Logan Trophy – Day Two: Kemp and Young ready for final day drama

Martin Young and John Kemp, both good friends, previous champions and the best of enemies, have admitted they will relish a final day shootout to decide the winner of this year’s Logan Trophy.

Nothing could separate the two golfers after 36 holes of play around the stunning fairways and slick greens of Liphook Golf Club.

Opening rounds of 69 were followed by two scores of 71 to leave Young, from Brokenhurst Manor and Woburn member Kemp (main image) tied for the lead on two under par with 18 holes to play.

Dominic Griffiths, from Walton Heath, is just a single shot behind the joint leaders and there’s still plenty for a trio of other players on level par to shoot at going into the final day.

Gareth White, Geoff Harris and Stuart Archibald will feel that they will also have a big say in the final day drama.

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Young was first to post his total helped by a tap-in birdie on 18.

Minutes later, Kemp had a chance to take the solo lead – but a slippery five-foot putt on the last green defied gravity and the duo will head into the final day locked on the same score.

Success in the Logan Trophy is nothing new to both challengers.

Young won the event back in 2006 at Hayling Island and Kemp was the victor seven years later at The Worcestershire.

On the prospect of them both being in the final shake-up, Kemp said: “Martin is a great mate and we’ve played together in the Concession Cup before so it will be a pleasure playing with him as it always is.

“Our combined age is over 100!

“We’ll be going for it.

“No-one is going to run away with it – I’m looking forward to it.”

The Logan Trophy is open to men over the age of 35. However, Young (52) and Kemp (54) are proving that age is no barrier to good play at this top amateur level.

Young (pictured below) added: “I think if I finish a shot ahead of John I have a real chance.

“We play a similar game, hit it the same distance and think similarly – that’s a gauge.

“We’ll both shake hands whoever wins and we’ll push each other to make sure one of us is involved if we both can’t be.”

On a day when course manager David Murdoch (see video below) had the greens running at 13.2 on the stimpmeter any score around par was excellent.

At level par after 36 holes Gareth White from Ashton-under-Lyme spoke for the field when he admitted he’d couldn’t ever remember putting on greens so slick and so pure.

Kemp knows that the winner will be the man who can handle the pressure as well as keeping his cool on the greens.

He added: It’ll be a war of attrition again.”

Only three of the 133 players who competed on day two of the 54-hole stroke play event broke par.

Hornsea’s Steve Uzzell took the honours for best score of the day – a tap-in birdie on the last allowing him to sign for a 68.

The cut came at +12 with 48 players making it into tomorrow’s final round.

 

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