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The Boys Amateur Championship

The Boys Amateur Championship was inaugurated by two members of Royal Ascot Golf Club in 1921 and played by competitors under the age of 16, before the age limit was raised to 18 two years later. In 1948, The R&A were invited to take over the administration of the event.

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2017 Boys Amateur Champion

Pedro Lencart Silva (POR)

2016 Boys Amateur Championship  Falko Hanisch

Portugal’s Pedro Lencart defeated defending champion Falko Hanisch 5&4 to win the 91st Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn. Lencart, who won The R&A’s Junior Open in 2016, becomes the first player since Sergio Garcia to win both titles.

2018 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Royal Portrush and Portstewart
14 - 19 August 2018

The Boys Amateur Championship will be staged at Royal Portrush and Portstewart from 14-19 August 2018. Royal Portrush first staged The Open in 1959 and golf’s most international major will return there again in 2019. It has also hosted The Amateur Championship on three occasions (1960, 1993, 2014) and the Irish Open four times (1930, 1937, 1947, 2012).

Portstewart co-hosted The Amateur with Royal Portrush in 2014 and was also the venue for the Irish Open staged in 2017. The Irish Amateur Championship and the Girls British Open Amateur Championship have also been played there.

Contact details:

Royal Portrush Golf Course
Dunluce Road
Portrush
County Antrim
BT56 8JQ
Tel: +44 28 7082 2311

Portstewart Golf Club
117 Strand Road
Portstewart
BT55 7PG
Tel: +44 28 7083 2015

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The first stage of the Championship involves 252 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes, one to be played on each of the two courses.

The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes and ties for 64th place will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes except the Final which will be over 36 holes.

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The Boys Amateur Championship was introduced in 1921. For the first two years it was played at Royal Ascot, but when the club dissolved in 1923, two of its founders, D.M. Mathieson and Colonel Thomas South continued to run the event.

It was recommended in 1949 that The R&A should take on the responsibility of the event and that by doing so it would be acting 'in the best interest and traditions of the game'. The venue for the first Boys Amateur Championship to be played under the administration of The R&A was the Old Course, St Andrews.

One outstanding player who enjoyed early success in the Boys Amateur Championship was Sir Michael Bonallack. He won in 1952, and went on to win the Amateur Championship in 1961, 1965, 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Professionals who won the title earlier in their careers include Ronan Rafferty (1979), Jose Maria Olazabal (1983) and more recently, Sergio Garcia (1997).

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