Boys Amateur Championship
The 89th Boys Amateur Championship will be played at Royal Birkdale and Southport & Ainsdale from 11-16 August, 2015.
The championship returns to Royal Birkdale for the first time since 1936. Birkdale has hosted The Open nine times, first in 1954 when Peter Thomson won his first of five Opens and most recently in 2008 when Ireland’s Padraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug for the second year in succession. The venue has routinely found some of golf’s greatest Champions including Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino, who both won their first Opens at Birkdale, and Tom Watson, who earned his fifth victory on the Southport links in 1983. The club has also hosted the Amateur Championship, the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup as well as the Senior Open Championship in 2013 and the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014. The Open is set to return to Birkdale in 2017.
Southport & Ainsdale has served as a Final Qualifying venue on several occasions when The Open has been played at Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham. The James Braid design has been voted among the top 50 golf courses in the UK and has been host to numerous professional and amateur championships including the Ryder Cup in 1933 and 1937.
Sweden’s Oskar Bergqvist won the 2014 Boys Amateur Championship after a closely contested Final with Ireland’s Rowan Lester at Prestwick.
Bergqvist edged out Lester with a one hole victory in the 36-hole final to become the first Swede to win the Boys Amateur since Leif Westerberg at Royal Mid-Surrey in 1992.
The first stage of the Championship involves 252 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.