Friday, April 13, 2012


The second playing of the world ranking Battle Trophy at Crail Golfing Society has attracted a very strong field, with 68 of the 72 competitors playing off scratch or better.
The four-round, amateur stroke play event is played over Crail’s 6722 yard Craighead course, which last year provided the competitors with a stern test. The winner, Alexander Culverwell (pictured) of Dunbar, was the only player to break par, with a four round score of 286, two under par. The tournament takes place this year over the weekend of 21/22 April.
The handicap limit of 1.4 for the tournament became irrelevant this year when the entries flowed in from Scotland’s top amateurs in search of world ranking points.
Apart from nine specially nominated players put forward by the Scottish Golf Union and Crail Golfing Society, the field was selected in strict order of current world rankings, with the top ranked player being Graham Robertson of Glenbervie GC with a handicap of plus 3.3 and a world ranking position of 200.
Last year’s winner, Alex Culverwell, is back to defend his Trophy, along with past winner and current South African Amateur Champion, Brian Soutar of Leven GS. Scotland International and South African Northern Amateur Open winner, Paul Shields is also playing.
After two rounds on Saturday, April 21, the field is cut to the best 40 scores and ties for the final two rounds on the following day. In addition to the spectacular Battle Trophy, the winner takes home some fine crystal and vouchers to the value of £500.
+Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest golf club in the world, having been founded in 1786. Last year it celebrated its 225th anniversary. The Society has two courses: Craighead Links, designed by American Gil Hanse who was awarded the title of Golf Course Architect of the Year in 2009, and Balcomie Links which was laid out by Tom Morris in 1895 and is considered to be one of Scotland’s golfing gems. The Society has 1200 members at home and abroad.

David Roy
Managing Secretary
Crail Golfing Society
Fife KY10 3XN



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