Big field for English Amateur Championship

YORKSHIRE’S Dan Brown will defend his title when the English Amateur Championship is played next week at the Berkshire Golf Club on August 1-6.

He’s among 288 players who will set out in pursuit of the prized trophy, aiming to follow such past winners as Tommy Fleetwood, Danny Willett and Paul Casey, who was the last player to successfully defend the title in 1999 and 2000.

The field is packed with champions, underlining the strength of English golf. Among those lining up with Brown (Masham) are Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool) who won the St Andrews Links Trophy and tops the England men’s order of merit; Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak), the Lytham Trophy winner; Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park), the French open winner; Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham Park), the Welsh open winner; and Scott Gregory (Corhampton) the 2016 Amateur Champion.

The host club is fielding three players in the championship, Edward Cartwright, Iain Henderson and Trevor Ball, who will all enjoy the benefit of home advantage.

The players will all face the challenge of the Berkshire’s Red and Blue courses, designed by Herbert Fowler, lined with pine and heather and regarded as among the best in Britain.

All competitors will play a qualifying round on each course before the top 64 players and ties go forward to the matchplay stages on the Red course.

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