The Duke’s at St Andrews is all set to host the European Amateur Championship this coming August.
For the first time since 2003 at Nairn, Scotland hosts the prestigious event, adding to an impressive list of tournaments on Scottish soil throughout 2014.
The European Amateur Championship is also a route for amateur players into the Open to be held at St Andrews the following year, so there is added prestige for all involved.
The Duke's welcomes the cream of Europe from August 6-9, with the field seeking to emulate Stephen Gallacher and other past European Amateur Championship winners Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.
When Gallacher won in 1994 as a 20-year-old amateur, he earned a spot in the Lancome Trophy in France. Vijay Singh triumphed at the tournament, Seve Ballesteros was third and Colin Montgomerie fourth, with Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino also competing. Gallacher has great memories of the event.
"A home win would obviously be fantastic."
“It was a fabulous experience for me at that young age,” recalled Gallacher.
“The European Amateur Championship is a great event. I can remember it well as I loved the European stage. I also did well at team level with Scotland, so they are nice memories for me.
“I wish all the players the very best of luck for the event at The Duke’s in August and a home win would obviously be fantastic, especially with a place in The Open at St Andrews up for grabs.”
The European Amateur Championship: the Scottish challenge
A number of Scots will be hoping to follow in Gallacher’s footsteps and become the first Scottish winner of the tournamnet since Gallacher. In total four members of the Scottish national squad Bradley Neil, Graeme Robertson, Jamie Savage and Ewen Ferguson will be going for glory.
"One of the biggest events in the club's history.”
The Duke’s course at St Andrews is regarded as one of the finest inland course Scotland, and David Scott, director of operations, expects the course to be in excellent shape for the European Amateur Championship.
"Derek Robson, head Greenkeeper at the Duke's, and his team have done a fantastic job. They are now on countdown for what will be one of the biggest events in the club's history.”