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30th June 2010

John Longcake
John Longcake (Photo Tom Ward & EGU)

Eight former champions plus the current title-holder will be in the 132-strong field for the English Men's Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy at Sherwood Forest Golf Club on 2nd - 4th July.

John Longcake from Cumbria won the title over his home course at Silloth-on-Solway last year for the third time, becoming the fourth triple winner of the Logan Trophy since its inception in 1988.

Longcake (picture © Tom Ward), champion first in 2003 and for the past two years, is expected to be challenging again but this year's entry is particularly strong notwithstanding the other former title holders, Robert Godley ( Hillside , Lancashire), Charlie Banks ( Stanton-on-the-Wolds , Nottinghamshire), Stephen East ( Moortown , Yorkshire), Barry Downing ( Hallamshire , Yorkshire), Steve Sansome ( Kilworth Springs , Leicestershire), Nigel Chesters ( Hawkstone Park , Shropshire & Herefordshire), Paul Griffiths ( Sandwell Park , Staffordshire) and Martin Young ( Brokenhurst Manor , Hampshire).

Two men in form are Mark Wharton ( John O'Gaunt , Bedfordshire) and Jamie Miller ( Fulford , Yorkshire). Both were involved in a four-way playoff recently for the European Mid-Amateur Championship in France but missed out to Frenchman Francois Illouz.  Illouz won't be at Sherwood Forest as he is an official of the French Golf Federation and is involved with the conflicting French Open.

However, Wharton and Miller will hope to go one better but there are other likely contenders such as former England internationals John Kemp (John O'Gaunt, Bedfordshire), James Crampton ( Spalding , Lincolnshire), Roger Roper ( Wike Ridge , Yorkshire) and Andrew Carman ( Coventry , Warwickshire).

Kemp lost out narrowly to Longcake at Shifnal two years ago, while Crampton, an England cap in 2005 and SSS and Handicapping Manager with the English Golf Union, is the newly crowned Lincolnshire Champion.  Roper, an England cap back in the Eighties, could also feature, while Carman, an international in 1979 & '80 and a former chairman of England selectors, is now a seniors international who has finished third and ninth in the last two English Seniors Championships.

The Logan Trophy is open to players over 35 years of age, is played over 54 holes with a cut after 36, the leading 45 players and ties going through to the final round.

Play starts at 7.30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, admission is free.  For those unable to attend, live scoring and news updates are available on the Championships section of EGU website .



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