2021 R&A Boys Amateur Champion
Jack Bigham lifts trophy at Royal Cinque Ports
Jack Bigham defeated Riccardo Fantinelli on the first extra hole to win the Final of the 94th R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports today.
The first stage of the Championship involves 144 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes.
The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes 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).