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Top amateurs to play Barclays Scottish Open

Amateur stars Nick Flanagan, Jamie McLeary and Stuart Wilson have accepted their invitations to play in the £2.2 million Barclays Scottish Open, which takes place at Loch Lomond Golf Club from July 8-11.

2003 US Amateur Champion, Flanagan, became the first Australian in 100 years and first foreign-born player in 32 years to win the US Amateur Championship. The nineteen year-old Aussie defeated USA Walker Cup team member Casey Wittenberg in 37 holes at Oakmont Country Club, to match Walter Travis as an Australian winner. Flanagan, from Eleebana in New South Wales, won the Havemeyer Trophy 100 years after Travis claimed the last of his three championships in 1903.

Wilson recently won The Amateur Championship at St Andrews, becoming the fourth Scot to win the title in 13 years, following in the footsteps of Steven Dundas, Gordon Sherry and Craig Watson. Wilson has competed for Scotland over a number of years, and last year he won the Scottish Golfer of the Year award and played a vital role in Great Britain &Ireland's victory over the USA in the Walker Cup.

Joining the Amateur Champion is fellow Scot McLeary, who currently leads the Scottish Golf Union Order of Merit with 505 points from six events. The Leven player has had a dream start to the season, having enjoyed victory in the recent St Andrews Links Trophy and having won the Craigmillar Park Open. He is looking forward to making his debut at Loch Lomond this year.
Hamish Grey, Scottish Golf Union Chief Executive Officer said: "We would like to thank organisers of The Barclays Scottish Open for continuing to provide players in the amateur ranks with invaluable experience at the very top level.

"We are grateful to Loch Lomond Golf Club for their continuing support of Scottish golf. At elite level they have given our top players the opportunity to gauge their skills against the best in the world, and at grass roots level the sale of Loch Lomond tee times to Scottish golf club members over the last decade has raised £250,000 towards junior golf development."

A large crowd is expected to follow the young amateur stars when they play at Loch Lomond next month. Full details of all daily admission and season ticket prices are available by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0141 887 2992 or by sending an email to: tournament@barclaysscottishopen.co.uk Tickets can also be booked online at www.barclaysscottishopen.co.uk

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