The 2019 GB&I Men’s National Squads

16th February 2019

With the 2019 season now gathering momentum, as we work up towards September’s Walker Cup match, I thought it may be useful to collate the Men’s National Squads for each of the four home nations in one place.

You will find all of the players selected listed below along with their current Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR).

In addition I have also listed other leading players who for a variety of reasons have not been included in any national squads.img_8619

ENGLAND

England Golf announced their Squads on 13th February 2019.

Men’s Squad
Jake Burnage – Devon (47)
Bailey Gill – Yorkshire (177)
David Hague – Yorkshire (105)
Ben Jones – Northamptonshire (107)
Billy McKenzie – Hampshire (233)
Tom Plumb – Somerset (93)
Tom Sloman – Somerset (43)

Men’s A Squad
Jake Bolton – Wiltshire (403)
Sam Done – Lincolnshire (810)
Callum Farr – Northamptonshire (558)
Harry Goddard – Hertfordshire (666)
Ben Hutchinson – Yorkshire (246)
David Langley – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire (130)
Joe Long – Gloucestershire (267)

Other Elite Players
Barclay Brown – Yorkshire (416)
Oliver Farrell – Worcestershire / Marquette University, USA (281)
Alex Fitzpatrick – Yorkshire / Wake Forest University, USA (82)
Conor Gough (U18) – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire (340)
John Gough – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire / UNC Charlotte, USA (294)
Harry Hall – Cornwall / University of Las Vegas, USA (53)
Jamie Li – Somerset / Florida State University, USA (243)
Daniel O’Loughlin – Nottinghamshire / University of Colorado, USA (227)
Joe Pagdin (U18) – Florida, USA (286)
Laird Shepherd – Stirling University, Scotland (182)
Thomas Thurloway – Sussex / Jacksonville University, USA (309)
Robin Williams (U18) – Northamptonshire (238)

IRELAND

The Golf Union of Ireland (now Golf Ireland) announced their Squad on the 29th November 2018.

Men’s Senior Panel
Robert Brazill – Leinster (738)
Colm Campbell – Ulster (2,542)
Robert Cannon – Leinster (1,155)
Alex Gleeson – Leinster (176)
Eoin Leonard – Surrey, England / Yale University, USA (303)
Rowan Lester – Leinster (164)
Tiarnán McLarnon – Ulster (277)
Ronan Mullarney – Connacht (219)
John Murphy – Munster / University of Louisville, USA (86)
Peter O’Keeffe – Munster (387)
Mark Power – Leinster (265)
Conor Purcell – Leinster (23)
Caolan Rafferty – Leinster (99)
James Sugrue – Munster (379)

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SCOTLAND

The 2018-19 players listed on the Scottish Golf website are as follows.

Men’s Squad
Callum Bruce – Midland College, USA (416)
Kieran Cantley (497)
Matthew Clark (647)
Stuart Easton (203)
Rory Franssen – University of Missouri, USA (262)
Darren Howie (570)
Jim Johnston (427)
Ryan Lumsden – Northwestern University, USA (70)
Stephen Roger (523)
Sandy Scott – Texas Tech University, USA (135)
Jamie Stewart – University of Missouri, USA (152)
Euan Walker (50)
James Wilson (297)
Jeff Wright (779)

Transitional Support (18-21)
Eric McIntosh – Northwestern University, USA (187)
John Paterson – University of Colorado, USA (864)

Other Elite Players
Calum Fyfe (288)
Connor McKinney – Western Australia (211)

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WALES

The 2018-19 players listed on the Wales Golf website are as follows.

National Performance Programme
Archie Davies (1,116)
Jake Hapgood (373)

National Support Programme
Oly Brown (2,239)
George Bryant (1,723)
Ben Chamberlain (1,218)
Jacob Davies (1,363)
Aled Greville (3,861)
Kieron Harmon (2,040)
Luke Harries – Lincoln Memorial University, USA (1,548)
Matt Harris (2,252)
Tim Harry (4,207)
Paddy Mullins (1,502)
Matt Roberts (927)
Lewys Sanges (1,245)
Tom Williams (914)

Other Elite Players
Gaelen Trew (757)

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December 2018 Men’s Amateur Rankings

5th January 2019

Throughout the year I analyse the two main amateur golf rankings, the SPWAR and the WAGR, to help us assess the performances of Great Britain and Ireland’s leading players.

This information is maintained on the Rankings page of the GolfBible website and is updated quarterly.

This is a short note to subscribers to flag up that the latest update covering the December 2018 Quarter period has now been added.

I also select a Player of the Quarter.

For Quarter 4 2018 I have chosen England’s Jake BURNAGE. Jake finished 3rd in the South Beach international Amateur in Florida in early December.

There are few significant events between October and December so it normally takes something exceptional at the South Beach International Amateur, now one of amateur golf’s leading events, to justify the award being made. Jake has followed in the footsteps of Ben JONES (ENG) who finished 2nd in 2017 to pick up the award last year.

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Jake Burnage (Photo: Burnage Family)

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My Review Of GB&I Men’s Amateur Golf In 2018

29th December 2018

As another year comes to a close it’s time to record the highlights of another busy year in Great British and Irish (GB&I) golf.

Here is a run through of the major results in 2018 and a reminder of some of the best rounds that we saw: – 

The Amateur Championship

The Amateur Championship was played at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links in north east Scotland. Wilco Nienaber (RSA) was medalist after two great rounds of 66 and 67 (-8). However, his compatriot Jovan Rebula (RSA) was the eventual champion beating Robin DAWSON (IRE) 3&2 in the Final. With the benefit of hindsight John MURPHY’s (IRE) 6&5 win over Viktor Hovland (NOR) in round 4 is noteworthy too.

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Jovan Rebula (Photo: The R&A / Mark Runnacles / Getty Images)

The U.S. Amateur Championship

Viktor Hovland (NOR) won the U.S. Amateur Championship played at Pebble Beach G.L. and Spyglass Hill G.C. He beat Devon Bling 6&5 in the Final. Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) led the GB&I entry reaching the quarter finals before falling to Cole Hammer (USA) 3&2.

Major Championships

2017 USA Walker Cup player Doug Ghim secured low amateur honours at The Masters in April with rounds of 72, 76, 74 and 74 (+8).

Luis Gagne (CRI) and Matt Parziale (USA) were the low amateurs (+16, tied 48th) at a controversial U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills G.C. in June. Prior to the Championship Scotland’s Ryan LUMSDEN recorded rounds of 68 and 70 (-6) in Sectional Qualifying to earn a place in the field. 

Sam LOCKE (SCO) was the amateur star of The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links. A 69 and 66 (-7) secured medalist honours in the Final Qualifying event at The Renaissance G.C. 18 year old Sam then won the low amateur Silver Medal after rounds of 72, 73, 70 and 78 (+9) and a tied 75th finish. Only time will tell if his decision to turn pro immediately afterwards was a good one.

Men’s International Team Events

The Bonallack Trophy match was played in Qatar in March with Asia-Pacific beating EUROPE 16.5-15.5. Todd CLEMENTS (ENG) and Matthew JORDAN (ENG) were selected for Europe who disappointingly let a lead slip in the final day Singles.

An ENGLAND team consisting of Todd CLEMENTS, David HAGUE, Matthew JORDAN and Gian-Marco PETROZZI won the European Nations Cup at RCG Sotogrande by 20 shots over IRELAND who came second. Clements 69, 73, 71, 70 (-5) won the Individual competition by 5 shots from Alex GLEESON (IRE). 

The Arnold Palmer Cup moved to a mixed INTERNATIONAL v. USA team format this year. With little allegiance to an International team badge and 24 players on both sides my interest in it certainly waned this time around. It was no surprise to see a very strong USA thrash the International side, which included Harry HALL (ENG), Olivia MEHAFFEY (NIR), Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) and Chloe RYAN (IRE), 38.5 – 21.5.   

Finland were the surprise winners of the 2018 European Men’s Team Championship in July, beating ENGLAND 5-2 in the Final. Sweden and ENGLAND led the 36 hole stroke play qualifying at the Faldo Course, Berlin, Germany on 693 (-27). Finland were the final Flight A qualifiers on 718 (-2) but moved serenely through the match play stage to pick up the trophy.

GB&I’s loss to a largely second string Continent of Europe 15.5-9.5 in the St. Andrews Trophy match was a major disappointment. Europe won 7 of the 9 Singles on the final afternoon to run out deserving winners in Finland.

Denmark won the Men’s World Amateur Team for the Eisenhower Trophy in September. The Danish team of Nicolai Hojgaard, Rasmus Hojgaard and John Axelsen posted a -39 total to beat the USA by 1 shot in the 72 hole competition staged at Carton House GC, Ireland.

ENGLAND finally got the better of IRELAND in this year’s Men’s Home Internationals staged at Conwy G.C. in North Wales. David HAGUE (ENG) and Tiarnan MCLARNAN (IRE) were both unbeaten during the week winning all six of their games.

Other Major GB&I Amateur Events

Matthew JORDAN (ENG) dominated the Lytham Trophy in early May. Rounds of 67, 69, 70 and 66 gave him a -8 total and a hugely impressive 9 shot victory. 

The Irish Amateur Open Championship was again played at Royal County Down G.C. with Robin DAWSON (IRE) 65, 71, 69, 77 (-2) prevailing. John GOUGH (ENG) and Alex GLEESON (IRE) were four shots back in tied second.

An exciting finish to the Brabazon Trophy saw Nick POPPLETON (ENG) win a play-off against Wilco Nienaber (RSA) after both players finished on -16 at Frilford heath G.C. Andrew WILSON’s (ENG) 63 (-9) in round 3 was the round of the week.

Matthew Jordan and Nick Poppleton (Photos: Angie McGlue and GolfBible)

John MURPHY (IRE) won the The St. Andrews Links Trophy in June. Rounds of 70 66 71 71 gave him a -9 total before he went on to beat Jannik de Bruyn (GER) on the first hole of their play-off.

Royal Hague G.C. staged the European Amateur Championship with Nicolai Hojgaard (DEN) coming out on top after rounds of 71, 69, 68 and 73 (-7). Robin DAWSON (IRE) and Mitch WAITE (ENG) were amongst four players to finish tied 2nd, one shot further back.

James WILSON (SCO) beat Tom SLOMAN (ENG) in a play-off at the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship after they had both finished on 284 (Ev) around Pyle & Kenfig G.C. 

Victor Veyret (FRA) found the Kings Course at Gleneagles to his liking when he won the Scottish Men’s Open Championship in late August. Scores of 69, 65, 67 and 67 (-12) helped him to a 6 shot victory over Conor PURCELL (IRE). 

Home Nation Closed Amateur Championships

Tom THURLOWAY won the English Men’s Amateur at Formby G.C. overcoming Joe LONG 6&5 in the Final. Tom’s win came just a week after he picked up the Walton Heath Trophy after rounds of 69, 68, 69 and 73 (-9). Two great wins in a short space of time.

Euan MCINTOSH won the Scottish Men’s Amateur at Blairgowrie beating Jamie STEWART 3&2 in the Final.

Robbie CANNON won the Irish Amateur Close Championship at the European Club. He beat Eoin LEONARD 2&1 in their Final match. 

Tom WILLIAMS won the Welsh Men’s Amateur Championship in August at Machynys G.C. beating Kieron HARMON 2&1 in the Final. It was a second win for Williams who had earlier in the year won the U21 Bernard Darwin Salver at Rye G.C.

Major International Amateur Events

Home favourite Vitor Londot Lopez (-15) won the Portuguese International Amateur at Montado in February. Ben JONES (ENG) 71, 68, 73, 64 (-12) and Bailey GILL (ENG) 71, 67, 68, 70 (-12) finished tied 2nd.

The Spanish International Amateur at La Manga was dominated by English players. Firstly, Jake BURNAGE, the only player to record an under par total, won the stroke play qualifying with rounds of 73 and 70 (-3). Billy MCKENZIE went on to beat Alex FITZPATRICK 3&2 in the 36 hole Final.

Andrea Romano (ITA) won the Italian International Amateur in March with rounds of 69, 70, 72 and 69 (-3) at Donnafugata Golf Resort. Jake BOLTON (ENG) 71, 74, 69, 70 (+1) finished tied 3rd and Charlie THORNTON (ENG) 63, 71, 77, 74 (+2) was tied 5th.

Hubert Tisserand (FRA) 69 68 71 72 (-5) won the French International Amateur at Chantilly in late May. Josh MCMAHON (ENG) and Bradley BAWDEN (ENG) were tied 5th on -1.

Arguably the best amateur performance of the year came from Cole Hammer (USA) in the Western Amateur Championship, played at Sunset Ridge G.C. near Chicago. Having secured medalist honours with rounds of 65, 68, 61 ,67 (-23) – the unblemished 3rd round included 10 birdies – he beat Davis Riley (USA) in the match play final by 1 hole.

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Cole Hammer (Photo: Western Amateur)

En route to winning the Pacific Coast Amateur at The Olympic Club, San Francisco in July Isaiah Salinda (USA) shot a 62 (-9) in round 3 which included 10 birdies. 

Justin Suh (USA) won the North East Amateur by 6 shots with rounds of 63, 65, 67 and 66 (-15) at the par 69 Wannamoisett C.C.

The South Beach International Amateur, now one of the amateur game’s biggest events with a strong field of 210 players, was won in Miami Beach in December by Pierceson Coody (USA). Jake BURNAGE (ENG) was the best of the 19 GB&I players in the field, finishing a creditable 3rd after recording scores of 64, 70, 70 and 71 (Ev) in very windy conditions. 

Australia

David HAGUE (ENG) and Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG) took the early season plaudits with strong performances down under in the opening months of 2018.

Hague reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Amateur, where he lost to the eventual champion Keita Nakajima (JAP), before finishing 2nd at the Avondale Amateur where rounds of 70, 73, 69, 67 gave him a -5 total.

Petrozzi went one better at the end of the tour winning the New South Wales Amateur. Having qualified in tied 4th place after rounds of 68 and 70 (-6) he worked his way through the match play stage before overcoming Jediah Morgan (AUS) on the 37th hole.

South Africa

Sam LOCKE (SCO) finished tied 5th on -18 at the South African Stroke Championship in a low scoring event dominated by Oliver Gillberg (SWE) whose rounds of 67, 62, 64 and 68 (-27) at Pecanwood Golf Estate were exceptional.

Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) -7 tied 6th and Andrew WILSON (ENG) -4 8th at the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Glendower G.C. The event was easily won by James du Preez (RSA) -14 who shot a 64 in Round 3 to give him a comfortable lead heading into the final round.  

The Sanlam South African Amateur Championship was played at Durban C.C. in late February.  David LANGLEY (ENG) 67, 70 (-7) was medalist with Calum FYFE (SCO) 70, 71 (-3) runner-up. However, it was Fyfe’s fellow Scotsmen John PATERSON and Euan WALKER who made the bigger impact at the business end of the tournament both reaching the semi-finals before losing to Chris Woollam (RSA) and champion Deon Germishuys (RSA), who eventually required 39 holes to get the job done.

Kyle McClatchie’s (RSA) performance at the 2018 Gauteng North Open Amateur is also worth recording. Rounds of 65, 72, 64 and 62 (-25) unsurprisingly gave him a 7 shot victory. McClatchie, who also won the Brabazon Trophy in 2017, turned pro shortly afterwards but has surprisingly struggled to make much of an impact to date.

Other GB&I Amateur Events

Mitch WAITE (ENG) alerted us to the good season he was going to enjoy by winning the Hampshire Salver in mid-April. He overcame a sluggish start in the Day 1 Selborne Salver at Blackmoor by blitzing North Hants 65, 65 (-8) in the Day 2 Hampshire Hog and coming through the field to win the72 hole title.

James WILSON (ENG) won the Battle Trophy at Crail G.C. in April with a 283 (-5) total. His victory was set up by a 63 in round 3, 7 shots better than any other player could manage.

The Berkshire Trophy was shared between George GARDNER (ENG) and Matt ROBERTS (WAL) but only after the Englishman finished with a final round 65 to reach the -9 winning total.

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Matt Roberts and George Gardner (Photo: George Gardner)

Sam BROADHURST (ENG) 69, 64, 66, 65 (-16) produced some low scoring at Middlesbrough G.C. to win the North of England Youth Championship.

Charlie THORNTON (ENG) won the North of England Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Alwoodley G.C. in October with rounds of 71, 73, a memorable 65 and 74 (-1). 

A strong final day helped James BIGGS (ENG) 71, 74, 68, 68 (+1) secure the Lagonda Trophy at The Gog Magog G.C.

