Langasque Looking to Land an Amateur Double
Frenchman, Romain Langasque, will be bidding to land a Scottish double when he tees up in The 144TH Open Championship at St Andrews.
A couple of weeks ago Langasque beat Scotland’s Grant Forrest in the final of The Amateur Championship over the water at Carnoustie and now he is hoping to add to his haul of silverware by winning the Silver Medal, awarded to the leading amateur who plays all four rounds at The Open.
The Frenchman said at The Amateur he was undecided over whether to turn professional straight after The Open, or wait until he until he received his anticipated invites to next year’s Masters and US Open. Subsequently he has decided to compromise: “I have thought a lot about it and I’ve decided to play in the Masters and then turn pro,” he said. “To be honest, I couldn’t turn down the chance to play at Augusta so I will wait until then before I make the move.”
Langasque knows the Old Course well having played four times in the St Andrews Links Trophy. “I love it here,” he said. “I played today with Alexander (Levy), Raphael (Jacquelin) and Romain (Wattel) and it was great fun but I can’t wait to get started.”
The Frenchman is one of nine amateurs competing in this year’s Championship. He is joined by US Amateur champion Gunn Yang, European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and 2014 Mark McCormack medallist Oliver Schniederjans, who were all exempt into the Championship as well as by Englishmen, Alister Balcombe, Paul Kinnear and Ben Taylor and American, Jordan Niebrugge, who came through the qualification system.
Taylor recently left Louisiana State University after helping them to win the coveted NCAA title and the plus-5 handicapper from Walton Heath has set some lofty goals for himself this summer.
The 23 year-old English international said: “I’ve just finished college and I might go to qualifying school in America at the end of the year but this summer is all about trying to make the Walker Cup at Lytham and making The Open at St Andrews as an amateur is a dream.”
That was a view shared by Balcombe, from Bristol, who carded rounds of 67 and 70 to share first place with Taylor and Boyd at Deal. “I was in the clubhouse at Clevedon just before the Regional Qualifier and saw a picture of the 18th at St Andrews,” said the 19 year-old from Bristol. “I thought how great it would be to be part of that. I’ve never played the Old Course so I’m looking forward to the experience.”
The Silver Medal was first contested in 1949 and has since become one of the most prestigious prizes in world amateur golf. In the past, it has been won by the likes of Frank Stranahan, Joe Carr, Guy Wolstenholme, Charlie Green, Ronnie Shade, Michael Bonallack, Peter McEvoy, Jay Sigel, Hal Sutton, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Steve Webster, Tiger Woods, Barclay Howard, Justin Rose, Stuart Wilson, Lloyd Saltman, Rory McIlroy, Chris Wood, Matteo Manassero, Tom Lewis and Matt Fitzpatrick. No amateur made the cut at Hoylake 12 months ago.