DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke rising junior Tim Gornik will compete in the 116th British Amateur Championship next week (June 13-18) at Hillside and Hesketh Golf Clubs in England. He will be among the 288 world-ranked amateur golfers from 35 countries competing for the coveted British Am trophy, a place in this year's British Open Championship and an invitation to the 2012 Masters Tournament.
Gornik is coming off an outstanding sophomore season in which he posted seven top 20 finishes and a 72.5 stroke average. He lowered his stroke average by 3.2 strokes per round from his first year at Duke, while also establishing himself as one of the most consistent players in the country. Gornik, a native of Ljubljana, Slovenia, had 11 rounds of even-par or better golf and shot 75 or better in 28 of 30 rounds played this season.
Gornik was in the Blue Devils lineup for team wins at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, Irish Creek Collegiate and NCAA East Regional in 2011. He carded a season-low six-under 66 in the final round of the East Regional to secure his first career top 10 finish (t-eighth).
Duke Hall of Famer Dick Siderowf won two British Amateur titles in his career. He posted a 5 and 3 victory over Peter Moody to claim the 1973 title at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and also topped J.C. Davies in 37 holes in the championship match in 1976 at St. Andrews Links.
Former Major Champions and Ryder Cup team members including Jack Nicklaus, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson and the reigning Open Champion, Louis Oosthuizen, have all played in the Amateur Championship.
The stroke-play stage of the British Amateur Championship will be played on Monday and Tuesday (June 13-14) at Hillside GC and Hesketh GC. The top 64 players with ties contested reach the final match-play stage over four days (June 15-18) at Hillside Golf Club.
Full details including the draw, leaderboard and end-of-day highlights can be found on RandA.org. Television highlights will be broadcast on Sunday 19 June 2011 on Sky Sports.
Gornik opens the tournament on Monday at 7:33 am at Hillside GC. He will be paired with Horacio Leon of Chile and Rory McNamara of Headfort for both rounds of stroke play. The trio tees off at 12:07 pm on Tuesday in the second round at Hesketh GC.