TEN Yorkshire Union players, headed by English Amateur Champion Nick Marsh, of Huddersfield, will contest the 120th Amateur Championship, which gets underway at Carnoustie and Panmure on Monday.
As well as looking to put their name on a list of winners which includes such as Ryder Cup players Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal, they will also have in mind the reward of a guaranteed place in next month’s Open at St Andrews and next year’s US Open at Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
It is also traditional for the winner to receive an invitation to take part in the following season’s first major of the year, the Masters at Augusta.
The Amateur Championship’s 288-strong field will play two rounds of stroke play, one each at Carnoustie and Panmure, with the top 64 players advancing to the match play stage to be held from Wednesday through Saturday. Matches will be 18 holes except for the final, which will be over 36 holes.
The R&A have announced that competitors have been attracted from 30 countries, with two-thirds of entrants travelling from outside the UK.
English title holder Marsh and fellow Yorkshire county player Daniel Brown (Bedale), along with the 14 other players from the GB & Ireland Walker Cup squad, will be looking to catch the selectors’ eye and play their way into the 10-man team for September’s contest against the USA at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Carnoustie will be hosting the Amateur Championship for the fifth time while Panmure’s association with the event began with its inception as one of the 24 clubs that funded the trophy commissioned in 1886.
Three of Yorkshire’s representatives played in the county’s recent EGU Northern Counties win over Cumbria – Julian Taylor (York), Steve Robins (Hull) and Shipley’s William Whiteoak.
The former leads the way for the White Rose assault on the Championship, going out in the first group on Monday at 7am at Panmure.
Amateur Championship selected first-round tee-off times
Panmure: 07:00 Julian Taylor (York); 08:39 Daniel Brown (Bedale).
Carnoustie: 09:01 Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick); 10:45 Nick Marsh (Huddersfield); 11:34 Steve Robins (Hull); 14:02 William Whiteoak (Shipley); 14:24 Daniel Wasteney (Bondhay); 14:46 Jamie Bower (Meltham); 15:19 Joe Dean (Lindrick); 15:41 David Houlding (Moortown.