Australian Amateur

The Australian Amateur championship started out as the Victorian Golf Cup in 1894, with Melbourne Golf Club organizing a tournament which was open to all amateur players in the country. Both the inaugural event and the second edition were bogey competitions over three 18-hole rounds before the 1896 Amateur switched to a match play contest with the final played over thirty-six holes.

When the following two competitions were both staged as 72-stroke play events, it meant that three different formats had been used in the first five editions of the Australian Amateur.

Australian Amateur Championship Trophy

The Australian Golf Union was then formed in 1898 and a year later it organized its first amateur championship at Royal Sydney Golf Club, where Charles Gillies held off a strong challenge from defending champion Harry Howden to win the 2-day 72-hole stroke play event. The next three editions were also played in this format before match play competition returned.

From 1904 to 1939, the championship meeting included a stroke play event, the Australian Open, with the Amateur Champion determined by the leading eight or sixteen amateurs in the Open taking part in a match play contest on subsequent days. So, for those thirty-six years, host clubs will be “double listed” as the venue for these two prestigious national tournaments.

The exceptions to this were the meetings at Royal Melbourne in 1905 and 1907 when there was no separate event, with the amateur championship being won by the leading amateur in the open. Michael Scott was runner-up to professional Dan Soutar in 1905 to claim the amateur title then two years later Scott won the Australian Open with a score of 318, seven shots ahead of the leading professi...

Australian Amateur host courses

Brisbane

15th Queensland - Best in Area 97th Australia Ranking

Founded in 1896, Brisbane Golf Club moved to its present site in 1906, where Scots-born Sydney professional and three-time Australian Open Champion Carnegie Clark set out the new course.

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Commonwealth

12th Victoria - Best in Area 21st Australia Ranking 27th Oceania Ranking

Commonwealth Golf Club is a close neighbour of The Metropolitan and Yarra Yarra Golf Clubs, the three forming private golfing oases in modern Melbourne’s southward suburbs.

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Gailes

38th Queensland - Best in Area

In 1935, the club changed its name from Goodna to Gailes Golf Club, reflecting a similar name change made to the local railway station. The club immediately contacted Western Gailes in Scotland and the two clubs exchanged trophies for perpetual competition.

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Glenelg

3rd South Australia - Best in Area 40th Australia Ranking 57th Oceania Ranking

Today’s course at Glenelg Golf Club has been completely transformed to keep pace with the demands of the modern game and the set of holes around the turn are probably the strongest...

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Grange (East)

5th South Australia - Best in Area 59th Australia Ranking 63rd Oceania Ranking

The East course at the Grange Golf Club came of age twenty years after it opened when a fresh faced, 21 year old professional named Greg Norman won the West Lakes Classic...

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Indooroopilly (West)

17th Queensland - Best in Area

Indooroopilly Golf Club sits on the banks of the Brisbane River, a short distance south west of the Queensland state capital, and golfers have played here since the 1930s.

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Kooyonga

2nd South Australia - Best in Area 27th Australia Ranking 36th Oceania Ranking

Kooyonga Golf Club is one of the most interesting of Australia’s classic golf courses and it knocks most modern layouts into a cocked hat.

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Australian Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kevin P Courses Played 27
2 Brendan James Courses Played 26
3 Wayne Moriarty Courses Played 25
4 Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 24
= Peter Wood Courses Played 24
6 Peter Martin Courses Played 23
= david morgan Courses Played 23
= Tyson Flynn Courses Played 23
9 Paul T Armstrong Courses Played 20
10 Ian Greenwood Courses Played 19