The 119th Amateur Championship will be staged at Royal Portrush and Portstewart on June 16-21, 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 1953 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.
Garrick Porteous was crowned at the 2013 Amateur Champion when he defeated Finland’s Toni Hakula by 6&5 in the final at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent. The 23 year-old from Bamburgh Castle became the first Englishman to win the title since Gary Wolstenholme in 2003.
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.