Golf Canadian National Team member Garrett Rank, who trains out of the Golf Performance Center at Whistle Bear GC is seen here with Canada team mate Albin Choi, prior to a practice round at The Amateur Championship.
"Not every morning do I get to wake up and play the postage stamp at 7am. This is a true test of golf with the back nine playing a lot tougher coming home to the prevailing wind. Spent the last 4 days getting used to the time change and preparing at the two different courses. Tee it up at 1pm tomorrow at Royal Troon for the first round of stroke play."
Garrett will reporting in with his daily experiences and progress in Scotland. "We are all so pleased at Garrett's progression to become a highly world ranked amateur. It has allowed him to gain access to some tremendous international event. He is proving he belongs competing with the best in the world and is thriving on the journey" comments Coach Dave Smallwood of the Golf Performance Center .
Royal Troon & Glasgow – Gailes Links
18 – 23 June 2012
2011 Champion: Bryden Macpherson (Australlia)
Bryden Macpherson topped a stellar amateur field this year at Hillside and Hesketh, in England's north-west. He overcame Michael Stewart 3 and 2 in the 36-hole matchplay final.
Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland will hold this prestigious amateur event in June 2012. Well known to be one of the greatest links courses in Britain, Royal Troon's deep rough and thick gorse combined with the characteristic prevailing north-westerly wind, will provide a real test for some of the world's leading amateurs.
Royal Troon, founded in 1878, has hosted the Championship on five other occasions, but has of course been the venue for eight Open Championships, where golfing greats such as Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson have triumphed.
Glasgow – Gailes Links has recently been added to The Open's Final Qualifying Course rota and will provide a tough, traditional links test for the amateurs before they move on to battle with Royal Troon