Liphook offers tough test for Logan Trophy competitors

Liphook Golf Club in Hampshire is ready to welcome 144 golfers to its pristine fairways and greens this week for the 2022 edition of the Logan Trophy.

The English Men’s Mid Amateur Stroke Play Championship – open to male golfers over the age of 35 –  is one of the premier events on the amateur schedule.

Since Peter McEvoy won the first event in 1988 at Little Aston, golfers from all across England have taken to some of the country’s finest courses in a bid to win the trophy inaugurated by the late George Logan, a former England Golf president.

Last year, Northumberland’s Phil Ridden claimed victory at Thorpeness Golf Club in Suffolk.

The City of Newcastle golfer is unable to defend his title this year, but five former winners are in the field for what is always a keenly-contested event.

Geoff Harris (Formby, pictured above), Richard Aisbitt (Brancepeth Castle), John Kemp (Woburn), Neil Williams (St Anne’s Old) and Martin Young (Brokenhurst Manor) will look to repeat past glories at Liphook.

The event is played over 54 holes of stroke play. All competitors play 18 holes on the opening two days (Friday and Saturday) with the top 45 and ties then progressing to a final 18 holes on Sunday.

This year’s venue, Liphook, is traditionally a course with some of the fastest greens in the country and is a heathland gem which challenges golfers on a number of levels.

Enjoy a six hole tour of Liphook

The former European Tour player and now distinguished Sky Sports Golf commentator, Ewen Murray, calls Liphook home and has described the course as a joy.

Following a remodelling of course and the opening of five new holes in 2020, Murray commented that the course had introduced a “new level of fun, drama and strategy.”

He added: “I’m often asked if I had one course to play for the rest of my life what would it be.

“If it was this heathland gem, I’d be a more than happy golfer. I often realise how privileged I am to be a member.”