The European Amateur Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

29th June 2019

Matthias SCHMID (GER) finished the job off at the European Amateur today. A final round 70 took him to a 273 (-15) total and a comfortable 3 shot victory. Well done Matthias !

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Matthias Schmid (Photo: European Golf Association)

Euan WALKER (SCO), confirming his status as Great Britain & Ireland’s No. 1 player, shot a 66 (-6) in the final round to move up to solo 2nd on -12.

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Euan Walker’s Scorecard (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Ben JONES (ENG) 68 and Joe LONG (ENG) 74 finished the Championship on -9 tied for 3rd place. Jones collected the bronze medal based on last 36 holes count back.

It was also another good week for Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) 69 who finished tied 6th on -8.

Lytham Trophy winner Josh MCMAHON (ENG) -5 finished tied 13th which may help push him in to the next Walker Cup squad.

Harry HALL (ENG) will be disappointed with his tied 16th finish on -4. After a superb front nine of 31 (-5) he looked like pushing Schmid all the way home but sadly a returning 43 (+7) destroyed much of his excellent work over the preceding three and half days.

The ever consistent David LANGLEY (ENG) was the seventh and last GB&I player to finish in the top 20. A late double bogey on the 16th took the edge off his closing 70 today.

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European Amateur Championship Leading Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Victor VEYRET (FRA) recorded the lowest round of the day with a 65 (-7) which included an outward 29 (-7) with 7 successive birdies on holes 2 – 8.

Click here to view the full – 2019 European Amateur Championship Results

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28th June 2019

Matthias SCHMID (GER) jumped to the head of affairs after posting a 63 (-9) on Day 3. His round was the best of the week so far and three shots better than the two opening round 66’s. The Louisville University player has been showing up regularly on leaderboards in recent weeks so to see him leading now on 203 (-13) is no surprise.

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Matthias Schmid’s Scorecard (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Joe LONG (ENG) is tied 2nd on 205 (-11). His 68 today included an impressive front nine of 31.

Euan WALKER (SCO) moved through the field with his own 68 in Round 3 and is now tied 5th on -6. Harry HALL (ENG) struggled a bit but contained the damage to a 74 and sits alongside the Scotsman well placed to attack tomorrow.

Ben JONES (ENG), Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) and Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) are all placed on -5 in tied 8th.

Other GB&I players to make the cut included Josh MCMAHON (ENG) -4 tied 13th, Jamie STEWART (SCO) -2 tied 18th, Sandy SCOTT (SCO), Jake BOLTON (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG), Connor MCKINNEY (SCO) all -1 tied 21st, Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) +1, Tom PLUMB (ENG) both +1 tied 36th, Tom SLOMAN (ENG), Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), Conor PURCELL (IRE) all +2 tied 49th and finally Tom MCKIBBIN (N.I.) and Tom THURLOWAY (ENG) both +3 tied 55th.

Daniel HILLIER (NZL) showed his class bouncing back with a 68 to make the cut after yesterday’s freak 85.

61 players, 19 of whom are from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I), made the top 60 and ties cut which fell at +3.

The average score in Round 3 was 73.67 (+1.67), better than yesterday but still higher than on Day 1.

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27th June 2019

Harry HALL (ENG) now leads the European Amateur after second 68 moved him onto -8 for the Championship.

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Harry Hall’s Scorecard (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Jerry JI (NED), Joe LONG (ENG) and overnight leader Blake WINDRED (AUS) are all tied 2nd on -7.

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Joe Long’s Scorecard (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Tiarnan MCLARNON (IRE), now tied 19 on -2, and David LANGLEY (ENG), now tied 32 on -1, matched Hall’s best of the day 68.

Other GB&I players going well include Jamie STEWART (SCO) -5 tied 5th, Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) -3 tied 10th, Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Connor MCKINNEY (SCO), Euan WALKER (SCO), Ben JONES (ENG) and Josh MCMAHON (ENG) all -2 tied 19th.

Rasmus NEERGAARD-PETERSEN (DEN) produced the shot of the day. A hole-in-one on the 185 yard par 3 2nd hole.

The other Round 1 leader Daniel HILLIER (NZL) shot an 85 (+13) today, the worse score of Day 2 by 4-shots and 19 shots higher than his first effort. He is now up against it to make the 54 hole cut.

