Brockenhurst Manor golfer Martin Young has been selected to play for Team GB at the inaugural Concession Cup in May.
Young has long dreamt of representing his nation and is raring to get going: “I can’t wait, I’m just getting a good bit of practice in so I can give it my best.
However with rain and storms battering the South Coast this winter the weather has really affected Young’s practice time.
The mid-am player has not played enough consistent golf and despite his handicap falling to just +4 in recent months is concerned about his lack of time on course.
He said: “The weather has really impacted on everyone’s preparation here in the UK and I’m not fortunate enough to have time off and travel abroad to practice.
“With my building company taking priority I haven’t had the time to leave and get practice in so I’ve mainly been on the range, but only occasionally.”
Tony Jacklin will be honorary captain of the British squad, whilst the legendary Jack Nicklaus will take charge of the opposition in a competition that mirror the Ryder Cup style of play.
The tournament was born from Nicklaus’ ultimate display of sportsmanship when he conceded a putt to Jacklin on the 18th green to halve the hole final hole in the 1969 Ryder Cup.
Young remembers the moment well and even feels he would replicate the sportsmanship: “I think it would right if it was all tied that they would just walk onto the green and take a half.”
“I know I should be going there to win but it just would be nice to see it done in the spirit of the game.”
Young is excited to meet and play under the legendary honorary captains, despite admitting that it will be a daunting task.
“Just listening to them speak on the TV makes me excited. Jack Nicklaus is arguably the best player that has ever played the game and just to be in their presence will be something special.”
Brockenhurst club pro Kevin Saunders has been playing with Young for over 5 years and will lend a hand whenever he can.
Saunders said: “I’m certainly here if he needs me, I’m only on the end of the phone but am going to Spain in a few weeks time for a practice round with Martin in a couple of weeks.”
Hopefully the sunshine in Europe will mean Young can get a few good days of golf in before he flies to America.