Alwoodley Golf Club 27th September - 29th September
Closing date for entries – Monday 12th September 2016 Handicap Limit (1.4) Entry Fee: £60
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THE MASTER’S KING - DANNY WILLETT
By Tony Grayson – Captain of Lindrick Golf Club
“Did I think he would win it?” – “Ever?” – “Yes”, “On Sunday 10th April?” – “Not until Jordan Speith imploded on the 12th hole, but then I had no doubts he would, no doubts at all”.
What a great advert for County Golf and England Golf that there were five Englishmen in the top ten on the final Leaderboard. Justin Rose (tied 10th), Paul Casey (tied 7th), Matt Fitzpatrick, Current British Masters Champion (tied 7th), Lee Westwood (tied 2nd) and Danny Willett, the Champion - All came through County and National coaching from a young age and in the case of Willett and Fitzpatrick under the watchful eye of Yorkshire and England Lead Coach Graham Walker.
It must be quite unique that three of those players are members of the same Golf Club. Lee Westwood joined Lindrick Golf Club in 2001, Danny Willett in 2010 and Matt Fitzpatrick in 2014. All three went through the Club’s membership procedures, were accepted, paid their entrance fee and continue to pay their annual subscription.
I have known Danny Willett since he was 15, indeed I proposed both he and Matt Fitzpatrick as members of Lindrick and I followed their progress as Amateurs in my role as Chairman of Selectors for the Yorkshire County Union.
In 2006 Danny Willett went to College in America. He returned in the summer of 2007 and won the Yorkshire Amateur Championship in July, the English Amateur Championship in August and played Walker Cup for GB&I in September.
The English Golf Union sent him to Australia for the winter months where he became Australian Amateur Champion. He returned home in early 2008 when he won the Spanish Amateur Championship. At this point he was the World No. 1 Amateur with a handicap of +5. He turned professional in May 2008.
The rest is history. He had a good start to his career in the paid ranks but was blighted by injury for two years. He now has this under control and the past few years have shown improvement upon improvement to where he has now reached a position where he is 9th in the World Rankings. This does not just happen by winning tournaments, it happens through hours, days, months and years of hard work. An enormous work ethic – that probably sums up Danny Willett, 2016 US Masters Champion.
Captain – Lindrick Golf Club