The average score in Round 2 was 74.30 (+2.30), 1.33 shots higher than in Round 1 due to stronger winds. The players found the back nine much harder on Day 2 with the average score rising to 37.43 from 36.30.

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26th June 2019

Blake WINDRED (AUS) and Daniel HILLIER (NZL) lead the European Amateur Championship in Austria after first round 66’s (-6). Windred had 6 unblemished birdies whilst Hillier had seven offset by a single bogey on the 206 yard par 3 14th.

Joe LONG (ENG), Mark POWER (IRE), Conor MCKINNEY (SCO) and Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) are tied 3rd alongside Germany’s Matthias SCHMID (GER) on 67 (-5).

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GB&I Round 1 Leading Scorecards (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Harry HALL (ENG), Jamie STEWART (SCO), Joshua MCMAHON (ENG) and Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) are in a group of 12 players on -4 in tied 8th. Hall matched Long’s sparkling 30 on the back nine to more than recover from a slow start.

The average score in Round 1 was 72.97 (+0.97); 36.67 (+0.67) on the front nine and 36.30 (+0.30) on the back. There were 10 eagles on Day 1 including a 2 from Tim WIDING (SWE) on the 338 yard par 4 13th. Harry Hall and Takumi KANAYA (JAP) both had 8 birdies in their opening rounds.

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25th June 2019

The 32nd European Amateur Championship starts tomorrow at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

This prestigious Championship is run by the European Golf Association (EGA), assisted each year by the host nation; this year, the Austrian Golf Federation.

Diamond C.C. Aerial View (Photo: golfbreaks.com)

Competition Format

The European Amateur is a 72-hole stroke play competition. 18-holes are played daily over four days.

A cut will take place after 54 holes with the 60 lowest scores and ties qualifying for the final round on Saturday 29th June.

A 3 hole aggregate score play off will decide the winner in the event of a tie. If this doesn’t separate the players then a sudden death play-off will commence over the same holes.

Entries

144 players will contest the Championship this week.

All of the players must have handicaps of 0.0 or better with an entry ballot applied based on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (1st-1,600th only).

Exemptions were also available to the defending champion, a single nomination from each EGA member nation, four nominated players from the host nation, Austria, competitors in the most recent Bonallack Trophy, St. Andrew’s Trophy and Jacques Léglise Trophy matches, the 2019 South American Amateur champion and the 2019 European Mid-Amateur champion.

There are 39 GB&I players competing in Austria. Amateur champion James SUGRUE (IRE) was originally entered in the Golf Union of Ireland squad but withdrew late last week. Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) had also entered but again was a late withdrawal.

In total there are 27 of the current Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking’s Top 100 in the field. These are Euan WALKER (SCO) #7, Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) #12, Jayden SCHAPER (RSA) #13, Conor PURCELL (IRE) #14, Daniel HILLIER (NZE) #15, Blake WINDRED (AUS) #18, Takumi KANAYA (JAP) #22, Harry HALL (ENG) #25, Ben JONES (ENG) #28, Jake BURNAGE (SCO) #29, Tom PLUMB (ENG) #30, TOM SLOMAN (ENG) #31, Sandy SCOTT (SCO) #36, David LANGLEY (ENG) #39, Matthias SCHMID (GER) #42, Keita NAKAJIMA (JAP) #43, Bailey GILL (ENG) #45, Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) #48, Koen KOUWENAAR (NED) #49, Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) #55, Luca FILIPPI (RSA) #67, Matty LAMB (ENG) #69, Jannik DE BRUYN (GER) #80, Adrien PENDARIES (ENG) #85, Jack THOMPSON (AUS) #86, Michael HIRMER (GER) #89 and Nathan BARBIERI (AUS) #99

Diamond Country Club

The 2019 Championship is being staged at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, near Vienna in Austria.

Diamond C.C. Boathouse (Photo: golf.at)

The course was designed by Jeremy Pern and plays to 6,766m and a par of 72 off the back tees. It is an American-style parkland course set around a large central lake.

It hosted a European Tour event between 2010 and 2018. In 2018 it held the Shock Clock Masters, where every shot was timed for the first time. Tom MCKIBBIN (IRE) played as an amateur invite in this tournament and returns this week.

It has staged a number of EGA competitions most recently the 2017 Men’s European Team Championship which was won by Spain.

Weather Forecast

A hot and sunny week is forecast for Austria and conditions should be very good over the four competition days.

