Burdett ready for Open challenge

Elliot Burdett is ready for action
Elliot Burdett is ready for action
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Ganton professional Elliot Burdett is one of two local golfers entering The Open scramble next week.

Twenty-seven-year-old Burdett and Malton & Norton's David Hague will tackle the Northumberland course at Gosforth Park in The Open regional qualifiers on Monday lunchtime.

Burdett's 18-hole shoot-out gets underway at 12.34pm, with Hague starting his round 11 minutes earlier in the previous group.

Should either player finish in the upper echelons of the leader board then they will progress to the final qualifiers, which could in-turn lead to either Burdett or Hague stepping out at Troon in one of the sport's key events.

That may be the ultimate goal for both, but Burdett is well aware of the long journey ahead of him.

"There will be around 80 guys at Northumberland, only five or six will go through to the final qualification round," said Burdett, who has been a pro since 2011.

"Moortown is the most local course to us, but that is oversubscribed, so I apply for Northumberland every time.

"It is a hidden gem of a course and I've played up there probably seven times, including three Open qualifiers in the last three years, so I know it pretty well now."

Burdett has been in touching distance of moving through to the final qualifiers in the past, but it has to be a case of everything falling into place.

"Qualifying for the final qualifiers and then The Open has to be your ultimate goal," he added.

"It is all about the luck of the draw though. I have been on track in the past, but things have gone against me.

"A couple of years ago I was in the top few after 14 holes, but the weather turned bad and I missed out by just two shots.

"It isn't something you can do a lot of preparation for because it is an 18-hole shoot-out, things just have to go your way.

"I've been playing well though, so who knows what will happen."