Corby’s Evans qualifies for The Open

Ryan Evans has qualified for The Open at Royal Troon next month
Ryan Evans has qualified for The Open at Royal Troon next month

Corby golfer Ryan Evans will play in his first-ever major next month after he qualified for this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The Wellingborough GC member, who is competing on the European Tour for the first time this year, earned his place alongside the best players in the world when he was was one of three to come through the qualifying event at Woburn.

Evans produced two rounds of 68 to finish second and one stroke behind fellow qualifier Paul Dunne while Robert Rock secured the other place.

It means Evans’ childhood dream will now come true when The Open gets under way at the famous Scottish course on July 10.

“I didn’t really sleep much last night (Tuesday) because my phone was going crazy and all the messages I was getting saying congratulations was a bit overwhelming,” the 29-year-old said.

“It’s huge for me. Growing up, you are with your mates on the putting green pretending to hole putts to win The Open and now I am in it.

“I played brilliantly yesterday.

“I had one bad shot all day and that led to a double bogey when I got a bit unlucky on the 16th.

“But I hit the ball great all day and holed a lot of decent putts as well.

“It hasn’t really been there all season to be honest but for it to finally all come together at such a crucial time was great.”

Read the full story and more from Ryan Evans in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph