Time to reload!

I have had a quiet week on the blog. Thanks to Brian Roake and his boy’s golf news blog updates are still frequent though, even without me putting pen to paper. If you followed Brian’s reports over the weekend you could see that last week was another busy week. An England Boys Team competed and did it well out in Canada. Winning by 38 shots is something and although it begs the question what the starting field was like it is still an outstanding performance. Another England boy, Chris Lloyd, finished his season or at least the domestic one with an impressive win in the Tournament of County Champions to be crowned the Champion of Champions.

While the boys are busy playing in these events quite a few of their older and perhaps slightly more experienced peers are taking the first steps towards a professional career in golf. Stage IA was completed last week (for scores and information click here) and this week it is time for Stage IB. Many of the Walker Cup players will be trying their wings this week, unless they were high enough up the R&A World Amateur Ranking to be excempt right into stage 2. It is quite a long road, in most cases also pretty winding, to find your way to that desperately wanted card; 4 rounds in stage 1, another 4 in stage 2, followed by 6 rounds with a cut after 4 in stage 3. One would think that this tests your ability as a golfer pretty well and I think it does. The players most suited to play the European Tour will probably rise to the top. Whether they will be good enough to compete at this level next year is a different thing. Passing exams at university does not automatically qualify you for a job. But it is definitely worth the try!

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