Ryan DIXON (ENG) 72, 69, 71, 70 (-6) won the U21 Welsh Open Youths Championship at Wenvoe Castle G.C.

Owen BENSON (ENG) beat David LANGLEY in a play-off at Moor Park G.C. to win the Tillman Trophy after they had both finished on 278 (-10).

Scotland

Matthew CLARK 74, 70, 64, 66 (-10) won the East of Scotland Open in early July beating a fast finishing Euan MCINTOSH who applied pressure with a final round 64 to post a -8 total.

MCINTOSH didn’t have to wait long for his win though. Rounds of 69, 64, 66 and 64 (-9) enabled him to pick up the North East Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Kyle GODSMAN won the North of Scotland Open Amateur with rounds of 75, 64, 74 and 70. Kyle’s 64 included two bogeys on an afternoon where no other player in the field managed to break 70 around the tough Nairn G.C. course.

John PATERSON shot rounds of 69, 70, 67 and 68 (-14) at Haggs Castle G.C. to win the Cameron Corbett Vase.

Ireland

Robert BRAZILL beat Alex GLESSON by 1 hole in the final of the prestigious West of Ireland Amateur in April.

South Africa’s Christo Lamprecht 66, 68, 69, 71 (-14) won the East of Ireland Amateur Open at County Louth G.C., holding off Mark POWER (IRE) (-12) to secure the title.

Caolan RAFFERTY beat Rowan LESTER on the 20th hole of the final to win the South of Ireland Amateur at Lahinch Old in July.

Ian LYNCH won the North of Ireland Amateur at Royal Portrush. After Matthew MCCLEAN 67, 68 (-8) had earned medalist honours Lynch went on to beat Kieran BABBAGE (ENG) 2&1 in the Final.

Tiarnan MCLARNAN shot a final round 66 (-6), -7 for his final 11 holes, to pip Robert BRAZILL for the Mullinger Scratch Trophy in August. 

Juniors

Conor GOUGH (ENG) enjoyed a superb season and was undoubtedly the star performer in GB&I Boys’ golf. He won the Fairhaven Trophy in May (69, 75, 70, 69 -5) and the U16 McGregor Trophy in July (72, 71, 70, 68 (-7), birdieing four of his last 6 holes including his last two. If that wasn’t enough he topped them both by winning the Boys’ Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush and Portstewart G.C.’s. Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) was medalist in the stroke play qualifying before Gough (ENG) beat Jose Luis Ballester 3&1 in the Final. Joe PAGDIN (ENG) and Jensen HULL (ENG) were the two losing semi-finalists.

A few weeks later an in form Jensen HULL won the Men’s Waterford Trophy by 5 shots after scores of 70, 70, 67 and 68 (-5).

Barclay BROWN (ENG) won the U18 Carris Trophy 73, 68, 68, 71 (-8) memorably overtaking a faltering Gregory De Leo (ITA) -7 with two birdies on his last two holes. In November the Sheffield man also secured The Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship. Rounds of 73, 70 and 72 (-1) helped him to a 5 shot win in Spain.

Tom MCKIBBIN (NIR) won the inaugural Faldo Series Major Champions Invitational in March, played at Bella Collina in Florida, with scores of 68, 67 and 69 (-12).

A few weeks later Joe PAGDIN (ENG) came close in the men’s Azalea Invitational in South Carolina. Rounds of 73, 67, 67, 66 (-11) earned him a place in a play-off with Cole Hammer (USA) and Hugo Bernard (CAN) before the American birdied the first play-off hole.

Harrison ARNOLD (ENG) survived the wet weather at Copt Heath G.C. to win the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Reduced to 36 holes a second round 67 was good enough to sweep him to the title with a 139 (-3) score.

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Harrison Arnold (Photo: GolfBible)

Laurenz SCHIERGEN (GER) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters by 10 shots at Nizels after rounds of 71, 65, 67 and 71 (-14). Connor MCKINNEY (SCO) -4 and Thomas SPREADBOROUGH (ENG) -1 were the only other boys to shoot under par.

After a mass exodus to the professional ranks (see below) 2018 was always going to be a tough year for Welsh golf but Archie DAVIES looks like being a leading light for the next generation. His 3 shot victory at Belvoir Park in late June at the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship with rounds of 69, 70, 68 and 69 (-8) was certainly encouraging.

Hugh ADAMS (ENG) 72, 71, 67 (Ev) won the U14 Reid Trophy in August. The youngster from Hagley in the West Midlands beat Angel Ayora (ESP) on the fourth play off hole at Reading G.C.

Harry GODDARD (W4 L1 H1) led England to victory over Ireland in the Boys’ Home Internationals played at Royal Dornoch G.C. in early August. 

The Jacques Leglise Trophy was played in Finland with GB&I comfortably beating the Continent of Europe 15.5 – 9.5 at Kytäjä Golf. English pair Conor GOUGH and Robin WILLIAMS were unbeaten, winning two and halving two of their games.

The Junior Ryder Cup was played at Disneyland Paris in September. The EUROPE team, including Annabell FULLER (ENG), Conor GOUGH (ENG) and Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) in their ranks, fought bravely on the final day before narrowly losing 11.5 – 12.5 to the USA.

Another English junior to breakthrough during the year was Yorkshire’s Ben SCHMIDT. Runner Up to Gough at the McGregor Trophy Ben went on to win the Lee Westwood Trophy at Rotherham G.C. (65 66 70) after a play-off with Alex IRELAND (ENG) and the English Boy’s County Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa 70 72 (-4) in September. He certainly looks like a player to watch in the future.

Golf Rankings and Order of Merits

Viktor Hovland (NOR) will end the year as the #1 ranked player in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, in my opinion the world’s most accurate ranking of amateur golfers. Following his performance at the South Beach International last week Jake BURNAGE (ENG) #43 has just passed Harry HALL (ENG) #44 to take the leading GB&I player title, albeit they have an almost identical number of points. Ireland’s Conor PURCELL is not very far behind them in 3rd place either.

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Scratch Players Ranking – GB&I Top 50 As At 29/12/18  (Photo: SPWAR)

Justin Suh (USA) currently heads the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Braden Thornberry (USA) won the McCormack Medal as the leading player in the WAGR at the end of August. GB&I’s leading player in the WAGR at the end of the year is Conor GOUGH (ENG) who is 19th.

Mitch WAITE (ENG), Alex GLEESON (IRE), Euan MCINTOSH (SCO) and Jake HAPGOOD (WAL) respectively won the four home nation Orders of Merits. 

Turned Pro

As is always the case many of our leading amateurs took the plunge into the professional ranks during the year. Todd CLEMENTS (ENG), Robin DAWSON (IRE), Harry ELLIS (ENG), Craig HOWIE (SCO), Matthew JORDAN (ENG), Paul MCBRIDE (IRE), Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG), Nick POPPLETON (ENG), Mitch WAITE (ENG), Andrew WILSON (ENG) and Jonathan YATES (IRE) were some of the names we waved goodbye to this year.

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Johnny Goodman

18th December 2018 

Johnny Goodman was the last amateur to win a major Championship, securing the 1933 U.S. Open. A relative unknown nowadays he holds a record which is unlikely to ever be broken.

He was the underdog who came good but never got the recognition or financial rewards he deserved.

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Johnny Goodman (Photo: omaha.com)

John George Goodman was born on 28th December 1909 in South Omaha, Nebraska, the fifth child of Lithuanian immigrants, William and Rose Goodman. His father worked in the local slaughterhouses and faced with horrific working conditions and poverty drifted into alcoholism. Shortly after his wife died in late 1924 giving birth to their 13th child (who also died) William chose to desert his family and the home he owned.

Abandoned at 15 and ultimately left to fend for himself it’s fair to say Johnny’s prospects appeared poor. The game of golf and the generosity of friends proved to be his saviour.

By accident Johnny had become a caddie at the nearby Omaha Field Club a few years earlier when he was 11. Playing on the railway which criss-crossed the golf course he had found a stray golf ball. Whilst selling it to a passing player he had learnt that more money was available for carrying bags at the Club. Within days he was earning on the weekends and given his natural intelligence and hard work soon became the best caddie at the Club. In 1922, reflecting this status, he was handed the bag of Walter Hagen by the caddie-master when the reigning Open champion arrived in Omaha on an exhibition tour with Australian Joe Kirkwood.

