Mark books his Miami place

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ST ANNES Old Links golfer Mark Crossan has beaten tough competition to earn his place in the European team that will take on the Rest of the World match at the Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami, from November 5 to 8.

And 20-year-old Crossan is getting an old hand at this!

It is the second year that Crossan has beaten hundreds of golfers from across Europe to qualify for the Virgin Atlantic Golf Finals ‘Ryder Cup Style’ match.

He will represent Europe in the team of 12 against the Rest of the World Team next month.

Crossan explained: “I qualified in the top 8 for Europe this year, which was very hard considering the weather we’ve had.

“I have travelled a lot more this year and played in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States.

“I also made the top 50 in the Amateur Tour’s Order of Merit finals which was hosted at Hillside Golf Club.”

“I am really happy to have qualified for Miami, as it has been my one of my main goals since the start of the year.

“Having won qualification last year I knew what a task it would be this year and to pull it off again is a dream come true.

“I am very excited to get out there and represent Europe for the 2nd year running.

“I have worked hard at my game this year and seen some massive improvements.

“I would not be where I am today without the help and support of my coach Daniel Webster. I would also like to take the time to thank David Dorans at the club, as he has helped improve my putting. ”

Webster, head professional at Old Links, 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 final will consist of foursomes on day one, four-ball 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.

Any golfers interested in competing next year can find more information from www.flyingclubgolfleague.com.