World number nine Robert MacIntyre will get the European Amateur Championship underway tomorrow at Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey.
The Scot will hit the first shot at 6.30am, in the company of German’s Maximilian Schmitt and Ireland’s Stuart Grehan. They’re the first of 48 groups which will tee off until 1543 in the afternoon.
The world-class field of 144 players will follow in the footsteps of such past champions as Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. Spectators are very welcome to watch the action unfold on the renowned Old Course and entry is free on all four days.
Among the groups which will prove popular with talent spotters are:
0641 – Scott Gregory, the 2016 Amateur champion from Corhampton, Hampshire, and world number six, will play with last year’s European Amateur runner-up Viktor Hovland of Norway and Min Woo Lee of Australia.
0652 – David Boote, the highest ranked Welsh player in the world and a member of Walton Heath, is grouped with Australia’s Dylan Perry, the runner-up in last weekend’s Amateur Championship, and world number eight, Connor Syme of Scotland.
0703 – Defending champion Luca Cianchetti of Italy will play with world number seven Sean Crocker of the USA and Craig Howie of Scotland.
0736 – Jack Davidson of Wales is the Spanish amateur champion and individual winner at the European Nations Cup. He plays with Gregory Foo of Singapore and John-Ross Galbraith of Ireland.
0842 – Lytham Trophy winner Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset) will play with the Portuguese amateur champion, Sami Valimaki of Finland, and Victor Veyret of France.
1130 – South American amateur champion Paul Chaplet of Costa Rica plays with Victor Pastor of Spain and Albert Venter of South Africa.
1203 – St Andrews Links Trophy winner Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) is grouped with Slovenian champion Simon Zach of the Czech Republic and Michael Hirmer of Germany.
1225 – French open champion Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) plays with Ryan Lumsden of Scotland and Evan Griffith of Wales.
1331- New Amateur Champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire) plays with Matthias Schmid of Germany and Nicolai Oxenboll of Denmark.
The European Amateur Championship takes place from tomorrow, 28 June, to Saturday, 1 July. After three rounds the field will be cut to the leading 60 players and ties.
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Caption: Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre will hit the first shot in the European Amateur (image © Leaderboard Photography)