal Lytham & St Annes
11:45 am Matt Taylor (a) – Crewe
11:01 am Solomon Toner (a) – Fleetwood
07:00 am Sam Turner (a) – Royal Lytham & St Annes
09:17 am Josh Turnock (a) – Prestbury
02:13 pm Luke Walker (a) – Ulverston
07:22 am Jack Wiggans (a) – Chorley
07:44 am Thomas Winn (a) – Morecambe

FRILFORD HEATH (RED COURSE) – 120 players / 33 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
12:56 pm Thomas Beasley (a) – The Chase
02:13 pm Thomas Bevington (a) – Royal Palm CC of Naples
09:17 am Adam Birdseye (a) – Maidenhead
08:06 am Andrew Borg (a) – Malta
01:07 pm Oliver Brown (a) – The Vale Resort
07:00 am Harry Butler (a) – Chigwell
08:28 am Samuel Byford (a) – Ipswich
09:17 am Ryan Cahill (a) – Mill Ride
09:50 am Joshua Freeman (a) – Worlebury
07:11 am George Gardner (a) – Goring & Streatley
11:45 am Owen Grimes (a) – Stoneham
01:40 pm John Gough (a) – Stoke Park
07:33 am Jack Haines (a) – Gerrards Cross
01:29 pm Olly Huggins (a) – Frilford Heath
10:50 am Edward Keep (a) – Clandon Regis
07:44 am Ben Lobacz (a) – Blackmoor
01:29 pm Maxwell Martin (a) – Harborne
08:55 am Sean Mullan (a) – Wentworth Club
08:55 am Laurence Noott (a) – Lambourne
08:39 am Connor O’Brien (a) – Mid-Herts
08:39 am Taylor Paul (a) – Stoke Park
11:12 am Ben Platt (a) – East Berkshire
07:55 am Thomas Plumb (a) – Yeovil
01:07 pm Oliver Ross (a) – Ashridge
12:45 pm James Rowles (a) – Henbury
07:33 am Thomas Rowsell (a) – Barton on Sea
12:18 pm Lewis Scott (a) – Lee-on-the-Solent
01:40 pm Aaron Siddell (a) – Sonning
12:56 pm Arthur Tapner (a) – Ashridge
02:02 pm Ronald Totton (a) – Canada
11:23 am Lee White (a) – Frilford Heath
09:06 am Christopher Williams (a) – France
07:11 am Michael Young (a) – Golf du Priéure

Royal Portrush G.C. (Photo: Royal Portrush G.C.)

KEDLESTON PARK – 102 players / 18 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
07:00 am Max Adams (a) – Bury St Edmunds
07:33 am Luke Allen (a) – Olton
11:23 am Cole Betteridge (a) – Sherwood Forest
10:01 am George Clarke (a) – Druids Heath
12:34 pm Robert Coggon (a) – Astbury
12:23 pm Darren Coop (a) – Chesterfield
11:34 am Will Davidson (a) – Breadsall Priory
12:34 pm Matthew Downes (a) – Ingestre Park
01:18 pm Oliver Drew (a) – Sherwood Forest
07:00 am Miguel Evangelio (a) – Spain
08:28 am Michael Gee (a) – Bury St Edmunds
11:56 am Simon Higgins (a) – Beau Desert
09:17 am David Hurt (a) – College Pines
10:39 am Tom Ibbertson (a) – Coventry Hearsall
09:39 am Jack Malone (a) – Lutterworth
10:50 am Joe Macilwraith (a) – Olton
11:56 am Jake McGoldrick (a) – Enville
07:44 am Thomas Pyman (a) – The Oaks

MINCHINHAMPTON – 114 players / 26 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
07:33 am James Bethwaite (a) – Ogbourne Downs
12:45 pm Harry Bowness (a) – Newbury & Crookham
07:11 am Jake Burnage (a) – Saunton
12:18 pm Andrew Cooper (a) – Worlebury
11:45 am Pete Corrick (a) – Parkstone
08:28 am Maximilian Drayton (a) – Broome Manor
09:50 am Oliver Farrell (a) – Evesham
11:34 am Andy Ferris (a) – Long Sutton
08:55 am Thomas Field (a) – The Players Club
07:11 am Johnny Grace (a) – Saltford
11:34 am Joe Harvey (a) – The Kendleshire
08:39 am Haider Hussain (a) – The Kendleshire
11:56 am Matthew Kippen (a) – Enmore Park
11:12 am Tom Law (a) – Broome Manor
12:56 pm Charlie McLean (a) – Minchinhampton
12:29 pm Tom Parsons (a) – Knighton Heath
01:51 pm Jake Phillips (a) – Minchinhampton
07:33 am William Poole (a) – Mendip Spring
08:17 am James Reed (a) – Exeter
11:23 am James Robinson (a) – Redditch
10:34 am Luke Rogers (a) – Kidderminster
12:29 pm Tom Stagg (a) – Salisbury & South Wilts
08:28 am Philip White (a) – Burnham & Berrow
01:40 pm Thomas Workman (a) – Minchinhampton
07:44 am Adan Yates (a) – Parkstone
10:01 am Rodi Vlasveld (a) – Netherlands

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY – 89 players / 27 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
10:34 am Chris Abbott (a) – Lutterworth
10:01 am Tony Adams (a) – Prince’s
11:23 am Jack Bartlett (a) – Woburn
09:28 am Christopher Bartrum (a) – Diss
09:17 am Warren Bates (a) – Heacham Manor
07:55 am James Biggs (a) – Diss
10:50 am James Billingham (a) – Cosby
08:55 am Sam Broadhurst (a) – Atherstone
09:50 am Ryan Brooks (a) – Whittington Heath
07:44 am Jack Brown (a) – Chelmsford
12:29 pm Michael Chambers (a) – Northamptonshire County
11:34 am Alex Christie (a) – Basildon
11:56 am Owen Davies (a) – Brampton Park
09:06 am Tom Harris (a) – Aston Wood
09:17 am Jon Hopkins (a) – Bishops Stortford
07:33 am Benjamin Humphrey (a) – Chelmsford
12:07 pm Hugo Kedzlie (a) – Spalding
11:12 am George Leversuch (a) – Wanstead
09:39 am Sebastian Lovell (a) – Bedfordshire
07:44 am Freddie MacArthur (a) – Ullesthorpe Court
11:45 am Shay McQueen (a) – Chelmsford
09:39 am James O’Connor (a) – Centurion Club
08:55 am Ollie Read (a) – Whittington Heath
08:17 am Fergus Robinson (a) – Northamptonshire County
09:28 am Alexander Summers (a) – Kenilworth
10:34 am Robin Williams (a) – Peterborough Milton
07:11 am Lee Woodcock (a) – The Leicestershire

PANMURE – 94 players / 39 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
07:33 am Oliver Armour (a) – Machrihanish
09:50 am Greg Brown (a) – Cathkin Braes
08:17 am James Cable (a) – Wardsville
10:17 am Ben Caton (a) – The New Golf Club St Andrews
11:50 am Mitchell Cowie (a) – Dumfries & County
08:44 am Ross Dallas (a) – Forfar
07:11 am John d’Apice (a) – Australia
09:39 am Andrew Davidson (a) – Charleton
11:23 am Ben Davies (a) – Royal Wimbledon
12:12 pm Neil Fredman (a) – Australia
12:12 pm Richard Gill (a) – Tantallon
11:12 am Jamie Goodrum (a) – Arbroath
10:50 am Gregor Graham (a) – Blairgowrie
09:06 am Kenny Gunnyeon (a) – Newmachar
08:55 am Alister Hain (a) – St Andrews
12:01 pm Rick Hessing (a) – Netherlands
12:45 pm Mark Hislop (a) – Glenbervie
09:17 am Lewis Irvine (a) – Kirkhill
07:44 am Daniel Lawrence (a) – Ballumbie Castle
12:34 pm Freddie Lawrence (a) – Garon Park
09:28 am Simon Lockhart (a) – Cawder
12:01 pm Mark Manwaring (a) – United States
12:56 pm Craig McGann (a) – Dunblane New
12:34 pm Liam Mcleod (a) – Royal Dornoch
12:23 pm Eric McIntosh (a) – Bruntsfield Links
07:33 am Blair Morton (a) – Royal Troon
10:50 am Murray Naysmith (a) – Dalmahoy
10:39 am Andrew Ni (a) – Murrayfield
09:28 am Aidan O’Hagan (a) – Old Course Ranfurly
11:23 am Will Porter (a) – Carnoustie
07:22 am Thomas Simmonds (a) – Gullane
12:56 pm Fraser Stoddart (a) – Drumoig
12:45 pm Alastair Thurlow (a) – Murrayfield
11:01 am Cass Traub (a) – United States
12:23 pm William Walker (a) – Glenbervie
10:28 am Kieran Waters (a) – Carlisle
11:39 am Stewart Whiteford (a) – Lundin
08:33 am Gary Wright (a) – Bonnybridge
08:44 am Jeff Wright (a) – Forres

SANDY LODGE – 120 players / 35 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
02:13 pm Niels Andersen (a) – Denmark
02:02 pm Owen Benson (a) – Redbourn
07:55 am Adam Berg-Capin (a) – Sandy Lodge
09:50 am Alexander Berg-Capin (a) – Sandy Lodge
01:40 pm Martin Blake (a) – Garon Park
10:12 am Andrew Brett (a) – Stockley Park
01:40 pm Lawrence Courtney (a) – Apple Valley
02:13 pm Danny Daniels (a) – The Hertfordshire
07:44 am Spencer Davis (a) – Old Fold Manor
11:56 am Jerome Foster (a) – The Shire London
07:00 am Bailey Gill (a) – Lindrick
10:50 am Edward Green (a) – Moor Park
12:07 pm Alfie Halil (a) – Flempton
02:24 pm Martin Hamilton (a) – Woking
10:01 am Peter Handcock (a) – Harleyford
08:55 am Jack Hawksby (a) – The Millbrook
01:51 pm James Kee (a) – Moor Park
09:39 am Jack Kelly (a) – Sandy Lodge
12:56 pm Habebul Islam (a) – Ipswich
12:45 pm Niall Keogh (a) – Sudbury
11:01 am Marc Kuber (a) – Upper Montclair
10:34 am Bayley Lewendon (a) – Parkstone
10:23 am Kyle Murray (a) – United States
08:17 am Tim Newton (a) – South Herts
10:01 am Laurie Owen (a) – Letchworth
08:06 am Benjamin Pierleoni (a) – Berkhamsted
07:33 am Riaz Rattansi (a) – Queenwood
01:18 pm Charlie Rudge (a) – South Herts
10:23 am Mark Smith (a) – Hampstead
10:50 am Andrew Taylor (a) – Woburn
11:23 am Harry Walch (a) – Torrington
01:29 pm Adam Winter (a) – Woburn
08:28 am Jared Tyacke (a) – West Herts
07:55 am Robert Watkins (a) – Hadley Wood
09:39 am George Williams (a) – Knebworth

