Four tied for Lytham Trophy lead through first round
LYTHAM SAINT ANNES, England — Playing Royal Lytham & St. Annes at one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious tournaments, four players are tied atop the opening-round leaderboard at two-under par 68.
One of those four is Swedish junior golfer Marcus Kinhult, who is fresh off his victory in the United States at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.
Along with Kinhult, three other nations are represented in first place. Cormac Sharvin of Ireland, John Axelsen of Denmark, and Oliver Roberts of Hong Kong are tied at 68 alongside Kinhult.
Top-ranked players in the field include Scotland's Bradley Neil, who opened with one-over 71, Ireland's Gary Hurley, who also posted 71, and France's Romain Langasque, who carded 72.
Four Americans are in the field, with Missouri freshman Grant Kelton in the best shape after 18 holes at four-over 74. Jim Liu, Eli Cole, and James Glenn round out the golfer from the United States at Royal Lytham.
ABOUT THE Lytham Trophy
In the early 1960s some of the senior
of the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club felt
that there was a gap in the amateur golfing
calendar and the need for a major 72 hole
scratch competition. Help was given by the
English Golf Union to launch the event and to
select entrants. The Scottish, Irish, Welsh and
County Unions and various eminent players
were approached for their support. All gave it
willingly and so was born the Lytham Trophy.
It is held each year over the Bank Holiday
Weekend at the beginning of May. It is now
played solely at Royal Lytham with one round
being played on the Friday and Saturday and
the final two rounds, for those that have made
the cut, on the Sunday.
Every winner takes away a replica for the
handsome "Sputnick" trophy which was
donated by Members subscriptions. All have
been international golfers of the highest
and many have gone on to be successful
The entry is now of the highest calibre from
parts of the UK and Eire and in recent years
from all over Europe.
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