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The Amateur Championship 2010

Draw for First two rounds

Game Muirfield
Monday 14 June 
North Berwick
Tuesday 15 June 
1 7:00 am 11:34 am Peter Baunsoe
Craig Hinton
Arnaud Abbas
Denmark
The Oxfordshire
France 
2 7:11 11:45 Ben Campbell
Henrik Norlander
Chris Harkins 
New Zealand
Sweden
Ayr Belleisle 
3 7:22 11:56 Neil Raymond
Jonathan Woo
Sam Stuart 
Corhampton
Singapore
St Annes Old Links 
4 7:33 12:07 pm  Daan Huizing
Alexander Levy
Tommy Fleetwood
Netherlands
France
Formby Hall 
5 7:44 12:18 Stiggy Hodgson
Bryden Macpherson
Matthew Clark
Sunningdale
Australia
Kilmacolm 
6 7:55 12:29 Jeroen Krietemeijer
Kevin Turlan
Darren Renwick
Netherlands
France
Hill Barn
7 8:06 12:40 Elias Bertheussen
Andrew Shakespear
Ross Kellett
Norway
Five Lakes
Colville Park
8 8:17 12:51 Will Roebuck
Charlie Perrot
Maximilian Greil
Mentmore
France
Germany
9 8:28 1:02 Cian Curley
Kieran Pratt
David Booth
Newlands
Australia
Rotherham
10 8:39 1:13 Jin Jeong
James Fox
Tim Gornik
South Korea
Portmarnock
Slovenia
11 8:50 1:24 Mads Kristensen
Benedict Staben
Tom Wilde
Denmark
Germany
Castle Royle
12 9:01 1:35 Emmanuel Mercadier
Fernand Osther
Tom Lewis

France
Netherlands
Welwyn Garden City

13 9:17 1:51 James Frazer
Daniel Loekke
Jamie Abbot

Pennard
Denmark
Fynn Valley

14 9:28 2:02 Bryan Innes
Guillaume Cambis
Paul Dunne
Murcar Links
France
Greystones
15 9:39 2:13

David Law
John Duff
Richard Hooper

Hazlehead
Newmachar
Neath
16 9:50 2:24 Romain Wattel
Matt Jager
Levi Desmond
France
Australia
Belton Woods
17 10:01 2:35 Matthew Southgate
Patricio Salem
Santiago Gavino
Thorpe Hall
Peru
Mexico
18 10:12 2:46 Alexander Knappe
Jose Maria Orozco
Andy Sullivan
Germany
Spain
Nuneaton
19 10:23 2:57 Tim Mickelson
Gordon Stevenson
Jake Shepherd
USA
Whitecraigs
Wisley
20 10:34 3:08 Sam Binning
James Field Jr
Adam Keogh
Ranfurly Castle
USA
Boston West
21 10:45 3:19 James Erkenbeck
Andrea Pavan
James White
USA
Italy
Lundin
22 10:56 3:30 Oliver Farr
Kris Nicol
Sebastian Garcia
Ludlow
Fraserburgh
Spain
23 11:07 3:41 Jonathan Randolph
Kenny Goosen
Connor Doran
USA
South Africa
Banbridge
24 11:18 3:52 Garrick Porteous
Jack Senior
Hugo Dobson
Bamburgh Castle
Heysham
Fynn Valley
25 11:34 7:00 am Andrew Hogan
Lasse Sonne Nielsen
Roberto Laino
Newlands
Denmark
Woburn
26 11:45 7:11 Stan Gautier
Adam Dunton
Robin Kind
France
McDonald
Netherlands
27 11:56 7:22 Tom Boys
Maxwell Scodro
Scott Crichton
Royal Liverpool
USA
Aberdour
28 12:07 pm 7:33 Sam Wall
Jerome Lando Casanova
Rae Mackie
West Essex
France
South Africa
29 12:18 7:44 Alex Ching
Colin Thomson
Luke Collins
USA
East Renfrewshire
Mendip Spring
30 12:29 7:55 Philippe-Andre Bannon
Fraser McKenna
Tiago Rodrigues
Canada
Balmore
Portugal
31 12:40 8:06 Antonio Hortal
Richard Carter
Tapio Pulkkanen
Spain
Lansdown
Finland
32 12:51 8:17 Daniel Sommerville
Niccolo Quintarelli
Kyle Stough
St Andrews
Italy
USA
33 1:02 8:28 Anders Kristiansen
Graeme Robertson
James Ross
Norway
Glenbervie
Royal Burgess
34 1:13 8:39 Nino Bertasio
Alexis Szappanos
Ryan Newman
Italy
Germany
Brookmans Park
35 1:24 8:50 Philip McLean
Jules Bordonado
Ken Benz
Peterhead
France
Switzerland
36 1:35 9:01 Charlie Cossins
Philipp Fendt
Oskar Arvidsson
Bath
Austria
Sweden
37 1:51 9:17 David Sheman
Billy Britton
Ryan Dreyer
Canada
The London
South Africa
38 2:02 9:28 Andrew Cooley
Clement Batut
Dara Lernihan
Chobham
France
Castle
39 2:13 9:39 Tom Hayes
Armando Zarlenga
Steven Rennie
West Byfleet
Argentina
Drumpellier
40 2:24 9:50

