It’s champions on parade at senior open

Champions will be on parade this week when the English Senior Men’s Open Amateur is played at Holme Hall and Elsham Golf Clubs in Lincolnshire.

Surrey’s Ian Attoe will defend his title, while the field includes the new Irish Senior Champion, Alan Mew of Stoneham, Hampshire, alongside the 2018 British Senior Champion, Trevor Foster of Accrington, Lancashire, and the Welsh titleholder, Colin Jones, who plays out of West Sussex Golf Club.

They’re among a field of 288 golfers who will begin their campaign on Wednesday. They will all play one round on each course before the leading 80 players and ties qualify for the final round at Holme Hall on Friday.

Attoe, from Worplesdon Golf Club, won the title for the second time last year, defeating Yorkshire’s Rich Jones in a play-off. Jones (Rotherham) is also back in the field for this year’s championship.

The host clubs will be well represented, with Graham Lee playing for Holme Hall alongside the Elsham trio of Graham Smith, Mark Hoyle and Phil Duffin.

Among the other Lincolnshire players in the field is Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa), who has twice won this title.

Holme Hall Golf Club has previously hosted the English Women’s Match Play Championship, while Elsham becomes an England Golf championship venue with this event.

Caption: Defending champion Ian Attoe (copyright Leaderboard Photography).