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R&A Boys Amateur Championship

The R&A Boys Amateur Championships is one of the most prestigious golf events in the world and is played annually in Great Britain and Ireland.

The international field attracts the best junior male golfers from around the globe and former winners include Sir Michael Bonallack, José María Olazábal, Sergio Garcia, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Adrián Otaegui, Tom Lewis and David Howell.

The champion earns exemptions to the Amateur Championship and Final Qualifying for The Open.


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2019 R&A Boys Amateur Champion

Tom Gueant lifts trophy at Saunton

2016 Boys Amateur Championship  Falko Hanisch

Tom Gueant of France defeated Wilmer Ederö of Sweden on the 37th hole to win the 93rd R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship at Saunton. Gueant becomes the first Frenchman to lift the trophy since Patrick Cros’ victory at Olton in 1960.


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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club and Prince’s Golf Club
10-15 August 2021

The Boys’ Amateur Championship will be played at Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s on the Kent coastline in England from 10-15 August 2021.

Regarding as one of the very finest links venues, Royal Cinque Ports has been the scene of many Championships, including The Open in 1909 and 1920. The club hosted The Amateur Championship in 2013 and was one of four Final Open Qualifying venues from 2014-2017.

Prince's Golf Club, also a renowned links layout, is immediately adjacent to 2021 Open venue Royal St George's. Both clubs lie on the same stretch of coastline as nearby Royal Cinque Ports.

A host of Local Final Qualifying for The Open from 2018 to 2022, Prince's also co-hosted The Amateur Championship in 2013 and 2017.

Contact details:
Royal Cinque Ports 

Golf Road
CT14 6RF
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 374007

Contact details:

Princes Drive
Sandwich Bay
CT13 9QB
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 611118








The first stage of the Championship involves 252 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes, one to be played on each of the two courses.

The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes and ties for 64th place will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes except the Final which will be over 36 holes.






The R&A Boys Amateur Championship was introduced in 1921. For the first two years it was played at Royal Ascot, but when the club dissolved in 1923, two of its founders, D.M. Mathieson and Colonel Thomas South continued to run the event.

It was recommended in 1949 that The R&A should take on the responsibility of the event and that by doing so it would be acting 'in the best interest and traditions of the game'. The venue for the first R&A Boys Amateur Championship to be played under the administration of The R&A was the Old Course, St Andrews.

One outstanding player who enjoyed early success in the R&A Boys Amateur Championship was Sir Michael Bonallack. He won in 1952, and went on to win the R&A Amateur Championship in 1961, 1965, 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Professionals who won the title earlier in their careers include Ronan Rafferty (1979), Jose Maria Olazabal (1983) and more recently, Sergio Garcia (1997).

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