29th June 2010, 2:30pm
Lincoln student tees off at top amateur golf tournament
Rory Dixon A student from the University of Lincoln has hit the fairways at one of the world's top amateur golf tournaments.

Rory Dixon (20), who has just completed the first year of Lincoln's BA(Hons) Sports Business Management programme, won a regional qualifying event to claim a place at this summer's Brabazon Trophy Championship at Hoylake on Merseyside, where Tiger Woods won the 2006 Open Championship.

The international men's open amateur stroke play tournament has been the springboard for many future golf stars, including Sandy Lyle.

Rory, from Essex, began playing golf five years ago, even after saying he never would. His passion for the game started after a holiday in Cornwall where he decided to play a round for fun. His father has been playing golf for 30 years and always wanted Rory to play.

During his first year at the University of Lincoln, Rory has gained experience playing for the University's first team and he believes this has helped him maintain his good form.

"I have played some tough courses in my university matches and have managed to win more than I lost, which is a good achievement in my first year," he said.
"In the next two years I'm going to be concentrating hard on trying to get the best degree I can. If I am able to continue improving my golf whilst doing this, then that will be great. Ultimately it would be great to turn professional and hopefully turn my hobby into a money-earning career."

The Brabazon Trophy Championship is a 72-hole stroke play tournament. This year's competition took place over four days from 24-27 June 2010. Rory ranked 114th out of 153 competitors. For more information visit: www.englishgolfunion.org
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