Amateur at Carnoustie

THE R&A has announced that Royal Portrush and Carnoustie have been chosen as future venues for the Amateur Championship.

Portrush, venue for the 1951 Open, will host the Championship for the third time in 2014. In 2015, the Championship will be staged at Carnoustie for a fifth time with qualifying also taking place at Panmure, a previous Open local final qualifying course.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, The R&A’s executive director championships, said: “The Amateur Championship has a proud tradition of being contested over the finest links courses in the British Isles. I am delighted that the Championship will be returning to two past venues that will offer Irish and Scottish golf fans the chance to watch some of the world’s best amateur golfers in action.

“Previous Championships have seen some of golf’s greatest names, such as past champions Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia and more recently Matteo Manassero, announce themselves on the world stage. I’m sure in 2014 and 2015 we will again see some future household names competing for the trophy.”

Carnoustie is one of the most famous venues in world golf having hosted The Open seven times, most recently in 2007. The Angus links has also hosted the Amateur Championship in 1947, 1966, 1971 and most recently in 1992 when home favourite Stephen Dundas defeated Welshman Bradley Dredge.

As well as Open qualifying, Panmure hosted final qualifying for last year’s Ricoh Women’s Open, held at Carnoustie.

Graeme Duncan, general manager of Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee, said: “The Amateur Championship remains one of the world’s foremost amateur events and it is a great honour for Carnoustie to be asked to host it in 2015. It is always a pleasure to work with The R&A in preparing for a tournament and we look forward to delivering the Championship course in the very best of condition for the event.”