Long Ashton Golf Club in Gloucestershire will stage a major part of its 125th anniversary celebrations this weekend when it hosts England Golf’s Logan Trophy.
What’s more the competitors have been sent good luck wishes on Twitter by Chris Wood. The European Tour winner and Ryder Cup player has been a Long Ashton member since he was 10 and his father is captain this year,
His advice: “I think Long Ashton will be firm and bouncy thanks to this weather. Leave your driver in the boot of the car. Good luck to everyone playing the Logan Trophy at my home club.”
The Logan Trophy – or the English men’s open mid-amateur championship – has attracted a strong entry from the club with nine members among the competitors. They are: Andy Ball, Gordon Barr, Simon Dix, Owen Layton, Martin Lee, Simon Lumber, Jonathan O’Neill, Hugh Purvis and Andy Wright.
The title is being defended by Woburn’s Stephen Jensen (pictured) who will be targeting a double when the championship tees off on Friday. His challengers include the players who ran him close last year – runner-up Gareth Hastie (Royal Lytham & St Annes) and the third placed pair, Geoff Harris (Formby) and Andy Minnikin (Alnmouth).
Other names to be reckoned with include former champion Martin Young (Brokenhurst Manor), who recently won the Justin Rose mid-amateur at North Hants Golf Club. Meanwhile James Bishop (Little Aston) currently leads the order of merit on the Mid Amateur Golf Tour.
Among the other players in the field are former champions Richard Aisbitt (Brancepeth Castle) and Stephen East (Wyke Ridge), now one of the country’s most noted seniors.
The club’s mature parkland course – with fine views over Somerset and towards Bristol – has some great holes to test the competitors.
The 54-hole championship is open to men aged 35 and over and takes place from Friday to Sunday, 6-8 July. The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days. Then, the leading 45 competitors and ties play a further 18 holes on the third day.
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