Nov 20th, 2015
R&A Announce Venues
For 2018 Championships & Internationals
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The R&A has announced the courses for the 2018 Championships and internationals.
The Amateur Championship will be played at Royal Aberdeen, the host of Great Britain and Ireland’s victory over the USA in the 2011 Walker Cup match, and Murcar Links, which held this year’s Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on the European Tour.
It will be the first time in The Amateur’s 130-year history that it has been played on the Balgownie links, where the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open was played in 2014 and the Senior Open in 2005.
Several former Champion Golfers of the Year and Ryder Cup team members have played in The Amateur Championship over the years including Jack Nicklaus, Sir Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, who won in 1984, and Sergio Garcia, who won in 1998.
The Boys Home Internationals will be played at Royal Dornoch, the first time the round robin series of matches between England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will have been played on the Sutherland links.
The Junior Open, meanwhile, will be played at the Eden Course in St Andrews, which celebrated its centenary in 2014.
Royal Portrush will welcome a field of 252 leading young players to Northern Ireland for the Boys Amateur Championship in 2018, the year before it hosts The 148TH Open.
Neighbouring Portstewart will also host the stroke play qualifying rounds.
The St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophies will be played in Finland and the venue(s) will be announced by the European Golf Association.
The dates for the Championships and International Matches in 2018 are as follows:
The Amateur Championship, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links: 18 – 23 June
The Junior Open, Eden Course, St Andrews: 16 – 18 July
The St Andrews Trophy, Finland (venue tbc): 26 and 27 July
The Boys Home Internationals, Royal Dornoch: 7 – 9 August
The Seniors Amateur Championship, Royal Porthcawl: 8 – 10 August
The Boys Amateur Championship, Royal Portrush and Portstewart: 14 – 19 August
The Jacques Leglise Trophy, Finland (venue tbc): 31 August and 1 September