Broady Junior now a step nearer to his Open dream
SAM Broadhurst, son of former Ryder Cup star Paul, is just one tournament away from achieving a place at the 2018 Open Championship.
The 21-year-old finished oneover par at Monday’s regional qualifying event at Northamptonshire County Golf Club for a share of fourth to earn progression into next Tuesday’s final qualifying event.
If Broadhurst can finish in the top three at Notts Golf Club, he can begin preparations for the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie in July.
“It’s every golfers’ dream is to play at The Open, especially coming from the UK,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be around The Open for a number of years with my dad. I caddied for him last year at Birkdale.
“I’m not getting ahead of myself but the thought of playing in it would be unbelievable really.”
Broadhurst junior has just finished the second year of his studies at Lincoln Memorial University in the USA, where he has enjoyed a strong season on golf courses throughout the country – increasing the likelihood of him following in his father’s footsteps to turn professional. “Over the past couple of years I’ve really took strides in the right direction and I feel may game has got quite a considerable amount better,” said Sam, who is one of Paul Broadhurst’s four children with wife Lorraine. This year at my university, it was the first time we ever made it to the National Championship and we made it to the match play.
“Unfortunately we lost the first round but we played the number one team in the nation.
“My school was really at the forefront. I struggled midway from February to March but I’ve really picked up towards the end and I’ve played some really good stuff.
“I’ve got one more year in America then I will come back here and see where my game is at, at that moment in time. My goal in the sport is to turn pro and play professionally.
“Everything is heading in the right direction, but I am not getting ahead of myself just yet. I’m definitely a realistic player. There’s quite a few players who turn pro on a whim, then hopefully they pick up their game and start playing well. But I will only turn pro if I know I know I am ready. It’s such a competitive field now, it’s going to be tough but we will see how it goes.”
Broadhurst senior is also playing the majority of his golf in America these days after a glorious first few years on the seniors tour when he has won seven events – including two majors.
The father-son golfing union is proving to be mutually beneficial. “Every time I am struggling with my game I involve him and hopefully he will point me in the direction and I have got the same coach as him,” said Sam.
“It’s pretty similar in what he tells us and we have joint lessons quite a few times when I am back in the country.
“If he is struggling and I am around, I will always try the best I can but he helps me 10 times more.
“His game, because he’s been doing it so long, is pretty set in stone. He sees everything a certain way, because I am quite young and my golf swing can change quite a lot more than his.”
Paul’s successes since turn 50 a little under three years ago came following the toughest time of his career having lost his European Tour card in his mid40s and struggling with injuries. The subsequent successes are just rewards, according to son Sam.
“No matter where he played we were always proud of him, obviously,” he said. 2To be honest, he kind of deserves it.
“He came off the Tour then he had three-and-a-half years until the senior ranks and a lot of people would’ve kept their eye in and got on with daily life, but he saw a goal in three-anda-half years and worked his socks off. He worked with a new coach and sorted his game out. Four wins on the Champions Tour, you can’t really argue with that.”
I’m not getting ahead of myself but the thought of playing in the Open would be unbelievable really.