2018 R&A Boys Amateur Champion
Conor Gough lifts trophy at Royal Portrush
England’s Conor Gough defeated Jose Luis Ballester of Spain 3&1 to win the 92nd R&A Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.
The 15-year-old became the first Englishman to win since Matthew Fitzpatrick in 2012.
Saunton, East & West Courses
13-18 August 2019
Saunton Golf Club will host the R&A Boys Amateur Championship for only the second time in its history. The first occasion saw Sergio Garcia lift the trophy in 1997.
The Devon club is home to two courses, East and West, and has held several prestigious events including the R&A Senior Amateur Championships, the English Amateur and the Brabazon Trophy.
Saunton Golf Club
Tel: +44 (1271) 812436
The first stage of the Championship involves 252 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes, one to be played on each of the two courses.
The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes and ties for 64th place will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes except the Final which will be over 36 holes.
The R&A Boys Amateur Championship was introduced in 1921. For the first two years it was played at Royal Ascot, but when the club dissolved in 1923, two of its founders, D.M. Mathieson and Colonel Thomas South continued to run the event.
It was recommended in 1949 that The R&A should take on the responsibility of the event and that by doing so it would be acting 'in the best interest and traditions of the game'. The venue for the first R&A Boys Amateur Championship to be played under the administration of The R&A was the Old Course, St Andrews.
One outstanding player who enjoyed early success in the R&A Boys Amateur Championship was Sir Michael Bonallack. He won in 1952, and went on to win the R&A Amateur Championship in 1961, 1965, 1968, 1969 and 1970.
Professionals who won the title earlier in their careers include Ronan Rafferty (1979), Jose Maria Olazabal (1983) and more recently, Sergio Garcia (1997).