Wrag Barn quartet bid to reach The Open
5:30am Monday 23rd June 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
FOUR Wrag Barn golfers will look to move a step closer to qualifying for next month’s Open Championship today.
The Highworth-based club will have a trio of pros on show at Remedy Oak with Josh Plaister joining brothers and Josh Loughrey.
But the club will also see 19-year-old amateur Matt Mumford looking to continue his recent good form.
The 2013 Lee Westwood Tour national champion broke the Wrag Barn course record last weekend to add to his men’s championship title.
And all four will be hoping to join clubmate Martin Sell in the final qualifying event on July 1.
Wrag Barn coach Richard Scarrott feels that the quartet have a good chance of progressing from Remedy Oak.
“We are quite lucky at Wrag Barn that we have got some good players playing at a high standard,” he said. “Not many clubs have got four players in the qualifying.
“We have already got Martin Sell in the final qualifying event and it would be nice if we could get at least one of the four through - but I think all four have got good chances.”
Scarrott feels that Mumford will go to Dorset full of confidence after breaking his course record last weekend.
“Matt’s confidence at the moment is pretty high,” Scarrott said. “He has some good form after breaking the course record and winning the men’s championships.”
Scarrott believes that Plaister, who has gone through the ranks at Wrag Barn over the last eight years, has been working hard to help get himself closer to the main event at Hoylake.
“I know Josh isn’t playing as much as he would like to at the moment, but he has been doing everything right in practice,” Scarrott said. “He is working hard and putting in the practice.”
Scarrot feels that Josh Loughrey’s form on the Alps tour will hold him in good stead when he tees off this morning.
“Josh has got a very good chance,” the Wrag Barn coach said. “He is doing well on the Alps tour travelling around Europe.
“The main thing about this event at Remedy Oak is that it is just a one round tournament and confidence is going to play a big part.”
And while Ben Loughrey has struggled slightly on the Jamega Tour and EuroPro Tour so far this season, Scarrot says that this could be the round the older of the two Loughrey brothers could require.
“I spent a bit of time with Ben recently and we had a good chat about his game,” Scarrott said. “He is hitting the ball really nicely.
“This could just be the round that gets his season back on track and what time it would be to do it as well.”