R&A Foundation Scholars enjoy success in national championships

The finalists in the Scottish and English national amateur championships at the weekend all either benefited from support from The R&A or participated in championships run by the game’s governing body.

Alexander (Zander) Culverwell defeated James White 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final of the Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship at Blairgowrie. Culverwell (25), from Dunbar, and White (25), from Lundin, are both former R&A Foundation Scholars from Stirling University.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (right), the Silver Medallist in The Open at Muirfield, lost out by 4 and 3 to Callum Shinkwin in the 36-hole final of the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath. The 18-year-old, from Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield, is also the reigning Boys’ Amateur Champion.  His 20-year-old opponent, who hails from Moor Park in Hertfordshire, won the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia in January after receiving support from The R&A to take part in the event.

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Working for Golf at The R&A, said, “It is great to see these young players performing so well in national championships and, in Matt’s case, making an impact in The Open.

“The aim of the Scholars programme is very much to encourage young golfers and help them to make as much progress as they can while they are studying. We believe that this support can be invaluable in helping these young golfers to achieve their potential.”

The R&A Foundation makes awards to universities to assist them with the education and development of talented young golfers during their course of study and to enhance the general standard of university golf. Awards are also made to individual student golfers.

The Welsh Amateur Championship was won at the weekend by Merthyr’s Jack Bush (20) after a convincing 9 and 8 victory over Mike Hearne (22) from Southerndown in the 36-hole final at Ashburnham Golf Club.