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Separate lives

The Lytham Trophy concluded on Sunday and after a pretty cruel couple of days over the Links. Jack Senior, Lancashire, finished on top of the leaderboard. Jack is on a good run and now holds the title in Egypt, having won the Egypt Amateur in the autumn, in New South Wales in Australia where he beat fellow country man Andy Sullivan in the final and since Sunday, at Lytham. Jack will no doubt be one to watch over this summer.

As so often before though my reflections after a tournament is not really about the winner. This time they are instead about two players that were not even playing. They were caddying. Matt Nixon and James Robinson both walked around Royal Lytham carrying a bag or pulling a cart. The reason they did this is that they are now professionals and have therefore joined another life. Matt got his European Tour card in December and has since made quite an impressive start to his professional career. James on the other hand has joined the Europro Tour and will need some good finishes to start climbing up the ladder. I can’t help thinking that it would have been quite nice if they could have played rather than caddied. Why is it that we have to have these incredibly rigid rules that stop the flow of players moving up and down the ladder? The ball does not care if you are an amateur or a professional. A Matt Nixon in the field would have given the young guns a real chance to test themselves against a tour player. In fact one that was one of them, in this field last year. And for Matt – I bet he would have made the best of a chance to play four days around an Open Championship golf course. No matter how grim the conditions were…

Young guns

The first May Bank Holiday weekend is over. Golf was once again overwhelmed by its young guns around the World. At Royal Lytham I was involved in a couple of discussions around Rory McIlroy’s back problems and the problems of suffering from that at such as young age. His reply – well, he won the Quail Hollow Championship to become the youngest winner of a US PGA Tour event since Tiger Woods in 1996. No sign of back problems there I guess!

Another serious Young Gun of course is 18 year old Ryo Ishikawa who shot a 58 to win The Crowns in Japan. The old Swedish vision of 54 over 18 holes suddenly does not seem that far away!

And as if this was not enough, Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, one of the most exciting young talents in world golf, turned professional today and becomes the second youngest European Tour Member in history after the legendary Seve Ballesteros. Manassero has got a stunning record considering how young he is and no doubt he will be a player to watch in the future. His debut on home soil will be closely followed by many.

The Lytham Trophy came to conclusion with an Irish winner. Paul Cutler proved the strongest over the links in tough conditions on the Sunday. Full scores should be available here.

Sunday at Lytham

At Royal Lytham Golf Club it was a day when the weather Gods decided to present links golf as it is supposed to be. The wind was fresh, the woolly hat much needed and the golf course there to provide the players  with conditions where the cream was always going to rise to the top. Temper, shot making skills and endurance were all put to the test over the final 36 holes and golf does not get any better than this. At Fairhaven down the road, one of the qualifying courses when the Open is hosted by Royal Lytham, an equal test was provided for the juniors and golf in England should be grateful to the members of these two prestigious clubs for giving up their golf courses on a weekend when I am sure they would have loved to play themselves. These members take great pride in hosting these Championships and if it was not for them it would be so much more difficult to develop the World beaters of tomorrow.

At Royal Lytham James Robinson from Southport and Ainsdale, a member of the England A Squad, walked away with the title. It was James’ first major victory but still no surprise to those near to James. From junior golf James has moved on at a steady pace to establish himself as one of the top amateurs in the country and this victory was well deserved. At Fairhaven the winner was Adam Carson from Long Ashton at a quite impressive 15 under par.

For full results from both events click on the links below:

Lytham Trophy 2009

Fairhaven Trophy 2009

Lytham events

I admit I have been a bit lazy on the old blogging side this week. There has not been too much to write about other than the odd meeting which I am sure nobody would be interested in anyway. This weekend though it is time for the true season opener for major amateur tournaments in the UK when the Lytham Trophy takes place. Nowadays it is coupled with the junior event, the Fairhaven Trophy right next door, played over the same weekend. In other words quite a few golfers, parents and officials join the Bank Holiday travellers to the north west corner of England and one of the great seaside destinations on the golfing map.

When I arrived at Royal Lytham this morning the first guy I met was a European Tour player, Dan Willet. Having missed the cut in PGA Catalunya this week Dan decided to go and support a fellow member of his club by caddying for him the the event. That is what I call support!

Being Saturday already both events in Lytham and St Annes have made it to halfway with the leaders being Dale Whitnell in the Lytham Trophy and Adam Carson in the Fairhaven Trophy. For full results see the below links.

Lytham Trophy 2009

Fairhaven Trophy 2009

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