Ireland’s Ronan Mullarney and Emily Toy from England are seeking more glory when The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament returns to St Andrews next week (1 – 2 April).
Contested over 54 holes at the Old Course and the Eden Course, the two-day World Amateur Golf Ranking™counting event features 60 men and women students representing 24 universities from across the world.
The opening 36 holes are played on Monday 1 April over the Eden Course, before the final 18 holes – the tournament has no cut – are staged on Tuesday 2 April over the Old Course.
The tournament is made up of student golfers who receive financial assistance from The R&A to enable them to continue to play competitive golf while undertaking their studies.
The field includes Mullarney, the 2018 men’s champion from Maynooth University and Toy, the 2017 women’s champion from the University of Exeter. Other universities represented by entrants this year include: Birmingham, Cardiff, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Milan, Rome, Stirling and St Andrews.
The men’s and women’s champions will receive automatic spots in the International Team to face the United States of America in the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup match being played at Alotian, Arkansas from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director -Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said, “This event brings together the very best student golfers who study, in the main, in Great Britain and Ireland, but also further afield.
“We are again looking forward to what is always an exciting tournament, with the Old Course and the Eden Course sure to test all those taking part.”
This year’s event will also see a reception held in The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews clubhouse and Elaine Ratcliffe, herself a former R&A scholar at the University of Stirling and now the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup and Vagliano Trophy captain, will address the competitors and officials.
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 2018/2019 academic year, awarded 170 individual Foundation scholarships.
The R&A has now supported university and student golf for over 35 years with former scholars including: 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari (University of Turin); five-time PGA TOUR winner Hideki Matsuyama; and Catriona Matthew (University of Stirling), the 2019 European Solheim Cup Captain and former Women’s British Open Champion.
View the field for The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament here.