JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A trio of Buccaneers will play in the 124th Amateur Championship, while incoming freshman Samuel Espinosa gears up to represent Spain in the Junior Golf World Cup – all of which begins Monday. The Amateur Championship is being held in Ireland and the Junior Golf World Cup is held at the Chukyo Golf Club Ishino Course in Japan.
ETSU rising juniors Shiso Go and Jack Rhea as well as incoming freshman Archie Davies are all featured in the 288-man field of the Amateur Championship.
The qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship will be stroke play over two rounds of 18 holes – one to be played at Portmarnock and the other at The Island over the first two days on Monday and Tuesday. From there, the lowest 64 scores and ties over the 36 holes will compete in the match-play stage of the Championship, which will be played at Portmarnock. Each match will be 18 holes until the championship round, which will be 36 holes.
Go, Rhea and Davies all begin play at Portmarnock on Monday. Davies tees off at 3:28 a.m. EDT, Rhea follows at 8:51 a.m. and Go hits the course at 10:30 am. On Tuesday, the Buccaneer trio will then play at The Islands. Rhea goes out Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. EDT, Go tees off at 5:56 a.m. and Davies starts at 8:02 a.m.
The first Amateur Championship was held at Hoylake in 1885 where 44 players from 12 clubs contested a series of match play rounds. Former winners include Bobby Jones, Sergio Garcia and José María Olazábal.
Today, the championship is one of the biggest and most prestigious amateur events in the world, with 288 players competing in a mixed stroke play and match play format over six days. The winner secures exemptions to The Open Championship and the U.S. Open, and by tradition, an invitation to play in the Masters.
For more information on The Amateur Championship and to follow live scoring, please visit https://www.randa.org/en/championships/theamateurchampionship.
Meanwhile, Espinosa, of Pedrina, Spain, will begin play at the Junior Golf World Cup on Tuesday with the final round concluding Friday. Spain is one of 15 men’s teams competing in the tournament, which each team featuring four players, one captain and one coach.
The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 24 international teams qualify to participate. Over 70 different national teams competed in six different continents, in order to compete for the honor as world champion. The tournament encourages each team member to play with a patriotic spirit during the competition, while providing them with the opportunity to develop international friendship during the event. In addition to the international competition, the tournament committee’s goal is to assist in developing junior golf for future of this global game.
Teams will play 72 holes of stroke play with the top three teams receiving an award as well as the top individual score.
Click here for more information on the Junior Golf World Cup.