Along with Cameron Adam from the Royal Burgess club in Edinburgh, Ruben will take his place in the field of 264 players from a total entry of 3,346 received, for the two strokeplay qualifying rounds on the opening two days of the event, with the top 64 players going forward to the matchplay stages during the remainder of the week.
Ruben gained his place in the championship, first played in 1948, due to his World Amateur Golf ranking position, where he is ranked the number one under 18 golfer in Europe at present and leads the Scottish Golf Men’s Order of Merit.
Few Scots have ever gain exemption into this most prestigious event, and it is not known if any before have been from Ayrshire. The championship boasts several well-known former winners including Gay Brewer (1949), Johnny Miller (1964), Gary Koch (1970), David Duval (1989), Tiger Woods (1991-93), Hunter Mahan (1999), Jordan Spieth (2009, 2011) and Scottie Scheffler (2013) as former winners.
The winner of the championship will receive a gold medal and custody of the U.S. Junior Amateur trophy for one year and will enjoy exemptions into all future U.S. Junior Amateurs for which he is age eligible, along with exemption into 2022 U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club and exemption into 2021 and 2022 U.S. Amateur Championships.
Confirmation of his participation in the U.S. Junior championship unfortunately means that Ruben has now confirmed his withdrawal from the forthcoming Scottish Boys Championship, to be played this week at Bruntsfield Links, where he would have been bidding to defend the title he won in 2019. There is no doubt, however, that the rare opportunity to participate in the U.S. event was one that could not be turned down easily, and it is hoped that Ruben will continue his fine recent form in the forthcoming U.S. Championship, and have a successful trip to the United States of America.