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Wilpshire Trophy is wide open
2:40pm Friday 27th July 2012 in Sport
EVENTS organiser John Wilson believes the Wilpshire Trophy tomorrow is wide open with a number of players having a good chance to win, writes Ryan Heywood.
The Wilpshire Trophy, which has been running since 1931, is one of the biggest in Lancashire and is poised to be one of the best to date.
This year’s competition see’s a host of the county’s top players competing with more than 30 of the entries playing off a +1 handicap or better.
Wilson, who has been running the event for 12 years now, claims several golfers will fight it out for the trophy and said: “There are a number of players that can win it this year, all the top players want to play in it now.”
The competition is one of 36 events that comprise the Northern Order of Merit and this year’s event see’s last year’s winner Mark Ashworth as well as holder of the Northern Order of Merit Steven McGlynn among the favourites.
Wilson believes Ashworth’s familiarity with the course could give him an advantage over the field, he said: “Mark knows his way round the course and could definitely win again.”
Wilson also gave his tips for the tournament but admitted anything can happen in golf.
“As well as McGlynn and Ashworth, Mark Young has a great chance, he has won the Northern Order of Merit three times and is a three times Lancashire champion,” he said.
Wilson added: “There’s also Richie Blundell, Curtis Clarkin and Ciaran Doherty who have a good chance, I think the winner will come from this group of six or seven but it doesn’t always work out like that.”
The tournament could also see a break through for Wilpshire Golf Clubs rising star Joey Lamb who plays off scratch and has been chosen to represent the Lancashire Boys county team.
Wilson, who’s a massive fan of Lambs game said: “We’d love him to win it.”
As well as Lamb, another to look out for is former winner Ian Perkins, who will be playing in his 39th consecutive Wilpshire Trophy despite moving to Somerset.
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