ANGUS, Scotland (June 14, 2015) – Junior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and sophomore Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) begin play in the 120th British Amateur Championship on Monday at Carnoustie and Panmure in Angus, Scotland.
Gradecki tees off at 2:33 a.m. EDT and Kristjansson goes out at 7:18 a.m. EDT from Carnoustie.
The field consists of 288 golfers from 30 different countries, while over 30 players are ranked in the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The Amateur Champion will earn a spot in the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews and the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. Traditionally, an invitation is also extended to the winner to play in the Masters.
The first two days of The Amateur Championship features stroke play qualifying over both courses before the field is cut to 64 (and ties), and the match play format determines the champion over the final four days at Carnoustie. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, except the final round, which will be 36 holes of play.
Several Open Champions and Ryder Cup players have played in the Amateur including Jack Nicklaus, José Maria Olazábal, Colin Montgomerie, Sir Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, who won in 1998.
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