After briefly sleeping rough his friend Matt Zadalis persuaded his family to take him in and the skills he had developed as a caddie in dealing with adults quickly made him a respectful and welcome house guest. Whilst he continued to take his studies seriously his attendance at school became more sporadic. The need to earn, to feed and clothe himself, took priority and over the next few years he secured jobs as a Western Union messenger, a printing factory assistant and even occasionally as a cleaner in the slaughterhouses. To his credit he later did night classes to catch up and completed his high school diploma on time in June 1927.

He had continued to caddie in the spring and summer months and having cobbled together a set of clubs began discretely practising on the Omaha Field course. It wasn’t long before he became proficient and at 15, having won the 1925 Metropolitan Golf Tournament, could rightly call himself one of the best golfers in Omaha.

Like most sports fans at the time Bobby Jones was his hero and understandably given the era Johnny was taken with the amateur ideal. Given his hand to mouth existence at home he had no aspirations to turn professional and to be treated as a second class citizen at the golf course like most professionals still were. He was happy to continue travelling to events in the cheaper boxcars used to transport livestock and mail on the trains if it meant he could continue to have the sanctuary of golf clubhouses.

He developed a sound posture and a repeatable swing where he hit the ball late, more on the upswing than driving the club into the ground at impact. What started off as a draw became a power fade as he practiced more and sought greater consistency. As a small and slender man of 5ft 8” he never hit the ball far but the closer he got to the hole the deadlier he became; there were few who could pitch and putt better.

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Johnny Goodman (Photo: Lester Jones Collection)

The next step up the golfing ladder should have been the Nebraska Amateur Championship but ambitiously in June 1926 Johnny went for the regional Trans-Mississippi Championship in St. Louis. Playing in his first major competition Goodman showed his potential, first breaking Hagen’s course record in qualifying before falling to the more experienced Johnny Dawson 2&1 in the semi-finals. Despite the loss his performance made headline news back in Omaha. As he said himself: “One day I woke up and I was famous”.

Whilst his appearance, at least in his early playing years, often left a little to be desired he now realised he needed to look the part every day even if his finances made that hard to achieve. More importantly he now also understood that controlling his emotions on the course would help his scoring. Observers noticed how mentally strong he was and how he played with a competitive focus few others could match.

Goodman won the Trans-Mississippi Championship the following year at Broadmoor C.C. in Colorado Springs beating James Ward 2&1 in the Final. He would go on to become a 3-time Trans-Mississippi champion; wins in 1931 and 1935 bookending a loss in the 1934 final.

Goodman won the Nebraska Amateur Championship in 1929 and went on to retain it in 1930 and 1931. However, his sights were increasingly set at a national rather than state level. He didn’t have to wait long to make his mark.

At the 1929 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links, in one of the great upsets in the history of the game, he beat medalist Bobby Jones 2&1 in Round 1 of the match play stage. Disappointingly but perhaps not surprisingly he lost in Round 2 by the same scoreline in the afternoon to a 19 year old Lawson Little, who was just setting out on his own path to greatness.

The event started ominously for Goodman. Upon arrival in California he had been summoned to a USGA meeting to explain a new Spalding sporting goods store assistant’s role he had recently started amid concerns about his amateur status. His $8 per week salary appeared to be nothing to him when compared with some of the employment and writing arrangements other leading amateurs, like Jones and Chick Evans, were benefiting from. At the time the USGA appeared happy to show a little more flexibility to the more affluent gentleman players who met their concept of the perfect amateur. Unfortunately “Boxcar Johnny” fell very much at the other end of the spectrum; just the kind of player who they could make an example of and who they felt should be earning a living as a pro. Thankfully he was able to dissuade the Committee of any major impropriety and take up his place in the field. Although relations weren’t subsequently helped when he removed the star player from the field and attendances (and takings) over the final days were decimated. The USGA introduced a seeded match play draw the following year which perhaps played a part in helping Jones complete his 1930 grand slam.

Johnny’s trip to the Monterey Peninsula ended well. The victory over Bobby Jones caught the attention of a watching Bing Crosby who invited Johnny to play a $100 per hole 9 hole cash game at Pebble Beach the day after the Final. Goodman won $500 off the entertainer and with the Wall Street Crash and the onset of the Great Depression just days away the timing couldn’t have been better.

After a disappointing Round 1 defeat in the 1930 U.S. Amateur Goodman was struggling to balance the competing priorities in his life. “Amateur golf is a rich man’s game, and I am far from rich. I am forced to make a living, and find it impossible to combine competitive golf with business.” However, he had no where to go. He was a man of the amateur era, one who believed the U.S. Amateur to be the greatest Championship in the world and who harboured strong Walker Cup hopes. Professional golf was no real solution at the time as the tour was still embryonic and only a handful were making a living on it. Whilst the retirement of Bobby Jones and the continuing Depression saw amateurism lose some of its attractiveness, save for the very wealthiest in society, Johnny chose steadfastly to continue along this path. However, with his fiancé Josephine Kersigo and her family to consider he did decide to take a job selling insurance in early 1931, offered to him by Pete Lyck, a friend from the Omaha Field Club.

Goodman looked odds on for a place in the 1932 USA Walker Cup team after he qualified and then finished 14th and the leading amateur in that year’s U.S. Open. However, revealing the snobbery of the time, some regional prejudice and perhaps an implied accusation of professionalism, the USGA overlooked Johnny, neither naming him to their 10 man team or as an alternate. Many of those selected for the match at Brookline were either past their best or clearly did not have the recent playing record of the man from Omaha. The accompanying outcry from the nation’s golf correspondents finally led to the USGA making a statement. The Selection Committee, despite making their public announcement three days after the U.S. Open had finished, explained that their decision had actually been made before the Championship. Showing maturity beyond his years Johnny largely kept his own counsel and vowed to do his talking on the course. As the USA team comfortably beat GB&I 8-1 in Boston the selection soon became a moot point anyway.

The disappointment fuelled a run at the 1932 U.S. Amateur which started at Baltimore C.C. just ten days after the Walker Cup match finished. Gaining some redemption for his snub Goodman beat Francis Ouimet in the semi-final and was the last U.S. player left standing. However, despite being 2Up with 9 holes to play in the Final, he sadly failed to deliver the ultimate coup de grâce he had hoped for, losing 2&1 to Canadian Ross Somerville in their 36 hole match.

The 1933 U.S. Open took place at North Shore C.C. at Glenville, Illinois, a long, tight course made tougher by the baked fairways from a hot early summer. Rounds of 75, 66 – the joint lowest in Championship history at the time – and 70 gave Goodman a 6-shot lead heading into the final round. After a good start to Rd 4 his game deserted him on the final four holes of the front nine which he played in +4. Nevertheless to his credit he collected himself; playing the back nine in +1 he recorded a final round of 76. Thankful for a bogey 5 by his nearest challenger Ralph Guldahl on the 72nd hole Goodman ended up winning the Championship by 1-shot. Showing their continued disdain for the social standing of Johnny the USGA refused to formally present the famous trophy to their new 23 year old champion. Unusually there are no photos of USGA President Herbert H. Ramsey or any other official presenting the trophy to Goodman – reports said he simply lifted it off a presentation table himself.

Johnny Goodman – 1933 U.S. Open Pathe News

This win in June 1933 saw Johnny Goodman became the last member of a select group which already included Jerry Travers, Francis Ouimet, Chick Evans and Bobby Jones – amateurs to beat the pros and win the U.S. Open Championship. 85 years later he remains the last amateur to win a major Championship.

In the light of his U.S. Open win Goodman refused to turn Pro. He continued with his insurance job turning down numerous touring, publishing and sponsorship opportunities that came his way. “Golf is a game for me, not a business” he said.

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Johnny Goodman With the U.S. Open Championship Trophy (Photo: USGA Museum)

The Masters was first played in late March 1934. Despite being the reigning U.S. Amateur champion it appears Johnny Goodman was not invited to compete by Bobby Jones, although he may simply have not been able to afford the time or cost of the trip. Ironically it was Goodman’s defeat of Jones at Pebble Beach in 1929 that created the time for him to visit the newly opened Cypress Point G.C. So taken with the course was Jones that he immediately decided that its designer Dr. Alistair MacKenzie would be handed control of any new course that he may build in the future. That course proved to be Augusta National. Despite clearly being one of America’s leading players in the 1930’s Goodman ended up playing in just one Masters. In 1936 he shot rounds of 80, 81 and 79 to finish 43rd. Perhaps Goodman didn’t take to the course and chose not to play in the event again.

