Alexander Culverwell is aiming to become the first player in 31 years to defend the Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship title at Downfield this week – so the trophy can reclaim pride of place in his house.
Speaking to the Scottish Golf Union, ‘Zander’ said: “I’m really looking forward to defending my title at Downfield. I don’t want to give up the trophy.
“It’s got a special place in the house and would leave a big gap if it wasn’t there.
“I'm playing much more consistent golf this year so I'm coming into the tournament in good form.”
Twelve months ago at Blairgowrie, the Dunbar member achieved his biggest success in the game – winning the Scottish Amateur Championship - after seeing off Lundin’s James White in a tight final match up.
Alexander Culverwell goes head to head with the best
The Stirling University graduate feels his game has gone from strength to strength since his triumph in the Scottish Golf Union’s flagship event.
Since his victory last year in Perthsire, Culverwell has teed it up with the professionals on the European Tour on two occasions.
His first taste of the big time came at last year’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, before going on to compete at the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen earlier this month.
"It’s been unbelievable to play alongside some of the best players on tour." - Alexander Culverwell
“It’s been an amazing year, winning the Scottish Amateur has opened up lots of doors and given me some great opportunities,” said the 26-year-old.
“It’s been unbelievable to play alongside some of the best players on tour, who you see on TV week in week out. I’ve learnt a lot and picked up great experience.”
Alexander Culverwell and the rest of the field
In total, a field of 256 players from 142 clubs, balloting at a handicap of 2.0, will do battle for the Scottish Amateur Championship at Downfield from 28 July – 2 August.