Jorg returns to defend the Logan Trophy

Jorg Paulus

Titleholder Jorg Paulus will return to defend the Logan Trophy when it is played this week at Beau Desert Golf Club in Staffordshire, from 7-9 July.

Paulus, who plays in Denmark, became the English men’s open mid-amateur champion last year in dramatic circumstances, surging to a one-shot victory with the help of an eagle and birdie in the last three holes of the final round.

His challengers will include two other recent champions, Richard Aisbitt, from Brancepeth Castle, Durham, who won in 2015; and John Kemp of Woburn, the 2013 champion and last year’s joint runner-up.

They’re part of a full field of 144 players who will challenge for this trophy, which is open to men aged 35 and over. As well as competitors from all over England it has also attracted players from Wales, Scotland and Australia.

There’s a strong contingent of players from the Midlands and Staffordshire alone is represented by competitors from eight clubs: Enville, Sandwell Park, Westwood, Little Aston, Drayton Park, Trentham, Whittington Heath and South Staffs.

The field also includes former English senior champion Stephen East of Yorkshire, who helped England win the 2016 senior men’s Home Internationals.

All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days of the championship. Then the leading 45 players and ties will play a further 18 holes on the third day.

They’ll be tested by the renowned heathland course at Beau Desert which has previously hosted the England Golf County Championship, the Carris Trophy and 17 Open Regional Qualifying events. It was designed by Herbert Fowler, whose other masterpieces include Saunton, The Berkshire and Walton Heath.