Ex-Myerscough golf student qualifies for The Open

Thursday 5 Jul 2018

A former Myerscough College golf student will share the fairway with the world’s elite after qualifying for The Open.

James Robinson graduated from Myerscough with a BTEC National Diploma in golf in 2011, and now after coming through qualifying tournaments, he has earned a place in the world famous championships, which are being played this year at Carnoustie (July 15th-22nd).

Now, 25-year-old James is looking forward to playing in his first major, mixing it with some of the world’s best: ‘’To qualify is pretty incredible. I dreamed of it as a boy and it just feels amazing to finally achieve this, a major stepping stone in my life. It feels good and I’m looking forward to it.

‘’I played really well in qualifying and I can’t wait for the tournament!’’

To qualify, James Robinson won Open Championship final qualifying at St Annes Old Links winning the 36-hole competition, eagling his very last hole to win by two shots at 12-under par, to book a place in The Open for the first time.

Craig Lea is Myerscough College’s Head Academic Golf Professional and said: ‘’The magnitude of his achievement can’t be underestimated - he’s qualified for one of only four major tournaments in world golf.

‘’We’re seeing a number of students now go onto great things. Golf is at least ten year plan and you can’t reach the top quickly – here at Myerscough it’s up to the students to run with it and have the right attitude and drive.

‘’James has no pressure and he should enjoy every hole and learn first and foremost. It’ll be an amazing experience for him.’’

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by Dave Salmon


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