WA’s Elite Amateurs abroad

20th Jun 2021

The WA Amateur golfing calendar continues to be full, with an active pennants season underway and local and regional competitions offering tremendous playing opportunities around the state.

However, some of our elite WA Amateurs are testing their skills in the US and UK field. Adam Brady, Connor McKinney, Joshua Greer, Hayden Hopewell and Kirsten Rudgeley have all embarked on adventures overseas competing in international fields in the coming months.

WA’s Adam Brady recently won a place in the 2021 US Junior Golf Open. A qualifying round of 68 secured the promising Vines Country Club Amateur a place in the US Junior Golf Open to be played 19-24th July at The Country Club of North Carolina.

This is the 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Adam will join 264 of the worlds top junior golfers from across the globe, all vying to join the likes of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and our very own Min Woo Lee (2016) as winners of this prestigious title.

Joondalup’s Joshua Greer continues to embrace the Scottish Amateur circuit narrowly missing out on making in through to the matchplay rounds in the R&A Amateur Championship in Nairn, Scotland. Josh will continue with various Championship Open qualifying events at courses in the UK over the coming month.

Joondalup’s Connor McKinney and Royal Fremantle’s Hayden Hopewell are exploring the US in various ranking events. Connor will play the North & South Amateur in Pinehurst 29 June-3 July, followed by the Mississippi Amateur at Windsong Farm GC.

Hayden will head to Dallas to the Maridoe Amateur Championship June 29-July 1st, with sister Ariel on the bag.

Hayden and Connor will then meet up to compete in The Southern Amateur at Old Waverly, Pacific Coast Amateur Chambers Bay , Western Amateur at Glen View GC, ending with the US Amateur 10-16th August at Oakmont Country Club. An impressive challenge ahead chaps.

WA’s highest ranking female amateur Mount Lawley’s Kirsten Rudgeley headed off this week to the UK. Kirsten has a challenging schedule of competitive ranking events planned, the first being the Pleasington Putter commencing July 7, followed by the English Amateur Championships at Headingly GC. Kirsten will then focus on prequalifying events for the Women’s British Open at Carnoustie.

We are delighted that some of our elite amateur talent are gaining this experience and challenging themselves in the international field. After a difficult 2020, we wish you all safe, happy and healthy travel. We look forward to sharing your progress as this adventure unfolds.