It was a very tough and close decision to travel across the pond knowing I’d need to quarantine for a minimum of 5 days, while nursing a back that is in spasm.
In the end, I did not want to miss yet another year playing golf in events that I cherish and enjoy. With all the challenges and road blocks thrown at American players, originally only 13 players signed up a month ago. Based on my latest viewing of the practice tee sheet, it seems possible that only Gene Elliott (Senior #2 in the world according to WAGR) and myself are the only American players in this years event.
This leaves the door wide open for other UK players that normally would not be in the field. Typically there are 30-50 American players that captured the last 9 out of 10 Championship golf medals.
Yes I am here, the big question will be will my body and back hold up playing 5 days in a row. This year the event has been extended to 4 rounds Tuesday through Friday at the ever tough Ganton Golf Club in Northern England.
I played in this event back 5 or 6 years ago at Ganton, and it had its way with me, and most of the field. Brady Exber was the last standing survivor and finished the championship with a +9 total. Reminds me of the Open Championship in years past when the best players shot over par to win the event.
Today I got the result of my third COVID test in a week, with a NEGATIVE result, which means I can exit quarantine early having used the early release test on day 5. I am still required to take my day 8 test, and then a final test within 72 hours of my departure back home. Stay tuned for some photos of beautiful Ganton Golf course