Six former champions will be in action when the English Men’s Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy is played at Worksop Golf Club in Nottinghamshire on 4th – 6th July. But John Kemp will not be defending the title he won at The Worcestershire last year as he is attending a friend’s wedding.
The champion prior to Kemp was Thomas Burley (Burnham & Berrow, Somerset) at Saunton in 2012, who is competing again as are the other former champions Paul Griffiths (Sandwell Park, Staffordshire), Danny Holmes (Wrotham Heath, Kent), Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall, Northumberland), Steve Sansome (Birstall, Leicestershire) and Martin Young (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI).
Sansome won at Fairhaven in 2004, Griffiths was a joint winner of the title at Delamere Forest in 2005, while Holmes’ victory came at Sherwood Forest in 2010.
McLure, now active in senior events, was joint winner of the Logan Trophy back in 1994 at Trentham and won the Senior Champion of Champions at Woodhall Spa last year, having finished tied second in the Welsh Seniors and joint third in the Scottish Seniors.
Young triumphed at Hayling Island in 2006 and since then the Hampshire man has come close to winning again, finishing joint second in 2007, tied fourth in 2010 and equal fifth behind Burley in 2012.
When Kemp (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) won last year, he beat Paul Williams (Hillside, Lancashire) and Paul Scarrett (Blackwell, Worcestershire) by a shot on the final green. Williams and Scarrett are again in the field as are several others who finished in the top six on that occasion.
In fourth place was Michael Hunt (Pleasington, Lancashire), while Ajay Patel (Royal Wimbledon, Surrey) and Stephen Creed (Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire) finished joint sixth.
Also in the field of 132 is Justin Phelps (Northwood, Middlesex), winner of the County Champions title in 2004, Gary Oliver (Hainault Forest, Essex), who lost a playoff for the Berkhamsted Trophy in 2013, and players from Belgium, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
Competing in his maiden Logan Trophy is former England international Matthew Cryer, 39 (Coventry, Warwickshire), who has regained his amateur status after several years as a professional. He was capped by England from 2005 to 2008, finished runner-up in the English Amateur in 2007 but won the British Mid Amateur title that same year.
Cryer begins his bid for the Logan alongside McLure at 2.40pm on day one, while Sansome and Young are in the same group ten minutes later. Burley begins his bid at 11.30am alongside Oliver, while Holmes starts at 11.50am.
The Logan Trophy is open to players over 35 years of age and is played over 54 holes with a cut after 36, the leading 45 players and ties progressing to the final round.
Source: England Golf