Joe Vickery
Scott Brace
Pierre-Ludovic Couvert

Newport
Stoke by Nayland
France
41 2:35 10:01 Victor Flatau
Paul Shields
Pierre-Alexis Rolland
Sweden
Kirkhill
Belgium
42 2:46 10:12 Steven Brown
Thomas Shadbolt
Cristiano Terragni
Wentworth
Mid-Herts
Italy
43 2:57 10:23 Michael Daily
Olivier Rozner
Carlos Pigem
Erskine
France
Spain
44 3:08 10:34 Lukas Nemecz
Leonardo Motta
Sam Matton
Austria
Italy
Bowood
45 3:19 10:45 Max Smith
Clement Sordet
Yuki Usami
Newbury Racecourse
France
Japan
46 3:30 10:56 Charlie Wilson
Nuno Henriques
Stephan Wolters
Littlestone
Portugal
Germany
47 3:41 11:07 Kenny Subregis
Ignacio Elvira
Billy Hemstock
France
Spain
Teignmouth
48 3:52 11:18 Steven Walther
John Wybar
Peter Latimer
Switzerland
Aloeburgh
St Andrews New

History of The Amateur Championship - courtesy of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club St Andrews

What became recognised as the first Amateur Championship was held at Hoylake in 1885, although earlier national amateur competitions had been played at St Andrews in 1857, 1858 and 1859 and the R&A had considered holding a national amateur tournament in 1876 but decided not to proceed with the idea.

In December 1884, Thomas Owen Potter, the Secretary of Royal Liverpool Golf Club, proposed holding a championship for amateur players. The event was to be open to members of recognised clubs and it was hoped that it would make the game more popular and lead to improved standards of play.

A total of 44 players from 12 clubs entered the first championship. The format was match play, with the ruling that if two players tied they would both advance to the following round and play one another again. There were three semi-finalists, John Ball, Horace Hutchinson and Allan Macfie. After a bye to the final, Macfie beat Hutchinson 7&6.

Following the success of the first tournament, it was agreed that a championship open to all amateurs should be played at St Andrews, Hoylake and Prestwick in rotation.

A total of twenty-four golf clubs subscribed for the trophy, which was acquired in 1886. They were:

  • Alnmouth
  • Bruntsfield
  • Dalhousie
  • Formby
  • Gullane
  • Honourable Company
  • Innerleven
  • Kilspindie
  • King James VI
  • New North Berwick
  • Panmure
  • Prestwick
  • Royal Aberdeen
  • Royal Albert (Montrose)
  • Royal and Ancient
  • Royal Blackheath
  • Royal Burgess
  • Royal Liverpool
  • Royal North Devon
  • Royal St George's
  • Royal Wimbledon
  • Tantallon
  • Troon
  • West Lancashire

Representatives, known as Delegates of the Associated Clubs, were elected from these clubs to run the championship and in 1919 they approached the R&A to accept future management. The Club agreed and in 1920 the Championship Committee was formed. This committee became responsible for organising the Amateur and Open and for making decisions on the conditions of play.

It was not until 1922 that the 1885 tournament was officially recognised as the first Amateur Championship and Allan Macfie the first winner.

The venue circuit gradually increased. Sandwich was added in 1892, Muirfield in 1897 and Westward Ho! in 1912. In its entire history, the event has been to 22 locations throughout Britain. It first went to Ireland in 1949 (Portmarnock) and Wales in 1951 (Porthcawl).

Prior to 1930, only two non-British players took the Amateur Championship title, Walter Travis, who won in 1904, and Jesse Sweetser, who won in 1926. Both hailed from the United States, the former via Australia.

The Americans began to make their presence felt more strongly in the 1930s, with four Americans winning five Amateur Championships. Bobby Jones took the title at St Andrews in 1930, the year in which he achieved the grand slam. Lawson Little won in 1934 and 1935, Robert Sweeney in 1937 and Charles Yates in 1938.

Following a break during World War Two, the Amateur resumed in 1946 at Birkdale when the handicap limit was raised from one to two as an encouragement to those amateurs who had been on war service.

Attempts were made during the 1950s and 1960s to control large numbers of entries. In 1956, the field was limited to 200, so that the quarter-final and semi-final matches and the final could be played over 36 holes. This experiment lasted two years, when it was decided that only the semi-finals and final should be played over two rounds.

Regional qualifying over 36 holes was introduced in 1958 when 14 courses throughout the UK were selected. Using this method, the original entry of 500 was reduced to 200


 









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