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Moray and Aberdeenshire golfers set for 2023 World Amateur Team Championships

By David Porter

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Scottish Golf has announced the team selections for forthcoming World Amateur Team Championship events in Abu Dhabi.

The 33rd Men’s Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy will be held from October 18 – 21 and the 30th Women’s Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy will be held from October 25 - 28 .

The event dates back to 1958 and 2023 will mark the first time that this event has been hosted in the Middle East.

The event involves 72 holes of stroke play competition with each competing country fielding teams of 2-3 players with the two lowest scores counting per round.

Carmen Griffiths. Picture: Scottish Golf
Carmen Griffiths. Picture: Scottish Golf

The Team selections are as follows- 30th Women’s world championship - Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe); Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) and Lorna McClymont (Milngavie)

Nairn golfer Calum Scott.
Nairn golfer Calum Scott.

Men’s world championship - Connor Graham (Blairgowrie); Callum Scott (Nairn) and Gregor Tait (Aldeburgh)

Some familiar faces and trophy winners are present in the team selections and all players have had various memorable highlights this season so far.

Lorna McClymont defended her title at the 2023 Flogas Irish Women’s Amateur Open Championship and also won the Welsh Women's Strokeplay Championship. Meanwhile Carmen Griffiths lifted the trophy at the 2023 Scottish Women's Amateur Championship and Hannah Darling has placed strongly in various tournaments so far this season.

All three golfers have already competed together in this year’s European Ladies Team Championship event in Finland, whilst both McClymont and Griffiths have also recently represented Scotland at the 2023 Home Internationals which were hosted at Machynys Golf Club, Wales this year.

Meanwhile, in the men’s selection, Callum Scott, who has also enjoyed a strong season thus far, placed third in the 2023 St Andrews Links Trophy. Connor Graham was crowned 2023 Men's Scottish Open Champion earlier this season whilst Gregor Tait placed runner up in both the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship for a consecutive year and also came runner-up in the Australian Amateur.

Both Tait and Graham have previously competed together earlier this year during the recent Home Internationals tournament at Machynys, Wales. All three competitors have also represented their country in the recent European Amateur Team Championships in Slovakia. Most recently Scott, alongside, Graham have also been selected to compete in the 2023 Walker Cup Team, which is a fantastic achievement and one of the highest accolades to receive in the world of amateur golf.

The two teams will now be looking to build on their previous strong performances as they head to the World Championships.

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