Thursday, April 18, 2019


Crail Golfing Society’s 2019 Battle Trophy tournament this coming weekend has attracted a record entry for the twentieth playing of the prestigious event.  All 72 places in the field were swiftly filled and a reserve list, now numbering 26 players, had to be established.

Amateur golfers from England, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, USA and Wales, as well as Scots, make up the international field.

First played in 1999 over Crail’s challenging Craighead Course, the Battle Trophy rapidly became established as a major stroke play tournament in the amateur calendar and now has the status of a world ranking event.

This year contestants who were not automatically granted entry needed to have a handicap better than scratch to join the field.    Being played on Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st April, competitors play two rounds on Saturday and, after a cut, a further two rounds on Sunday.

Crail’s Craighead Course was designed by US architect Gil Hanse, who was selected to design the course for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, and opened in 1998.

“The course record is 65 ,” said Crail Golfing Society Captain Jim McArthur. “With the weather set fair for this weekend, with sun and light winds, and the high quality of the players, a new record might be on the cards.”

Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest golf club in the world, having been founded in 1786.    The Society has two courses: the Tom Morris-designed Balcomie Links, which opened in 1895, and Craighead Links.    The Society is a traditional, member-run club with over 1,400 playing members from all over the world.



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