Muirfield and its neighbouring club, The Renaissance, will welcome some of the world’s brightest rising stars when they host the Boys Amateur Championship for the first time in 2016.
The announcement came as the R&A confirmed the venues for its main events in the same year that golf returns to the Olympic fold.
Muirfield, venue for Phil Mickelson’s thrilling Open Championship victory earlier this summer, has staged been used to host several R&A events down the years, including 11 editions of the Amateur Championship.
However, the staging of the Boys Amateur Championship will be a first in the East Lothian links’ long and distinguished history.
Announcing the course as a co-host of the tournament, taking place from August 9-14, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said: “Muirfield is one of the finest links courses in the world and will provide a stern challenge for the leading boy golfers in the Boys Amateur Championship.”
The Renaassance, meanwhile, situated right next door to Muirfield, will stage its first-ever R&A championship. The club only opened in 2008 and, over the past two seasons, has undergone some notable upgrades, including course improvements and the construction of a new clubhouse. It has proven such a big hit so quickly that it is being widely touted as a future host venue for the Scottish Open.
“Muirfield is one of the finest links courses in the world and will provide a stern challenge for the leading boy golfers in the Boys Amateur Championship.” - Peter Dawson
The Boys Amateur Championship is one of the most prestigious events on the international amateur schedule and has been contested by the likes of Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia (who won the Amateur Championship at Muirfield in 1998), Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald down the years.
The 2012 champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick, went on to win the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at this year’s Open Championship, as well as the US Amateur Championship and the McCormack Medal as the world’s leading male amateur player.
Other venue announcements made for 2016 by the R&A will see Royal Porthcawl host the Amateur Championship for the seventh time in its history, with the preliminary strokeplay rounds being played at Pyle & Kenfig. The Boys Home Internationals will take place over Ballyliffin’s Glashedy Links, with the Seniors Open Amateur Championship heading to Formby.
The St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophies, meanwhile, will be held at Prince’s Golf Club in Kent.
Muirfield’s championship history
Muirfield has staged numerous high profile events down the years. Here’s a brief run-down:
1892, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1912, 1929, 1935, 1948, 1959, 1966, 1972, 1980, 1987, 1991, 2002, 2013
Senior Open Championship
1897, 1903, 1909, 1920, 1926, 1932, 1954, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2010
1948, 1956, 1988, 2008
Scottish Amateur Championship
1923, 1928, 1938, 1949, 1955, 1962, 1968
British Mid Amateur Championship
Scottish Strokeplay Championship
Scottish Ladies Championship