NO local golfers were able to break their way into the Brabazon Trophy field this week.
But one Seaton Carew golfer is looking to take a little piece of glory from English amateur golf’s premier strokeplay championship.
Nick Procter will be the caddy for one of the competition’s leading prospects when play gets under way at Seaton Carew Golf Club tomorrow morning.
The 41-year-old former Seaton rugby star will be carrying the bag of young England star Luke Johnson.
The Norfolk golfer, out in match eight at 8.10am, hopes his King’s Lynn-Hartlepool alliance can help him challenge at the head of a 150-strong field over the four days at the famous old links course.
“Nick’s been playing here for so long – he’s a great asset to have on the bag,” said Johnson during a break in practice at the Tees Road course.
“We’ve been in contact quite a while and I’m looking forward to what will hopefully be a good week.
“There are a couple of big tounaments and this is one of them.
“I started the year really well, a couple of wins and some top 10s at the first seven or eight events.
“More recently, last week in Ireland I managed the last 32 at the British Championship out of a starting field of 290.
“I’ve found a little bit of form and I’m really excited about the coming weeks of the season, starting here with the Brabazon.”
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achieved in his native Norfolk and the south of England.
But links golf is certainly not alien to the England player, one of the many home internationals at Seaton this week.
“It’s a really nice golf course,” said the 22-year-old.
“I’ve never been to this part of the country before – it’s good to come up here and play at this links course.
“I’m actually attached to one back home in Norfolk, Hunstanton Golf Club, so I am acquainted to links golf.
“So if I can find some form this week, I hope me and Nick can pull out a decent finish out of the bag.”
The best amateur golfers are at Seaton Carew, including defending champion Jordan Smith, who followed up his Brabazon triumph 12 months ago by representing GB&I in the 2013 Walker Cup in America.
Fellow England international, Ashley Chesters, 20, is the reigning European Amateur champion, Ryan Evans, 27, was a member of the winning English team in the 2013 Home Internationals, while 20-year-old Jimmy Mullen, from Royal North Devon, finished third in the 2013 Brabazon in Lancashire.
Johnson says there is no one stand-out competitor.
“Anyone who plays well could win it,” he said. “It’s a strong field, the English and Irish boys are playing really well.
“It will be an enjoyable week.”
Procter is pleased to be assisting one of the top men but his pride that Seaton Carew is hosting the Brabazon Trophy is obvious.
“Luke’s asked me to caddie for him and I’m pleased to be doing it,” he said. “I will give it 100 per cent.
“I think he’s got a good chance.
“I hope having a local caddie might help him, hopefully I can save him a shot or two per round.
“It’s a big week for the club. The course is set up really well, everyone is looking forward to it and I’m glad to be involved.”