King's Lynn golfer one step away from playing in Open Championship at Royal St. Georges
A Lynn golfer is one step away from realising his dream of playing in this year’s Open Championship at Royal St. Georges.
Amateur Kale Heath, from Dersingham, is bidding for a top-three spot in today’s final qualifying round over 36 holes at Holinwell in Nottinghamshire – the same venue where he shot a level-par 72 to reach this stage on Sunday.
The 21-year-old, who has been a member at King’s Lynn Golf Club since the age of eight, said: “I’m going to have to shoot the two rounds of my life to get through.
“There’s going to be 80 golfers battling it out for the top three spots. It’s a big ask to make it, but I’m going to go there and enjoy it.
“I’ve been to the Open to watch it with my dad and brother in the past, so if I was to actually qualify and play in it would be just ridiculous really.
“Holinwell is a tough course with lots of heathlands to the left and right of the fairways but whatever happens now it has been a really good experience getting to this stage.”
Heath, who plays off a handicap of three, hopes his excellent iron game will stand him in good stead over the 36 holes.
“My iron game is stronger than anything but I’m going to need to be on top of my game in all aspects.
“It’s been a long few days with the last qualifying round but I’m really looking forward to it.”
A minimum of 12 places in the 149th Open are up for grabs through final qualifying, with a starting field of 288 golfers across the four venues.
Regional and final qualifying form part of the Open Qualifying Series, which includes eight events in six countries across five continents, with a minimum of 25 places available in this year’s field.
Up to 32,000 fans per day will be allowed to attend the Championship as part of the government’s pilot events programme. The delay in the easing of COVID-19 restrictions means there will be an “inner bubble” system in place at the Kent venue.
Social distancing rules will apply for everyone within the inner bubble and masks must be worn in indoor facilities.