Clevedon golfer qualifies for The Open
PUBLISHED: 15:47 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:47 08 July 2015
Clevedon golfer Ali Balcombe has qualified for this year Open Championship at St Andrews in Scotland.
Clevedon’s Ali Balcombe will be teeing off amongst the world’s best golfers after qualifying for the 144th Open Golf Championship at St Andrews later this month.
Over 1,300 players entered the 13 regional qualifying events around the UK at the end of June, with a limited number of players going through from each venue.
Ali bagged the last slot at Remedy Oak Golf Club, and then set off for the final qualifying. There were four venues and only the best three scores would go through from each after 36 holes of competition.
Ali was one of three players tied at the top of the leaderboard at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent with a score of five under par for the day.
To put the performance into perspective, one of those players who did not make it through was former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie.
Ali is a member of Clevedon Golf Club, and all of the members are feeling proud to have such a talented golfer amongst their ranks. He is an amateur and therefore will have to pay his own expenses and will not be able to collect any of the millions of pounds of prize money on offer. The club is organising a collection amongst the membership to help with the costs.
Since returning from his studies in America, Ali has produced a spectacular run of form. He was South West Amateur Youth Champion and runner-up in the Youth Championship of Wales. He was also a key member of the Somerset County squad that swept the board at South West Week and has again become club champion at Clevedon. He is hoping to be able to return to represent Somerset in the England Golf national finals in September.
Ashley Mansell, the assistant professional at Clevedon narrowly missed out on qualifying, He made it through to the final qualifying event at Hillside, but did not manage to finish in the top three.
Mens results - July medal – Division 1: Gary Villis 69; Devin Welsh 70; Steve Parker 70. Division 2: Adrian Burrows 69; Paul Haslett 69; John Vickerstaff 69. Division 3: Dave Blackall 69; Alan Wild 69; Tim Ayres 70.
Clevedon Ladies are through to the seventh round of the Mail on Sunday competition after a win over the Fingle Glen club from Devon.
Congratulations to the winning team of Sandra Jones, Marian Crewe, Heather Bleach, Merriel Horler and Rosemary Fife.