A group of elite Australian amateurs took their first look at the St Andrews Old Course overnight and most were in awe of the famous 1st, 17th and 18th holes.
The squad, which includes Ryan Ruffels, Lucas Herbert, Taylor Macdonald, Antonio Murdaca and Cameron Davis, are preparing for the St Andrews Links Trophy which starts tonight Australian time.
With the Open Championship to be played on the Old Course next month, organisers have made preservation of the venue a priority. As such, athletes will play two rounds on the St Andrews Jubilee Course (Friday and Saturday) and then 36 holes on the Old Course (Sunday). At past St Andrews Links Trophys, one round is played on either the New or Jubilee Courses and 54 on the Old Course.
The practice round today was played in near perfect conditions with light winds and a temperature of approximately 12 degrees. The wind got up a little in the afternoon, but overall it was a great day for golf.
As it was the first experience for the majority of the players on this golf course, a great deal of time was spent finding sight lines and trying to stay away from the old course’s infamous pot bunkers. However, most of the group would have just been content to play 1, 17 and 18 all day…