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amateur golf

Peter McEvoy Trophy
Copt Heath, Solihull
April 18-19th 2001

Peter McEvoy's contribution to British amateur golf is legendary. Amateur champion twice, five times a Walker Cup player, a record number of England
caps - and currently Walker Cup captain. It is fitting, therefore, that his name is now linked with the Peter McEvoy Trophy, which was inaugurated by his club, Copt Heath, 20 years ago in recognition of his back-to-back wins in the Amateur Championships of 1977 and 1978.

This 72-hole competition for Under 18 boys has produced some memorable
winners. Lee Westwood took the trophy in 1991, recovering from a first round 80 to finish with a 69 and victory by a stroke.

In 1998 it was Justin Rose's turn to win - just before he made world headlines by finishing only a couple of strokes behind champion Mark O'Meara in the Open at Royal Birkdale.

Last year Zane Scotland, who qualified for the Open at Caroustie when he was
only 16 , squeezed home in a tight finish after finding a bunker on the last hole.

This year's contest promises to be just as exciting when no fewer than 17 plus-handicappers in a field of 72 will face a severe test of stamina and skill over 72 holes in two days.

Keep an eye on David Porter, of Stoneham in Hampshire, who led after rounds
of 70 and 69 on the first day last year, Daniel Wardrop, of Didsbury in Cheshire and James Heath, of Coombe Wood in Surrey, who have both just returned from a week's training with Nick Faldo in Florida.

Two local Warwickshire boys aiming to be in contention are Robert Steele, of
Kenilworth, and Oliver West, of Robin Hood, while Michael Nester, of Hollinwell, whose handicap is plus-one, is another Midlands boy aiming to make his mark.


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