Senior Amateur

The R&A launched the inaugural competition in 1969 to help select a Great Britain & Ireland side to play in the World Senior Amateur Team Championship run by the World Amateur Golf Council. The team event fell at the first hurdle but the Seniors Amateur (plural, with no apostrophe, as it was originally called) became an instant success.

Senior Amateur golf trophy

Since then, it’s been played throughout the British Isles on an annual basis, attracting elite amateur players aged 50 and over from all over the world. When the tournament proper gets under way, 144 competitors play two 18-hole rounds on consecutive days, after which the leading 60 players and ties play a further 18 holes on the last day for the title.

From 1983 to 2010, the championship was either held at a club with two 18-hole courses or co-hosted by two clubs in close proximity to one another. This allowed the field to be split in two, playing one course on the first day then the other course on the second day, before those who made the cut teed it up at the principal course for the last round on day 3.

Scotland’s Charlie Green has been the most successful player in the history of the event, winning six times in seven years, starting at Royal Burgess and Bruntsfield Links in 1988 and finishing at Formby and Southport & Ainsdale in 1994. Since then, eighteen of the following twenty-five titles have been claimed by seniors from the United States.

Americans Paul Simson and Chip Lutz have each won the championship three times in the new millennium. Paul lifted the trophy in 2006, 2008 and 2010, while Chip triumphed in 2011, 2012 and 2016. Both men have also won the US Amateur, with Paul taking the match play title in 2010 and 2012 before ...

Senior Amateur host courses

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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Frilford Heath (Red)

2nd Oxfordshire - Best in Area

"Frilford Heath is essentially one of those places where it is good to be alive with a golf club in one’s hand," wrote Darwin.

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Ganton

1st Yorkshire - Best in Area 9th England Ranking 26th Britain & Ireland Ranking 77th World Ranking

This sandy, gently undulating site was once a North Sea inlet. Consequently, Ganton Golf Club has all the characteristics of a links and a heathland course.

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Gullane (No.1)

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Gullane Golf Club is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the No.1 course fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter.

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Hankley Common

8th Surrey - Best in Area 29th England Ranking 70th Britain & Ireland Ranking

There is an overwhelming feeling of spaciousness at Hankley Common, so much so that it seems plausible that a second or third course could be intertwined between the existing 18 holes.

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Hesketh

14th Lancashire - Best in Area

Hesketh Golf Club is completely overshadowed by Royal Lytham & St Annes to the north and Royal Birkdale to the south but Hesketh pre-dates them both.

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Machynys Peninsula

3rd West Wales - Best in Area 11th Wales Ranking

With stunning views of Carmarthenshire Bay and the Gower Peninsula, the Nicklaus-designed 7,100-yard links-style Machynys Peninsula is set to become a Welsh flagship course...

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Senior Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Ed Battye Courses Played 33
2 Brian Ward Courses Played 31
3 Keith Baxter Courses Played 27
= David Oliver Courses Played 27
5 Stuart McLean Courses Played 26
= Andy Newmarch Courses Played 26
= Jim McCann Courses Played 26
8 KP Courses Played 25
= Andrew Cooke Courses Played 25
= Mark Hillson Courses Played 25