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English Golf Union:
Wolstenholme Bids for First European Mid-Amateur Title


Golfers from 18 countries will be represented in 146-strong contingent for the International European Mid-Amateur Championship being played at Notts Golf Club, Hollinwell, on 1st-3rd June.

English players make up almost half the field with an entry of 72 headed by Walker Cup man Gary Wolstenholme (Kilworth Springs).  The 39 year old from Leicestershire, three times a winner of the British Mid-Amateur Championship, must be considered one of the favorites to add the title to his ever increasing list of worldwide honours.

But he isn’t the lowest handicapper in the field.  That honour goes to Francois Illouz, the veteran French International, who is off plus-three to Wolstenholme’s plus two.

Among the other home entries is Charlie Banks (Stanton-on-the-Wolds), the English Mid-Amateur champion for three years from 1995 and runner-up in the European event three years ago in the Czech Republic.

Others likely to be in the shake-up are Martin Galway (West Sussex), third last year in Luxembourg, David Lane (Goring and Streatly), the reigning English Seniors champion, and Iain Mackenzie (Hallamshire), winner of the European title in 1994 at El Saler in Spain.

Roger Roper (Catterick), a former England international, could also come into the equation, as could Graham Steel (Hallamshire), joint winner of the English Seniors crown 1994.

Among the overseas challengers is defending champion, Hans-Gunter Reiter from Germany, who edged home by a stroke last year in Luxembourg, while John Storjohann from Switzerland, secretary of the European Golf Association, is another entrant along with Filipe Ortiz-Patino, son of the owner of Valderrama Golf Club.

The last time the title came to Britain was in 1995 when Jon Marks (Woodbridge) won after a playoff in Estoril, Portugal.  Marks is again entered but he has been sidelined by a wrist injury for most of the early season and may not be fit.