THE POPULAR Peter McEvoy Trophy returns for the 35th year and budding young golfers will be hoping to emulate previous winners Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose by using it as a platform for future success.
Once again the Copt Heath Golf Club in Knowle plays host to the tournament on April 13-14, which has seen many of its entrants go on to achieve success in the golfing world.
Open to boys under the age of 18, the 72-hole event is held in April to allow the English Golfing Union a last chance to see some of the country’s finest junior talent put through their paces ahead of selection for the England Boys’ Team for the European and World Championships.
The 108-year old course demands a big premium on accuracy, with sand, water, and trees combining with over 100 bunkers to provide one of the most challenging courses open to the junior competition circuit.
The competition was initiated in 1981 by double British Amateur Champion, Peter McEvoy, Copt Heath’s most illustrious member, who went on to become one of the foremost amateur players of all time.
Two years later the competition was lifted by Peter Baker who went on to become a regular on the European Tour and part of the 1993 Ryder Cup Team.
Since then the competition has attracted players from all across the United Kingdom, and more recently from France, Spain and Russia. Such has been the growth in competition to enter the event that the cut-off has now reduced to just 0.2 – and most having plus handicap.
Last year, the gifted 16-year-old Marco Penge from Goodwood, now ranked 4th in Europe (under 21) (lifted the Trophy with a record equalling score of 272.
Club President, Duncan Waters said: “Over the last 30 years the event has grown to become the premier golfing competition for junior players in England – many of whom are competing for the final places on the national team.
“The fact that the competition has spawned so many big names over the years just adds to the sense of achievement for the youngster that lifts the coveted trophy.
“Every young man that takes part in the event dreams of his place at the top of the World Golf Rankings, and history tells them that lifting this trophy could bring that dream one step closer.”