Big field for Brabazon Trophy

MORE than 260 golfers will set out next week to try to win a place in one of amateur game’s top championships, the Brabazon Trophy.

They’ve a sprint ahead of them: just 18 holes to claim a top-30 spot at either of two pre-qualifiers and guarantee a place in the championship. They’re being held on Tuesday at the southern venue of Littlestone, Kent, and the northern host club, Sandiway in Cheshire.

The successful competitors will join more than 80 exempt players in an international field challenging for the title of English men’s open amateur strokeplay champion.

The Brabazon Trophy, as it’s better known, will be played at the home of England Golf, on the famed Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa, from May 25-28.

It’s one of amateur golf’s most sought-after titles, attracting future stars of the professional game from around the world and two of the champions, Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel, have gone on to win Majors.

This year’s pre-qualifying hopefuls include Devon’s Harrison Greenberry, who is a past British boys’ champion, Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels from the England Golf boys’ squad; and former boy international Rhys Nevin-Wharton, who will enjoy home advantage at Sandiway.

All the contenders will be aiming to join a field which represents global golf. Exempt players will be travelling from as far as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Saudi Arabia to take part.

But there will be an extra frisson for payers from Great Britain and Ireland, with the selectors for this year’s Walker Cup match paying particular attention to the action.

Eighteen members of the GB&I Walker Cup squad are in the exempt field and there will be others who aim to catch the eye, such as the in-form Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset), who has just won the Lytham Trophy.

Who will join them to complete the championship field? For more information on the Brabazon Trophy pre-qualifying tournaments, including tee times and lives scores on the day, please visit http://www.englandgolf.org/brabazontrop

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