SEVEN FORMER WINNERS RETURN TO CHALLENGE FOR THE 42ND SENIORS OPEN AMATEUR

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SEVEN FORMER WINNERS RETURN TO CHALLENGE FOR THE 42ND SENIORS OPEN AMATEUR

9 August 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: On Wednesday 11 August, 144 players aged 55 and above, from 17 countries, will tee-off at the world-renowned Old Course at Walton Heath, to contest the 42nd Seniors Open Amateur Championship.

The competitors will play 18 holes on both Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 August, after which the leading 60 players and ties play a further 18 holes on Friday 13 August.

The 2010 Champion will gain exemptions into the 2011 Senior Open, which will also be held at Walton Heath, and The US Seniors Amateur 2011.

Bermuda’s Robert Vallis will hope to repeat last year’s performance when he arrives in Surrey to defend the title he won at Prestwick, the birthplace of The Open Championship, by two shots from Canada’s Graham Cooke and 2006 Champion, Paul Simson, of the USA.

Seven former winners will challenge for the title, including England’s Roy Smethurst, the 2003 winner at Blairgowrie; 1998 Champion, David Lane; and 2007 Champion Arthur Pierse of Ireland, who will aim to continue his recent form after claiming the 2010 Munster Seniors Championship at Limerick in May.

As ever, there is a strong challenge from America, whose golfers have claimed eight of the last 10 championships. Joel Hirsch and Paul Simson are both double winners, while the 2002 winner John Baldwin also returns.

Walton Heath last hosted the Seniors Open Amateur 27 years ago in 1983, when American AJ Swann took the title by two strokes from DW Bajus.

The full list of competitors can be viewed at www.randa.org

ENDS

Note to Editors

The Seniors Open Amateur Championship was launched by The R&A 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. While the Seniors, played for the first time at Formby, was an instant success, the team event did not survive beyond 1969. Charlie Green has been the most successful player in the history of the event, winning six times in seven years from 1988.

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