Callan Barrow and Jack Cope will enjoy a friendly rivalry as they go head-to-head in tomorrow’s 36-hole English Men’s Amateur Championship final.
Barrow, from Royal Lytham and St Anne’s Golf Club and Cope, who plays out of the Players Club in Gloucestershire, are mates and will remain so no matter the outcome of the final.
However, neither man has battled through two rounds of stroke play on the Hotchkin and Bracken Courses at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire as well as four tough match play games since Tuesday, to come up short.
Both are on top form and the final on the Hotchkin promises to be one of the most keenly contested in recent times.
Barrow – a former Manchester United youth team player – booked his place in the final after consecutive 4&3 wins over Enrique Dimayuga and Sam Done.
Cope (pictured below) sealed his place with a final hole victory against England international Sam Broadhurst and then a 3&1 triumph over Stanford University scholar Barclay Brown.
When asked to describe his emotions on reaching the final, Barrow said: “Ecstatic – I’ve played pretty solid all week and I’m really happy to get to the final.
“My game is at its peak and should be good tomorrow.
“I’ve holed putts. I’ve been rolling the rock pretty nice. It’s a case of just get it close and they are going in somehow.
“I’m good friends with Jack – it will be a friendly game. I’ll need to play well to win and we’ll see how it goes.
“I still have something left in the tank – although I will have none left by Monday.”
Cope turned 21 on Thursday, but wisely put the celebrations on hold for the time being.
He added: “I’ll celebrate when I’m home.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be in the final and through the matches I’ve been getting better.
“Against Barclay I was six or seven under and he was four or five.
“I’m not here to make up the numbers – I’m here to win, simple as that.”
The final will be played over 36 holes with the winner following in the footsteps of some illustrious past winners.
Stars such as Sir Nick Faldo, Tommy Fleetwood, Danny Willett and Paul Casey have lifted the title of English Amateur champion in the modern era.
Cope and Barrow now have the chance to write their name into the history books at an event that has been staged since 1925.
Details of how both men got to the final as well as videos, images and stats from the week can be found on the English Amateur Championships homepage.