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Competition is hotting up for the Links Trust's annual summer tournaments taking place during the first two weeks of August.

In the Boys' Open played over the Eden and the Old Courses between the 2 and 6 August, local teenager, Jamie Farmer will be defending his title in a field of 150. In his qualifying round on Monday on the Eden he will playing with two other 1-handicappers -William Colquhoun from Ranfurly Castle and Mark Lawrie from Lundin Links. Other Fife golfers competing are Scott Finlay (St Andrews Golf Club), Neil Moore (New Golf Club) and Lyall Rowan (Scotscraig).

In the same week the Junior Ladies will be competing for the Golf Monthly Trophy also over the Eden and the Old Courses. Welsh internationalist, Natalee Evans (Pleasington) will be hoping for a hat trick following her wins in 1997 and 1998. She will be up against strong competition from scratch players Kirsty Taylor (Sandford Springs) and Kirsty Fisher (Royal Lytham). Former champion Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) may also be a threat and local interest comes from Judith de Vries and Lauren McArthur.

The Eden Tournament attracted nearly 270 entries for a field of 240 in one of the strongest fields ever which includes two +1 golfers and four scratch golfers, six 1-handicappers and fifteen 2-handicappers. Former winners competing include Barry Ford (winner 1992); Gus Lamond (1994 and 1995) and last year's winner, Alan Carlyle (Monifieth). The event takes place between Monday 9 and Friday 13 August.

Entries for the Strathtyrum Ladies Tournament (9-13 August) continue to grow with this year being the first time a ballot has been held to reduce the entries to the 102 limit. Pam Williamson is defending her title against a strong field including former winners, Fiona de Vries, Marilyn Henderson and Karen Marshall. Issued by Carolyne Nurse, public relations manager, St Andrews Links Trust. Tel 01334 466666/fax01334 479555.