Friday, June 17, 2016

Scottish Amateur Championship at

 Balgownie: Entries close on June 23


Golfers in the North and North-east are reminded the closing date for this year’s Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen is on Thursday (23 June).

The most prestigious title in the amateur game in Scotland, golfers with a handicap of 2.4 or below can tee up over the famous venue in search of glory.

The renowned Balgownie links of Royal Aberdeen, founded in 1780, is hosting the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship for the first time since 1980 when local player Donald Jamieson (Nigg Bay) beat the legendary Charlie Green by 2 and 1 in an 18-hole final.

The venue played host to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2014, while the course will also stage the British Amateur Championship in 2018, along with neighbouring Murcar Links.

Past winners of the Scottish Amateur include Eric Brown, Ronnie Shade (five in a row!), Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher and Aberdeen native David Law, who won the title in both 2009 and 2011.
Other North and North-east players who have been Scottish champions include Hugh Stuart (Forres) at Prestwick in 1972, Angus Moir (Ellon) in 1984 at Renfrew, and Graham Gordon (Newmachar) at The Duke's in 2003.

Glencruitten’s Robert MacIntyre became the first left-hander in living memory to win the event at Muirfield in 2105.

The Scottish Amateur spans a full week, with a field of 256 players representing more than 130 different clubs across Scotland.

With a long history stretching back to 1922, when the Old Course hosted the inaugural event, the Scottish Amateur Championship has been taken to some of the world's most famous golfing venues, including Royal Troon, Muirfield, Prestwick, Carnoustie, Nairn and Western Gailes.


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