Monday, May 31, 2010

Strong field for St Andrews Links Trophy

A strong international field is gathering at the Home of Golf this week for the St Andrews Links Trophy, one of golf’s amateur majors.
Six of the top 20 players in the R&A World Amateur Rankings, as of last week, are in the field led by Tommy Fleetwood of England and Victor Dubuisson of France who as European Amateur champion will also be playing in the Open Championship in July. Frenchman Romain Wattel will be bidding to make it a double after his victory in the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship at the weekend. Australia-based Jin Jeong, Frenchman Johann Lopez-Lazaro, Kiwi Ben Campbell join them in one of the strongest fields in the Links Trophy’s 22-year history. The Trophy is sponsored by Allianz, the global partner of St Andrews Links.
Reigning champion Alan Dunbar from the Rathmore Club in Northern Ireland, who recently won the Irish Open Amateur Championship, is back to defend his title at the tournament which runs from Friday (Jun 4) to Sunday (Jun 6) on the Jubilee Course and the Old Course at St Andrews Links.
More than 20 nationalities will be represented in the tournament with entrants coming from as far afield as Argentina , Australia , Canada , USA , Singapore and South Africa as well as continental Europe and throughout the UK .
The Scottish contingent is led by Ross Kellett who will be seeking to build on his fine recent form which saw him finish joint 17th in the Lytham Trophy and 10th in the Irish Open Amateur Championship.
Troon Wellbeck member and joint Links Trophy runner-up in 2008, Michael Stewart is also enjoying a good season. Stewart, who is studying in his second year at East Tennessee State University , secured his second win on the US College circuit last month when he won the Coca Cola Wofford Invitational at Country Club of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Local interest will centre on Daniel Sommerville of the St Andrews Golf Club, James Bunch of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and Greg Paterson and Ian Redford of the New Golf Club in St Andrews .
John Grant , director of golf at St Andrews Links Trust, said, “The St Andrews Links Trophy is becoming increasingly prominent as one of the key events on the amateur calendar and that is reflected in the strength of the field this week. The fact that the cut-off for entry was set at +2.5 demonstrates the calibre of the players who will be competing for the Trophy. We are looking forward to another excellent tournament this week.”

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