Scottish Golf today announced its 2019 fixtures for golfers of all ages and abilities, including the launch of its newest National Club Championship, the Scottish Men’s Medal Finals.
Similar to the hugely popular female equivalent, the Men’s Medal Finals will be open to male club golfers, with affiliated clubs invited to enter their scratch and net medal winners from the 2018 season into one of five Regional Finals taking place during June and July.
The top six qualifiers in each section from the five regionals will book their place at the Grand Final which will be contested over the seven-time Open Championship qualifying course, Ladybank on Friday 16 August.
Making a welcome return next season after a hugely successful 2018 is the newly named and free to enter 9-Hole Challenge with Milnathort once again playing host to the two-day Scottish National Final on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June.
The prize for the top four qualifying teams from the National Final is once again the money-can’t-buy experience of playing in the R&A 9-hole Challenge Final over Royal Portrush on the eve of The Open Championship where they will meet and compete against qualifiers from England, Ireland, Wales and Australia for the overall title.
Completing the portfolio of National Championships for club golfers is the free to enter PING Scottish Mixed Championship at Gleneagles (19 August) and the hugely popular Scottish Women’s Regional Medal Finals with the Grand Final taking place at the Eden Course, St Andrews on Sunday 16 June.
Fraser Munro, Head of Events at Scottish Golf, said: “The introduction of the Scottish Men’s Medal Finals completes our 2019 offering of championships for club golfers and underlines our commitment to providing opportunities for golfers of all ages and abilities to participate in nationally contested events. We would encourage all clubs to enter their members and have made a number of changes including increasing handicap limits to 54 which we hope will encourage greater inclusivity and participation going forward”.
At elite level, the domestic season tees off with the Scottish Boy’s and Girl’s Open Championships taking place 10-12 April at West Kilbride and the Eden Course, St Andrews.
Scottish Golf’s flagship Women’s and Men’s Amateur Championships will be staged over Kilmarnock Barassie (28 – 30 June) and Crail Golfing Society (30 July – 3 August), with The Duke’s, St Andrews (23-25 August) and Royal Troon (19-21 April) playing host to the Scottish Men’s Open Stroke Play and Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship respectively.
Elsewhere the Scottish Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur Championships will be held at Blairgowrie in July, with the Scottish Senior Men’s Open Championship taking pace at Luffness New in East Lothian (19-21 June) and Edzell hosting the Scottish Senior Women’s Open Championship (4-7 June).
Several changes will be introduced in 2019 with the primary aim of making events more accessible and affordable to golfers. Key changes include:
- Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship will be played over 5 days with the semis and final being played on the same day both over 18 holes.
- Scottish Women’s and Girl’s Amateur Championships will both now be contested over 3 days with 36-hole stroke play qualifying on day 1 followed by 2 match play flights of 16.
- Scottish Boys Under-16 Open Championship (9-11 July, Royal Burgess) will be played over 54-holes with 50% more players making the cut (60 & ties) and the event counting towards World Amateur Golf Rankings for the first time.
Munro added: “We are aware the events calendar across the country is exceptionally busy and people’s time is increasingly limited at key times, we hope the proactive steps we have taken this year will ensure Scottish Golf’s events remain attractive, affordable and accessible options for all golfers going forward.
“Our events also provide a great platform for clubs to market themselves to the global audience of golfers at home and abroad and we would like to thank them and our partners for their continued support.”
A full list of 2019 Scottish Golf Championships can be viewed via the link below with entries opening on Friday 1 February: