Some 135 professionals and top amateurs will take on the challenge of Goswick Golf Links on Monday in hopes of advancing to finals qualifying for the 151st Open Championship to be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake 16-23 July.
This is the largest field yet for Goswick, designated by the R&A as one of just 15 regional qualifying venues through 2024.
The James Braid masterpiece, ranked in the top 50 in England by National Club Golfer and the 70th best links course in Great Britain & Ireland by Today’s Golfer, will welcome players from nine different countries. Notables from beyond the UK include Lucas Hechler of Germany, Chris Acherman of Switzerland, Lucas Slayden and Peter Badawy of the US, John Wade of Australia, Thomas Finnegan of the Republic of Ireland and Anton Hansson of Sweden.
Others to keep an eye on include Sean Lawrie, nephew of Open Champion Paul Lawrie, and Samuel Westwood, son of long-time tour pro stalwart Lee Westwood. And several of those who advanced from Goswick to finals qualifying a year ago are back again, including Graeme Robertson, James Wilson, Robbie Morrison, Joe Bryce, James Harper and Daniel Kay.
Goswick will also be very well represented. Amateur Daniel Bullen, fresh off his third consecutive club championship, will tee it up with David Clark, who led all qualifiers in 2022 with a 5-under par 67. Other home course hopefuls include PGA Coach in residence David Ord, John Penny, Ryan Chambers, Joseph Robson and Joe Atkinson.
The first group tees off at 6:56 am and the last at 2:59 pm. The full draw can be found by clicking here. Spectators are very welcome. No tickets required. This is your chance to see some first-rate golf played on an authentic links course, up close and personal.