Hampshire golf is on a high – and Martin Young aims to keep it that way when the Logan Trophy is played from 1-3 July at his home club, Brokenhurst Manor.
Young is a past champion and would dearly love to regain the English men’s open mid-amateur title and keep the county momentum going. Hampshire golf is on a real roll after Scott Gregory’s triumph in the Amateur Championship last weekend and Harry Ellis’s earlier win in the Lagonda Trophy.
“We’ve had an amazing few weeks for Hampshire,” said the county captain, who has already added his own recent successes to the list. He has won the Welsh mid-amateur, the new Justin Rose mid-amateur at North Hants and became county champion for the third time.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he commented about the Logan. “But there’s a few others on form as well.” Another former champion, John Kemp of Woburn, was runner-up in the Berkshire trophy last month, while the 2015 Logan runner-up, Andy Minnikin of Northumberland Golf Club, has reached final qualifying for The Open.
Young went on: “I’m really proud to be playing in this at home. I’ve been a member for 32 years, since I was 14, and it’s good to get England Golf there.
“I think the members are proud to have the Logan there and the tournament panel have been working really hard.”
Secretary manager Neil Hallam Jones confirmed that: “We’ve got lots of support. With over 60 members wanting to volunteer.”
The course has benefitted from winter work on the bunkers, as part of an ongoing development plan, which has involved refurbishment or re-positioning on the 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 13th and 14th. “The improvements mean the bunkers are more strategically positioned,” said Hallam Jones, who also promises – weather permitting – very fast greens.
Two other Brokenhurst members – Malcolm Cobb and Richard Betts – are in the field, together with another 15 Hampshire players.
In total, 132 players from all over the country will contest this title for golfers aged 35 and over. All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the leading 45 competitors and ties will go forward to play the final 18 on the third day.
Caption: Martin Young, representing Hampshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography)