England’s Alfie Plant won the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at The Open at Royal Birkdale.
The 25-year-old international was the only amateur to make the cut and play all four rounds. He joins an illustrious club of previous Silver Medal winners which includes Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, who famously holed out on the 18th at Royal Birkdale for fourth place as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998.
Plant, 25, was one of five amateurs in The Open and earned his place in the championship when he won a five-hole play-off with a birdie to become European Amateur Champion.
He grasped the opportunity with both hands, supported by a large band of around 150 family members and friends who made their presence known with their #TeamAlfie shirts, hats and flags, masterminded by his father, Darren.
His younger brother Albert walked every step of the way with him as his caddy and inevitably became known as Bert on the Bag.
The #TeamAlfie phenomenon captured the attention with television interviews, including a spot for his mum, Emma, and widespread coverage in the national Press.
Away from the razzamatazz Plant, from Sundridge Park Golf Club in Kent, got on with his business. He had the distinction of seeing his name (briefly) at the top of the leaderboard when he was one under after the first two holes of the championship.
He shot one over 71 in the first round, then added 73 in the second to make the cut with a shot to spare – helped by a crucial eagle three on the 15th. The third round brought his best score of one-under 69 and he signed off with 73 for a total of six-over par.
The Open experience came to a close with the spine-tingling walk up 18 to tremendous applause and the presentation ceremony, where he took his place alongside the champion Jordan Speith and runner-up Matt Kucher.
What’s next? Plant’s plans include the English amateur championship later this month, the US amateur in August, a hoped-for place in the Walker Cup in September and then a professional career.
Caption: Alfie Plant with the Silver Medal (Image © The R&A)
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