Home Field Advantage Leads One Golfer to The Open Championship

Posted on July 01, 2011
Playing your home course certainly has its advantages. Think about the secret intel youve gathered from yours those tricky slopes on the green you know to stay clear of, green-side hills that kick your ball toward the hole if hit at just the right spot, or that familiar corner of the fairway you cut every time with the easy swing of your hybrid.

Francis McGuirk Prince's Golf ClubSuch knowledge came in pretty handy for Francis McGuirk, son of Michael McGuirk - the owner of Princes Golf Club in Kent, England. Princes hosted the Final Qualifying round of The Open Championship on June 28, and Francis shot five-under par on his home course to earn his place at golfs oldest major championship to be played at Royal St. Georges July 14-17.

It is hard to describe this feeling, commented 37 year-old Francis. I have played thousands of rounds of golf at Princes Golf Club and have kept a close eye on the developments that have been made over the last 18 months, but to qualify in my own backyard is a dream come true. The course was in great condition, and the fact it was the only one of four Local Final Qualifying venues to complete play following rain delays is testament to the organization of the refurbishments that have taken place.

Princes Golf Club, which is managed by Troon Golf, will have numerous initiatives during The Open Championship and will welcome golfers to play during the week. Recent bunker renovations were officially opened by double Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington last month, which have enhanced the playing experience of the historic coastal course.

Princes Golf Club, Kent, England

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