Mon 11 Apr 16
This year's world ranking Battle Trophy has attracted a star field including the amateur champions of both Australia and South Africa.
Now one of Scotland's top amateur events, the Battle Trophy is played this coming weekend (16/17 April) over Crail Golfing Society's Craighead Links. It is four round, stroke play tournament open to amateur golfers with handicaps of one or better.
One of the favourites is the current Australian Amateur champion, Connor Syme of Drumoig GC, along with the current South African champion, Craig Ross of Kirkhill GC. Other major contenders are the 2014 Irish stroke play champion, Jamie Savage of Cawdor GC and two Walker Cup players, Grant Forrest of Craigielaw and Ewen Ferguson of Bearsden – the latter being a past British Boys champion.
Both the 2013 and 2014 Battle Trophy winners – Graeme Robertson of Glenbervie and Nick McAndrew of Royal Aberdeen - are looking for repeat success. Last year's winner, Jack McDonald of Kilmarnock Barassie, who set a new course record of 63 for Craighead Links, will not be defending his title, having recently turned professional.
Strong local competition is expected from Crail Golfing Society's own Fraser Carr and Murray Herd, as well as from Greg Wishart and Niall McMullen from Lundin Links, Andrew Collier from the Dukes, Alan Sutherland from Cupar, Andrew Davidson from Charleton and John Savage from Leven Thistle. Adding an international flavour, Euan McIntosh of the Els Club in Dubai is competing.
Craighead Links was designed by Gil Hanse - the architect for this summer's Olympics course in Brazil - and opened in 1998. It is Crail Golfing Society's second course, the other being the Tom Morris designed Balcomie Links, which opened in 1895. Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest golf club in the world and is a traditional club run by its 1400 members. It also welcomes over 10,000 visitors each year.