The annual R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament gets underway in St Andrews on Monday.
Contested over 54 holes at the Eden and Old Courses, the two-day World Amateur Golf RankingTM counting tournament features 60 men and women students representing 20 universities from across the world including Cardiff, Durham, Malaga, Pretoria, St Andrews and Ulster.
The Scholars receive funding from The R&A to help with progressing their golf while studying at college or university and are invited each year to compete against their fellow students.
In a first for the women’s event, the tournament offers both winners a place on the International Team for the Arnold Palmer Cup match played against the USA. This year’s match is being played at the
Evian Resort in France in early July.
In addition to the tournament, Stuart Wilson, 2004 Amateur Champion and former R&A Foundation Scholar, will address the players at a welcome reception at The Royal and Ancient clubhouse on Monday evening.
Stuart Grehan, representing Maynooth University, and the University of Exeter’s Emily Toy were crowned champions in 2017 after battling ferocious winds to claim victory.
Grehan, the highest ranked player in the field, recorded four birdies in a final round 72 and an overall winning score of 207 (-5) for 54 holes.
In the women’s competition, Toy posted a final round 74 to win by two shots on eight-under-par. Since capturing The R&A title, she has gone on to win twice on the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) tour.
Each year The R&A invests over £300,000 in student and university golf. Currently, the organisation supports golf programmes at 17 universities and in the 2017/2018 academic year, awarded 170 individual Foundation scholarships.
Previous scholars include four-time winner on the PGA Tour Hideki Matsuyama, European Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari and former Women’s British Open champion and Solheim Cup Captain, Catriona Matthew.
You can follow scoring from The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament at here.