Monday, July 29, 2019

McIntosh defends Scottish amateur title at Crail this week

 A 264-strong field will descend on Crail Golfing Society this week for the 2019 Scottish men’s amateur championship.  The event will take place from Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday, August. 
The event will begin with two rounds of stroke-play qualifying on Tuesday and Wednesday, held over the Balcomie and Craighead courses at Crail.   
The top-64 players will then progress to the match-play stages which will be held on the Craighead course, starting on Thursday, with the semi-finals and final taking place on Saturday.   Turnhouse’s Euan McIntosh  defend the title he won in 2018 at Blairgowrie. McIntosh came out on top in last year’s final with a 3 and 2 victory over Old Ranfurly’s Jamie Stewart who will also be in this week’s field as he looks to go one better.   Kilmacolm’s Mathew Clark and Bathgate’s Joseph Bryce will also enter the week as two of the favourites.Clark has shown some excellent form recently, including runner-up finishes in the Cameron Corbett Vase at Haggs Castle and the East of Scotland Open at Lundin Golf Club.  
Bryce will also come into the week full of confidence having already won at Crail earlier in the season at the Battle Trophy with a fantastic score of 12-under par.   
Speaking to Scottish Golf ahead of the event, Bryce admitted he is excited about what the week has in store, saying, “I am really looking forward to getting back up to Crail after my success in the Battle Trophy there earlier in the season. 
"It’s a course that suits my eye and I will be approaching this year’s Men’s Amateur with the exact same game plan.”  On his expectations for the week, Bryce added, “After winning at Crail, I went through a bit of a rough patch with my game but it’s definitely back in a good place now and not far away, it is just a case of getting going. 
"The first goal is to make it through to the match-play and then anything can happen from there. It would be brilliant to bring home a second trophy from Crail but it’s about taking it one step at a time.”  
Former winners teeing it up at Crail this week include 2016 champion George Duncan of Windyhill and 2008 champion Callum MaCaulay of Ralston who was a part of Scotland’s Eisenhower Cup winning team in the same year. 

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