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Just champion for Adcock

Daily Mail
07 Apr 2009

THE world’s largest golf competition can this year boast the country’s top amateur player.

Todd Adcock, who won the English Amateur Championship last September, is representing Nevill in this year’s Daily Mail Foursomes. And the bad news for the thousands of others trying to reach finals week at the Marriott Forest of Arden in October is that Todd, 23, is playing even better than when he beat Chris Paisley in the national championship’s 36-hole final at Woodhall Spa.

He said: ‘I think I have come on leaps and bounds since last year. It would have been very easy after the English to sit back. But I knew there were things I needed to sort out and I wanted to make changes even during the English. ‘I now feel I am technically better than last year and a better player all round.’ Todd went as high as eighth in the world amateur rankings after his English Amateur title triumph.

However, one of the enduring attractions of the Daily Mail Foursomes is that golf’s handicap system allows the average golfer to take on the national champion. That was certainly the case in the first round, when Todd, who plays off plus three, and his partner from Nevill, David Blundell, were taken all the way by Lamberhurst’s Mike Fraser and Dave Wakeling before triumphing by one hole.

Todd Adcock

Todd and David were part of the Nevill team beaten by Mannan Castle in the final of the Mail on Sunday Classic last year, so they will be hoping to go one better in the Daily Mail competition. But Todd also plays for England and is a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup squad, looking to seal a place in the side to take on the United States at Merion in September.

Together with appearances at events such as the Spanish and Portuguese Opens, that makes for a hectic schedule. He said: ‘It is going to be a very busy year. Me and Dave sat down and discussed if we could find the time to play in the Daily Mail. But I am playing so much competitive golf that this is more of a fun thing for me. ‘Foursomes is always a good game to play. Everybody says we don’t play enough of it, and this competition is definitely fun to play in.’

Todd could be well on the way to emulating two of Nevill’s leading lights from the past - former Ryder Cup and Walker Cup star Paul Way and two-time European Tour winner and chairman of the tour’s Tournament Committee Jamie Spence - by the time the foursomes finals come around in October. But the Kent golfer’s sights this season are more set on Way’s Walker Cup rather than Ryder Cup achievements. Todd said: ‘I have put tour school in my diary for September but my ambition is not to turn pro at the end of this year. My intention in going to tour school is to get experience. Obviously if I was able to play well enough to get a card, I wouldn’t turn it down. I would turn pro but my ambition is to do everything I can this year towards getting into the Walker Cup side.’

Nevill's David Blundell

The creation of a new All Ireland golf tournament this year means Daily Mail Foursomes entrants are down from their record numbers of previous years, but with around 1,500 pairs in each of the men’s and women’s first-round draw - many qualifying through their clubs’ various qualifying events - the tournament continues to attract an outstanding following.

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