Johnny finally made his Walker Cup debut aged 24 at St. Andrews in May 1934. Captain Francis Ouimet played him No. 1 for the U.S. team and he didn’t disappoint, taking to links golf quickly. Paired with fellow rookie Lawson Little in the Day 1 Foursomes they beat a fading Cyril Tolley and Roger Wethered 8&6, Wethered in particular struggling throughout the 36 hole match. On Day 2 Goodman beat the British Captain and reigning Amateur champion, a 55 year old Hon. Michael Scott 7&6. The USA won the match 9.5-2.5 with golf writer Bernard Darwin describing Goodman’s play as “appallingly good.”

The following week Goodman crossed Scotland to play at Prestwick G.C. in the Amateur Championship. A straight knockout in those days the Omaha man reached the Quarter Finals where he succumbed to young Englishman Leslie Garnett 3&1. Johnny’s Foursomes partner Lawson Little went on to beat James Wallace by a record breaking 14&13 score. Little recorded twelve 3’s on the 23 holes played in the Final.

At the 1936 Walker Cup, played at Pine Valley G.C., Goodman was one of four returning USA players and again played at No. 1. Paired with Albert “Scotty” Campbell he won his Foursomes 7&5 against Hector Thomson and Harry Bentley. On Day 2 he again beat Thomson this time 3&2 in the Singles, maintaining his 100% win record and leading the USA to a famous 9-0 victory. There were no points awarded for halved matches in those days so it was not quite the whitewash it appeared.

The 1937 U.S. Amateur was played at Alderwood C.C. in Portland, Oregon. It would prove to be Johnny Goodman’s crowning glory. In his 1Up semi-final win against Bud Ward he one putted 15 greens. ‘Cinderella Man’ Ray Billows, known for his relaxed temperament (as well as finishing second), waited for him in the Final. Johnny stumbled down the home straight again but finished strongly to ultimately win by 2 holes. Finally accepted by the USGA, President John G. Jackson happily made the trophy presentation to a man who had now achieved the American double.

Just 11 players have won the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open – Francis Ouimet (1914 / 1913 respectively), Jerome Travers (1907 / 1915), Chick Evans (1916 / 1916), Bobby Jones (1924 / 1923), Johnny Goodman (1937 / 1933), Lawson Little (1934 / 1940), Arnold Palmer (1954 / 1960), Gene Littler (1953 / 1961), Jack Nicklaus (1959 / 1962), Jerry Pate (1974 / 1976) and Tiger Woods (1994 / 2000). Goodman is the last player to win the U.S. Amateur after the U.S. Open.

The 10th Walker Cup match, played on 3-4 June 1938 at St. Andrews, again featured Johnny Goodman, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. The U.S. team first travelled to Troon to play in the Amateur. An ‘unlucky’ draw saw Goodman beat Ray Billows 4&2 in Round 2 before falling 3&2 to Charles Kocsis in Round 4, both U.S. teammates. Unfortunately any form he had deserted him in his Walker Cup matches as he lost on both days as GB&I won for the first time 7-4. Hector Thomson got revenge for his 1939 defeat comfortably winning their repeat Singles 6&4. With World War II interrupting proceedings the next match would not be played until 1947 and hence this proved to be Johnny’s last involvement.

Back home Johnny Goodman remained well known and respected. He featured on the cover of the popular Time Weekly Newsmagazine on 6 June 1938 under the heading ‘The King of Swings’ and in a story about him being the natural successor to Bobby Jones. To my knowledge Jones, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the only other golfers to grace the cover of this famous U.S. magazine.

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Johnny Goodman – Time Magazine, 6th June 1938

Shortly afterwards Johnny married Josephine in Omaha, Lawson Little acting as his best man, and with little money moved in with his mother in law.

However, on the golfing front his play started to drift and he was never to contend in a big event again.

The Pearl Harbour attack just a few days before Johnny’s 32nd birthday in December 1941, which led to the United States’ entering World War II, changed more than just the golfing landscape. Goodman found himself called up to serve in the Quartermaster Corps and ended up being posted to India.

Once the War was over Johnny settled back into family life. He left the insurance world and started working for his brother in law John Atkins who had become a successful beer distributor and club owner in Omaha. 1947 proved to be a pivotal year in his life. Firstly he and Josephine had a son, Johnny Goodman Jr. and then he was involved in a serious car crash, badly breaking his right arm. Any hope of resurrecting his top level golf career was lost in the crash.

The Goodman’s eventually decided a change of scene was needed and in 1950 the family moved to South Gate in Southern California. He used his knowledge and trade connections to obtain a sales job for Canada Dry.

Unfortunately a restructuring led to Johnny losing this job eventually and he started to drink more than he should. In 1959 he became ill and very nearly died from complications brought about by cirrhosis of the liver.

He survived and having adopted a healthier lifestyle started to play more golf. He enjoyed playing with Johnny Jr. and shortly afterwards turned Pro to take up a teaching position at the Bellflower Golf Center in California.

On the 8th August 1970 Johnny Goodman died in his sleep aged 60. Just a few days earlier he had travelled back to Omaha Field and played a round at his old club with his nephew Jack Atkins. It was his goodbye to the game he loved. He was buried in Omaha in a nondescript grave without headstone. More recently a municipal golf course in the southwest of the City has been named in his honour.

Johnny Goodman earned next to nothing for his golfing exploits and faced discrimination throughout most of his career. However, his story is one of the more interesting ones and his U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open wins mean he has his place in the record books forever and should perhaps be better remembered by the golfing world.

ME.

Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

South Beach International Amateur – 2018 Preview & Results

22nd December 2018 – Results

Pierceson COODY (USA), a Freshman at the University of Texas and the grandson of 1971 Masters Champion Charles Coody, won the 2018 South Beach International Amateur (SBIA) with a 272 (-11) total.

The pre-tournament weather forecast suggested conditions would be challenging for the 210 players in the field, particularly on Days 2 and 3 when very strong winds were expected. That certainly proved to be the case with winds of 25mph gusting to 50 mph recorded.

Coody made a solid start to the competition with a 67 (-3) at Normandy Shores (NS) on Day 1 before backing it up with a joint best of the day 67 (-4) at Miami Beach (MB). However, the SBIA was won in Round 3. Benefitting from his late tee time and the subsequent suspension of play due to the high winds he was able to complete his third round in the calmer conditions of this morning. His 64 (-7) at Miami Beach, which included eight birdies, was four shots better than any other player managed.

Despite taking a 6 shot lead into the final round a fast finishing Manuel TORRES (VEN) made the Texan sweat. Torres, who studies at the nearby Lynn University, shot an impressive 33 on the back nine for a 66 (-5) but was left rueing a final hole bogey.

Coody played the front nine in Round 4 in even par but started to leak oil on the back side. When he also bogeyed the last he was left signing for a 74 (+3) and relieved to hear he had secured a narrow one shot victory.

Ranked 183rd in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) at the start of the week Coody now sits 40th after the biggest win of his career.

Jake BURNAGE (ENG) was our leading performer, finishing a clear 3rd on 275 (-8). Jake shot a 64 (-6) at Normandy Shores on Day 1 to share the lead before playing very consistently throughout the remainder of the tournament; rounds of 70, 70 and 71 at Miami beach testament to that.

I assume all of those rounds on the exposed links of Saunton G.C. came in useful when the wind started to blow in South Florida. With six birdies on his card in Round 4 and Torres’ late run he probably feels a little frustrated not to have been closer to the win and certainly the runner-up spot.

Nevertheless this is notable result for Jake who now sits 44th in the SPWAR. Just a handful of points behind Harry Hall amortisation over the next few days may still see him finish as GB&I’s leading golfer by the year end. Not a bad place to be going into a Walker Cup year.

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Jake Burnage at Miami Beach G.C. (Photo: Burnage Family)

Fellow Englishmen Jake BOLTON 71 NS, 70 MB, 74 and 69 (+1) finished tied 21st and Joe PAGDIN 68 NS, 73 MB, 74 and 71 (+3) was tied 26th.

The two other GB&I players to make the cut found the going harder over the final two rounds finishing tied 62nd on +10. Max MARTIN recorded rounds of 66 NS, 75 MB, 80 and 72 and Ben JONES, who finished tied 2nd last year, 71 NS, 71 MB, 74 and 77.