WEST LANCASHIRE – 98 players / 27 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
11:34 am Joe Banks (a) – West Lancashire
11:50 am Richard Bee (a) – Phoenix
10:39 am Callum Blinkhorn (a) – Leigh
10:01 am William Buhl (a) – Norway
08:28 am Steven Capper (a) – Royal Liverpool
07:55 am John Carroll (a) – Huyton & Prescot
12:23 pm Oliver Claireaux (a) – Portal
08:44 am Ethan Davies (a) – Royal Birkdale
08:17 am Jacob Davies (a) – Rhuddlan
11:34 am Thomas Doran (a) – Delamere Forest
11:12 am Michael Downes (a) – The Mere
07:11 am Thomas Froom (a) – Nefyn & District
12:34 pm Paul Goodman (a) – Huyton & Prescot
10:50 am Stephen Hargreaves (a) – Leasowe
12:23 pm Matthew Hibbs (a) – Broome Manor
10:28 am George Holland (a) – Southport & Ainsdale
07:44 am James Holland (a) – Southport & Ainsdale
10:17 am Lewis Johansen (a) – Caldy
11:01 am Rasmus Lind (a) – Denmark
12:45 pm Daniel Maguire (a) – Houghwood
11:23 am Mark Millhouse (a) – Royal St David’s
08:44 am George Mitchell (a) – Astbury
09:50 am Dominic O’Brien (a) – Warrington
08:06 am Jack Suttie (a) – Denton
07:22 am Jamie Van Wyk (a) – Royal Lytham & St Annes
12:01 pm Neil Williams (a) – Formby
07:22 am Joseph Williamson (a) – Heswall

WILDERNESSE – 120 players / 35 amateurs / Tee Times / Results
07:33 am Bradley Bawden (a) – Rochford Hundred
11:01 am Joshua Bristow (a) – Canterbury
10:12 am Liam Burns (a) – Chislehurst
09:39 am Harvey Byers (a) – Walton Heath
09:17 am Zachary Chegwidden (a) – Orsett
02:02 pm Philip Coles (a) – Germany
09:06 am Claudio Consul (a) – Germany
10:50 am Christopher Cornwall (a) – Dubai Creek
12:18 pm Oscar Doran (a) – Delamere Forest
08:17 am Jack Dyer (a) – Boyce Hill
08:39 am James Earl (a) – Tandridge
10:34 am Nic Elliott (a) – Tandridge
01:40 pm Mason Essam (a) – Dartford
07:33 am Giles Gill (a) – Plum Creek
02:24 pm Miles Gray (a) – Etchinghill
11:23 am Jamie Guppy (a) – Littlestone
02:13 pm Nigel Harrington (a) – Worthing
11:34 am Jensen Hull (a) – Hever Castle
11:23 am Danny Jones (a) – Wildernesse
07:11 am Maxwell Jones (a) – West Sussex
09:06 am Jason Lebrasseur (a) – Belgium
07:11 am Oliver Lewis-Perkins (a) – Mid Kent
07:22 am Jackson Massey (a) – Surrey National
08:55 am Nicholas Panting (a) – Rochester & Cobham
08:39 am Kipp Popert (a) – Wildernesse
01:29 pm James Reiss (a) – Aldeburgh
02:02 pm Samuel Robertson (a) – Chestfield
09:28 am Harry Robson (a) – Orsett
07:00 am Stephen Shephard (a) – United States
08:06 am Sam Statham (a) – Knole Park
08:55 am Lukas Warren (a) – Thorndon Park
07:22 am Danny Western (a) – Gorleston
08:28 am Mark Williams (a) – Emirates
07:44 am Jamie Wood (a) – Rochester & Cobham Park
07:55 am James Zytynski (a) – Royal Ashdown Forest

Final Qualifying

Final Qualifying will be held over 36 holes at Notts (Hollinwell), Prince’s, St Annes Old Links and Fairmont St. Andrews on Tuesday 2nd July.

Here is a list of the amateur exemptions for Final Qualifying: –

Playing members of the 2017 Walker Cup Trophy Teams.
The Amateur Champions 2014-2018.
The US Amateur Champions 2013-2017.
The International European Amateur Champions 2013-2017.
The 2018 English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh Amateur Champions, from the respective closed Amateur
Championships.
The runners-up in each of the 2019 Amateur Championship, 2019 European Amateur Championship and 2018 US Amateur Championship.
The leading 10 WAGR ranked players, not otherwise exempt as at WAGR Week 21.
The Boys Amateur Champion 2018.
The 2019 Latin America Amateur Champion and runner(s)-up.
The 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion and runners(s)-up.

The above are only applicable if the entrant concerned is still an amateur.

The three leading players at each of theses events will advance to the Open Championship to be played at Royal Portrush G.C. on 18th – 21st July.

As always 156 players will contest The Open, with the majority of these being exempted into the field.

Amateur exemptions directly into The Open Championship include: –
The Amateur Champion for 2019 – to be played 17th 22nd June.
The U.S. Amateur Champion 2018 – Viktor HOVLAND (NOR)
The European Amateur Champion for 2019 – to be played 26th – 29th June.
The Mark H McCormack Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM) winner for 2018 – Braden THORNBERRY (USA)
The Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion 2018 – Takumi KANAYA (JAP)

The above are only applicable if the entrant concerned is still an amateur. Hovland and Thornberry have both turned Pro thus foregoing their exemptions.

For more information on the Low Amateur prize at The Open Championship you may like to take a look at this article – ‘The Open Championship’s Silver Medal’.

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The Amateur Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

20th June 2019

Round 3 of The Amateur Championship started at 7.30am this morning.

The match between David MICHELUZZI (AUS) and Tom SLOMAN (ENG) looks to be the highlight of the draw.

There are 13 Great British & Irish (GB&I) players still standing and I am confident a large number of these will make it through to the Round 4 (last 16) matches which will be played this afternoon.

PLUMB, SCOTT, SLOMAN and WALKER have further added to their GB&I Walker Cup selection cases by playing well to date at The Amateur.

Perhaps more interestingly Messrs. GILL, JONESLAMBMULLARNEY and SUGRUE in particular have now given themselves a great chance to stake a strong claim to a Walker Cup spot themselves.

Here’s the full Round 3 draw: –

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Round 3 Draw (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

Click here to follow the – 2019 Amateur Championship Round 3 Draw / Scores

Click here to follow the – 2019 Amateur Championship Round 4 Draw / Scores

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Round 2

Despite my complaints below about the unfairness of his draw Medalist Tom PLUMB (ENG) took little time in despatching 41st seed Alejandro DEL RAY GONZALEZ (ESP) 7&5 this morning.

Tom SLOMAN (ENG) was made to work very hard for his 1 hole win over Joe PAGDIN (ENG). Sloman trailed from the start and was 3 down with 6 holes to play but managed to overturn the deficit over Portmarnock’s challenging finishing holes.

It was obvious from the Stroke Play Qualifying that no match would be over until it was over given par was often going to be good enough to take many holes coming home.

Billy MCKENZIE (ENG) handed a heavy 7&6 defeat to an out of sorts David LANGLEY (ENG), damaging the latter’s hopes of forcing his way into the GB&I Walker Cup team.

Germany’s Matthias SCHMID, back from Louisville University for the summer, provided the biggest win of Round 2, taking out Sam DONE (ENG) 9&8.

Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) produced the best comeback of the day. He was 5 Down with 6 to play but somehow managed to beat last week’s St. Andrews Links Trophy winner Jake BURNAGE (ENG) on the 20th hole.

Harry HALL (ENG) was also undone by the finishing holes; 1 Up with 3 to play fellow Walker Cup panelist James SUGRUE (IRE) came through to win by 2 holes.

The final match in the Upper Half of the draw saw surprise package James ROBINSON (ENG) comfortably dispose of Therion NEL (RSA) 4&3. Nel is currently ranked 88th in the SPWAR whilst Robinson sits 1,319th.

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Round 2 Upper Half Results (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

In the Lower Half of the Match Play draw Euan WALKER (SCO) showed all of his fighting qualities to come from behind to beat Eanna GRIFFIN (IRE) by 2 holes.

Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) will be disappointed not to have got past Finland’s far less experienced Jonatan JOLKKONEN.

In two tight matches Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) overcame Midlands rival Sam BROADHURST (ENG) on the first extra hole and Sandy SCOTT (SCO) beat Markus BRAADLIE (NOR), the Norwegian perhaps tiring a little having also played in the Preliminary this morning.

Matty LAMB (ENG) secured his second victory of the day and in taking out Yurav PREMLALL (RSA) 3&1 ended South African interest in the Championship.

Bailey GILL (ENG) also enjoyed a good 4 &2 win over University of South Florida’s Albin BERGSTRÖM (SWE). Bergström had enjoyed an award winning Freshman season in the U.S. so will have arrived in Ireland with a lot of confidence.

Ben JONES (ENG) would have to be my ‘Player of the Day’ though, firstly beating Jayden SCHAPER (RSA / SPWAR #10) in 22 holes this morning before going all the way to the 18th green with John AXELSEN (DEN / SPWAR #151) this afternoon. I am sure his fighting spirit will not have been lost on the watching Walker Cup selectors.

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Round 2 Lower Half Results (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

Click here to view the – 2019 Amateur Championship Round 2 Draw / Scores

Preliminary Round 1

The Match Play Stage of The Amateur Championship, which is being played exclusively at Portmarnock G.C., started at 7.00am this morning.

76 players made the top 64 and ties cut.

As a result the 24 lowest scoring qualifiers had to play a Preliminary Round 1 to produce the final 12 players required to make up the 64 needed for Round 2.

Sam BROADHURST (ENG), Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE), Matty LAMB (ENG) and Ben JONES (ENG) all came through the Preliminary Round to take their place in Round 2.

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Preliminary Round 1 Draw (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

Click here to view the – 2019 Amateur Championship Preliminary Round 1 Draw / Scores

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Every year I complain about the use by The R&A of a Preliminary Round rather than using a play-off or card count back to produce the 64 players needed for the first round proper.

This year because of the Preliminary Round medalist Tom PLUMB (ENG), who would be playing the 64th qualifier in a clean draw, has been paired with the 41st qualifier Alejandro DEL REY GONZALEZ (ESP).

Take a look at the table below which outlines how the 76 Stroke Play seeds fed through into this year’s Amateur Championship draw and how this compares with a Standard 64 player Match Play draw.

You will see most of the leading qualifiers end up playing against higher rated players than they deserve to. The only beneficiaries being those players who receive the winners of the Preliminary Round in the Lower Half of the draw.

                            Upper Half Draw                            Lower Half Draw

(Seeds)

Amateur ‘19 Standard (Seeds) Amateur ‘19 Standard

1 vs

41

64

22 vs 47 43

32 vs

50 33 11 vs 36

54

16 vs

38 49 27 vs 37

38

17 vs

35 48 6 vs 34

59

8 vs

44 57 19 vs 57 vs 53

46

25 vs

39 40 14 vs 70 vs 54

51

9 vs

51 56 30 vs 75 vs 73

35

24 vs

48 41 3 vs 64 vs 60

62

4 vs

42 61 23 vs 61 vs 62

42

29 vs

49 36 10 vs 69 vs 56

55

13 vs

43 52 26 vs 76 vs 58

39

20 vs

40 45 7 vs 66 vs 55

58

5 vs

46 60 18 vs 59 vs 67

47

28 vs

33 37 15 vs 72 vs 71

50

12 vs

52 53 31 vs 65 vs 63

34

21 vs 45 44 2 vs 68 vs 74

63

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18th June 2019

Tom PLUMB (ENG) secured Stroke Play medalist honours at The Amateur today after posting an aggregate 36 hole score of 139 (-4). Plumb shot a second round 71 (-1) at Portmarnock.

