Mount Murray golf professional and a member of the PGA, Allyn Laing, has the opportunity to make it through and compete in this year’s British Open Golf Championship which will take place at Muirfield, Scotland this month.
This is the result of an outstanding performance at Mere Golf Club in Cheshire, where Allyn played in the regional qualifying round last Monday.
His one-under-par score of 70 saw him finish in fourth place from the field of 108 who contested the 16 places available to progress to the the final qualifying round for The Open.
On the tree-lined and demanding Mere venue, Allyn was on the borderline at two over for the front nine, but a outstanding back nine of three under, which included four birdies, saw him secure his place in the top 16 with ease, as others found the conditions too tough and will have to wait another year to ‘live their dream’.
This is the third time in his amateur and professional career that the talented Laing has progressed beyond the first stage, the others being in 1997 and 2008.
European Tour regulars, top British amateurs and players from the Challenge Tour are all on equal footing now as they all tee it up tomorrow (Tuesday), all with one goal in mind which is to progress to the main event and all it means to every golfer.
The draw has seen Allyn down to play at Dunbar Golf Course near Edinburgh and this will be now over 36 holes, with very limited places available at each of the chosen final qualifying venues.
A lot of names you know from the professional tour, but everyone who has made it to this stage have an ability to play very good golf.
All of the island golfers wish Allyn all the very best and let’s hope the Manx golfing gods will allow the run of the ball in the Santon-based player’s direction - for they do say that Santon is God’s little acre!
Anyone wishing to track Allyn’s progress can do so at www.theopen.com