The 119th Amateur Championship will be staged at Royal Portrush and Portstewart on June 16-22, 2014.
It marks the third time Royal Portrush has hosted this venerable Championship with the legendary Irish Amateur Joe Carr defeating American Robert Cochran in the 1960 final and England’s Iain Pyman achieving the same feat after overhauling compatriot Paul Page on the last day in 1993.
Royal Portrush is ranked a one of GB & I’s finest links and it hosted the 1951 Open Championship won by Max Faulkner on the only time that Championship has been held over the Irish Sea. The Irish Open Amateur Championship was inaugurated there in 1892 and it has also hosted the British Ladies, the Senior British Open, the Irish Open, the Irish Professionals Championship and many other Irish events. Portstewart has also hosted many national amateur and professional events most recently the British Girls Championship in 2006.
Scotland’s Bradley Neil won the 119th Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush after a closely fought final with South African Zander Lombard.Neil clinched the match with a half on the par 5 35th hole for a 2&1 victory in the 36-hole final. The 18-year-old Blairgowrie golfer became the first Scot to win the Amateur Championship since Stuart Wilson at St Andrews in 2004.
The first stage of the Championship involves 288 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.