Nick likely to stay amateur

Elland’s Nick Marsh looks set to continue as an amateur for at least another couple of years after being told he is unlikely to make the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to take on the Americans in New York in September.

While the 18-year-old continues to play well and is currently off a handicap of plus 3.7, competition is fierce for the Walker Cup and only six England men are likely to make the team.

Marsh, the ex-Lightcliffe and Elland player who is now at Fixby, is in the England A squad and the places are likely to go to elite squad members.

Marsh was this week among England players warming up forthe summer at Ganton, venue for the 2013 home internationals.

His mum Joanne said: “We have been told he is a bit young for the Walker Cup and unless he does something spectacular in the Lytham Trophy or one of the other big events he will proabably not make the team.

“We have been advised that he will have a better chance in two years. Some players turn professional too early and if he stays with England men’s golf as an amateur he will continue to get a bit of funding.”

Marsh won the Yorkshire Boys, Welsh Open Youths and Canadian International Junior Challenge titles in 2012 plus two events in Spain at the end of the year.

Ranked 129 among the world’s amateurs, he is playing in the Duncan Putter event at Southerndown GC, South Wales this weekend. Later in the month he takes in the Selbourne Salver and the Hampshire Hog, both near the south coast, and the Hawksworth Trophy much closer to home at Bradford GC.