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Tom Plumb (Photo: The R&A / Getty Images)

In the last group out John AXELSEN (DEN) recorded a 69 at Portmarnock to pull level with Plumb on 139 (-4). However, he lost out on count back; his 72 (I 37 / P 35) was four shots more than Plumb’s (I 33 / P 35) on the aggregate of the two back nines.  

Sandy SCOTT (SCO) was 3rd after a 69 at The Island left him on 140 (-3).

William BUHL (NOR) and Harry HALL (ENG) were tied 4th on 141 (-2).

Conditions were favourable today with sunny intervals and a modest breeze.

The best rounds of the day at Portmarnock belonged to Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Euan MCINTOSH (SCO) and Mason ANDERSEN (USA) who all posted 68’s (-4) to qualify.

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Caolan Rafferty’s and Euan McIntosh’s Scorecards (Photo: The R&A / Getty Images)

The average Round 2 score at Portmarnock was 75.33 (+3.33).

Blake WINDRED (AUS) recorded the lowest round at The Island on Day 2 with a bogey free 67 (-4). Unfortunately his 82 at Portmarnock yesterday was never going to be recoverable.

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Blake Windred’s Scorecard (Photo: The R&A / Getty Images)

The average Round 2 score at The Island was 74.16 (+3.16).

24 of the 26 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad players were competing. 12 of the group made it through to the Match Play Stage. These were Thomas PLUMB (ENG) -4, Sandy SCOTT (SCO) 2nd, Harry HALL (ENG) -2, Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) -1, Joe PAGDIN (ENG) Ev, Bailey GILL (ENG) +1, Euan MCINTOSH (SCO) +1, Tom SLOMAN (ENG) +2, Euan WALKER (SCO) +2, Jake BURNAGE (ENG) +2, James SUGRUE (IRE) +3 and Ben JONES (ENG) +4.

14 other GB&I players qualified, namely, David LANGLEY (ENG) -1, Jake BOLTON (ENG) -1, Eanna GRIFFIN (IRE) Ev, Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) +1, James ROBINSON (ENG) +1, Connor MCKINNEY (SCO) +1, Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) +1, Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) +2, Sam DONE (ENG) +2, Billy MCKENZIE (ENG) +2, Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) +4, Jack AINSCOUGH (ENG) +4, Sam BROADHURST (ENG) +4 and Matty LAMB (ENG) +4.

As predicted the top 64 and ties Match Play cut fell at 147 (+4) with a total of 76 players progressing. The 24 lowest scoring qualifiers will therefore be involved in a Preliminary Round to establish the final 64 players.

Click here to view the – 2019 Amateur Championship SP Qualifying Results

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Match Play here are the Stroke Play Qualifying hole-by-hole statistics for Portmarnock G.C. which may assist with strategy: –

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17th June 2019

Geoff LENEHAN (IRE) and Tom MCKIBBIN (N.I.) played the first tee shots of the 124th Amateur Championship at 7.00am this morning at Portmarnock G.C. and The Island G.C. respectively.

On a breezy but dry day on the east coast of Ireland the scoring was relatively high. Just 17 players in the field of 288 recorded an under par score.

Anton ALBERS (GER) was the low man at Portmarnock in Round 1 of the Stroke Play Qualifying with a 4-under par 68.

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Anton Albers’ Round 1 Scorecard (Photo: The R&A / Getty Images)

There was a total of six under par rounds at Portmarnock. Sandy SCOTT (SCO), who recorded a 71 (-1), provided one of them.

The average score at Portmarnock in Round 1 was 77.47 (+5.47).

Ayoub SSOUADI (MOR) and Harry HALL (ENG) both recorded 67’s (-4) at The Island to share the Day 1 lead with the German.

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Ayoub Ssouadi’s and Harry Hall’s Round 1 Scorecards (Photo: The R&A / Getty Images)

A total of 11 under par rounds were posted at The Island. Tom PLUMB (ENG) 68 (-3), James ROBINSON (ENG) and Tom SLOMAN (ENG) both 69 (-2), Curtis KNIPES (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) all 70 (-1) led the way for Great Britain & Ireland.

The average score at The Island in Round 1 was 75.14 (+4.14).

The projected top 64 and ties match play cut mark looks like being 147 (+4). This is based on the fact that after Round 1 27 players are tied 52nd on +2. 31 of these 78 players played at Parmarnock and 47 at The Island.

Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) I +3, Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) P +3, Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) P +3, David HAGUE (ENG) P +3, Euan WALKER (SCO) P +3, Jake HAPGOOD (WAL) P +4, Tom MCKIBBIN (IRE) I +4, Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) P +4, Akshay BHATIA (USA) P +4, Jayden SCHAPER (RSA) P +4, James SUGRUE (IRE) P +5, Conor PURCELL (IRE) I +5, Ben JONES (ENG) P +5, Euan MCINTOSH (SCO) I +5, Wilco NIENABER (RSA) P +5, Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO) P +6, Ben CHAMBERLAIN (WAL) I +6, Josh MCMAHON (ENG) P +6, Jamie STEWART (SCO) P +7, John MURPHY (IRE) I +7, Tiarnan MCLARNON (IRE) I +8 and Blake WINDRED (AUS) P +10 are therefore amongst the more notable players who can afford few mistakes tomorrow.

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14th June 2019

The 124th Amateur Championship starts on Monday 17th June at Portmarnock Golf Club and The Island Golf Club. Both courses are located a short distance to the north east of Dublin city centre in Ireland.

The Amateur is the most prestigious amateur golf event played outside of the United States and without question the highlight of the Great British and Irish (GB&I) amateur season.

Format

288 players will play two stroke play qualifying rounds, one round on each course, on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June.

Click here to view the – 2019 Amateur Championship SP Qualifying Tee Times

The 64 players with the lowest 36 hole scores, and ties for 64th place, will advance to the match play stage and be seeded in line with their qualifying finishes. A preliminary round will be used if more than 64 players qualify. [I would prefer there to be a play-off or an aggregate count back so there can be a clean draw made.]

The match play stage will then be played solely at Portmarnock between Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22nd June.

Matches will be played over 18 holes except for Saturday’s Final which will be contested over 36 holes. Extra sudden death holes will be used in all games if necessary.

An Aerial View Of Portmarnock Golf Club (Photo: Portmarnock G.C.)

Players

The 288 players are drawn firstly from a number of exempt categories covering various Championship performances and representative team selections. Thereafter places are allocated to those players ranked 1st – 2,000th in the WAGR as at 15th May 2019. The lowest non-exempt WAGR player in the field is currently Islam HABEBUL (ENG) at #939.

Looking at the current SPWAR, my preferred amateur ranking, there are 19 of the top 50 players competing. These are Jayden SCHAPER (RSA) 9th, Conor PURCELL (IRE) 10th, Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) 12th, Blake WINDRED (AUS) 14th, Wilco NIENABER (RSA) 19th, David MICHELUZZI (AUS) 22nd, Euan WALKER (SCO) 25th, Harry HALL (ENG) 27th, Jake BURNAGE (ENG) 29th, Tom SLOMAN (ENG) 32nd, Alejandro DEL REY GONZALEZ (ESP) 33rd, Keita NAKAJIMA (JAP) 34th, Tom PLUMB (ENG) 38th, David LANGLEY (ENG) 39th, Yurav PREMLALL (RSA) 41st, Ben JONES (ENG) 43rd, Bailey GILL (ENG) 45th, Matthias SCHMID (GER) 47th and Stefano MAZZOLI (ITA) 49th.

Players from 34 different countries will contest the 2019 Amateur Championship.

England have 54 players in the field, Ireland 22, Scotland 18 and Wales 5.

Outside of the home nations the best represented countries are USA (27), France (24), Germany (16), Spain (16), Sweden (12), Italy (11), Australia (11), Denmark (9), South Africa (8) and Finland (8).

Whilst there are a large number of Americans playing it again remains the case that the vast majority of their leading players continue to skip the Championship. It is disappointing but perhaps understandable that most of them prefer to play in the Northeast Amateur Invitational at Wannamoisett C.C. in Providence, Rhode island – an event that starts on Wednesday 19th June. Without their participation The Amateur will always lack a little something despite the Major exemptions on offer. The best American this year is Cole MADEY (SPWAR 54) albeit Akshay BHATIA (SPWAR 101) is a notable junior.

Stewart HAGESTAD (USA), Daniel HILLIER (NZL) and Chun An “Kevin” YU (TPE) all qualified for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and were sadly all late withdrawals.

12 Reserves were called upon since the original draw was made on 20th May.

Portmarnock G.C.’s Promotional Video For The Amateur Championship (3:13)

Host Courses

This is only the second time that The Amateur has been staged outside Great Britain. Portmarnock hosted the Championship 70 years ago in 1949 with Max McCready overcoming Willie Turnesa 2&1 in the Final.

Situated on its own peninsula Portmarnock G.C., which was opened in 1894, will play to 7,422 yards and a par of 72. Whilst the front nine is longer by 150 yards it is the strong finishing holes for which the links are renowned.

The Island G.C. was founded in 1890 and as its name suggests was originally only accessible by ferry boat. It plays to 7,019 yards from the back tees and has a par of 71.

13th hole, The Island Golf Club (Photo: The Island G.C.)

Weather Forecast (as at Monday 16th June)

The weather forecast looks resonable, with little rain and a fairly consistent south westerly wind expected: –

Mon 17th June – Sunny. Wind 17 mph SW. Temp. Max. 17°C / Min 10°C.
Tue 18th June – Sunny. Wind 10 mph SW. Temp. Max. 18°C / Min 9°C.
Wed 19th June – Showers PM. Wind 12 mph SW. Temp. Max. 16°C / Min 9°C.
Thu 20th June – Cloudy. Wind 13 mph W. Temp. Max. 15°C / Min 7°C.
Fri 21st June – Sunny. Wind 12 mph SW. Temp. Max. 16°C / Min 9°C.
Sat 22nd June – Cloudy. Wind 13 mph SE. Temp. Max. 17°C / Min 11°C.

Click here to view the – Latest BBC Weather Forecast For Dublin

Players will tee off between 7.00am and 3.52pm on Monday and Tuesday so changes in the weather and wind speed may have a role to play in the stroke play qualifying scoring.

Prizes / Exemptions

A momento is presented by The R&A to the leading player in the stroke play qualifying competition, with a tie decided on the lowest aggregate score for the second nine holes on both courses (or six or three or one).

The winner of the match play stage will become the Champion Amateur Golfer for the year and is awarded the Championship Trophy and a Gold Medal. The runner-up receives a Silver Medal and each losing semi-finalist a Bronze Medal.

The winner of The Amateur Championship will be exempt into next month’s 148th Open Championship being staged at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Traditionally, the champion is also invited to compete in the following year’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National G.C. and also exempted into the 2020 U.S. Open Championship which is being held at Winged Foot G.C. in Mamaroneck, New York.

Finally, there is an informal rule that any GB&I player who wins the Amateur Championship in a Walker Cup year will be automatically selected for our team.

2018 Amateur Championship

Jovan REBULA (RSA) won the 2018 Amateur Championship beating Robin DAWSON (IRE) 3&2 in the 36 hole Final played at Royal Aberdeen G.C.

He was the first South African winner since Bobby Cole in 1966.

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Jovan Rebula (Photo: The R&A / Mark Runnacles / Getty Images)

Click here to view the – 2018 Amateur Championship Match Play Results

Fellow South African Wilco NIENABER was medalist in the preceeding Stroke Play Qualifying. He shot a 66 at Murcar Links and a 67 at Royal Aberdeen G.C. for a 133 (-8) total.

