Excellent recent form shown on the European Challenge Tour has resulted in East Lothian youngster Grant Forrest earning himself a return invitation to the prestigious Dunhill Links Championship, where he performed with distinction on debut last year.
It has been a funny old season to date for East Lothian protégé Grant Forrest, making the cut in three groups of three successive events at home and abroad.
The Craigielaw-based Forrest got his season off to a flying start with a tie for fifth in the Challenge Tour season opener in Turkey, following that up by going one place better in the prestigious KPMG Trophy in Belgium the week before his 24th birthday.
And now three solid finishes in September have seen the 2012 Scottish Amateur Championship winner earn a repeat invitation to the US$5m (approx. £3.75m) Alfred Dunhill Links Championship staged at Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course, St. Andrews.
Forrest’s biggest pay cheque to date came on debut at last year’s pro-celebrity celebration of links golf, a creditable tie for 41st place earning him US$30,000 (approx. £22,000) and he’s looking forward to hopefully improving on that this year.
Forrest played alongside Finland’s Roope Kakko, Chilean Felipe Aguillar, Kristor Broberg from Sweden, Alejandro Cañizares and another Finn Mikko Ilonen, all European Tour winners and is looking forward with confidence to mixing it with the big boys again this year with a stellar amateur record in links golf.
In 2015, he won the St Andrews Links Trophy and also reached the final of the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, performances that helped secure his place on the Great Britain & Ireland team that hammered the United States 16.5 - 9.5 at Royal Lytham.
Forrest will tee-it-up in Fife in the company of six ‘Major’ champions, his compatriot Paul Lawrie, Irishmen Pádraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, German star Martin Kaymer and South African Ernie Els.