English championship draws golfers to Northumberland

2014 Logan Trophy Winner - Martin Foulkes

Over 130 golfers will head to Northumberland Golf Club next week to challenge for the English men’s open mid-amateur championship for the Logan Trophy.

Last year’s winner, Martin Foulkes of Worksop Golf Club, will defend his title in the 54-hole event, which takes place from 3-5 July.

He won the 2014 championship in dramatic circumstances at his own club. He was cruising to victory four shots clear with two holes to play, when he took a quadruple bogey at the 17th and slipped back into a tie with Paul Kirkwood (South Bedfordshire) – and a sudden death play off.

Foulkes (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who went on to win at the first extra hole, is joined in this year’s field by Kirkwood.

The competitors include a number of other past champions, among them Stephen East (Moortown) who won this title three times and went on to become the 2014 English senior champion.

Others are John Longcake (Silloth on Solway), Martin Young (Brokenhurst Manor), Nigel Chesters (Hawkstone Park) and Barry Downing (Hallamshire). Downing took the title in 2000 when the championship was last held in Northumberland, at Ponteland.

The championship has attracted a strong local entry and the field includes seven members of the host club and a further 17 members of other Northumberland clubs.

The championship is open to men aged 35 and over. All competitors play a round on each of the first two day before the field is cut to the leading 45 players and ties who qualify for the final round.