Former Lancashire team-mates qualify for Open

ENGLAND international Paul Kinnear is among four amateurs to land a spot in this month’s Open Championship.

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MARK YOUNG: Living the dream

And the Formby player will be joined at St Andrews by his former Lancashire County team-mate Mark Young who turned professional  at the end of last year.

Both cleared the final qualifying hurdle at Gailes Links where Young, one of the region’s most successful amateurs never to play for his country, headed the field by two shots with rounds of 68 and 70 for a four-under-par total.

The former Longridge roofer, a triple Lancashire amateur

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PAUL KINNEAR: Shaking

champion and record-equaling five time winner of the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit, was pinching himself  after racking up an eagle and three birdies in the first round and three more in the next mixed with a double bogey at the tough Glasgow course.

He enthused: “It will be a dream come true to play in the Open at St Andrews – where better to play in one?”

And Kinnear added: “I was shaking over my three-foot birdie putt at the last hole. It was awful waiting around to see if I was going to get into a play-off and I think that’s why all the emotions came flooding out.”

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