European Amateur

Organized by the European Golf Association, the European Amateur Championship is an annual competition decided by stroke play over four 18-hole rounds on consecutive days, with entries from a maximum of 144 male amateur competitors who are included in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and have a playing handicap of a certain number (0.0 in 2019) or better.

European Amateur Championship Trophy

Guaranteed entrants include: the defending champion; four players nominated by the host country; one player nominated by other EGA-affiliated national golf authorities; players who have competed in the latest editions of the Bonallack Trophy, St Andrews Trophy or Jacques Léglise Trophy; the latest winners of the South American Amateur and European Mid-Amateur championships; and the highest ranked entrants with an R&A WAGR position between 1 and 1600.

The remainder of the starting field comprises entrants in order of handicap and the Committee can limit the number of competitors from any country in the final list. If entries exceed the maximum permitted, a reserve list will be created and entrance fees refunded to those balloted out who do not subsequently compete.

There’s a cut during the tournament after 54 holes, with the 60 lowest scores and ties qualifying for the final 18-hole round. The winner doesn’t actually get to keep the trophy for a year – it’s held by his national golf authority which must engrave, insure and return it the following year to the EGA – but he’s presented with a gold medal and entry to The Open that year, while the runner-up and third-placed competitor receive a silver and bronze medal, respectively.

The first edition of the championship took place at Eindhoven in 1986, when Ander...

European Amateur host courses

Aalborg (Red & Yellow)

22nd Denmark Ranking

Aalborg is the second oldest golf club in Denmark with members celebrating its centenary in 2008, but golf was first played on the present site when John Harris laid out a course in 1968.

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Aura

13th Finland Ranking

Aura golf course opened in 1958 within a former castle estate and magnificent oak trees frame most of the holes.

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Bad Saarow (Faldo Berlin)

4th North East Germany - Best in Area 18th Germany Ranking

There are golf holes to spare at Golf Club Bad Saarow (formerly known as Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee) – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Faldo Berlin course.

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Biella

3rd Northern Italy - Best in Area 3rd Italy Ranking 57th Continental Europe Ranking

Golf Club Biella known locally as "Le Betulle" is located in Valcarozza, one of the most evocative and serene spots in northern Italy. The club was founded in 1958 and the English architect John Morrison designed it.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)

2nd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 7th Continental Europe Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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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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Diamond Country Club (Diamond)

8th Austria Ranking

There are two courses at Diamond Country Club, the Country and the Diamond. The Country course is a fragmented and rather simple affair, but the main Diamond course is the real thing.

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Domaine Imperial

1st Switzerland Ranking 72nd Continental Europe Ranking

Pete Dye courses in Europe are very scarce but Domaine Impérial Golf Club is one such rarity and it is one of a select few that were created on the continent by the acclaimed architect and his sons in the late 1980s.

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European Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Georg Kittel Courses Played 16
2 Bob McCoy Courses Played 15
3 Jim McCann Courses Played 13
= Jorn Greve Courses Played 13
5 Markku Nokso-Koivisto Courses Played 12
= Brian Ward Courses Played 12
7 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 11
= Andy Newmarch Courses Played 11
9 Martin Cibulskis Courses Played 9
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 9