74 players made the 36 hole cut on Thursday which fell at 144 (+3) with each competitor having played a round at Miami Beach G.C. (par 71) and Normandy Shores G.C. (par 70).

The remaining GB&I players in the field all missed the cut: –

145 (+4)
Sam ROOK (ENG) – 71 NS 74 MB
Charlie THORNTON (ENG) – 71 NS 74 MB
David LANGLEY (ENG) – 68 NS 77 MB

146 (+5)
Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) – 71 NS 75 MB
Enrique DIMAYUGA (ENG) – 67 NS 79 MB
Michael YOUNG (IRE) – 75 MB 71 NS

147 (+6)
Conor GOUGH (ENG) – 72 NS 75 MB
Conor RICHARDS (ENG) – 71 NS 76 MB
Tom MCKIBBIN (N.I.) – 74 MB 73 NS

149 (+8)
Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) – 74 NS 75 MB
Bradley BAWDEN (ENG) – 70 NS 79

150 (+9)
Thomas PLUMB (ENG) – 75 NS 75 MB 150 (+9)

152 (+11)
John GOUGH (ENG) – 70 NS 82 MB 152 (+11)

155 (+14)
Eoin LEONARD (IRE) – 74 NS 81 MB 155 (+14)

Click here to view the – SBIA 2018 Results

ME.

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17th December 2018

The 8th South Beach International Amateur (SBIA) will be played between 19th – 22nd December 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida.

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First played in 2011 it has within a few years become one of the world’s leading amateur golf competitions.

It has always attracted an International field and many of Europe’s leading amateurs will again be competing this year.

Format

The SBIA is a 72 hole stroke play competition played over four days.

18 holes are played at both Miami Beach G.C. and the nearby Normandy Shores G.C. over the first two days. Tee times between 7.30am and 12.19 pm (GMT -5 hrs).

After a top 72 and ties cut the final 36 holes are played exclusively at Miami Beach over the remaining two days.

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Miami Beach Golf Club (Photo: Miami Beach GC)

Players

A field of 210 players have paid the $385 entry fee and will contest the 2018 SBIA.

In 2017 the SBIA was ranked 5th in terms of field quality by the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR). Only the U.S. Amateur (1st), The Amateur (2nd), Western Amateur (3rd) and NCAA Division I National (4th) were stronger. It is likely to be 6th in 2018 as the World Amateur Team has been played this year too.

A review of the 2018 entries suggests it will retain its status after this latest edition.

Historically around 50% of the field has been drawn from overseas with as many as 30 countries represented.

This year the highest ranked player competing is Tyler STRAFACI (USA) who is 19th in the SPWAR. Floridian Tyler is a junior at Georgia Tech. He was medalist at the 2017 U.S. Amateur, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open and reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Western Amateur.

There are 19 golfers from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) playing this year. The previous highest number was 13 in 2014. I’ve listed them all below with their current SPWAR: –

Bradley BAWDEN (ENG) #404
Jake BOLTON (ENG) #483
Jake BURNAGE (ENG) #121
Enrique DIMAYUGA (ENG) #2,949
Conor GOUGH (ENG) #338
John GOUGH (ENG) #267
Ben JONES (ENG) #123
David LANGLEY (ENG) #140
Eoin LEONARD (IRE) #295
Maxwell MARTIN (ENG) #1,053
Tom MCKIBBIN (N.I.) #1,067
Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) #191
Joe PAGDIN (ENG) #321
Thomas PLUMB (ENG) #136
Conor RICHARDS (ENG) #1,558
Sam ROOK (ENG) #510
Charlie THORNTON (ENG) #609
Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) #199
Michael YOUNG (IRE) #2,526

This event starts the countdown for me to the 2019 Walker Cup match and a high finish in Miami this week will certainly be rankings enhancing and lay down a nice early marker to the GB&I selectors.

In 2017 Ben JONES was our leading finisher, securing tied 2nd with an impressive -12 total. Harry HALL (ENG) -7 was tied 10th and Joe PAGDIN -4 tied 19th.

Click here to view the – SBIA 2017 Results

Courses

Both courses were designed by Arthur Hills and play to around 6,800 yards.

They are typical Florida layouts with numerous lakes coming into play throughout the 18 holes. As a result scores can be high if the wind blows – which it often does.

Normandy Shores plays to a par of 70 and Miami Beach a par of 71 during the SBIA.

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Normandy Shores G.C. (Photo: miamibeachguest.com) 

Weather Forecast

As one would expect the weather forecast looks generally good for the duration of the competition, albeit strong winds are expected to move around from day to day.

Wed 19th Dec. – Sunny / Wind 13 mph SE / Temp. Min. 20°C, Max. 27°C.
Thur 20th Dec – Thundery Showers PM / Wind 24 mph S / Temp. Min. 20°C, Max. 29°C.
Fri 21st Dec – Sunny / Wind 28 mph W / Temp. Min. 11°C / Min 22°C.
Sat 22nd Dec – Sunny / Wind 11 mph NW / Temp. Min. 8°C / Max. 21°C.

SBIA Website Links

Click here to view the – SBIA 2018 Tee Times

Click here to view the – SBIA 2018 Leaderboard

Click here to view the – SBIA website

History

Here is a list of past winners and the 36 hole cut marks for each year: –

2017 – Jacob BERGERON (USA) -3 / Cut Ev
2016 – Danny WALKER (USA) -4 / Cut +1
2015 – Jorge GARCIA (VEN) -5 / Cut +6
2014 – Gabriel LENCH (USA) -4 / Cut +3
2013 – Greg EASON (ENG) -5 / Cut +6
2012 – JuanPablo HERNANDEZ (MEX) -10 / Cut +3
2011 – Kelly KRAFT (USA) -4 / Cut +11

Following in the footsteps of Greg EASON it would be great to see a second GB&I winner in 2018.

ME.

Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

European Tour Q-School – 2018 Final Stage Preview & Results

November 2018

The European Tour’s FINAL STAGE QUALIFYING event at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain came to a conclusion on Thursday 15th November 2018.

A total of six rounds were played. The first 72 holes were played on Lumine’s Lakes and Hills Courses, the field switching between the two on a daily basis. The final 36 holes were played solely on the Lakes Course.

156 players from 28 countries started the event. 59 of them were exempt due to past performances, 95 were Second Stage Q-School qualifiers and 2 were Second Stage Alternates (Will ENEFER ENG and David COOKE USA).

European Tour QS

77 players, including 18 from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I), made the top 70 and ties cut which fell at 280 (-6) after 72 holes. In achieving this these players all secured full Category 15 Challenge Tour membership for 2019 and a lower membership category on the European Tour.

Following the final 36 holes 27 players finished in the all important top 25 to earn full Category 17 2019 European Tour cards. Of these just 5 were from GB&I. Well done to Scott GREGORY (ENG), Daniel GAVINS (ENG), Marc WARREN (SCO), Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) and Ben EVANS (ENG).

20 year old Norwegian amateur Kristoffer REITAN was amongst the 8 players who finished tied 20th to secure the final cards. A well deserved switch to the professional ranks can now only be days away for him.

Alejandro CAÑIZARIES (ESP) and Zander LOMBARD (RSA) finished tied 1st with a 404 (-24) final score. Impressive scoring under the most extreme pressure. They both earned €13,750 each. A final 18 hole card play-off means the Spaniard will have the No. 1 Q-School card.

