December 10 2013 Latest news:
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Club pro MacKenzie and amateur Hunt relishing Ryder Cup course challenge
Saunton Golf Club’s Will Hunt is aiming to make the most of playing Gleneagles before the world’s top golf stars converge on it for the Ryder Cup next year.
The Barnstaple-based amateur teams up with experienced head PGA Professional Albert MacKenzie in the £43,600 grand final of the Lombard Trophy on September 3 and 4, having qualified as one of 16 teams out of the 700 clubs across the country which entered.
The North Devon duo won the regional finals for the West of England and will now do battle with the other national finalists over 36 holes on the PGA Centenary Course where the likes of Woods, Poulter and McIlroy will do battle next year.
And 19-year-old Hunt, who plays off a handicap of 19, cannot wait to take on the course as part of Europe’s biggest pro-am golf event.
“It’s very exciting; it’ll be interesting to see the Ryder Cup teams play the same holes next year,” he said. “And if we get birdies where they get pars then I can say ‘I did better at that hole’.
“That will all be part of the experience for me.”
Experienced playing partner MacKenzie believes Hunt’s all-round sporting ability will put the pair in with a chance in Scotland.
He said: “It’s a real blend of youth and experience.
“For me, this is an event that’s been on my ‘bucket list’ for some time.
“Early in my professional career, I used to travel back home to Scotland and must have passed Gleneagles in my car maybe 50 times. But I never played there.
“This is going to be a real thrill for me.”