More than 1,200 golfers tee it up at Regional Qualifying for The 146th Open
Around 1,200 golfers from throughout Great Britain and Ireland and overseas are taking part in Regional Qualifying for The 146th Open today.
At 13 venues up and down the country a mixture of elite amateurs, club and touring professionals and former Tour players are competing to try to secure what for some will be a once-in-a-lifetime place at golf’s original Championship which is played at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July.
In one of the most dramatic stages of The Open Qualifying Series, dreams will be kept alive or dashed as players play 18 holes at some of the country’s finest golf courses. In 2014, Merseyside factory worker John Singleton memorably came through Regional Qualifying at Mere to progress to The Open at Royal Liverpool.
More than 80 places are available for the leading qualifiers in Final Qualifying which takes places on Tuesday, 4 July at Gailes Links, Hillside, Notts (Hollinwell), Royal Cinque Ports and Woburn (Marquess’). A total of 15 places will be available to a field of 360 players across the five venues.
Among those taking part today are former European Tour player Gary Evans, who is playing at Burhill. Evans missed out on the four-man play-off in The Open at Muirfield in 2002 by one shot and finished tied fifth. Warren Bladon, who won The Amateur Championship in 1996, played in The Open on two occasions and in the Masters Tournament.
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