2012 British Open beckons

THE 2012 golf season is underway and for three lucky golfers over the next two days that will mean earning a coveted spot in the 2012 British Open.

Kingston Heath Golf Club is playing host this week to the R&A as it stages the 2012 International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for The Open Championship.

Played over the 10th and 11th January, the IFQ provides the opportunity for Australasia’s best golfers to play their way into the oldest Golf Championship in the world.

At the end of the 36 holes just the top three players in the 46 man field will be granted a place in the championship, this year to be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes from 15-22 July 2012.

The IFQ pits some of Australia’s more experienced players including Peter Senior, Craig Parry and Peter Lonard against some of the young guns including James Nitties, Matthew Griffin and Rohan Blizard.

Entering into IFQ on the back of his runner-up finish at the Victorian Open is New South Welshman Kurt Barnes.

Barnes experienced success at last year’s IFQ when he, Matt Millar and Rick Kulacz all qualified.

Live scores, tee times and other information are available on the British Open website here.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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