The top 64 and ties match play cut fell at +6 with 77 players progressing. There were 30 GB&I qualifiers amongst this number.

Click here to view the – 2018 Amateur Championship Stroke Play Qualifying Results

A Short History of The Amateur

The Amateur Championship was first played in April 1885 at Royal Liverpool G.C. Allan Macfie (SCO) was the first champion beating Horace Hutchinson (ENG) 7&6 in the Final.

Up until the Second World War it was a hugely prestigious event and in many of these early years was afforded a much higher standing in the game than The Open. Players like Johnny Ball (ENG), Harold Hilton (ENG) and Freddie Tait (SCO) were all amateurs and as good if not better than most of the professionals of the day.

With only modest rewards available in the professional game many of the better players simply stayed amateur. The great American Bobby Jones, who won The Amateur in 1930 on the way to his Grand Slam, remains the most well known career amateur.

Even after the war players remained amateur for much longer and famous names like Frank Stranahan (USA), Joe Carr (IRE), Sir Michael Bonallack (ENG) and Peter McEvoy (ENG) all built their reputations on Amateur Championship wins.

With the growth and transformation of the professional game from the early 1980s onwards both the better players and the media increasingly started to turn their backs on the amateur game.

Save for exceptional cases like Gary Wolstenholme (ENG) all continuity has been lost over the last 30 years and most of the young golfing stars of today rarely play any more than 2 or 3 Amateurs before being lured into the pro ranks by the huge rewards on offer.

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The Amateur Championship Trophy (Photo: Dominik Holyer) 

Past Winners

The greatest player in the history of The Amateur is Johnny Ball. The Hoylake man won the Championship a record 8 times between 1888 and 1912.

Only three other players have won the competition more than twice; Sir Michael Bonallack (5), Harold Hilton (4) and Joe Carr (3). Bonallack amazingly won it three years in a row between 1968-1970. The last person to retain The Amateur was Peter McEvoy in 1977 and ’78.

Prior to Jovan Rebula’s win in 2018 the previous 10 winners of The Amateur Championship were: –

2017  Harry Ellis (ENG) – Royal St. George’s G.C.
2016  Scott Gregory (ENG) – Royal Porthcawl G.C.
2015  Romain Langasque (FRA) – Carnoustie G.L.
2014  Bradley Neil (SCO) – Royal Portrush G.C.
2013  Garrick Porteous (ENG) – Royal Cinque Ports G.C.
2012  Alan Dunbar (IRE) – Royal Troon G.C.
2011  Bryden Macpherson (AUS) – Hillside G.C.
2010  Jin Jeong (KOR) – Muirfield
2009  Matteo Manassero (ITA) – Formby G.C.
2008  Reinier Sexton (NED) – Trump Tunberry

A great achievement and honour for all of the players listed above. However, it’s also another reminder of how incredibly tough golf is and that wins in the biggest events are no guarantee of success in the professional game.

Click here to view a complete list of – Amateur Championship winners

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The St. Andrews Links Trophy – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

9th June 2019

Round 4

Jake BURNAGE (ENG) from Saunton G.C. is the 2019 St. Andrews Links Trophy champion.

In a superb performance he recorded a 268 (-20) total and completed a remarkable comeback, having started the day 6 shots back of the leader Matty LAMB (ENG).

Talking to the St. Andrews Links Trust organisers afterwards Jake said “I love this pace that’s for sure. It’s basically my home because I’m a links golfer. It’s nothing new for myself. I forgot about last year (when he finished tied 3rd) and concentrated on doing the job this year. It’s amazing to turnaround and you suddenly see a lot of people behind you. It’s pretty cool. I love a crowd. I’m not scared of one, I’d much prefer to have one than not have one that’s my take on it.”

Burnage rose 96 places to 30th in the updated Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and as an existing initial squad member now looks a certainty for the GB&I Walker Cup team.

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Jake Burnage and Family (Photo: Burnage Family)

Matty LAMB (ENG) finished 2nd and whilst he will be frustrated there was much to admire in his play this week.

Today’s 36 holes were never going to be a straight forward coronation for Lamb and with conditions much better than originally expected there was always hope for the chasing pack.

Burnage made inroads this morning reducing Lamb’s lead to 3 shots at lunch.

Both players completed the front nine this afternoon in level par, Lamb appearing to be the steadier. However, Burnage then seized the initiative on the 10th with a birdie, reducing Lamb’s lead to 2 shots. The 618 yard par 5 14th proved to be the 2019 Championship’s pivotal hole. Burnage eagled from 10 feet whilst Lamb bogeyed. The three shot swing suddenly put Burnage in the driving seat, now with a 1 shot advantage with four holes to play. A little surprisingly, given the holes in question and the circumstances, both players pared in and the man from Devon was crowned the winner.

Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) shot 66 this afternoon to secure 3rd place on 271 (-17). James WILSON (SCO) 67 and Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) 68 also finished strongly to tied for 4th on 275 (-13).

Bailey GILL (ENG) recorded the best Round 4 score. His 65 lifted him up to tied 12th.

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The Final Results (Photo: St Andrews Links Trust / Intelligent Golf)

Click here to view the complete – 2019 St Andrews Links Trophy Results

Round 3

The good news for Matty LAMB (ENG) was he shot a solid 69 (-3) in his morning around on the Old Course. Five birdies were offset by a double bogey 6 on the 16th. As a result he continues to lead the St. Andrews Links Trophy on -20 after 54 holes.

The bad news was his nearest challenger Jake BURNAGE (ENG) showed no signs of going away.  The Devonian shot the best round of the remaining 40 players; a 66 (-6) including 7 birdies to move onto -17, now only 3 shots back with 18 holes to play.

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Jake Burnage’s Rd 3 Scorecard (Photo: St Andrews Links Trust / Intelligent Golf)

The final pair are playing some great golf including these two par rescues on the Road Hole – well worth a watch.

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Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) 67, Tiarnan MCLARNON (IRE) 68 and Josh GREER (AUS) 68 all moved up the leaderboard after good rounds.

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8th June 2019

Matty LAMB (ENG) followed yesterday’s 64 (-8) on the Jubilee Course with an even more impressive 63 (-9) on the Old Course today. After a bogey on the relatively straight forward first he produced 10 birdies in his remaining 17 holes, finishing with a back nine of 29.

I assume his 127 (-17) 36 hole total must be a Championship record.

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Matty Lamb’s Rd 2 Scorecard (Photo: St Andrews Links Trust / Intelligent Golf)

Conditions were a little better than anticipated with fewer showers and only modest winds all day. There were numerous low scores once again as the links was left relatively defenceless.

Jake BURNAGE (ENG) recorded the second best round of the day with a 64 (-8) to move into 2nd on -11.

Jake Burnage’s Rd 2 Scorecard (Photo: St Andrews Links Trust / Intelligent Golf)

One shot further back are Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) and Thomas PLUMB (ENG). Rafferty shot a 65 to move himself nicely into the mix whilst Yeovil’s Plumb produced a steadier 70. Both players will start the final day on -10.

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Caolan Rafferty’s Rd 2 Scorecard (Photo: St Andrews Links Trust / Intelligent Golf)

The top 40 and ties cut fell at 140 (-4) with 40 players progressing to the final day.

Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) recorded a 66 (-6) on Day 2 to make the cut and deliver the best recovery after his opening 74 (+2).

Colm CAMPBELL (IRE) 68, Ben CHAMBERLAIN (WAL) 68, Casey JARVIS (RSA) 68, David MICHELUZZI (AUS) 66, Joe PAGDIN (ENG) 68, Matt ROBERTS (WAL) 66 and Jamie STEWART (SCO) 68 were amongst those to enjoy good scores today. All went down fighting on the Old Course but had simply left themselves too much to do to make the cut.

Nicklas REGNER (AUT) missed the cut on 142 (-2) although he had the consolation of leaving St Andrews having holed his approach on the Old Course’s 18th hole for eagle.

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7th June 2019

Round 1 was played on the Jubilee Course. With sunny intervals and just a modest breeze blowing the 6,847 yard course was there for the taking. Many of the competitors were happy to oblige particularly on the front nine which played down wind.

Matty LAMB (ENG) and Tom PLUMB (ENG) both recorded 8 under par 64’s on Day 1 to set a sparkling pace.

Matty Lamb’s Rd 1 Scorecard (Photo: St Andrews Links Trust / Intelligent Golf)

Tom Plumb’s Rd 1 Scorecard (Photo: St Andrews Links Trust / Intelligent Golf)

Alexander FRANCES (DEN), Kyle MICHEL (AUS), Stuart EASTON (SCO), Callum FARR (ENG) and Rowan LESTER (IRE) are all tied 2nd, two shots back of the two leaders, after 66’s (-6).

There were two notable shots in Round 1. Ronan MULLARNEY‘s (IRE) round of 68 (-4) included a hole-in-one on the 192 yard 9th hole while Euan MCINTOSH (SCO) finished his round of 69 in style by holing his approach to the 468 yard 18th.

76 of the 144 players shot an under par score on Day 1 with a further 17 on level par.

36 players scored 69 (-3) or better.

Given the very low scoring today, the forecast of rain for much of tomorrow and the top 40 and ties cut after Round 2 on the Old Course many players will have already played themselves out of the Championship. Ben CHAMBERLAIN (WAL) +3, Wilco NIENABER (RSA) +3, David MICHELUZZI (AUS) +5, Jamie STEWART (SCO) +5 and Matt SAULEZ (RSA) +8 are amongst the more notable names who would appear to have no way back.

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6th June 2019

144 golfers from 21 different countries will tee off on Friday 7th June in the 31st St. Andrews Links Trophy.

This event has become one of the ‘Majors’ in men’s amateur golf helped by its venue and timing.

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R&A Clubhouse, St. Andrews (Photo: R&A Website)

Competition Format

The Links Trophy is a 72 hole scratch stroke play competition played over the St. Andrews Links in early June.

The field is primarily determined by reference to the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as at 2nd May 2019 and finished off with various National Golf Union and St. Andrews Links Trust nominations.

This year Round 1 will be played on the Jubilee Course – the New Course was used last year – with Round 2 on the Old Course.

Following a top 40 and ties cut on Saturday the leading players will play a final 36 holes on the Old Course on Sunday.

The Jubilee Course plays 6,742 yards to a par of 72. The front nine is 3,238 yards long with a par of 36 whilst the tougher back nine is 266 yards longer but to the same par.

Jubilee Course Scorecard (Photo: St. Andrews Links Trust)

The Old Course is 6,721 yards off the white tees and has a par of 72. Both nines have a par of 36 and have similar yardages – the front is 3,336 yards long whilst the back is a little longer at 3,385 yards.

Old Course Scorecard (Photo: St. Andrews Links Trust)

The winner will be the player who returns the lowest 72 hole aggregate score.

In the event of a tie a sudden death play-off will be held over holes 1 and 18 on the Old Course.

Ties for other places will be decided by the lowest score for the last 18 holes or the last 9 or 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole if necessary.

The Field

Click here to view the – 2019 St Andrews Links Trophy Rd 1 and Rd 2 Tee Times

The Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) placed the Links Trophy 7th in its 2018 Amateur Tournament Ranking based on the strength of it’s field. It was 8th in the same ranking in 2017.

