Almost 200 young Scots will tee it up in Perthshire this week as the Scottish Boys and Girls Amateur Championships get underway at Blairgowrie.
Scottish Boys’ Amateur Championship
Taking place on Blairgowrie’s Lansdowne course, the format of the Boys’ Amateur Championship will be two rounds of strokeplay held over Wednesday and Thursday, with the top-64 qualifying for the matchplay stages from Friday to Sunday.
Fresh off the back of winning bronze at the European Boys’ Team Championships in Poland, the full six-man squad who travelled will be taking their place in this week’s field. Aamar Saleem, Cameron Gallacher, Gregor Graham, Ruben Lindsay, Ben Carberry and Calum Scott will all be switching their attentions to aiming for individual glory following a solid team performance last week.
Last year’s runner-up, Liam Waldron from Royal Aberdeen, will also be in the field as he looks to go one better than 2018 when he was beaten by Castle Park’s Connor Wilson.
Ratho Park’s Ciaran Paterson will be looking to build on a strong week at the Scottish Boys U16 Open Championship where he finished in a tie for 5th.
Scottish Girls’ Amateur Championship
The Girls’ Amateur Championship will be held on Blairgowrie’s Rosemount course. The format for this event will be an initial 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying held on Friday, before the top 16 progress to the knockout stages held over the weekend. The next best 16 nett scores will also qualify for a handicap matchplay flight held over the same days.
The highest ranked player in this week’s Girls’ Amateur will be Aboyne’s Carmen Griffiths who will be looking to win the trophy for the first time. Griffiths was a member of the Junior Vagliano team in June and will look to take inspiration from her Aboyne clubmate Kimberly Beveridge’s recent triumph in the Scottish Women’s Amateur.
Home hopes will lie with Katy Alexander who recently made it to the last-16 of the Scottish Women’s Amateur at Edzell.
Prestwick St Nicholas’s Rachel Foster will also be hoping for a good week after reaching the quarter final stage of the Women’s Amateur last month.