Aldrich Potgieter won The Amateur Championship, a major for amateurs considered one of the most prestigious tournaments on the international scene which took place on the courses of the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club and St Annes Old Links, in Lancashire in England. The South African won ahead of Sam Bairstow, beating the Englishman 3 & 2 in the final act. Thanks to this exploit, Potgieter has entered his name in the roll of honor of the competition, succeeding Laird Shepherd, winner in 2021.
Aldrich Potgieter,The Amateur Championship
Seven Italians who participated in the event. Lucas Nicolas Fallotico, after finishing the stroke play qualifying phase in 10th position with 139 (70 69, -3), overtook the Swede David Lundgren in the first match play for 2 & 1 stopping in the round of 32 against Irishman Jack Hearn (4 & 3). Marco Florioli (70 72) and Matteo Cristoni (75 67) passed the qualifying phase in 40 / o place with 142 (par). The former was eliminated by Frenchman Paul Beauvy (2 & 1) in the 32nd finals, while the latter after beating Jordan Peter Duminy (24th), was beaten by tournament winner Aldrich Potgieter in the round of 32 for 3 & 2.
The blue team, accompanied by Alberto Binaghi, Technical Commissioner of the Male Amateur National Team and by federal technicians Alessandro Bandini and Alain Vergari, also saw Flavio Michetti, Filippo Celli, Giovanni Manzoni and Pietro Bovari participate, but none of them managed to overcome cutting.
Also known as the “British Amateur” or “British Amateur Championship”, The Amateur Championship is an annual amateur golf tournament held in Great Britain. Together with the U.S. Amateur is considered to be one of two major tournaments for amateurs.
The event was first held in 1885 at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club organized by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. After the Second World War it was equated to one of the Majors. Surprisingly, given the prestige still attributed to the event today, only two winners of the Amateur Championship after World War II managed to win a Professional Major: José María Olazábal and Sergio García.
The first phase of the tournament sees 288 players compete who complete the two 18-hole qualifying rounds. The first 64 players enter the final elimination phase with the Match Play formula. Each match is played on 18 holes, except the final where 36 are played plus the eventual play-off.
The winner of the Amateur Championship gets an invitation to three Major tournaments: the following month’s Open Championship, the following month’s Masters and US Open.
The tournament is open to golfers of all nationalities. Among the best known winners are Bobby Jones, José María Olazábal and Sergio García. The only Italian winner of the tournament was Matteo Manassero in 2009 at the age of 16.
The routes where more editions of the tournament were held are:
18 Royal Liverpool Golf Club;
16 St Andrews Links;
14 Royal St George’s Golf Club;
11 Prestwick Golf Club, Muirfield.