22 of the 26 members of the 2019 GB&I Walker Cup Squad will be competing at St. Andrews this week.

From the Squad leading contenders Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG), Bailey GILL (ENG), Harry HALL (ENG), Ben JONES (ENG), Josh MCMAHON (ENG), Tom PLUMB (ENG), Conor PURCELL (IRE), Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Tom SLOMAN (ENG) and Euan WALKER (SCO) will all be looking to cement their places on the GB&I team in front of the watching selectors.

The defending champion John MURPHY (IRE) also returns to Scotland to try and become just the third player to win the Championship twice.

Of the four missing Walker Cup players Sandy SCOTT (SCO) is playing for the International Team at the Arnold Palmer Cup at The Alotian Club in Arkansas whilst Archie DAVIES (WAL), Conor GOUGH (ENG) and Mark POWER (IRE) are all busy with exams.

The attraction of St. Andrews always ensures a strong overseas entry. Blake COLLYER (AUS), Jordan DUMINY (RSA), Adrien DUMONT DE CHASSART (BEL), Mateo FERNANDEZ DE OLIVEIRA (ARG), Falko HANISCH (GER),

Michael HIRMER (GER), Alex HIETALA (FIN), Casey JARVIS (RSA), Jerry JI (NED), Jeong Weon KO (FRA), Charles LARCELET (FRA), Kyle MICHEL (AUS), David MICHELUZZI (AUS), Therion NEL (RSA), Wilco NIENABER (RSA), Yurev PREMLALL (RSA), Matt SAULEZ (RSA), Jayden SCHAPER (RSA), Sam SIMPSON (RSA) and Martin VORSTER (RSA) are amongst the most highly rated international entries.

Weather Forecast (as at Tuesday 4th June)

The current weather forecast appears mixed with rain over the weekend and swirling winds throughout.

Friday 8th June – Sunny Intervals. Wind 13 mph SE. Temp. Max. 14°C / Min 10°C.
Saturday 9th June – Heavy Rain. Wind 11 mph NE. Temp. Max. 13°C / Min 9°C.
Sunday 10th June – Light Rain. Wind 16 mph SW. Temp. Max. 15°C / Min 8°C.

Tee times in Rounds 1 and 2 start at 7.00am and end at 3.10pm so as with any links course the draw could play a big part in proceedings.

Prizes

The winner receives The St Andrews Links Trophy and a cheque for £500.

The runner-up and third place finisher also receive commemorative medals.

Reducing cash prizes are awarded to the top 10 finishers in all.

In addition to the main prizes The Ian Forbes Memorial Cup is awarded for the best aggregate score on the first two days of the Championship.

2018 St. Andrews Links Trophy

John MURPHY (IRE) beat Jannik DE BRUYN (GER) on the first play-off hole to win the 2018 St. Andrews Links Trophy.

John became the third Irish golfer to win the title following in the footsteps of Alan Dunbar (2009) and Conor O’Rourke (2016).

Both players completed the 72 holes in 278 shots (-9). De Bruyn fired a final round 68 on the Old Course to force the play-off.

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John Murphy (Photo: St. Andrews Links Trust / Kenny Smith Photography)

Jake BURNAGE (ENG) and Haydn BARRON (AUS) finished tied 3rd on 279 (-8), just one shot back.

The two other leading GB&I players were Laird SHEPHERD (ENG) who tied 5th on 280 (-7) and Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG) whose 281 (-6) total was good enough for tied 8th.

Click here to view the – 2018 St. Andrews Links Trophy Results

Past Winners

Matthew JORDAN (ENG) won in 2017. Click here to view the – 2017 St. Andrews Links Trophy Results

Conor O’ROURKE (IRE) won in 2016. Click here to view the – 2016 St. Andrews Links Trophy Results 

Click here to view a full list of the – St Andrews Links Trophy Past Winners

Only Craig WATSON (1992 and 1998), the Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) Walker Cup captain, and Barclay HOWARD (1994 and 1996) have won the title twice.

The most famous winner is Justin ROSE who won in 1997.

Interestingly given the normally cosmopolitan nature of the fields the Links Trophy has only been won by players from outside GB&I on three occasions – Australia’s Stuart BOVIER (1990), Daan HUIZING from The Netherlands (2012) and Federico ZUCCHETTI from Italy (2015).

Huizing, who had won the 2012 Lytham Trophy by 11 shots just a few weeks earlier, set a scoring record of -23 in 2012 (65 New, 64, 68 and 67 all Old) and won by an astonishing 14 shots.

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NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

29th May 2019

Stanford beat Texas 3-2-0 in today’s NCAA Division I Championship match to secure their 9th national title.

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The Stanford Team (Photo: Jack Dempsey NCAA Photos)

Isaiah Salinda’s victory over Cole Hammer, who was today named as the recipient of the Division I Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award, was arguably the key game in turning the match in favour of the Cardinal.

Henry Shimp, who Alex Fitzpatrick beat yesterday morning, secured the winning point for the California team.

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Click this link to view the – GOLFSTAT MATCH PLAY RESULTS – TEAM

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28th May 2019

Wake Forest lost 3-2-0 to Stanford in the quarter finals of the Match Play Stage of the NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship.

Freshman Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG), the last remaining GB&I player, led Wake Forest off against Stanford beating Junior Henry Shimp by 1 hole.

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Vanderbilt, Stanford, Oklahoma State and Texas were the four victorious teams on the opening morning of match play.

Stanford beat Vanderbilt 3-2-0 in their afternoon semi-final whilst Texas overcame defending champions and stroke play medalists Oklahoma State by the same scoreline. In the latter match two of the best amateurs in the world played off; Cole Hammer beat Matthew Wolff 4&3.

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27th May 2019

Matthew WOLFF (USA) of Oklahoma State won the Individual NCAA Division I National title. His 278 (-10) total was 5 shots better than second placed Steven FISK (USA).

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Matthew Wolff (Photo: Jack Dempsey NCAA Photos)

Just 5 players from the field of 156 recorded an under par score over the 72 holes.

Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) finished tied 15th in the Individual stroke play standings at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship. Consistent rounds of 75, 73, 72 and 72 saw him post a +4 total at the testing Blessings G.C. in Arkansas.

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The freshman from Sheffield helped his Wake Forest University team finish 3rd in the Team event.

Wake Forest will now play 6th placed Stanford University in the quarter finals of the Match Play Stage.

Oklahoma State justified their status as favourites by winning the 72 hole Stroke Play competition by 31 shots.

SMU defeated Clemson in a play-off to secure the final qualifying spot.

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Click these links to view the – GOLFSTAT STROKE PLAY RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

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26th May 2019

Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) and his Wake Forest team have both progressed to the final stroke play round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.

Alex is tied 23rd on +4 after 54 holes after improving rounds of 75, 73 and 72.

The first cut sees only the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams play a final 18 holes today.

Here are the 54 hole Team results: –

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Harry HALL (ENG) will have been disappointed with his final round in US College golf. His 78 saw him fall to 222 +6. Placed tied 34th after Round 3 he therefore missed out on one of the leading Individual spots. His UNLV team finished on 906 +42 in tied 20th place.

John MURPHY (IRE) +17 finished tied 110th and Dev MORLEY (IRE) +18 tied 119th. Their Louisville team were 29th on 932 +68.

The final round of stroke play will be played today to establish the eight teams that will progress to match play as well as the Individual champion.

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23rd May 2019

The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship starts tomorrow at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas with The University of Arkansas hosting this year’s competition.

Blessings G.C. has just finished hosting the Women’s NCAA Division I Championship and it is fair to say that the scoring was on the high side. It was clear that this is a tricky course where strategy is very important.

30 5-man teams and 6 individuals not on those teams qualified to play through six Regional events played on 13th – 15th May. To learn more about these please read my earlier article – NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2019 Preview & Results

54 holes of stroke play will be played on 24 – 26 May. A cut will then take place which will see the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams play a final 18 holes on 27 May. After 72 holes the leading 8 teams will qualify for the match play stage and an Individual champion will be found.

Match play then takes over on 28-29 May as the Team national champions are sought on the final two days of competition.

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There are four GB&I players in action – Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest), Harry Hall (UNLV), Dev Morley (Louisville) and John Murphy (Louisville). 

Alex Fitzpatrick, Harry Hall, Dev Morley and John Murphy (l-r) (Photo: Team Rosters)

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Here is a list of the competing teams and individuals, along with their Regional site result in brackets: –

TEAMS
Arizona State (Stanford 2nd)
Auburn (Kentucky 2nd)
Baylor (Kentucky 3rd)
Brigham Young (Pullman 2nd)
California (Myrtle Beach 4th)
Clemson (Austen 3rd)
Duke (Athens 2nd)
Georgia (Athens 1st)
Georgia Southern (Stanford 4th)
Georgia Tech (Pullman 4th)
Illinois (Myrtle Beach 1st)
LSU (Stanford 5th)
Liberty (Athens 5th)
Louisville (Kentucky 4th)
North Carolina (Stanford 3rd)
North Florida (Kentucky 5th)
Ohio State (Myrtle Beach 2nd)
Oklahoma (Pullman 3rd)
Oklahoma State (Kentucky 1st)
Pepperdine (Austen 4th)
SMU (Athens 4th)
Southern California (Austen 5th)
South Carolina (Pullman 5th P/O)
Stanford (Stanford 1st)
TCU (Austen 2nd)
Texas (Austen 1st)
Texas A&M (Pullman 1st)
UNLV (Myrtle Beach 5th)
Vanderbilt (Athens 3rd)
Wake Forest (Myrtle Beach 3rd)

INDIVIDUALS
Kyler Dunkle – Utah (Stanford T6)
Tripp Kinney – Iowa State (Kentucky Medalist)
Julian Perico – Arkansas (Austen T6)
Billy Tom Sargent – Western Kentucky (Athens T4 P/O)
Zach Smith – UC Santa Barbara (Pullman 2nd)
Edwin Yi – Oregon (Myrtle Beach 2nd)

Defending champions Oklahoma State remain the outstanding team in U.S. college golf and will again enter the Championship as the clear favourites.

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The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships were held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The hosting team OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY won the team title, defeating Alabama, 5-0-0 in the match play final.

Broc EVERETT of Augusta University won the individual title. He beat Brandon Mancheno of Auburn on the first play-off hole after both players had recorded a 281 (-7) total score during the 72 hole stroke play qualifying.

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The Brabazon Trophy – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

2nd June 2019

Rotherham’s Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) won the 2019 English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship finishing the competition with another hugely impressive under par round.

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The Schmidt Family (Photo: Yorkshire Golf / Jonathan Plaxton)

When Schmidt took the lead on Friday night very few people would have expected the 16 year old to see out such a prestigious event with apparent ease.

In the end two 69’s over the weekend took him to a 271 (-13) finishing total and a 5 shot victory. He is believed to be the youngest ever winner of the Brabazon Trophy which was being played for the 73rd time.

To drop only 6 shots over the 72 holes at Alwoodley G.C. clearly shows the potential of the Yorkshireman who seemed to thrive on being the hometown favourite.

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Ben Schmidt’s Scorecard (Photo: England Golf / GolfBox)

Schmidt and Harry HALL (ENG) were tied on -11 after 11 holes of the final round but it was the teenager who showed nerves of steel over the closing holes. He picked up birdies on the 12th and 17th and calmly pulled away from the experienced Cornishman in what was always going to be an 18 hole shoot out. Three late bogeys from the now chasing Hall helped make the tough Alwoodley finish relatively straight forward for the champion elect.

