Clitheroe Golf Club added yet another prestigious fixture to the long list of top golfing events staged there when it hosted the Northern Regional Qualifier for the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship last Tuesday.
But there was disappointment for the two local golfers bidding to make an appearance in the final stages of the Championship.
Both Joey Lamb (Wilpshire GC) and Jonathan Hurst (Pleasington) had high hopes of qualifying for the final four rounds for the Brabazon Trophy at Notts Golf Club in June.
First played for in 1948, the Brabazon Trophy is one of the most coveted prizes in amateur golf.
Hurst managed to stay level par through the first eight holes. A double bogey 6 at the ninth gave him an outward score of 37, but he seemed back on track for a qualifying place after three straight pars before a double bogey 7 at the par 5 13th, and dropped shots at the three closing holes left him four shots shy of a qualifying spot.
A similar fate befell Joey Lamb who spoiled a par/birdie start by dropping four shots over the next three holes. He steadied with a run of six consecutive pars but a double bogey 6 at the long par four 12th and a dropped shot at the par 3 17th put paid to his chances of progressing to the final stages.
Heading the list of 30 qualifiers was 20-year-old William Whiteoak of Shipley Golf Club, who carded a three under par round of 68.