Craig Ross from Kirkhill Golf Club in Scotland hit the first ball at 0700 hours to mark the start of this year’s 2014 St Andrews Links Trophy,in association with Allianz, this morning.
A strong Scottish golf contingent is chasing the famous title, last won by a home player when European Tour and ex Walker Cup player Lloyd Saltman was victorious in 2005.
The vast majority of golfers who competed in last week’s 2014 Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship at Panmure Golf Club in Carnoustie Country, Angus, won by Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan, tee up in Fife.
GB&I international James Ross makes his first domestic appearance of the season after finishing his college career in the US on a high by finishing tied third in the NCAA collegiate individual golf championship.
Since its inception in 1989, the St Andrews Links Trophy has attracted the world’s top amateurs, many of whom have gone on to enjoy success on the PGA and European Tours, notably Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Trevor Immelman, Geoff Ogilvy, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.
The World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) rates the St Andrews Links Trophy as one of the strongest men’s amateur golf tournaments in the world, based on strength of field, and it is arguably one of the strongest outside the British Amateur Championship in the UK. This amateur golf event is also a key competition on the SGU’s Men’s Order of Merit.
The 72-hole strokeplay event take place from today until Sunday on the New Course and the Old Course, and spectators are welcome to come along and watch the future tour stars in action.
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