Stowmarket golfer set to play in world’s biggest amateur competition
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Amateur golfer Andrew Witter will pinch himself when he takes to the fairway in Los Angeles next week.
The 29-year-old Stowmarket Golf Club member will represent Great Britain, partnering King’s Lynn’s Mike Broad, at the Audi Quattro Cup – the world’s biggest amateur tournament.
Playing at the Trump National Golf Club, in Los Angeles, Witter, who plays off a handicap of six, will be amongst 80,000 players from 50 countries competing in the week-long final.
Witter and Broad will play in two rounds of Greensomes with a stableford points-scoring system and will be joined by fellow Brits, Tom Ciullo and Simon Healy.
Contracts manager Witter said: “It’s not really sunk in yet.
“Playing at such a tournament is one of those things that you always dream about doing and when you are in contention in the earlier rounds, you always think there may be a possibility.
“I have never been arrogant enough to think I would definitely get there though. Now I am, it is certainly my biggest achievement in my amateur career.”
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Witter will have to tackle the 7,242-yard (6,622m) course designed by Pete Dye and US tycoon Donald Trump and faces the prospect of playing on a stunning cliff-top course which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
“It will be a bit of an unknown quantity for me and I am going over there to have a great time which will be made even better because of the gents that I am travelling over there with,” Witter added.
“I have been told not to expect to win or anything as I believe the different competing countries have different rules and regulations over their handicap systems
“I will always have hope though. I would be nice to win but I don’t want to come last.”
Witter had finished fourth individually in the Marriott Motor Audi Group Invitational, at Woodbridge in June, before teaming up with Broad to claim second place in the regional final at Woburn Golf Club in July.
“I had a very patchy qualifying round with highs and lows and I didn’t think my score was anywhere near good enough to get through,” he added.
“It was a wet, muggy day for the regional final so the golf wasn’t easy. I played with Mike for the first time and we finished second.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts in the UK final so didn’t think we had a realistic chance of finishing in the top two.
“We had no idea how we really got on and so was totally gob-smacked to learn during the presentation evening that we’d won.”