The R&A

For Immediate Publication


4 August 2011, Burnham on Sea, Somerset: Jamie Clare will be hoping that local knowledge counts in his favour when he tees up in the Boys Amateur Championship to be staged over Burnham & Berrow and Enmore Park on Tuesday 9 – Sunday 14 August 2011.

The 17- year-old from Burnham & Berrow, who lost to Steven Brown in the final of the recent English Amateur Championship at Woburn, will be among the favourites in a strong international field comprising 252 young golfers, all aged 18 or under, from 18 different countries including Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Germany, the UAE and USA as well as the four home nations.

In addition to Clare, the field includes reigning Welsh Boys Stroke Play champion, Ryan Thomas (Vale of Glamorgan), Joshua Jamieson (The New Club, St Andrews) the current Scottish Boys Stroke Play champion, and Enfield’s Harry Casey, winner of the recent Carris Trophy.

The strong international contingent is headed by Robin Goger from Austria, the individual winner at the 2011 European Boys Championship, Italy’s Domenico Geminiani, who at 14 was the youngest-ever player to compete in a European Tour event, Germany’s Aaron Leitmannstetter, a beaten semi-finalist 12 months ago, and his compatriot Max Rottluff who will be hoping to go one better than last year when he lost 4&3 in an engrossing 36-hole final against Adrian Otaegui from Spain.

The field also features the vast majority of the competitors in this week’s Boys Home Internationals at Royal St David’s. They include Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park), a semi-finalist in the recent English Amateur, Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa), winner of the 2011 Peter McEvoy Trophy, highly rated Scots Ewan Scott (St Andrews) and Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) and six of the Irish team which was defending its title in Wales.

The first stage of this year’s Championship involves all 252 players, each of whom play two rounds of stroke play, one round over Burnham & Berrow and the other over Enmore Park, a testing parkland course, designed by renowned golf course architect Fred Hawtree, and making its debut as host to an R&A event.

The players with the 64 lowest scores and ties over the 36 holes move on to the match play stage of the Championship, which commences on Thursday 11 August with the 36-hole final takin