Talking to England Golf afterwards Schmidt said “It’s amazing. I played great. It’s good to get my name on the trophy and to be the youngest ever one to do it makes it even more special.”

Hall finished 2nd on -8 one shot ahead of a fast finishing Euan WALKER (SCO) whose 66 was the joint best score of the day and lifted him into 3rd place. Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) matched the Scotsman’s -5 round earlier in the afternoon.

Ben FIRTH, also from Yorkshire, finished 4th on 280 (-4) for the best finish of his career.

In what proved to be a largely disappointing tournament for International players Kyle DE BEER (RSA) benefited from a 7-under weekend to finish tied 5th alongside David LANGLEY (ENG).

Here’s a screenshot of the leading players with a link to the full results beneath.

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Click here to view the full – 2019 Brabazon Trophy Results

Round 4 saw an average score of 72.30 (+1.30). The average front nine score today was 35.83 (-0.17 to par) whilst the back nine score was 36.47 (+1.47).

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1st June 2019

Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) moved on to -11 after a third round 69 (-2) at Alwoodley. He showed no sign of nerves with a 3-under par front nine but may live to regret a final hole bogey which took the edge of a steady back nine and saw his 54 hole lead reduced to just 1 shot.

Harry HALL (ENG), who produced a new course record 63 (-8), moved back up the leaderboard and into 2nd place on -10.

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Harry Hall’s Round 3 Scorecard (Photo: England Golf / GolfBox)

Jake HAPGOOD (WAL) continues to impress in Yorkshire. Three under par rounds of 69, 68 and 70 will see him enter the final day in 3rd place on -6.

Charlie THORNTON (ENG) 70 and David LANGLEY (ENG) 71 are on -5 and are tied 4th.

Luca FILIPPI (RSA) and Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) both enjoyed good days too. Their 66’s (-5) lifted them up to 7th and tied 14th respectively.

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Leading Round 3 Scores (Photo: England Golf / GolfBox)

Round 3 saw the average score lowered to 71.74 helped by a reduction to 63 competing players. 64 players made the cut but Alex Dixon +4 WD before play started. The average front nine score today was 35.57 (-0.43 to par) whilst the back nine score was 36.14 (+1.17).

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31st May 2019

16 year old Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) backed up his good opening round with a 64 (-7) in Round 2. He tied the Alwoodley course record with an unblemished card and 7 birdies. He now leads the Brabazon Trophy by 3-shots on 133 (-9).

Talking to England Golf afterwards Ben said “I got off to a good start, birdieing the first three holes. Front nine was really solid, quite a few birdies. I hit a lot of good iron shots in today. I hit a couple really stiff for tap in birdies. A couple of long irons which were key for me. It’s my lowest ever round, 7-under. I’m just looking for the same again for the next few days. It’s probably not going to be 7-under again but I can’t go out with the mindset of like I’m leading. I’ve just got go out, refresh and start again. I’ve played well and putted well, key putts and long birdie putts.”

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Ben Schmidt’s Round 2 Scorecard (Photo: England Golf / GolfBox)

Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) recorded a 70 in Round 2 and will go into the weekend in 2nd place on -6.

Day 2 saw much lower scoring. There were 21 rounds in the 60’s compared with just 6 yesterday.

David LANGLEY (ENG) 67, Jake HAPGOOD (WAL) 68, Jamie STEWART (SCO) 65, Charlie THORNTON (ENG) 67, Ben FIRTH (ENG) 66, Ben HALLAM (ENG) 68, Ben JONES (ENG) 68, Ben CATON (SCO) 69, Euan WALKER (SCO) and Josh MCMAHON (ENG) all moved nicely into contention.

Of particular note Jamie Stewart’s 65 included a 29 (-7) on the front nine whilst Ben Firth’s 69, a 30 (-5) on the back nine.

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Leading Round 2 Scores (Photo: England Golf / GolfBox)

The Round 2 scores followed a similar pattern to Round 1 but with easier playing conditions and more experience the scoring was better. The average front nine score today was 35.91 (-0.09 to par / Rd 1 36.70) whilst the back nine score was 37.04 (+2.04 / Rd 1 38.29). The average Round 2 score by the field was 72.95 (+1.95 / Rd 1 74.99).

64 players made the top 60 and ties cut which fell at 146 (+4). Amongst those to miss out were Jayden SCHAPER (RSA) +5, John MURPHY (IRE) +5, Oliver FARRELL (ENG) +6, Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) +7, Tom THURLOWAY (ENG) +7, David HAGUE (ENG) +8 and Kieran CANTLEY (ENG) +9.

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30th May 2019

Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) leads the Brabazon Trophy at the end of Day 1. Charlie has shown good form in 2019 and will be delighted with an opening bogey-free 66 (-5) around the tough Alwoodley course.

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Charlie Strickland’s Round 1 Scorecard (Photo: England Golf / GolfBox)

Harry HALL (ENG) is second on 68 (-3), two shots further back. Harry, who recently graduated from UNLV, travelled back from the NCAA Division I National Championship in Arkansas earlier this week and I am pleased to see he has quickly re-acclimatised to the UK.

James WILSON (SCO), Ben SCHMIDT (ENG), Jake HAPGOOD (WAL) and Jake BOLTON (ENG) are all tied 3rd on 69 (-2).

Ben Schmidt is unsurprisingly not the only Yorkshireman to be featuring at home. Bailey GILL 70 (-1), Sam BAIRSTOW 70 (-1), Charlie THORNTON 71 (Ev), winner at Alwoodley of the 2018 North of England Amateur Open, and Charlie DAUGHTREY 71 (Ev) are all in the top 15 too.

Irish pair Caolan RAFFERTY 70 (-1) and Conor PURCELL 71 (Ev) are both nicely placed despite disappointing finishes today. Both continue to be travelling nicely down the path to Walker Cup selection in my eyes.

The Round 1 scores clearly highlighted the fact that the front nine at Alwoodley is much easier than the back. As the table below shows the average front nine score was 36.70 (+0.70 to par), helped by the prevailing wind, whilst the back nine played to 38.29 (+3.29).  The closing holes proved to be very challenging and their rankings show why so many of today’s rounds were ruined in the latter stages. The average round by the field was 74.99. (+3.99).

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Round 1 Course Stats (Photo: England Golf / GolfBox)

As you can also see there were 9 eagles on Day 1, all on the front nine. Interestingly three of them came on par 4’s. I assume Cameron LOMBARD (ENG) and Tom THURLOWAY (ENG) both chipped in on the 305 yard 2nd but Alexander HERMANN (GER) must have holed a longer shot on the 370 yard 5th.

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27th May 2019

The 73rd English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy will be played at Alwoodley Golf Club between 30th May and 2nd June.

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Alwoodley Golf Club in October 2018 (Photo: Golf Bible)

Format

The competition consists of 72 holes of stroke play golf with 18 holes being played each day.

A 36 hole cut will take place with only the leading 60 competitors and ties progressing to the two weekend rounds.

In the event of a tie for the Championship on Sunday, there will be a sudden death play off.

Field

164 competitors will start the 2019 Championship, an increase of 8 on last year at Frilford Heath.

England has 94 entries with 10 other countries represented.

The start sheet for Rounds 1 and 2 can be viewed here – 2019 Brabazon Trophy Draw

98 players were exempted into the field based on their previous accomplishments with a further 66 progressing from two qualifiers held on 14th May 2019.

Charlie DAUGHTREY (Rotherham G.C.) and Blair MORTON (Royal Troon G.C.) shot 68’s (-2) at Lindrick to lead the way in the North Qualifier. Ben HALLAM (Wychwood Park G.C.) was one of 10 players to shoot 73 (+3) but the only one to progress as he picked up the 33rd spot on count back.

James NEWTON (ENG) finished T56 at Lindrick after a 74 (+4) to miss out. I mention this as just a few days later he easily won the Irish Amateur Open Championship at County Sligo G.C.

Click here to view the full North Qualifier Results

Liam PHIPPS (Olton G.C.) and George LEVERSUCH (Wanstead G.C.) led the qualifiers at Hindhead G.C. in the South Qualifier after both posted 66 (-4). 73 (+3) was again the cut mark with Josh DAVIS (Sedlescombe G.C.), James EARL (Tandridge G.C.) and Matt KIPPEN (Enmore Park G.C.) taking the final qualifying spots. A further 8 players missed out after the count back was applied.

Phipps went on to win The Lagonda Trophy at Gog Magog G.C. on 23rd May so is clearly confident and in form.

Click here to view the full South Qualifier Results

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9th Hole, Alwoodley Golf Club in October 2018 (Photo: Golf Bible)

19 of the 26 players included in the Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) Walker Cup Squad will be competing at Alwoodley. These are Jake BURNAGE (ENG), Kieran CANTLEY (SCO), Ben CHAMBERLAIN (WAL), Bailey GILL (ENG), David HAGUE (ENG), Harry HALL (ENG), Jake HAPGOOD (WAL), Ben JONES (ENG), Euan MCINTOSH (SCO), John MURPHY (IRE), Tom PLUMB (ENG), Conor PURCELL (IRE), Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Tom SLOMAN (ENG), Jamie STEWART (SCO), James SUGRUE (IRE), Tom THURLOWAY (ENG), Euan WALKER (SCO) and Robin WILLIAMS (ENG).

Other players who have shown good form in 2019 and are therefore worth keeping an eye on include Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG), Jake BOLTON (ENG), Joe BRYCE (SCO), Harvey BYERS (ENG), Stuart EASTON (SCO), Callum FARR (ENG), Oliver FARRELL (ENG), Harry GODDARD (ENG), Marc HAMMER (GER), Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), Matty LAMB (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG), Joe LONG (ENG), Josh MCMAHON (ENG), Wilco NIENABER (RSA), Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG), Laurie OWEN (ENG), Jayden SCHAPER (RSA), Ben SCHMIDT (ENG), Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) and Charlie THORNTON (ENG).

Last year’s Brabazon Trophy was ranked 41st by the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) based on the strength of its field. This represented a significant fall from 17thin 2017. Hopefully it will recover some of its prestige this year when the field analysis is completed.

Interestingly Alwoodley G.C. will also be broadcasting live coverage of the first round on their YouTube channel and sharing highlights across their other social media channels.

Prizes

The Winner receives the magnificent gold Brabazon Trophy shown in the photo below.

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The Champion’s Prize and Brabazon Trophy (Photo: Golf Bible)

Prize vouchers will be awarded to those players finishing in the top three.

Two other prizes are connected to the Brabazon Trophy competition.

The George Henriques Salver is awarded to the leading GB&I player in the Championship under the age of 20.

The Philip Scruton Jug is awarded later in the year to the player returning the best aggregate scores in The Brabazon Trophy and The Berkshire Trophy (which will be played on 22nd and 23rd June).

Alwoodley Golf Club

Alwoodley G.C. is located on heathland a few miles north of Leeds city centre in Yorkshire.

The first design by renowned architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie, one of the founders of the Club, it was opened in 1907. Alwoodley is nowadays rightly considered one of the finest courses in Great Britain.

The recent addition of new championship tees has stretched the course to over 6,900 yards so whilst the players are in for a treat they are hopefully going to be challenged too given the par of 71.

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Alwoodley G.C. Scorecard (Photo: Alwoodley G.C.)

