TOP class golf returns to Lundin Links this weekend with the Golf in Dubai East of Scotland Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship taking place at Lundin Golf Club.
Teeing off three weeks before the Open Championship, and competing with the English Stroke Play Championship, the tournament’s organising committee has managed to secure an excellent field, with a mixture of strong Scottish players complemented by many overseas entrants and players from England and Ireland.
Defending champion, Paul Ferrier (Baberton), heads the field, which includes a number of R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) players from Australia, Austria, Bolivia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and USA.
Sadly this year, Fife’s trio of international players, Scott Crichton, Brian Soutar and the host club’s James White won’t be competing, and will undoubtedly be missed, but Aubrey Barnard (South Africa), New Zealanders Sam Davis and Craig Hamilton, Jack Hume from Rathsallagh and Benjamin Weilguni (Austria) will all be doing their best to prise away the title.
The championship has maintained its status on the counting event list of the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Also competing are past East champions Ronnie Clark (Erskine) and Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire), former Scottish Champion and Walker Cup man Graham Gordon (Newmachar), international players Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie) and Allyn Dick (Kingsknowe), Leven specialist Ross Bell (Downfield) and current Scottish Boys Champion Craig Howie from Peebles.
The highest Scottish WAGRanked golfers are Kilmacolm’s Matt Clark, 2012 Scottish Youths Champion Ewan Scott from St Andrews, Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) and Chris Robb (Inchmarlo).
The locals striving to be WAGRanked are Lundin’s Stuart Main and Cameron Mitchell, Mark Anderson (Leven Thistle), Jake Hogg and Scott Stewart-Cation (The Duke’s), Josh Jamieson and Liam McGowan from St Andrews and Jordan McColl (Scotscraig).
Starting on Saturday, each competitor shall play 36 holes stroke play. The leading 40 competitors, and all those tying for 40th place, will be invited back the following day to play a further 36 holes stroke play.
For tee times and to follow live scores of the tournament visit www.eastofscotland.co.uk. See also ‘Sports Classified’ on page 37.