UK Amateur Open comes to Cumbria

Silloth on solway hosts Britain's most prestigious amateur golf tournament

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Silloth hosts golf championship

Hundreds of amateur golfers tee'd off at Silloth-on-Solway golf club for the second day of the English Amateur Championship. In total 288 amateurs will play two matches in the hope of scoring enough points to place them in the top 64 which will secure them a place in Saturday's final.

To ensure all players have participated in two matches before the final some of the rounds are being played in Seascale but the final will be played in Silloth. There are 24 Cumbrians involved who are hoping to lift the trophy which has previously been won by Sir Nick Faldo and Paul Casey.

Seb Crookall-Nixon, 18, from Cockermouth is one of those hoping to use the home advantage to clinch the title. Seb was involved in a car accident earlier in the year. Following a break to recover the teenager's focus is on a professional golfing career.

'I had 10 weeks out after the car accident and in some ways I am very lucky to be here. Hopefully playing at Silloth will give me a home advantage of sorts but I am not complacent. I still have to play two competitive matches and hopefully will do enough to get to the final.'

– Seb Crookall-Nixon

Amateur Open tees off

Being awarded this event is a huge honour for the club and for Cumbria and it's hoped it will raise the profile of the county's courses. Previous winners of the competition include Sir Nick Faldo and Paul Casey. The opening two rounds will be split between Silloth's Links course, and Seascale