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Boys to challenge for Amateur title at Saunton

  • The R&A Boys Amateur Championship will be played at Saunton from 13-18 August
  • 252 competitors from 33 countries will contest the title
  • There will be two qualifying rounds of stroke play before the leading 64 players and ties progress to match play.
  • Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes excluding Sunday’s final which will be played over 36 holes.

A strong field has assembled to contest The R&A Boys Amateur Championship

Players from as far afield as Australia, Puerto Rico, South Africa and the United States of America will join a strong contingent from Great Britain and Ireland and mainland Europe to contest the championship which has previously been won by some of the biggest names in world golf.

The winner will earn exemptions into the 2020 Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire and Final Qualifying for The Open. 

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R&A, said, “The R&A Boys Amateur Championship is a highly coveted title which attracts competitors from all over the world that speaks volumes for its prestige.

“In past years we have seen players of the calibre of José María Olazábal, Sergio Garcia, winner at Saunton in 1997, and Matthew Fitzpatrick win this championship on their way to reaching the upper echelons of professional golf.”

Emerging talent on full display

The next crop of emerging golf talent will be on full display at Saunton, including Joe Pagdin, the highest ranked player in the field (WAGR™ no.30) and who heads into the championship having been a semi-finalist at the US Junior Amateur Championship.

Other GB&I hopefuls include Archie Davies who won the recent Welsh Amateur Championship at Tenby.

Having finished runner-up at The R&A Boys Amateur Championship in 2018, Jose Luis Ballester Barrio of Spain will be vying for the title again this year.  He comes into the championship in good form having finished runner-up at the European Young Masters in July. 

Daniel Costa Rodrigues of Portugal, the second highest ranked player in the field at no.69, will be one to watch after recent success in his home country. Since April, Rodrigues has recorded three domestic victories as well as success abroad with top-10 results in Spain and Germany. 

The format…

The first stage of the championship comprises two qualifying rounds of stroke play before the leading 64 players and ties progress to match play. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes excluding Sunday’s final which will be played over 36 holes.

Admission and parking are free of charge for spectators visiting Saunton.