An international field will head to Notts. (Hollinwell) Golf Club next week for England Golf’s flagship open championship, the Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel.
A total of 156 players will tee off in the first round of the 72-hole men’s event on Wednesday, June 24, and the new champion will be crowned on Saturday, June 27. He will later be re-presented with the trophy by Your Golf Travel ambassador Lee Westwood.
The field consists of players from 17 countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Among the GB&I contingent are 11 members of the Walker Cup squad who will be seeking to impress the selectors before the team for September’s match in announced in August.
The Brabazon Trophy – the English men’s open amateur stroke play championship – is one of the majors of amateur golf and one of the most sought-after titles in the world. Past champions include two players who have gone on to win Major titles – Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel – and nine Ryder Cup players.
This year’s field includes the double European amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park), who was joint runner-up last year on 13-under par – one shot behind the winner, Ben Stow, who has since turned professional.
Chesters is a member of the GB&I Walker Cup squad, alongside fellow England competitors Tomasz Anderson (Brocket Hall), Daniel Brown (Bedale), Adam Chapman (Windermere), English amateur champion Nick Marsh (Huddersfield) and Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon). Other squad players are David Boote of Wales and the Irish players Paul Dunne, Jack Hume, Gavin Moynihan and Cormac Sharvin. Moynihan and Sharvin both had top ten finishes in last year’s Brabazon.
On the other side of the Walker Cup story is Charlie Danielson who is seeking a place on the USA team for the match and was one of 16 golfers invited by the USGA to Walker Cup practice. Among the other Americans in the field is Jordan Niebrugge who was in the winning USA team at the 2013 Walker Cup.
Local interest in the championship will focus on two players from Notts. Golf Club: Jamie Boler, the current club champion, and Chris Hurrell who has come through junior ranks at the club. Meanwhile, Henry Alls of Radcliffe-on-Trent will have the distinction of getting the Brabazon underway when he hits the first shot at 7am on Tuesday morning.
The Brabazon is always played over the most prestigious English courses and Notts. Golf Club will host the event for the fifth time. Past winners over the Hollinwell course include Sandy Lyle, Ignacio Garrido – and their own member, Charles Banks.
He will be present for the finale of the championship, having defended his own latest title, the Welsh seniors. He identifies the wispy rough as one of the main challenges for the players.
“The grass will be waving and it will be about 18in deep. You’ll be able to see the ball and the temptation is to hit something long – and then go all over the place! You have to take your punishment and get out straight away,” said Banks.
All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days of the championship. After 36 holes the field will be cut to the leading 60 players and ties who will play the final two rounds. Visit the championship webpage for more information.