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R&A Announces Venues for 2012 Championships & International Matches
The host venues for the Royal & Ancient's 2012 championships and international matches have been decided. They are as follows:
The 2012 British Amateur will be contested at Royal Troon and Glasgow - Gailes Links with the initial stroke-play stage shared between the two venues. The final match-play stage will be contested solely at Royal Troon. Troon has hosted the Amateur on five previous occasions in 2003, 1978, 1968, 1956 and 1938.
The 2012 Boys Championship will be held at England's Notts Golf Club. Notts has hosted regional qualifying for the British Open on a number of occasions and was the venue for the 2007 Jacques Leglise Trophy.
The 2012 Boys Home Internationals will be staged at Ireland's County Louth Golf Club. Another past Open championship regional qualifying venue, Baltray, as it is known, recently hosted the Irish Open won by then-amateur Shane Lowry.
The 2012 Seniors Open Amateur will be hosted by Wales' Machynys Peninsula Golf Club. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course is only four years old but has already hosted the Boys Home Internationals in 2007, becoming the youngest course ever to have held an R&A event.
The 2012 St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophies will be contested at Ireland's Portmarnock Golf Club. Portmarnock also hosted the Boys Home Internationals in 2004, and was the venue for the 1991 Walker Cup in which former Open champion, David Duval, and current World No. 2, Phil Mickleson, both competed.
The 2012 Junior Open will be held at England's Fairhaven Golf Club. The course has been used as a local final qualifying venue for the Open Championship. The course record is held by 1997 Open champion, Justin Leonard.