Weds 26th June – Sunny. Wind 7 mph (SE). Min. 23°C / Max. 36°C.
Thurs 27th June – Sunny. Wind 10 mph (NW). Min. 18°C / Max. 32°C.
Fri 28th June – Sunny. Wind 9 mph (NW). Min. 16°C / Max. 28°C.
Sat 29th June – Sunny. Wind 6 mph (NW). Max. 17°C / Min 29°C.

Prizes

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the Top 3 finishers.

More importantly the champion receives an exemption into this year’s Open Championship being played at Royal Portrush G.C. in Northern Ireland in July.

The Championship Trophy is held by the winning player’s national golf authority.

2018 European Amateur Championship

Nicolai HOJGAARD (DEN) won the 2018 European Amateur Championship at Royal Hague in The Netherlands.

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Robin Dawson (Silver), Nicolai Hojgaard (Gold) and Jerry Ji (Bronze)
(Photo: European Golf Association / Ronald Speijer)

Robin DAWSON (IRE) and Jerry JI (NED) pipped Viktor HOVLAND (NOR) and Mitch WAITE (ENG) to the silver and bronze medals respectively, based on a last 36 and then 18 hole count back, after all four finished on 282 (-6).

Click here to view the – 2018 European Amateur Championship Results

Click here to view the – 2017 European Amateur Championship Results

Click here to view the – 2016 European Amateur Championship Results

History

The competition was first contested in 1986 at Eindhoven G.C. Initially it was held biennially before moving to an annual fixture from 1990.

2019 will be the second occasion Austria have hosted the Championship. To date it has been held in 18 different countries in total.

Former winners who have gone on to enjoy very successful professional careers include Stephen GALLACHER (1994), Sergio GARCIA (1995), Gregory HAVRET (1999), Carl PETTERSSON (2000), Rory MCILROY (2006) and Victor DUBUISSON (2009).

In addition to Gallacher and McIlroy other GB&I past winners include Jim PAYNE (1991), Paddy GRIBBEN (1998), Stephen BROWNE (2001), Brian MCELHINNEY (2003), Matthew RICHARDSON (2004), Rhys PUGH (2012) and Ashley CHESTERS (2013 and 2014) and Alfie PLANT (2017).

Ashley Chesters is the only two-time winner and the only player to have retained the trophy.

Click here to view the – European Amateur Championship Past Winners and Venues

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The Masters – 2019 Amateur Results

14th April 2019

Viktor HOVLAND (NOR) completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Low Amateur Silver Cup competition at The Masters.

He finished tied 32nd on 285 (-3), just 10 strokes behind winner Tiger Woods.

In the 83rd playing of the tournament Viktor became just the 7th non-American to win the Silver cup and only the third European, following in the footsteps of Sergio Garcia (1998) and Matteo Manassero (2009).

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Viktor Hovland (Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Hovland, the Oklahoma State University Junior, recorded 1 eagle, 17 birdies and 16 bogeys in his 72 holes.

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Viktor Hovland’s Hole-By-Hole Scorecard (Photo: The Masters)

Álvaro ORTIZ (MEX) ran him close though. He bogeyed his final hole, the 9th, in Round 4 with Hovland watching on from the clubhouse.

Devon BLING (USA) and Takumi KANAYA (JAP) completed their 72 holes on Sunday with a 73 and 78 respectively.

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Amateur Round 4 Scores At The Masters

Due to weather warnings the final round tee times were brought forward. The amateur pairings for Round 4 were (BST times / *10th tee): –

11.30am * – Kyle Stanley, Viktor HOVLAND and Charley Hoffman
11.41am * – Kevin Kisner, Bryson DeChambeau and Takumi KANAYA
12.14pm * – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Kevin Na and Alvaro ORTIZ
12.25pm * – Patrick Reed, Devon BLING and Keith Mitchell

Click here to view – The 2019 Masters Results

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13th April 2019

Takumi KANAYA (JAP) posted the best amateur round of the 2019 Masters. His 68 (-4) moved him up to second place in the Low Amateur competition, one back of Victor HOVLAND (NOR) who continued his consistent play at Augusta National with a 71 in Round 3.

Here is the Round 3 Amateur Leaderboard.

