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Simon Head will compete in The Open Championship final qualifying at Sunningdale New on Tuesday

By Luke Cawdell

Lordswood golfer Simon Head will compete in final qualifying for The Open Picture Ruth Cuerden

Lordswood golfer Simon Head will compete in final qualifying for The Open Picture: Ruth Cuerden

A place in the 2014 Open Championship is just a step away for Lordswood golfer Simon Head.

The 26-year-old booked his place in Tuesday’s final round of qualifying after seeing off more than 100 fellow hopefuls at the London Club on Monday.

Head fired a two-under-par 70 to finish joint second in a field of 126 players during the regional qualifiers.

More than 1,400 players were taking part in regional qualifying, at 13 different courses, in a bid to progress to final qualifying for The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool from July 17-20.

“I stuck to my game-plan and it was fantastic to have qualified,” said Head, who works as an assistant in the professional’s shop at the London Club.

“It was a nerve-racking wait to find out if I had been successful, having teed off at 7.44am.

“We were only the fifth group out and so I spent the rest of the day refreshing the website to check the scores. Eventually, I went home and waited.

“I knew if I scored under par then I had a chance and I luckily produced my best competitive performance on the course, just at the right time.

“When I got the news that I had made it through it was the best feeling in the world.”

The final qualifiers take place over four different courses. Head has been drawn to play at Sunningdale New, in Berkshire.

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