Gloucestershire Golf Union

South West talent showcased at British Amateur Championship

History was made this weekend with an all-England final for the first time since 1999 at the British Amateur Championship.

The ‘All English, All Joe’ final on Sunday 30 August was also a showcase of golfing talent from the Gloucestershire Golf Union with both finalists Joe Long (Lansdown Golf Club, Bath) and Joe Harvey (The Kendleshire, Bristol) having come through the county’s golf programme.

Both players, friends from Bristol, have played together practised together and even caddied for each other from a young age and follow in the footsteps of former Gloucestershire golfer turned European Tour professional, Chris Wood.

Mark Powell, Gloucestershire’s Junior Organiser, said: “We’ve watched these boys continuously grow their game over the years so for both players to make the final together is a proud moment for our county. They are both fantastic golfers and we’re very excited about their futures.”

It was Joe Long who took home the Trophy after a 4&3 win at the Royal Birkdale course in Southport, and he will now be invited to compete in The Masters, The US Open and The Open next year.

Joe’s win comes exactly four weeks after fellow Gloucestershire player, 21-year-old Jack Cope (The Players Club, Bristol) won the 2020 English Men’s Amateur Championship, and means that both the English and the British Amateur titles are held by players from the Gloucestershire Golf Union, a first in its’ history.

Dave Hares, coaching chairman, said: “Something special has happened for golf in Gloucestershire this year. We have seen the results of commitment and dedication to the game from these players. The talent pool in our region is exciting and as a union, we are extremely passionate about supporting and developing that talent”

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