The R&A - Working for Golf

Students to tee off in new tour

  • The R&A Students Tour Series is a new initiative for student golf
  • The The R&A Students Tour Series comprises of four championships
  • Tour Series Final to be held at the Old Course, Carnoustie and the Eden Course.

The R&A is launching a major new initiative for student golf with The R&A Student Tour Series teeing off at the Fairmont St Andrews today and hosted by The Stirling International.

Taking place on prestigious world class golf courses in four countries between September 2019 and April 2020, the aim of this new Series is to enhance high performance competition amongst the leading student golfers in the UK and Europe.

Continuing support of student golf

Duncan Weir, Executive Director of Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R&A, said, “The R&A has been a long-time supporter of student golf and we are delighted to be extending our involvement in this important area through The R&A Student Tour Series.

“This Series provides students with the opportunity to compete with their international peers regularly in championship conditions and on some of the best courses that Europe has to offer. We want to help leading student golfers to continue developing as players while they undertake their studies.”

How it will work

Consisting of four championships, The R&A Student Tour Series will be played in Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal at venues that have hosted The Open or been a venue for The Open Qualifying Series or the European Tour including Carton House, Centro Nacional de Golf and Troia.  

Players who compete in two or more championships will earn points on the Tour Series Order of Merit with the leaders progressing to the Tour Series Final to be held at the Old Course, Carnoustie and the Eden Course.

Foundation Scholars programme

The R&A Student Tour Series extends The R&A’s support of student golf. Each year, The R&A invests almost £500,000 in student and university golf through the Foundation Scholars programme. 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 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.

 
The R&A Students Tour Series schedule is:

Event, Host & Venue

Practice Rounds

Competition Days

Field Size

R&A Student Tour Series – Scotland (hosted by the Stirling Invitational)

At Fairmont St Andrews (Torrance Course), St Andrews, Fife

 

Tues 3rd Sept

Wed 4th – Fri 6th Sept 2019

117 players

R&A Student Tour Series – Ireland

At Carton House (Montgomerie Course), Maynooth, County Kildare

 

Tues 10th Sept

Wed 11th – Fri 13th Sept 2019

 

75 players (54 male/21 female)

R&A Student Tour Series – Spain

At Centro Nacional de Golf, Madrid

 

Mon 4th Nov

Tues 5th – Thurs 7th Nov 2019

 

75 players (54 male/21 female)

R&A Student Tour Series – Portugal

At Troia, Troia Peninsula

Mon 3rd Feb

Tues 4th – Thurs 6th Feb 2020

 

75 players (54 male/21 female)

R&A Student Tour Series Final – St Andrews (hosted by The R&A Scholars Tournament)

At Carnoustie, Eden, Old Course

 

Sat 4th Apr

 

Sun 5th – Tues 7th Apr 2020

Sun 5th - Round 1: Carnoustie Championship

Mon 6th - Round 2: Eden

Tues 7th - Round 3: Old Course

 

60 players (43 male/17 female)