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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.

The Amateur Championship | 2020 Final Highlights

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2020 Amateur Champion

Joe Long (ENG)

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

Joe Long savoured success on home soil to win The 125th Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale. The Englishman thrilled at the renowned links on England's golf coast to defeat compatriot Joe Harvey in an exciting 36-hole final. 

2021 Championship

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The Nairn Golf Club and Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
14-19 June 2021

The 126th Amateur Championship will be held at The Nairn Golf Club and Nairn Dunbar Golf Club from 14-19 June 2021. Both are renowned links venues 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.

Nairn Dunbar is also a well-known championship venue and has benefited from recent course improvements to provide an even better links experience.

Both venues in the seaside town will stage stroke play qualifying, before The Nairn Golf Club hosts the matchplay rounds.

 

Contact details:

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

Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
Lochloy Road
Nairn 
IV12 5AE
Tel: +44 (0) 1667 452741

 

FORMAT

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Format

The first stage of the 2021 Championship involves 120 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.

HISTORY

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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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