Boys Amateur

The Boys Amateur championship began in 1921 and the first two editions were staged at Royal Ascot. The club dissolved in 1923 but two of its founders, D.M. Mathieson and Colonel Thomas South, continued to organize the competition. The R&A assumed the responsibility for running the event in 1949 and, naturally enough, the first R&A Boys Amateur was held on the Old Course at St Andrews.

Boys Amateur Championship trophy

The format is match play over 18 holes, with a 36-hole final. Such is the popularity of the week-long tournament, two courses have been in use since 2010 and all 252 competitors play two rounds of 18 holes, one on each of the two courses. The 64 lowest scores then compete in the match play portion of the contest.

Boys must be under 18 at the start of the year in which the competition is held and the winner earns exemptions to the Amateur Championship and Final Qualifying for The Open.

During the first sixty years of competition, only two golfers from outside the British Isles won the tournament: Eric Scheftel from the USA at Formby in 1928, and Patrick Cros from France at Olton in 1960. That all changed in 1981, when Jesus Lopez became the first of eight young Spaniards – including José María Olazábal in 1983 and Sergio Garcia in 1997 – to win the championship.

Indeed, in the first twenty years of the new millennium, half the finalists have come from continental European countries, though home-based champions such as Rhys Davies (Royal Liverpool, 2003), Tom Lewis (Royal St George’s, 2009) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (Notts, 2012) have gone on to excel in the professional ranks.

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club has hosted the Boys Amateur a record six times between 1948 and 2010, while...

Boys Amateur host courses

Conwy

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking

Conwy Golf Club has played host to a number of major tournaments, including the Martini in 1970, when Peter Thomson and Doug Sewell tied on 268...

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Coombe Hill

15th Surrey - Best in Area 57th England Ranking

Coombe Hill Golf Club is one of the few courses designed by J.F. “Aber” Abercromby and the heavily wooded layout is quintessentially English.

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Dalmahoy (East)

19th Lothians - Best in Area

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club's East golf course was designed by the great James Braid, and it’s set amongst 1,000 acres of rolling, wooded parkland.

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Downfield

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking

On the outskirts of Dundee, lies Downfield Golf Club, a lovely James Braid-designed parkland course little known outside Scotland.

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Dunbar

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking

Dunbar Golf Club is laid out on a narrow strip of land with the best holes hugging the rocky coastline affording resplendent views across the North Sea to Bass Rock, a huge volcanic lump rising up out of the water.

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Formby

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Formby is the prettiest of the eight top-notch links courses located between the seaside town of St Annes and the city of Liverpool. It is bordered on three sides by pine trees, giving the links a decidedly softer, heathland feel.

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Boys Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 40
2 Jim McCann Courses Played 37
= Ed Battye Courses Played 37
4 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 36
5 Mark Hillson Courses Played 34
= Stuart McLean Courses Played 34
= Keith Baxter Courses Played 34
8 Mike Howard Courses Played 32
9 David Oliver Courses Played 31
= Martin Jordan Courses Played 31