Gregory Foo competes for a spot in 2018 Masters
Singapore’s leading amateur player Gregory Foo is in the UK competing in two tournaments; The Amateur Championship 2017 and European Amateur Championship 2017.
First, he kicks off with The Amateur Championship from June 19th to 24th.This is being held at Royal St Georges, a British Open course, and at Prince’s on the South East coast of England. The format is two rounds of stroke play for all 288 players, with the top 64 moving to the match play stage. The eventual winner being decided in a 36 hole final on Saturday 24th June. Previous winners include, Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal. The winner of the tournament gets a start at next years US Masters, US Open and The Open Championship 2018.
Gregory then moves to Walton Heath, just south of London, for the European Amateur Championship from 28th June to 1st July 2017. I was in the UK last week and had organised a practice game for Gregory with myself, and Jerome Ng.
A friend of mine who is a member of Walton Heath joined us and was able to help Gregory with some great local knowledge .The course certainly provides a challenge at 7,400 yards from the back tees and a SSS of 76! The winner of the European Amateur Championship gets a start at The Open Championship 2018.
Walton Heath built in 1903 has a long history with many tournaments being played there including the 1981 Ryder Cup. For the older ones among us the USA team that year was; Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Ray Floyd, Jerry Pate, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Bill Rogers…not a bad line up.
You can follow Gregory’s progress online via the websites for both events. Play well Greg! – Tim Pinnegar, SGA Training and Selection Committee