ST ANNES Old Links golfer Mark Crossan, will soon get some idea about what it could be like to play in a Ryder Cup style competition – albeit on a far lesser scale!
The 19-year-old has beaten tough competition to earn his place in the European golf team that will take on the Rest of the World match at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Florida, next month.
Crossan took on 353 golfers from across Europe with handicaps under 28 over six competitive rounds and finished with the best score to lead the top 12 European golfers who will compete against the Rest of the World team in the United States.
He said: “I qualified in first place and I also topped the leaderboard since June, shooting one under gross off my nine handicap in April, which won me the competition by five, bringing my handicap down to six.
“Amazingly, I’ve managed to bring my handicap down from 48 to 4.8, at which it stands now, in just four years.”
“I am really excited to have qualified for Orlando, as this has been my main goal since the start of the year.
Crossan added: “Finishing first has been a great achievement and now I have been confirmed in the team of just 12 players, I can’t wait to get out there to represent Europe.
“I have worked hard and reduced my handicap by 4.2 this year, which I could not have done without the help and advice of my coach Daniel Webster, the head professional at Old Links.”
Webster said: “I am immensely proud of Mark, this is a fantastic achievement which he really deserves.
“His success is down to his commitment to the game, a lot of hard work, listening to advice and plenty of practice.
“I’ll be keen to hear how he and Team Europe get on!”
The Orlando competition takes place between November 7 and 10.
The final will consist of foursomes on day one, fourball matches on day two and singles matches on day three, where one point will be awarded for a match won, and half a point for a match drawn.
Scores from all three days will be combined to determine the overall winning team.
The teams will be flown first class and stay in a five-star hotel with all expenses paid.