I have been following all of the 52 GB&I players this week as well as a few selected overseas competitors (in green). The list below shows how they all finished, along with their qualification information: –

PLAYERS T25 OR BETTER EARNING A EUROPEAN TOUR CARD
T1    -24     Alejandro CAÑIZARIES (ESP) – Las Colinas 2nd Q
T1    -24     Zander LOMBARD (RSA) – 2018 RTRAK 19th Q
T3    -23     Kurt KITAYAMA (USA) – Hardelot 1st (Winner) / Las Colinas 2nd Q
5th   -22     Romain LANGASQUE (FRA) – 2018 RTRAK 19th Q
T11  -19     Scott GREGORY (ENG) – The Players 1st / Alenda 2nd Q
T13  -18     Deyen LAWSON (AUS) – Desert Springs 2nd (Winner) Q
T13  -18     Daniel GAVINS (ENG) – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd Q
19th -17     Marc WARREN (SCO) – 2018 RTD 131st / ET Career Earnings 69th Q
T20  -16     Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) – Desert Springs 2nd Q
T20  -16     Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) AM – Stoke By Nayland 1st / Las Colinas 2nd Q
T20  -16     Ben EVANS (ENG) – El Encin 2nd Q

PLAYERS FINISHING T70 OR BETTER WHO MADE THE CUT
T28  -15     Duncan STEWART (SCO) – Las Colinas 2nd
T28  -15     Josh GEARY (AUS) – El Encin 2nd (Winner)
T28  -15     Cormac SHARVIN (NI) – El Encin 2nd
T28  -15     Joe DEAN (ENG) – Alenda 2nd (Winner)
T28  -15     Christian BRAEUNIG (GER) – Las Colinas 2nd (Winner)
T37  -14     David BOOTE (WAL) – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd
T37  -14     Chris HANSON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 164th 
T57  -10     Laurie CANTER (ENG) – 2018 RTD 155th
T57  -10     Connor SYME (SCO) – 2018 RTD 127th
T63    -9     Nick MCCARTHY (ENG) – Hardelot 1st / Alenda 2nd
T63    -9     Craig ROSS (SCO) – Fleesensee 1st / Alenda 2nd
T67    -8     Jonathan THOMSON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 148th
T67    -8     Ryan EVANS (ENG) – 2018 RTD 149th
71st   -7     Paul MADDY (ENG) – Las Colinas 2nd
T73    -3     Jamie ABBOTT (ENG) – Stoke By Nayland 1st (Winner) / Desert Springs 2nd
T73    -3     Robin DAWSON (IRE) TURNED PRO 9/18 – El Encin 2nd

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PLAYERS WHO MISSED THE CUT (after 72 holes)
T78    -5     Richard BLAND (ENG) – 2018 RTD 165th
T78    -5     Dale WHITNELL (ENG) – Frilford 1st / Las Colinas 2nd
T78    -5     Gary KING (ENG) – Frilford 1st / Las Colinas 2nd
T78    -5     Rhys ENOCH (WAL) – Las Colinas 2nd
T78    -5     Sebastian G. RODRIGUEZ (ESP) – Bom Sucesso 1st (Winner) / Alenda 2nd
T84    -4     Allen JOHN (GER) AM – Hardelot 1st / Alenda 2nd
T84    -4     James RUTH (ENG) – The Players 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T95    -3     Simon DYSON (ENG) – ET Career Earnings 45th
T95    -3     Will ENEFER (ENG) – Fleesensee 1st / Las Colinas 2nd (1st Alternate)
T95    -3     Jack SENIOR (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 28th
T95    -3     James HEATH (ENG) – ET Tournament Winner
T95    -3     Callum SHINKWIN (ENG) – 2018 RTD 120th
T100  -2     Oliver WILSON (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 17th
T100  -2     Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) AM – Frilford 1st / Las Colinas 2nd
T108  Ev    Toby TREE (ENG) – El Encin 2nd
T108  Ev    Ross MCGOWAN (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 44th
T108  Ev    Oliver FARR (ENG) – 2018 RTD 146th
T108  Ev    Steve WEBSTER (ENG) – ET Career Earnings 71st
T108  Ev    Matt FORD (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T108  Ev    Andrew WILSON (ENG) TURNED PRO 08/11/18 – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd
T108  Ev    James ROSS (SCO) – Bom Sucesso 1st / El Encin 2nd
T117  +1    Chris LLOYD (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T117  +1    Toby HUNT (WAL) – Bom Sucesso 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T117  +1    Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) – 2018 RTD 123rd
T123  +2    John PARRY (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T123  +2    Calum HILL (SCO) – 2018 RTRAK 35th
T123  +2    Matthew NIXON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 124th
T123  +2    Richard FINCH (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T132  +3    Mark LASKEY (WAL) – Frilford 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T135  +4    Daniel YOUNG (SCO) – Bom Sucesso 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T135  +4    Chris ROBB (SCO) – Las Colinas 2nd
T135  +4    Jack MCDONALD (SCO) – Hardelot 1st / Alenda 2nd
T138  +5    Andrew WILLEY (ENG) – The Players 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T138  +5    Ewen FERGUSON (SCO) – 2018 RTRAK 36th
T141  +6    Frederik DREIER (DEN) – Fleesensee 1st (Winner) / Alenda 2nd

RTD  +11 (54h)   Scott HENRY (SCO) – Desert Springs 2nd
DQ       -7 (36h)   Tom MURRAY (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 16th

Click this link to view the European Tour website’s Final Stage Q-School – Final Results

Q-SCHOOL BACKGROUND

A total of six rounds or 108 holes will be played.

To start with each player will play 72 holes; two rounds each on Lumine’s Lakes (6,909 yards, par 71) and Hills (6,975 yards, par 72) Courses.

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Lumine Beach & Golf Club – 18th hole, Hills Course (Photo: http://www.lumine.com)

There will then be a cut with only the top 70 players and ties playing the two final rounds, both on the tougher Lakes Course.

Players who finish in the top 25 and tied for 25th place will secure a Category 17 2019 European Tour card and membership of the Challenge Tour.

Those players who make the cut will be handed a lower membership of both the European Tour and Challenge Tour.

Those who miss the cut will receive an even lower Category membership of the Challenge Tour.

The final Q-School finishing positions are important when it comes to determining each player’s standing in each Category and as such their actual playing opportunities next season.

The 2018 Final Q-School will have a total prize fund of c.€150,000. The winner will receive c.€18,000 with those finishing in the Top 25 (and ties) reducing amounts down to c.€1,850.

THE 2018 STORY SO FAR

First Stage

First Stage consisted of eight 72 hole stroke play qualifying events, split into four Sections, A, B, C and D, played between 11th September and 12th October.

804 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 171 progressing to Second Stage.

These numbers included 62 amateurs, 13 of which were successful. Of these Spain’s Angel Hidalgo and Switzerland’s Perry Cohen chose to turn pro ahead of Second Stage.

For a recap on the First Stage competitions please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2018 First Stage Preview & Results

Second Stage

The Second Qualifying Stage consisted of four separate 72-hole events played at Desert Springs R&GC, Las Colinas G&CC, El Encin GH and Alenda Golf, all in Spain, on 2nd – 5th November 2018.

291 players started Second Stage Qualifying with 98 of these coming from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I). 120 players were exempted straight into Second Stage based on their past performances.

93 qualifying places were made available for Second Stage with sudden death play-offs required at three of the four sites to separate tied players.

Four amateurs, Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), Allen JOHN (GER), Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) and Andrew WILSON (ENG) were amongst the qualifiers. Andrew WILSON chose to turn Pro ahead of Final Stage.

For a recap on the Second Stage competitions please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2018 Second Stage Preview & Results

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2017 EUROPEAN TOUR FINAL STAGE QUALIFYING

Sam HORSFIELD (ENG) won the Final Stage of the 2017 European Tour Qualifying School, played for the first time at Lumine Golf Club.

His final -27 score, with all six rounds in the 60’s and a best of the day final round of 63 (-8), saw him win the 108 hole event by an impressive 8 shots.

Following in the footsteps of Nathan KIMSEY (ENG) in 2016 he became the second player in a row and the third in total to come through all three stages of Q-School and win.

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Sam Horsfield – Winner of the European Tour’s 2017 Q-School (Photo: @hr59sam)

Click here to view the European Tour’s – 2017 Final Stage Results

Looking back 2018 has proved to be a relatively good year for Q-School graduates. Andreas PAVANN (ITA), Sam HORSFIELD (ENG), Mattias SCHWAB (AUS), Jacques KRUYSWIJK (RSA), Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTAÑO (ESP) and Christian BEZUIDENHOUT (RSA) and Justin WATERS (RSA) all retained their cards this season.

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European Tour Q-School – 2018 Second Stage Preview & Results

October / November 2018

I continue to follow the progress of all of the amateurs and some selected Great British and Irish (GB&I) professionals in the 2018 European Tour Q-School series.

This article focuses on SECOND STAGE QUALIFYING which ended on Monday 5th November at Desert Springs GC, Las Colinas G&CC, El Encin GH and Alenda Golf, all in Spain.

Each competition was played concurrently over 72 holes over four days with no cut.

291 players started these events with 98 (34%) of these hailing from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I).

804 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 171 (21.3%) progressing to Second Stage. These numbers included 62 amateurs, 13 of which were successful. Of these Spain’s Angel Hidalgo and Switzerland’s Perry Cohen chose to turn pro ahead of Second Stage.

