• Almost 400 young golfers will tee it up The R&A's Boys and Girls Amateur Championships.
• The Boys Amateur Championship takes place at Nairn and Nairn Dunbar from 15 – 20 August.
• Enville plays host to the Girls British Open Amateur Championship from 15-19 August.
Almost 400 of the world’s leading young golfers will tee it up in two of the sport’s most prestigious amateur championships this week.
The Boys Amateur Championship will take place at Nairn and Nairn Dunbar from 15-20 August while the Girls British Open Amateur Championship will be staged at Enville from 15-19 August.
The Boys Amateur Championship
Players from 28 countries will compete for The Boys Amateur Championship trophy, which was won last year by Germany’s Falko Hanisch who defeated Spain’s Alejandro Aguilera on the 37th hole of an enthralling final at Muirfield.
Both the defending champion and last year’s runner-up return to compete in the 252-strong field, which includes some of the best young golfers from Europe as well as competitors from as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand and the USA.
Fresh from representing their countries at the Boys Home Internationals, England’s Alex Fitzpatrick, brother of Ryder Cup star Matthew, and Scotland’s Darren Howie, younger sibling of Craig, a member of the 2017 GB&I Walker Cup squad, will both tee it up on Tuesday.
It will be a family affair with three sets of twins featuring in the starting field. Felix and Justus Heilmann, Jonas and Lucas Demant, and Florian and Nicolas Horder, all from Germany, will compete for the title.
Sweden’s David Nyfjall, a semi-finalist in 2016, also plays in the championship which gets underway with two qualifying rounds of 18 holes. The 64 lowest scores over 36 holes, plus ties for 64th place, will progress to the match play stage which culminates in a 36 hole final.
The Girls British Open Amateur Championship
The Girls Amateur Championship will be contested by 144 competitors from 21 countries. A total of 108 players will travel from overseas from countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain while 36 players from Great Britain and Ireland will compete in the championship.
Emilie Paltrinieri defeated Isobel Wardle 4&3 in last year’s final at Royal St David’s and both players will feature in the West Midlands this week.
They will be joined by several of the world’s leading junior golfers including Caterina Don, Blanca Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, Lily May Humphreys and Isabella Holpfer, all of whom played in the Junior Vagliano Trophy match between Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe at Golf Club Bogogno in Italy earlier this summer.
The first stage of the championship comprises two qualifying rounds of stroke play before the leading 64 players progress to match play. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes including the final.
Admission and parking is free at both venues. Scoring from each championship will be available at www.randa.org/Championships. Follow The R&A on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates on social media.