Bob Tway of the USA in action in  the second round of the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl GC   in Bridgend, Wales. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Porthcawl in the 1980 amateur championship and home internationals before turning professional and competing(...)

Geoff Lenehan: supplied the half point required by Munster. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

(...).Teenage sensation Olivia Mehaffey is the best placed Irish player at the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship in(...)

Bernhard Langer  in action during the first round of the British Senior Open Championship  at Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales. Photo:  Phil Inglis/Getty Images

(...) 1980 Amateur Championship and has featured in several Home Internationals on the South Wales links but(...)

 Ronan Rafferty:  “It is a stunning course to look at and equally great to play. I am raring to go although year one in the Seniors is a case of learning the ropes again.” Photo: Phil Inglis/Getty

(...) of those in the field.He competed here in the 1980 Amateur Championship, played in Coral Classics in(...)

Contenders: Not just the big three. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

(...). Players become teetotallers and train up to six times a week And, of course, as amateur sportsmen, they(...)

 Pique Sous rider in the Galway Hurdle Paul Townend:  
“I’m looking forward to the ride. He seems to be in very good form.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...) for a crack at Monday’s big amateur prize, the Connacht Hotel Handicap, while Batty Boys could go in(...)

WG Grace: his career as a first-class cricketer spanned almost 50 years

Gentlemen (amateur rather than professional players), All-England (non-international), United South of(...)

Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. Photograph: Getty Images

(...) revealed he would be making contact with Jeff Knox, the local amateur who acted as his marker on the third(...)

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball from caddie JP Fitzgerald during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

An amateur more than twice his age, who has already beaten him once, could hold the key to Rory(...)

The Eden Project in Cornwall - set for a Jurassic makeover this summer

(...) fossil pit for amateur paleontologists. The family ticket costs from £52; see edenproject(...)