Open Championship: Six of the 12 qualifiers competing at Gailes Links

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The Open Championship is exactly that, open.

This means that almost everyone has the chance to compete.

Open to all remains the official party line and regional qualifying events have already taken place around the country, eventually leading to final qualifiers where those who have prevailed will mix it with big stars from around the world.


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Here are the gentleman who made it through and will tee off at the 144th Open Championship.

Gailes Links is the ninth oldest golf club in the world and was host to a qualifier which had Scott Jamieson, Garrick Porteus and Jamie Rutherford in the field. These were the gentleman who prevailed.

Mark Young

This young man from Lancashire who plays at Clitheroe Golf Club, currently bides his time playing on the 1836tour.

This years order of merit leader turned professional last November after a stella amateur career. He won the event at Gailes Links Course with scores of 68 and 70.

Paul Kinnear (A)

Joining Young, will be the Liverpudlian who plays his golf at Formby Golf Club. The Amateur made a birdie at the first playoff hole to secure his starting spot at St Andrews.

He is a part of the England Squad for this season and secured a top three finish at the prestigious “Brabazon Trophy” in 2015.

Rhys Davies

Probably the most high profile of the three qualifiers from Gailes Links, having secured three wins on the Challenge Tour and one win on the European Tour.

The former Walker Cup player turned professional in 2007 and has won over €2million in prize money since 2008.

Hillside was host to the second qualifier and Greg Norman was reported to have said that “The back nine was the best in Britain”.

This qualifier played host to past Silver Medal winners at The Open, Tom Lewis and Matthew Fitzpatrick, as well as a host of other tour professionals.

Arnold Scott

The Australian was once the best amateur golfer in the world in 2009 and was one of the 2012 European Tour School Graduates. One victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia also in 2012 at the Victoria Open. He is now currently plying his trade on the Challenge Tour in a bid to return to the European Tour.

Jordan Nielbrugge (A)

The young American currently playing collegiate golf at Oklahoma State University. He has already won his first professional event, the Wisconsin State Open and forwent the prize money to keep his amateur status. He is also a former Walker Cup player who were victorious in 2013.

Pelle Edburg

Managed to return to the European Tour for the 2015 season, having gained qualification through the tour school. He was, quite literally, born on a golf course, so it seem destined that he was going to become a professional golfer.

An avid indoor footballer during the gloomy Swedish winters, he became the third player to qualify from Hillside. All three gentleman finished their qualification at three-under-par.

(A) denotes amateur status

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