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The Amateur Championship

The first Amateur Championship was held at Hoylake in 1885 where 44 players from 12 clubs contested a series of match play rounds. Former winners include Bobby Jones, Sergio Garcia and José María Olazábal. 

Today, the championship is one of the biggest and most prestigious amateur events in the world, with players competing in a mixed stroke play and match play format over 6 days. The winner secures exemptions to The Open Championship and the US Open, and by tradition, an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament.

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2021 Amateur Champion

Laird Shepherd (ENG)

Jovan Rebula won the 123rd Amateur Championship after a 3&2 victory int he 36-hole final at Royal Aberdeen.

Laird Shepherd produced one of the greatest ever comebacks to win The 126th Amateur Championship in emotional scenes at Nairn to defeat compatriot Monty Scowsill in an enthralling final that went all the way to the 38th hole.

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The Nairn Golf Club
14-19 June 2021

The 126th Amateur Championship will be held at The Nairn Golf Club a from 14-19 June 2021. Nairn is a renowned links venue in the Highlands of Scotland.

The Nairn Golf Club, offering a wonderful challenge on the Moray Firth coast, is noted for hosting the 1999 Walker Cup, 2004 Jacques Léglise Trophy and 2012 Curtis Cup.

Venue Entrance Policy 2021.


Contact details:

The Nairn Golf Club
Seabank Road
IV12 4HB
Tel: +44 (0) 1667 453208




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The first stage of the 2021 Championship involves 144 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes over both courses.

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 is contested over 36 holes.

The champion receives full exemptions to The Open Championship and the US Open, and by tradition, an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament.

This year’s Amateur Champion will be also given the opportunity to tee it up in an event on the European Tour. Those golfers reaching the semi-finals of the championship will be invited to play in a Challenge Tour event. 



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The Amateur Championship is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world and was first played in 1885 at Hoylake.

The championship has visited 22 locations throughout Great Britain and Ireland with Hoylake hosting the greatest number of times (18), followed by St Andrews (16), Royal St George’s (14), Prestwick and Muirfield (both 11).

The trophy has been lifted by some of golf’s greatest names and the record for the for number of wins is eight and held by John Ball Jr, who also became the first English-born player to win The Open in 1890.

Sir Michael Bonallack has also won The Amateur five times and the USA’s Bobby Jones won the championship in 1930 as part of his famous Grand Slam. 

Other notable names to have been crowned Amateur champion include major winners José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia, and the current Walker Cup captain Craig Watson.

In 2018 288 players from 38 countries across the world were represented at The Amateur Championship.

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