Lytham hosts young stars

YOU never know which golfing stars of the future you will see if you go down to watch the best amateurs compete in golf’s Lytham Trophy.

Back in 2002, a young South African called Charl Schwarzel was in the line-up.

Even though he didn’t win that year, his talent was apparent, and later in 2002 he represented South Africa in the Eisenhower Trophy, and won his European Tour card at the tender age of 18.

Nine years on, Schwarzel’s talents have reached full flower, and on Sunday, April 9 he donned the famous Green Jacket after winning the Masters at Augusta.

Who knows what top golfer will emerge out of this year’s field? The Lytham Trophy, the principal strokeplay event in the English amateur calendar, will have a major international flavour when it gets underway on April 29.

As well as top players from the home nations, the four-round competition has attracted players from Spain, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Holland, Germany, Latvia, Sweden, Denmark and the United States.

All the players will be bidding to get points in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, while a number of members of the Walker Cup squad will aim for the title at the Royal Lytham and St Annes course.