The Amateur

Tait Victorious in First Pre-Qualifier in Amateur Championship History

Gregor Tait took the honours as 30 players came through qualifying to seal a place in next week’s field for The 127th Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes and St Annes Old Links.

The R&A
10 Jun 22
2 mins

It was the first Pre-Qualifier in the illustrious history of the Championship as 72 players competed for the 30 spots at St Annes Old Links on Friday (10 June).

Pre-Qualifying provides a route into the Championship for those players who do not have the pre-requisite World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Scotland’s Tait posted a winning score of five-under-par 67, as the Aldeburgh member triumphed by a stroke over Charlie Denvir from Ireland. Two players shared third place on three-under, England’s Jake Benson and Hannes Hillburger from Germany.

Play-off Drama

The qualifying score fell at 73, one-over-par, with eight players playing off for seven spots. The play-off was concluded on the fourth extra hole, with Englishman Kipp Popert the one player to miss out. He is now reserve number one for the Championship. The opening tee shot of the Pre-Qualifier was struck by Ireland’s David Kitt, the 2022 R&A Student Tour Series Order of Merit winner, but he missed out after a three-over 75.

About The Amateur

The Amateur Championship, staged from 13–18 June, attracted a record 585 entries with players hailing from 42 different countries.  The 288-man field will play 36 holes of stroke play on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June to determine the top-64 players and ties who make it through to the match play rounds. View Pre-Qualifier scores