Young gets GB call

Daily Echo: Martin Young Martin Young

Brokenhurst Manor’s Martin Young has been selected to represent Great Britain & Ireland against the United States in the inaugural Concession Cup.

The Hampshire star is part of the eight-man mid-amateur squad that will head to Florida to compete in the tournament, which is due to begin on May 1.

Two-time major winner Tony Jacklin will be the honorary captain of GB&I, while the legendary Jack Nicklaus holds the equivalent role with the Americans.

Young, pictured, who currently plays off a +4 handicap, said: “I’m over the moon about being picked. It will be an amazing experience.”

The format of the competition bears a close resemblance to the Ryder Cup, featuring a mixture of foursomes, fourballs and singles, spread over three days.

As well as the eight mid-amateurs, aged 25-54, there will also be eight players in the senior category (up to aged 65) and two super-senior members (65 and over).

The biennial event will be held at the Concession Golf Club, in Bradenton.

Young plans to head out to Florida at least a few days before the first practice rounds on April 28, in order to acclimatise, and he believes his game is in good shape ahead of the contest.

“I’m playing better now than I ever have done,” he said.

“The last couple of years, my handicap has dropped down and I’ve been winning more events.”

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