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Amateur Round 3 Scores At The Masters

The amateur pairings for Round 3 were (BST times): –

1.25pm – Zach Johnson and Takumi KANAYA
1.45pm – Martin Kaymer and Devon BLING 
3.35pm – Kevin Na and Alvaro ORTIZ
3.45pm – Viktor HOVLAND and Jimmy Walker

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12th April 2019

A total of 65 players from a starting field of 87 made the cut; four of the six amateurs were amongst this group. Not since 1999 have four progressed and you have to go back to 1978 to find a higher number.

At the end of Round 2 Victor HOVLAND (NOR) remained the Low Amateur with a 36 hole 143 (-1) total. An eagle on the 13th was the highlight of his second round.

Alvaro ORTIZ (MEX) matched the Norwegian World No. 1’s 71 on Day 2 to finish on Even par for the Tournament.

A three-putt bogey on the 16th by Adam Scott pushed the cut back to +3 and let in Devon BLING (USA) and Takumi KANAYA (JAP) on the number.

Mid-Amateur Kevin O’CONNELL (USA) bounced back from a disappointing opening round but his 71, which included an eagle and five birdies, and 148 (+4) total ended up being one shot too many. He finished tied 66th.

Amateur champion Jovan REBULA (RSA) crashed out of The Masters with four double bogeys on his back nine resulting a disappointing 79 in Round 2. He missed the cut by 5-shots, finishing tied 80th.

Here is the Round 2 Amateur Leaderboard.

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Amateur Round 2 Scores At The Masters

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11th April 2019

Victor HOVLAND (NOR) led the Low Amateur competition at the end of Round 1 recording an even par round of 72.

Here is the Round 1 Amateur Leaderboard.

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Amateur Round 1 Scores At The Masters

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9th April 2019

The amateur tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 were (BST times): –

1.52pm / 4.37pm – Mike Weir, Shane Lowery and Kevin O’CONNELL
2.14pm / 4.59pm – Danny Willett, Brandt Snedeker and Takumi KANAYA
3.31pm / 6.16pm – Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Viktor HOVLAND
4.37pm / 1.41pm – Trevor Immelman, Martin Kaymer and Devon BLING 
5.10pm / 2.14pm – Bernhard Langer, Matt Wallace and Alvaro ORTIZ
5.43pm / 2.36pm – Vijay Singh, Billy Horschel and Jovan REBULA

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2019 Amateur Player Biographies

Since 2016 just six Amateurs have been able to qualify for The Masters. In 2019 they were: –

The Winner and Runner-Up of the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship – Viktor HOVLAND, 21 (NOR) and Devon BLING, 19 (USA). Viktor is a Junior at Oklahoma State, the current No. 1 ranked U.S. College team, and will become the first Norwegian to compete in The Masters. Californian Devon is a sophomore at UCLA. His mother, who tragically died in 2012, was born in London and his father in India.    

The Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship – Jovan REBULA, 21 (South Africa). The nephew of Ernie Els recently beat Hovland in the pre-Masters Georgia Cup match.

The U.S. and Amateur champions also receive non-playing honorary invitations which mean they are invited to attend The Masters every year for the rest of their lives.

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(l-r) Viktor Hovland, Kevin O’Connell, Alvaro Ortiz, Fred Ridley, Devon Bling, Takumi Kanaya and Jovan Rebula – The 2019 Amateurs (Photo: The Masters)

The Winner of the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (Over 25s) – Kevin O’CONNELL, 30 (USA). This exemption has been in place since 1989. A reinstated amateur O’Connell beat Brett Boner in the Final 4&3 at Charlotte C.C., North Carolina last September.

The Winner of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (APAC) – Takumi KANAYA, 20 (Japan). The Masters co-founded this event in 2009. Kanaya, from Hiroshima, shot a final round 65 at Sentosa G.C. in Singapore to secure this exemption. He has played in the most professional events of all of the 2019 amateurs (22). He finished 2nd in the 2017 Japan Open and tied 17th in the Australian Open last December (where Hovland was tied 13th).

The Winner of the 2019 Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) – Alvaro ORTIZ, 23 (Mexico). The Masters co-founded this event in 2015. Ortiz graduated from the University of Arkansas last summer and has put on hold plans to turn professional to take up this opportunity. He will become the first Mexican to qualify for The Masters since the late 1970’s.

Up until 2015, when the U.S.G.A. discontinued the Championship, the winner of the U.S. Public Links was also invited. Byron METH (USA) was the last recipient of such an invite in 2015.

For more information on amateurs at The Masters you may like to take a look at – The Masters – Amateur Records.

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