Broady Ju­nior now a step nearer to his Open dream

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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.

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