These 171 qualifiers were joined by those players who were exempt from First Stage due to their performances on the 2018 European Tour, Challenge Tour and other feeder / satellite tours.

Exemptions were also given to the leading five Q-School entrants as at 29th August 2018, up to a limit of 15th place, in the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. As a result of this Matthew JORDAN (ENG), Robin DAWSON (IRE) and Todd CLEMENTS (ENG) – all of whom have recently turned Pro – started their Q-School journeys at Second Stage this year.

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95 qualifying places were made available for Second Stage with sudden death play-offs required at three of the four sites to separate tied players for the final space(s) and to determine the alternates.

Well done to Kristoffer REITAN (NOR), Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), Andrew WILSON (ENG) and Allen JOHN (GER), the four amateurs who progressed from Second Stage.

These 95 qualifiers will be joined by 61 exempt players at Lumine GC for next week’s Final Stage event. The total field of 156 will play 108 holes with the target for all of the players being a Top 25 finish and a European Tour card.

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Here are the links to the European Tour’s Q-School results webpages as well my own selected player summaries (name / country / scores / result / 1st stage qualification where applicable) : –

1. DESERT SPRINGS GOLF CLUB, ALMERÍA – 6,745 yards, Par 72

Click here for the full Desert Springs – Results

Entries – 73 players with 28 from GB&I (38%) started with 24 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Deyen LAWSON (AUS) -21 WINNER
Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) -15 4th
Jamie ABBOTT (ENG) -9 T14 (Stoke By Nayland 1st – Winner)
Daniel YOUNG (SCO) -9 T14 (Bom Sucesso 1st)

DID NOT QUALIFY
Matthew JORDAN (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/18 -8 T19 / Lost in a 6 from 8 play-off
Jonathan CALDWELL (N.I.) -8 T19 / Lost in a 6 from 8 play-off
Todd CLEMENTS (ENG) TURNED PRO 8/18 -4 T37
Victor VEYRET (FRA) AM -2 T42 (Hardelot 1st)
Leandro MARELLI (ARG) -2 T42 (Bogogno 1st – Winner)
Jack FLOYDD (ENG) AM Ev T51 (Frilford 1st)
Gary HURLEY (IRE) Ev T51 (Frilford 1st – Winner)
Craig HOWIE (SCO) +7 63rd
[Luke DONNELLY (IRE) – WD before play started on Day 1 (The Players 1st)]

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2. LAS COLINAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, ALICANTE – 6,974 yards, Par 71

Click here for the full Las Colinas – Results

Entries – 71 players with 18 from GB&I (25%) started with 23 + 1 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Christian BRAEUNIG (GER) -15 WINNER (on countback)
Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) AM -12 T8 (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Kurt KITAYAMA (USA) -9 T13 (Hardelot 1st – Winner)
Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) AM -7 T19 (Frilford 1st)

Will ENEFER (ENG) -6 T24 (Fleesensee 1st) 1st Alternate

DID NOT QUALIFY
Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/18 -4 T32 (The Players 1st)
Angel HIDALGO (ESP) TURNED PRO 10/18 -3 T35 (Bogogno 1st)
Cameron RAYMOND (IRE) +1 T47 (Bogogno 1st)
Vince VAN VEEN (NED) TURNED PRO 9/18 +2 T50 (Bogogno 1st)
Dan HEBENSTREIT (AUT) AM +3 T53 (Ebreichsdorf 1st)
Joshua WHITE (ENG) +4 T57 (Frilford 1st)
Maximilian LECHNER (AUT) AM +10 66th (Ebreichsdorf 1st)
Bradley MOORE (ENG) +15 67th (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Bryden MACPHERSON (AUS) WD After Rd 3 on +11 (Ebreichsdorf 1st)

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3. EL ENCIN GOLF HOTEL, Madrid – 7,539 yards, Par 72

Click here for the full El Encin – Results

Entries – 74 players with 24 from GB&I (32%) started with 24 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Josh GEARY (AUS) -17 WINNER
Toby TREE (ENG) -13 T6
Cormac SHARVIN (NI) -13 T6
Robin DAWSON (IRE) TURNED PRO 9/18 -13 T6
David BOOTE (WAL) -12 T14 (Frilford 1st)
Andrew WILSON (ENG) AM -11 T18 (Frilford 1st)

DID NOT QUALIFY
Joshua MCMAHON (ENG) AM -7 T31 (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Lorenzo SCALISE (ITA) TURNED PRO 9/18 -5 T43 (Bogogno 1st)
Haydn MCCULLEN (ENG) -6 T35 (The Players 1st – Winner)
Casey WITTENBERG (USA) WD After Rd 3 on +5 (Ebreichsdorf 1st – Winner)

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4. ALENDA GOLF, ALICANTE – 6,843 yards, Par 72 

Click here for the full Alenda – Results

Entries – 73 players with 28 from GB&I (38%) started with 24 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Joe DEAN (ENG) -15 WINNER
Jack MCDONALD (SCO) -12 T3 (Hardelot 1st)
Allen JOHN (GER) AM -12 T3 (Hardelot 1st)
Sebastian GARCIA RODRIGUEZ (ESP) -10 T8 (Bom Sucesso 1st – Winner)
Scott GREGORY (ENG) -10 T8 (The Players 1st)
Craig ROSS (SCO) -9 T12 (Fleesensee 1st)
Frederik DREIER (DEN) -6 T21 / Won in a 4 from 6 play-off (Fleesensee 1st – Winner)

DID NOT QUALIFY
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL) -6 T21 / Lost in a 4 from 6 play-off (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Bradley NEIL (SCO) -5 T27
Ross CAMERON (SCO) -3 T33 (Ebreichsdorf 1st)
Marco PENGE (ENG) -3 T33 (The Players 1st)
Alfie PLANT (ENG) -3 T33 (Bogogno 1st)
Hunter STEWART (USA) -2 T39 (Bogogno 1st)
Ashton TURNER (ENG) -1 T46 (Frilford 1st)
Mike TOOROP (NED) AM Ev T50 (Hardelot 1st)
Richard MANSELL (ENG) +1 T54 (The Players 1st)
Nick POPPLETON (ENG) AM +2 T58 (Frilford 1st)
Conor O’ROURKE (IRE) +4 65th (Bom Sucesso 1st)
Perry COHEN (SUI) TURNED PRO 11/18 +11 70th (Ebreichsdorf 1st)

European Tour QS

THE 2018 EUROPEAN TOUR QUALIFYING SCHOOL SERIES

The European Tour Qualifying School was first played in 1976, four years after the European Tour was founded. What started out as a 72 hole test has grown into potentially a 252 hole marathon.

Nowadays there are three stages of stroke play qualifying, First, Second and Final.

This year the European Tour Q-School entrance fee has been increased to €2,000 (2017: €1,800).

First Stage

First Stage consists of eight 72 hole stroke play qualifying events split into four Sections, A, B, C and D.

Around 20% of each field, normally 15-30 players, progress from each event.

A 54-hole cut, where players need to be within 7 shots of the final allocated qualifying place, reduces the field for the final round. Ties for the final qualifying place at the end of play proceed too.

For a recap on the eight First Stage competitions played between 11th September and 12th October please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2018 First Stage Preview & Results

Second Stage

The Second Qualifying Stage consists of four separate 72-hole events that will be played at Desert Springs R&GC, Las Colinas G&CC, El Encin GH and Alenda Golf, all in Spain, concurrently on 2nd-5th November 2018.

El Encin GH on the outskirts of Madrid was announced as a replacement venue for Panoramica G&SR on 9th October. El Encin is a former host of the Madrid Masters and the Challenge Tour’s Challenge de Madrid. I assume Panoramica failed the final European Tour inspection given the late change.

Final Stage

The Final Qualifying Stage consists of 108 holes on the Lakes and Hills Courses at Lumine GC in Tarragona, Spain. Lumine replaced PGA Catalunya Resort in 2017 and will host Final Stage both the this year and in 2019. This competition will be played on 10th-15th November 2018.

The leading 25 players (and ties) from the 156 that will contest Final Stage will be eligible for membership of the European Tour and membership of the Challenge Tour for the 2018/19 season. The leading 70 players (and ties) who make the 72-hole cut will obtain a lower category memberships of the European Tour and the Challenge Tour. Those who miss the cut receive an even lower category membership of the Challenge Tour.

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Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.