Rupert Kellock will aim to make it three-in-a-row this week at the English Senior Men’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
The Sunningdale golfer claimed the title at Woodhall Spa in 2020 and again last year at Blackmoor and Army golf clubs.
Only one man in the 41-year history of the championship has ever won three titles in succession. Alan Squires from Lancashire pulled off that remarkable feat between 2010 and 2012.
Roy Smethurst, David Arnold and Ian Attoe have each won back-to-back titles. In Smethurst’s case he did it twice!
But on each occasion, Smethurst, Arnold and Attoe came a cropper when going for the hat-trick.
This year’s event will be staged at Ashridge and Berkhamsted golf clubs in Hertfordshire and will feature 288 golfers aged 55 or over.
Golfers will play 18 holes on each of the first two days – half the field at Ashridge on day one and half at Berkhamsted. Players will then reverse courses for day two.
There will then be a cut with the top 80 and ties going forward to the final round at Ashridge (pictured above) on Friday.
While Kellock is going for the treble, there will also be four other former champions in the field.
Attoe, a winner in 2015, 2018 and 2019, is joined by the 2017 champion Doug Cameron.
Richard Latham, triumphant in 2013 and 2016, is also back in the search for a third title along with 2014 winner Stephen East.
Stephen Jensen – recently crowned the inaugural English Senior Men’s Amateur champion with his win at The Leciestershire is also competing this week and will start as one of the favourites.
Round one tee times for the event at Ashridge and Berkhamsted (pictured below) can be found here.
- The English Senior Men’s Stroke Play Championship takes place between 1-3 June at Ashridge and Berkhamsted golf clubs. Click here for full details