Published: August 7, 2011
Top golf tournament to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this week

A strong international field of golfers is set to contest the UK's national Boys Amateur Championships in Burnham-On-Sea in the coming days.

Burnham-On-Sea golf player Jamie Clare (pictured) will be hoping that local knowledge counts in his favour when he tees off in the Boys Amateur Championships, which are being staged in Burnham-On-Sea from Tuesday (9th Sunday until 14th August).

The 17-year-old from Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, who lost in the final of the recent English Amateur Championships at Woburn, will be among the favourites in a strong international field comprising 252 young golfers, all aged 18 or under, from 18 different countries including Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Germany, the UAE and USA as well as the four home nations.

In addition to Jamie, the field includes reigning Welsh Boys Stroke Play champion, Ryan Thomas (Vale of Glamorgan), Joshua Jamieson (The New Club, St Andrews) the current Scottish Boys Stroke Play champion, and Enfield’s Harry Casey, winner of the recent Carris Trophy.

The strong international contingent is headed by Robin Goger from Austria, the individual winner at the 2011 European Boys Championship, Italy’s Domenico Geminiani, who at 14 was the youngest-ever player to compete in a European Tour event, Germany’s Aaron Leitmannstetter, a beaten semi-finalist 12 months ago, and his compatriot Max Rottluff who will be hoping to go one better than last year when he lost 4&3 in an engrossing 36-hole final against Adrian Otaegui from Spain.

The first stage of this year’s Championship involves all 252 players, each of whom play two rounds of stroke play, one round over Burnham & Berrow and the other over Enmore Park near Bridgwater.

The players with the 64 lowest scores and ties over the 36 holes move on to the match play stage of the Championship, which starts on Thursday 11th August with the 36-hole final taking place on Sunday 14th August over Burnham & Berrow. The winner will receive an exemption into the 2012 Amateur Championship, which will be held at Royal Troon and Glasgow Gailes Links.

A club spokesman told "Burnham & Berrow last hosted the Boys Amateur Championship in 1982 when it was won by Devon youngster, Mark Grieve, against a field that included future Ryder Cup stars Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik and Jose-Maria Olazabal."

Spectators will be welcome to watch the action throughout the week.


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