Scottish Golf are proud to announce an even greater variety of events and broadened opportunities for all golfers to participate in this year.
In addition to the existing schedule of annual events, there are two exciting new developments:
NEW National Open Series will be launching in February 2022
A thrilling new open series of multi-tee events for all golfers is set to launch in February. The new event will see qualifying events take place throughout the summer months at some of Scotland’s most stellar courses. Competitors will get the opportunity to experience exactly what it feels like to play in a National Championship, enjoy some hospitality and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes and qualifying for the Grand Final.
Scottish Men’s Open Pre-Qualifying
With Scottish Men’s Open Championship entries continuing to grow year-on-year we are pleased to offer players increased means to qualify for this year’s event. There will now be a pre-qualifying round at Fraserburgh on Tuesday 24 May for non-exempt players. For the first time this pilot will decide a minimum of 30 qualifying places into the Scottish Men’s Open at Cruden Bay by means of an 18-hole stroke play prequalifying round.
Scottish Golf would like to encourage all eligible players to embrace this exciting opportunity which creates a more transparent and accessible route for golfers to qualify for the Scottish Men’s Open.
Providing more opportunities for players to compete
Fraser Munro, Head of Events, Scottish Golf, said:
“It’s been hugely positive to see participation numbers increasing across all golfer types over the past two years and I hope the new Open Series and Men’s Open Pre-Qualifying will make our events even more attractive, accessible, and inclusive going forward.
“It’s extremely important our National Championships not only cater for golfers of all ages and abilities but also continue to adapt and evolve to support increasing entry numbers and the different ways our customers consume their golf. I hope this year’s offering will provide more players with the opportunity to compete on the national stage and experience some of the country’s best courses and hospitality along the way.
“We hope our events continue to be a great platform for host venues to showcase themselves to as wide an audience as possible. These events wouldn’t be the success they are without the cooperation and generosity of our host clubs, and we are grateful to them for their continued support.”
Enter competitions via the Scottish Golf App
The easiest and best way to enter the competitions is through the Scottish Golf App, where players can easily access event information, live updates, enter scores and book practice rounds – amongst many other features.
With over 260,000 users already signed up, the Scottish Golf App’s reach continues to expand allowing the growing global audience to find, enter and access key event information at the touch of a button.
Alongside the two new national events, Scottish Golf will continue to offer its regular schedule of National Club Championships over the summer. These include the Scottish Medals Finals, the 2022 R&A 9-Hole Challenge, and the Scottish Mixed Championships.
Further details of these can be found below.
Scottish Medals Finals
All affiliated clubs can be represented in the Scottish Medals Finals. The top three male and top three female players returning the lowest aggregate of three net scores from 2022 club medal competitions are eligible to compete.
Once identified, qualifiers can enter the regional final of their choice where the top six male and top six female players from each will qualify for the Grand Final at Royal Burgess in August 2022.
Regional Finals include:
EAST Ratho Park
NORTH Boat of Garten
CENTRAL 1 West Lothian
CENTRAL 2 Tulliallan
GRAND FINAL Royal Burgess Golfing Society
2022 Scottish Golf R&A 9-Hole Challenge
The Scottish Golf R&A 9-Hole Challenge makes a welcome return this year, with Dundas Parks playing host to the National Final on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2022.
The top two pairs from each day will qualify for an experience of a lifetime, playing in The R&A 9 Hole Challenge Grand Final in St Andrews in July, just days before The 150th Open commences. They will compete against teams from across the world for a chance to win the overall title.
Ensure your club is represented and your members are in with a chance of winning the fantastic prize, by scheduling in a 9-Hole qualifier. This can be a stand-alone or existing fixture taking place between 1 January and 23 May 2022, and the first 200 pairs will progress to the National Final.
The 9-Hole Challenge participation numbers continue to grow and are already back over pre-pandemic levels. 122 clubs joined in 2019, and 79 in 2021. The current 2022 entries are already over 130.
Entry is absolutely free for all affiliated clubs.
Scottish Mixed Championships
The Scottish Mixed Championships is now in its fifth year, is free to enter and remains hugely popular.
We invite all affiliated clubs to schedule mixed foursomes qualifying events between 1 January and 29 August 2022. The winning pair will go forward to the National Leaderboard. The Top 40 pairs will qualify for a great day out and some fantastic prizes at the Grand Final which will once again be played over the former Men’s and Women’s Scottish Open venue, Gullane No. 1, on Friday 16 September 2022.
View the full schedule of Scottish Golf events here.