Scottish Golf Union has confirmed that
the Scottish Area Team Championship will be hosted by the two Bridge
of Weir Courses - Old Course Ranfurly and Ranfurly Castle. The Championship
requires two courses for the 36 hole stroke play qualifying rounds.
The event will be played over three days in mid May.
The field of 96 players will be the top
six players from each of the sixteen areas in Scotland and, as such,
it is anticipated that the team selections will include Scottish
Amateur Champion, Alexander Culverwell, Scottish Boys' Champion,
Bradley Neil, who was joint runner up at the Alfred Dunhill Pro
Am tournament last year and Ewan Ferguson who is the current British
Boys' Champion. The majority of our International squad are expected
to be selected so golf fans in Renfrewshire will have the chance
to watch the highest quality of amateur golf.
Both course managers, Ian Morrison (Old
Course Ranfurly) and Kerr Rowan (Ranfurly Castle) are determined
to have their courses at their best although the date is relatively
early in the season. Ranfurly Castle, which will be the course used
for the match play battles between qualifying area teams leading
to the 36 hole final on 18 May has lengthened the course with the
addition of four tiger tees.
The venue should give the Renfrewshire
Golf Union team a slight advantage as both courses will be well
known to the team. Sam Binning, who was in last year's squad, plays
his golf at Ranfurly Castle and this may well be a factor when the
team is selected.