Gullane Set to Welcome Scotland’s Top Amateurs
Gullane Golf Club will welcome Scotland’s leading female amateur golfers to its famous links next summer as the club gets set to host the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship for the eighth time.
After this year’s pandemic-hit season, the country’s best players will be relishing the opportunity to return to competitive action in 2021 and Gullane will undoubtedly prove a popular addition to the top level of the amateur schedule.
The oldest national amateur title in Scotland, Gullane first held the championship in 1908, just five years after its inaugural staging, hosting the event on a further seven occasions, the last of which was in 1994 when the trophy was claimed by none other than Catriona Matthew, now an honorary member at the club, with the European Solheim Cup captain savouring success for third time in the space of four years.
Gullane is no stranger to providing its courses for Scottish Golf’s national matchplay championships, staging the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship ten years ago when Walker Cup player Michael Stewart was victorious, while former European Tour player George Murray defeated current Tartan Tour star Paul O’Hara in the 2004 men’s final at Gullane.
More recently, some of the world’s top professional golfers have graced the renowned East Lothian links, with the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Men’s and Ladies Scottish Open taking place over a composite layout of the No.1 and No.2 courses, won by South African Brandon Stone and Thailand’s Ariya Jutunagarn respectively. Three years prior, American Ryder Cup hero Rickie Fowler proved a popular winner as the club held the Men’s Scottish Open for the first time in its illustrious history.
Ladies European Tour stars Kelsey Macdonald and Michelle Thompson are among the more recent winners of the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship and the club is enthusiastic about the current crop of amateur talent taking on the challenge against the backdrop of Scotland’s Golf Coast in June.
“It is a great honour for the club to be hosting such a prestigious women’s amateur event and we’re looking forward to welcoming the best female players in Scotland to compete over our world-famous links,” said club captain Adam Fox. “As one of the biggest clubs in the country, we are committed to supporting Scottish Golf’s events and we are proud of our rich history of holding major national and international amateur tournaments.”
“With the significant investment we have made in our world class practice facilities, including our acclaimed new short game area, I’m sure the players will be excited to come to Gullane to compete and follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in golf. It is vital that Scotland’s elite level female amateurs have the opportunity to experience the type of courses that will test their ability in full and we are delighted to provide such a platform.”
One of the likely title contenders will be GB&I Curtis Cup squad player Hannah Darling, now a junior member at the club and a twice winner of the Scottish Girls Championship, while other home players in the field are likely to include reigning Gullane Ladies Club Champion Lindsey Garden and Girls Champion Abbie Nisbet, both of whom will be hoping to put local knowledge to their advantage.
Fraser Munro, Head of Events at Scottish Golf, welcomed the addition of Gullane to the governing body’s 2021 events calendar:
“2020 has been a challenging year but the opportunity to engage with wonderful venues such as Gullane plays an important role in inspiring and developing the next generation of National Champions. We are extremely grateful to the club for their continued support and for allowing us access to their beautiful links to run our flagship Women’s Amateur Championship. I am sure the course will provide a fantastic test of golf and unearth another worthy champion when we visit next June.”
The Championship will take place from 3 – 6 June with two rounds of stroke play over the No.1 and 2 courses, before the leading players earn their places in the match play stages which will be played over No.1. Entry to the event costs £60 and competitors can enter online at the Scottish Golf website or via the app.
Later in the year, Gullane will also be hosting the PING Scottish Mixed Championship final, one of the most popular club golfer tournaments in the country, which takes place on Friday 17 September, a legacy event from Scotland’s staging of last year’s Solheim Cup.
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