Whilst the back nine is a little shorter it delivers a good finish with six strong finishing holes. The inward nine has the lower par of 35 and generally plays into the prevailing westerly wind.

Weather Forecast

The weather is looking good; generally dry with a modest breeze over the four days.

Thu 30th May – Showers / Wind 17 mph W / Temp. Min. 13°C, Max. 19°C.
Fri 31st May – Light Cloud / Wind 14 mph SW / Temp. Min. 13°C, Max. 21°C.
Sat 1st June – Light Cloud / Wind 10 mph SW / Temp. Min. 15°C / Min 23°C.
Sun 2th May – Light Cloud / Wind 12 mph SW / Temp. Min. 11°C / Max. 19°C.

It is worth remembering that Rounds 1 and 2 will see players tee off the 1st from 7.00am right through until 3.40pm.

2018 Brabazon Trophy

Nick POPPLETON (ENG) won the 2018 Brabazon Trophy at Frilford Heath G.C.

Poppleton and Wilco NIENABER (RSA) both finished the 72 holes on the Red Course with 272 -16 totals.

The par 3 9thhole was used for the sudden death play-off. On the second playing of it Poppleton chipped in to take the famous title.

Click here to view the – 2018 Brabazon Trophy Results

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Nick Poppleton (Photo: Golf Bible)

Click these links to view the other recent results: –

Woodhall Spa – 2017 Brabazon Trophy Results

London G.C. – 2016 Brabazon Trophy Results

History, Past Winners and Records

The English Amateur International Trophy competition was first played in 1947.

In 1957 the official title was changed to the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

The current trophy was donated by Lord Brabazon of Tara in 1948 and the event has come to be widely known as the Brabazon Trophy.

Click here to view the full list of – Brabazon Trophy Past Winners

The first player to successfully defend the title was Ronnie WHITE who won at Birkdale in 1950 and nearby Formby in 1951.

Shortly afterwards Philip SCRUTTON won the Brabazon three times in four years (1952, ‘54 & ‘55).

Sir Michael BONALLACK has four wins to his name. The first came at Royal Cinque Ports in 1964 and the last at Hillside in 1971. At Moortown in 1969, with play-offs having been discarded at this time, he shared the title with Rodney FOSTER.

Other well known British winners of the Brabazon include Gordon Brand Jnr, Sandy Lyle (2), Peter MCEVOY, Ronan Rafferty and Ronnie SHADE (3).

Other notable European winners include well known pros Ignacio GARRIDO (1992) and Peter HANSON (1998).

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Irish Amateur Open Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

19th May 2019

James NEWTON (ENG), from the Prestbury G.C. in Cheshire, England, has won the 2019 Irish Amateur Open Championship at County Sligo G.C.

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James Newton (Photo: Pat Cashman Photography / @GUIGolf)

Entering the event Newton was ranked 1,879th in the SPWAR and 2,710th in the WAGR so a victory of this magnitude has to be considered a major surprise.

He recorded rounds of 66, 66, 69 and 74 for a 275 -9 total.

Not surprisingly he started and finished a little nervously today but having settled down he played very nicely between holes 4 and 14, where he was 4 under par, to ensure he completed the job with some ease. After a triple bogey on the par 3 16th he showed good composure to par his final two holes.

“It’s nice to have a win early on in the season,” Newton said in an interview with the Golf Union of Ireland afterwards. “One of my goals was to win a 72 hole event, I’ve ticked that off quite early. I need to go back and re-evaluate my goals now. I changed coach last October and moved to Peter Barber at Didsbury Golf Club. The good has always been good enough and he has made the bad a lot better”.

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James Newton’s Complete Scorecard (Photo: GUI / Golfbox)

Sadly earlier this week he failed to qualify for the Brabazon Trophy at the Lindrick Qualifier and with the above rankings has currently not made the grade for either the St. Andrews Links Trophy or The Amateur Championship. Hopefully a ‘Committee Exemption’ can be found to get him into some or all of these events in the next few weeks.

Conor PURCELL (IRE) 280 -4 finished 2nd 5-shots back. It was another excellent result for GB&I’s number 1 player, particularly coming after his missed cut at Lytham.

Josh MCMAHON (ENG), recent winner of the Lytham Trophy,  also continued his good form with a tied 7th finish on +2.

The best Round 4 came from the Italian International Amateur champion Brandon DIETZEL (GER) who shot a bogey free 67. He rose 39 places to finish alongside McMahon in the Top 10.

The average score on Day 4 was 74.53 with the majority of the players again going backwards.

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The Irish Amateur Open Final Results (Photo: GUI / Golfbox)

View the Full Results here – 2019 Irish Amateur Open Results

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18th May 2019

Overnight leader James NEWTON (ENG) showed no sign of nerves on Day 3. His 69 lifted him to -12 and extended his lead to 5 shots heading into tomorrow’s final round.

Scoring proved to be much tougher in Round 3 with cloudier and windier conditions finally allowing County Sligo to take some revenge on the field. The average score rising to 76.26, nearly four shots higher than in both of the opening two rounds.

With 18 holes to play tomorrow Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) is 2nd on -7 and Arron EDWARDS-HILL (ENG) -6 3rd.

Mark POWER (IRE) benefitted from an early tee time to post a 68 (-3), the best score of the day. Like Marc Hammer yesterday he finished with an eagle 2 on the short 18th. As a result he rose 65 places to tied 28th on moving day.

Conor PURCELL‘s (IRE) consistent play, rounds of 70, 69 and 69 to date, has seen him creep up the leaderboard each day; he’s now up to tied 4th on -5. He should theoretically be able to play with a bit more freedom than his peers tomorrow so could easily mount a challenge.

Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) shot a 1-over 72 today to finish the round on -5 for the tournament. He now sits alongside Purcell in tied 4th.

The top 50 and ties cut fell at +6 with 56 players progressing.

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17th May 2019

James NEWTON (ENG) shot a second successive 66 at the Irish Amateur Open to move into the lead on -10. In an almost identical round to yesterday he recorded one eagle (again on the 12th), four birdies and a bogey.

Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) unsurprisingly found golf a little harder on Day 2 after the heroics of yesterday. His 72 (+1) saw him finishing Round 2 in 2nd place overall.

The best round of the day came from Marc HAMMER (GER) who shot a 7-under 64. The icing on the cake coming with a holed wedge on his final hole. Marc moved to -7 and will start tomorrow in 3rd.

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Marc Hammer’s Round 2 Scorecard (Photo: GUI / Golfbox)

Five players are tied 4th for the Championship on -6. Keith EGAN (IRE) 66, Robert MORAN (IRE) 68, Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) 69,  Koen KOUWENAAR (NED) 69 and Arron EDWARDS-HILL (ENG) 69 all played their way into contention in Round 2.

It’s worth recording the consistency to date of both Moran and Edwards-Hill. They have both just bogeyed one hole over the first 36 holes on the testing County Sligo course.

Lytham Trophy winner Josh MCMAHON (ENG) is tied 9th after a 65 (-6) lifted him 50 places up the leaderboard.

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Josh McMahon’s Round 2 Scorecard (Photo: GUI / Golfbox)

Cathal BUTLER (IRE) matched McMahon with a blemish free 66 of his own. The Kinsale man jumped 82 spots after opening with a 75 in Round 1.

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Cathal Butler’s Round 2 Scorecard (Photo: GUI / Golfbox)

The Round 2 average score was identical to yesterday’s at 72.49 so despite a little more breeze lots of high quality golf was again seen.

By way of reminder the top 50 and ties cut will take place after Saturday’s third round.

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16th May 2019

Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) shot a course record 62 (-9) to take the Round 1 lead at the Irish Amateur Open.

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Ronan Mullarney’s Round 1 Scorecard (Photo: GUI / Golfbox)

Tied for 2nd James NEWTON (ENG), Robbie MUIR (SCO) and Euan WALKER (SCO) all posted 66’s (-5).

The average Round 1 score was 72.49 with 36 players shooting under par on a near perfect day at Rosses Point.

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12th May 2019

The 2019 Irish Amateur Open Championship, sponsored by Flogas, starts on Thursday 16th May at County Sligo G.C. at Rosses Point, in the western province of Connacht.

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County Sligo G.C. (Photo: Rossespoint.ie)

Format and Tee Times

A field of 132 golfers from 14 different countries will tee off in what will be the 82nd playing of this competition.

The Irish Amateur Open is a 72-hole stroke play event organised by the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI).

18 holes are played on the first three days before a top 50 and ties cut is made. A final 18 holes are then played by the leading competitors.

View the Draw for Rounds 1 and 2 here – 2019 Irish Amateur Open Tee Times

In the event of a tie for the Championship the players concerned will play 3 holes of stroke play. The player with the lowest aggregate total being the winner. If a winner still hasn’t been determined then the play-off moves to sudden death over the same holes.

The Irish Amateur Open Champion Golfer is awarded a superb silver trophy (see below). Irish winners are allowed to take the trophy back to their Club for the year whereas overseas winners must return it to the GUI after the prize presentation.

Course

County Sligo G.C.’s championship course was designed by Harry Colt and measures 7,157 yards, playing to a par of 71. The front nine is 3,557 yards long (par 36) and the back nine 3,600 yards (par 35).

Players will tee off between 7.00am and 3.15pm on each of the first three days so changes in the weather and wind speeds can be expected to play a big part in scoring.

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County Sligo G.C. (Photo: Golfbreaks.com)

Players

Many of GB&I’s leading amateur golfers will be competing in north west Ireland.

However the field does look weaker than in previous years when Royal County Down was the host. Players finishing the U.S. college season, some taking exams at home and the harder logistics of getting to Sligo have all contributed to this position.

There are nine members of the recently announced 26-man Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Squad playing; these are (Nationality / SPWAR), Jake BURNAGE (ENG / #114), Kieran CANTLEY (SCO / #450), Ben CHAMBERLAIN (WAL / #508), Jake HAPGOOD (WAL / #372), Euan MCINTOSH (SCO / #242), Mark POWER (IRE / #183), Conor PURCELL (IRE / #22), James SUGRUE (IRE / #220) and Euan WALKER (SCO / #45).

Josh MCMAHON (ENG / #123), the winner of the Lytham Trophy, is in the field as are Harry GODDARD (ENG / #173), Stephen ROGER (SCO / #326) and Laurie OWEN (ENG / #401) who also featured prominently in Lancashire.

Other players who could contend include Jake BOLTON (ENG / #276), Aaron EDWARDS-HILL (ENG / #304), Michael HIRMER (GER / #69), Matias HONKALA (FIN / #352), Jim JOHNSTON (SCO / #494), Matty LAMB (ENG / #332), David LANGLEY (ENG / #126),  Peter O’KEEFFE (IRE / #659), Tiarnan MACLARNAN (IRE / #207), Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE / #120), Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG / #606), Charlie THORNTON (ENG / #459), James WILSON (SCO / #358) and Jeff WRIGHT (SCO / #569).

Weather Forecast

The latest weather forecast (as at Sunday 12th May) currently looks very good for all four competition days – mainly sunny with relatively modest winds.

Thu 16th May – Sunny Intervals / Wind 9 mph E / Temp. Min. 8°C / Max. 17°C.
Fri  17th May – Sunny Intervals / Wind 10 mph E / Temp. Min. 8°C / Max. 16°C.
Sat  18th May – Sunny Intervals / Wind 11 mph NE / Temp. Min. 8°C / Min. 16°C.
Sun 19th May – Sunny Intervals / Wind 11 mph E / Temp. Min. 9°C / Max. 17°C.

