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Local newbie pushes the best to the limit

July 9, 2014

Twenty year-old Luke Benyon from Worsley, narrowly missed out on making the final cut coming joint 11 th at Europe's biggest amateur golf event, the 2014 William Hunt Trilby Tour, having only seriously taken up the sport six months earlier.

Luke's road to the event started when he won a competition with Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & County Club to see how much a new golfer's game can improve over six months, with the view of competing in this year's Lancashire leg of the Trilby Tour as the finale to the project.

Playing to an adjusted handicap of 14, a world away from the 20 he played to six months earlier, Luke this week took on 138 of the best amateur golfers in the UK. He showed great technical ability following his intensive training with Worsley Park's head professional and former British Open leader, David Screeton.

Luke started strongly, following up a great opening tee shot on the first by scoring well on the first three holes. After an erratic finish to the front nine Luke had clocked up just 13 stableford points, leaving a lot of work to do on the second half of his round.

A birdie on the 15 th on the back nine, helped Luke finish with a very respectable 30 points overall - a score he could have only dreamt of six months earlier.

Luke Benyon, who is already looking to improve on his 11 th place finish, said: "Since starting the project with Worsley Park, I'm a totally different player. My swing is completely different and I'm a lot more confident. I was gutted to just miss out on making the cut for the finals, with only the top ten going through. I am definitely going to work hard and come back next year.

"David and his team at Worsley Park have been incredible and it has been great to work with them over the last half year. They have inspired me to be the best I can be."

The William Hunt Trilby Tour is now in its 8 th year and will be broadcast on Sky Sports as part of the Trilby Tour series with the event held this week at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club being shown in the autumn. The series attracts an annual viewership of over 2.5 million which officially makes it the largest event of its kind in Europe.

Director of Golf at Worsley Park, Adam Moule said: "The course is playing superbly well with all of the players commenting on how immaculate the fairways and greens were, however many of the players still found the challenging course here at Worsley Park a handful. There was a real mixed bag in terms of the scoring which makes Luke's achievement even more astounding."

Trilby Tour founder William Hunt says: "This event in Worsley is in my home town in Lancashire so I'm always very proud to come back here - it's one of my favourite venues. It was a major achievement for Luke today. I'm sure with more experience he'll be a great competitor and a future Trilby Tour champion."

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