Geoff Harris has had possession of the Logan Trophy for longer than he expected.
But the 2019 winner hasn’t minded the extra expense on silver polish.
And he’s hoping that when he returns the prize on arrival at Thorpeness Golf Club for the 2021 event, it’s only loaned back to England Golf for the weekend!
Last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic meaning the trophy stayed in the Harris household in Lancashire for an extra year.
That was no hardship having worked so hard to claim it in the first place.
In 2017, Harris came third at Beau Desert Golf Club. The following year he moved up a place and was runner-up at Little Aston Golf Club.
In 2019, it proved to be third time lucky for the golfer from Formby as he won the English Men’s Open Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship – to give it its full title – at The Leicestershire Golf Club.
With competitions fully up and running for 2021, Harris is eager to get back out on the course and experience the edge that comes with playing in one of the country’s top amateur championships.
“Having the trophy for two years rather than one means that I’ve had to polish it a few more times, but that’s ok,” said Harris ahead of Friday’s opening round.
“We’ve all had to deal with a very strange past 15 months or so – and for me, working in the golf travel industry, it’s been particularly strange time with golf courses closed for spells and the ban on travel having a knock-on effect.
“I’m looking forward to this event again – I’ve never been to Thorpeness but it looks like an excellent course.
“There was a feeling after my first two attempts to win that I might always be the bridesmaid and never the bride in this championship.
“But I got over the line by a shot in 2019.
“I’m not quite sure what to expect this year.
“We’ve just adopted a little girl and with three kids now there’s limited playing opportunities.
“My good stuff can still be good, but the bad stuff is patchy.
“I think we’re all trying to find a bit more consistency.
“For some people the pandemic year meant they played less golf than before. For others who had time on their hands they got a chance to play more than ever.
“I’m looking forward to this championship and seeing what it brings.”
Thorpeness in Suffolk is renowned as one of England’s finest coastal heathland tracks.
Small and fast running greens as well as the potential for wind whipping off the North Sea all combine to add to Thorpeness’ difficulty.
A field of 114 male golfers aged over 35 will enjoy 18 holes of stroke play on both Friday and Saturday.
After 36 holes, the top 45 and ties progress and carry scores forward before playing a final round of 18 holes to decide the champion.
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