The 2018 Irish Amateur Open Championship

Robin DAWSON (IRE) completed a wire to wire victory at the 2018 Irish Amateur Open, helped in no small part by a superb 65 (-6) in Round 1.

The Tramore G.C. man started the final round 6-shots clear but after a final round 77 had to settle for a 282 (-2) total.

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Robin Dawson (Photo: Cashman Photography)

John GOUGH (ENG) and Alex GLEESON (IRE) tied for 2nd on +2 with Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) one shot further back on +3, 3rd.

Click this link to view the final – 2018 Irish Amateur Open Championship Result

History, Past Winners and Records

The Irish Amateur Open Championship was first played in 1892 with early winners including the English amateur greats John Ball and Harold Hilton.

Between 1894 and 1901 (6 years) the competition was played as part of the Irish Championship Meeting alongside a professional tournament.

The Championship was not played during both World Wars.

It was also not played between 1960 and 1994, I assume, due to a lack of interest from overseas players amidst concerns over safety.

Prior to 1958 it was a match play event but since returning to the amateur calendar in 1995 it has been 72 holes of stroke play.

To view a list of past winners click here – Irish Amateur Open Past Champions

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NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2019 Preview & Results

15th May 2019

81 5-man teams and 45 individuals contested the six 54 hole Regional Tournaments played on 13th – 15th May.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each Regional advanced to the National Championships.

The 2019 National Team and Individual titles will be decided on 24th – 29th May at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas with The University of Arkansas hosting this year’s Championship.

There is more background on these NCCA Division I events at the bottom of this article.

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You will find a results summary below with a full list of the teams and individuals selected to participate in the 2019 six Regional events.

20 GB&I players started the Regional stage. All of them are shown below in bold type.

Following the completion of the Regionals Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest), Harry Hall (UNLV), Dev Morley (Louisville) and John Murphy (Louisville) have all qualified for the National Championships.

University of Georgia Golf Course – ATHENS, Georgia
Hosted by the University of Georgia

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Georgia -8, 2. Duke -1, 3. Vanderbilt +1, 4. SMU +16, 5. Liberty +18

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Billy Tom Sargent (Western Kentucky) beat Stephen Osborne (Nevada) on the third play off hole after they both finished on -3 T4.

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Vanderbilt (5)
  2. Duke (6)
  3. Georgia (12)
  4. Liberty (20)
  5. Alabama (31)
  6. Tennessee (31) – Rhys Nevin-Wharton (ENG / JR) +4 T21
  7. Campbell (32) [Big South Conference]
  8. Kentucky (56)
  9. Nevada (48)
  10. SMU (44)
  11. Memphis (80) [American Athletic Conference] – Brad Bawden (ENG / SR) -2 6th
  12. University of North Carolina Wilmington (111) [Colonial Athletic Association]
  13. Princeton (157) [The Ivy League]

Individuals:

  1. Roland Massimino, Kansas State
  2. Jacob Eklund, Kansas State
  3. Eduardo Carrete, Jacksonville
  4. Keller Harper, Furman
  5. Jeremy Gandon, Kansas State
  6. Billy Tom Sargent, Western Kentucky
  7. Logan Sowell, College of Charleston
  8. John Gough (ENG / JR), Charlotte +11 T46
  9. Jordan Warnock, University of South Carolina Upstate
  10. Will Halamandaris, Lafayette

University of Texas Golf Club – AUSTIN, Texas
Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Texas -25, 2. TCU -5, 3. Clemson -1, 4. Pepperdine +6, 5. Southern California +8

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Julian Perico (Arkansas) -3 T6

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Texas (7)
  2. Southern California (10)
  3. Pepperdine (16) [West Coast Conference]
  4. Clemson (21)
  5. TCU (29)
  6. Arkansas (33) [Southeastern Conference]
  7. Iowa (41)
  8. Marquette (46) [Big East Conference] – Oliver Farrell (ENG / SR) +7 T32
  9. San Jose State (66)
  10. Saint Mary’s – California (59)
  11. Sam Houston State (81) [Southland Conference]
  12. University of Missouri-Kansas City (99) [Western Athletic Conference]
  13. Prairie View A&M (240) [Southwestern Athletic Conference]
  14. Army West Point (211) [Patriot League]

Individuals:

  1. Blake Elliott, McNeese
  2. Angus Flanagan (ENG / SO), Minnesota +4 T20
  3. Cody Burrows, Oral Roberts
  4. Jake Benson (ENG / SO), Rice +12 T47
  5. Jeffrey Peters, Saint Peter’s

University of LOUISVILLE Golf Club – Simpsonville, Kentucky
Hosted by the University of Louisville

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Oklahoma State -14, 2. Auburn -10, 3. Baylor -7, 4. LOUISVILLE +7, 5. North Florida +8

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Tripp Kinney (Iowa State) -7 Medalist

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Oklahoma State (1) [Big 12 Conference]
  2. Auburn (15)
  3. North Florida (17) [ASUN Conference]
  4. Louisville (19) – Dev Morley (IRE / JR) +4 T29 and John Murphy (IRE / JR) -2 T12
  5. Baylor (22)
  6. Arkansas State (36) [Sun Belt Conference]
  7. Iowa State (38)
  8. West Virginia (50)
  9. Arizona (49)
  10. Mississippi State (60)
  11. New Mexico (57) [Mountain West Conference]
  12. Jacksonville State (116) [Ohio Valley Conference]
  13. Southern Illinois (112) [Missouri Valley Conference]

Individuals:

  1. Jordan Hahn, Wisconsin
  2. Jamie Stewart (SCO / SO), Missouri +11 T55
  3. Miguel Delgado, Notre Dame
  4. Trent Wallace, Illinois State
  5. Jimmy Hervol, UConn
  6. Logan Lowe, George Washington
  7. David Rauer, Illinois State
  8. Garrett Wood, Xavier
  9. Duncan McNeill (SCO / SR), Toledo -2 T12
  10. George Kneiser, Green Bay

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TPC Myrtle Beach – MYRTLE BEACH Beach, South Carolina
Hosted by Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Illinois -25, 2. Ohio State -20, 3. WAKE FOREST -15, 4. California -14, 5. UNLV -8

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIER: Edwin Yi (Oregon) -14 2nd

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Wake Forest (4) – Alex Fitzpatrick (ENG / FR) +3 34th
  2. California (8)
  3. Texas Tech (18) – Sandy Scott (SCO / JR) Ev T20
  4. Illinois (23) [Big Ten Conference]
  5. Florida State (25) – Jamie Li (ENG / JR) -11 3rd
  6. UNLV (34) – Harry Hall (ENG / SR) -2 T14
  7. Oregon (35)
  8. Ohio State (52)
  9. Northwestern (54) – Ryan Lumsden (SCO / SR) Ev T20 and Eric McIntosh (SCO / SO) +11 T63
  10. Oregon State (62)
  11. Cal State Fullerton (67) [Big West Conference]
  12. Middle Tennessee (110) [Conference USA]
  13. VCU (134) [Atlantic 10 Conference] – Kristian Tannum Donaldson (ENG / SO) +2 T31
  14. Robert Morris (259) [Northeast Conference]

Individuals:

  1. Jack Lang, Davidson
  2. Zack Taylor, Coastal Carolina
  3. Stuart Easton (SCO / JR), Western Kentucky +4 T35
  4. Kyler Tate, University of Central Florida
  5. Florian Schroedl, Fairleigh Dickinson

Palouse Ridge Golf Club – PULLMAN, Washington
Hosted by Washington State University

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Texas A&M -33, 2. Brigham Young -31, 3. Oklahoma -30, 4. Georgia Tech -22, 5. South Carolina -21 (who beat Colorado State in a play-off for 5th place)

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Zach Smith (UC Santa Barbara) -13 2nd

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Oklahoma (9)
  2. Georgia Tech (2) [Atlantic Coast Conference]
  3. South Carolina (11)
  4. Texas A&M (28)
  5. UCLA (26)
  6. Brigham Young (39)
  7. Colorado State (42)
  8. Florida (43)
  9. Michigan State (63)
  10. Purdue (47)
  11. Kent State (86) [Mid-American Conference]
  12. Northern Colorado (115) [Big Sky Conference]
  13. Wright State (209) [Horizon League]
  14. Iona College (245) [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] – Oisin Devereux (IRE / JR) +9 61st

Individuals:

  1. Thomas Hutchison, UC Davis
  2. Zach Smith, UC Santa Barbara
  3. Daniel O’Loughlin (ENG / JR), Colorado +2 T47
  4. Tim Widing, San Francisco
  5. Jake Chanen, Grand Canyon

Stanford Golf Course – STANFORD, California
Hosted by Stanford University

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Stanford -23, T2. Arizona State -11, T2 North Carolina -11, 4. Georgia Southern -6, 5. LSU +2

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Kyler Dunkle (Utah) -6 T6

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Arizona State (3)
  2. Stanford (14) [Pac-12 Conference]
  3. LSU (13)
  4. NC State (24)
  5. North Carolina (24)
  6. South Florida (37)
  7. Kansas (40)
  8. Virginia (45)
  9. Ole Miss (51)
  10. Georgia Southern (53)
  11. UNC Greensboro (55) [Southern Conference]
  12. Augusta University (124) [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
  13. Denver (131) [The Summit League]

Individuals:

  1. Austin Squires, Cincinnati
  2. Riley Elmes, Loyola Marymount University
  3. James Nicholas, Yale
  4. Kyler Dunkle, Utah
  5. Teddy Zinsner, Yale
  6. Guillaume Fanonnel, Louisiana-Monroe
  7. Alex Lee, Fresno State
  8. Jack Rhea, East Tennessee State
  9. Shiso Go, East Tennessee State
  10. Jake Vincent, Southern Utah

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The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced the teams and individuals they had selected to participate in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on 1st May.

Only teams with an overall winning record (greater than 50%) against other Division I colleges in the season were considered for selection. Leading Individuals from non-qualifying teams were also added to the overall field.

All of the teams were seeded and spread across the six Regional events to ensure each field is of equal standing.

Each Team is listed above in seed order. Therefore the earlier teams at each site could be considered to be the main favourites to win the Regional and ultimately to contest the National Championship in a few week’s time. After the College or University name you will also find the Team’s Golfweek / Sagarin national ranking and if they earned automatic qualification the Conference Championship they won to do so.

The NCAA selections were largely based on the GolfStat U.S. College 2018/19 Men’s Division I Rankings which can be viewed here – Team and Individual

Looking at the Individual GolfStat Rankings on 1st May 2019 there were 11 Great British and Irish players in the Top 200. These are Sandy SCOTT (13), Oliver FARRELL (32), Harry HALL (81), Alex FITZPATRICK (91), John MURPHY (104), Jamie STEWART (108), Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (126), Brad BAWDEN (162), Angus FLANAGAN (176), Jamie LI (185) and John GOUGH (200).

Defending champions Oklahoma State remain the outstanding team in U.S. college golf and will again enter the post season as the team to beat.

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The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships were held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The hosting team OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY won the team title, defeating Alabama, 5-0-0 in the match play final.

Broc EVERETT of Augusta University won the individual title. He beat Brandon Mancheno of Auburn on the first play-off hole after both players had recorded a 281 (-7) total score during the 72 hole stroke play qualifying.

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