Senior’s moment

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JACK Senior has his eyes firmly set on Walker Cup glory.

The Heysham golfer lines up for the Great Britain and Ireland team this weekend in what will be the pinnacle of his golfing career thus far.

Speaking to The Visitor before travelling up to the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland last Saturday to prepare for the event, Senior said: “This is what I’ve worked for for two years. I’ve known for a while I’ve been in the squad but I’ve been working so hard to get in the 10-man team.

“I’ve had a good season so felt it would have been hard for them to leave me out.

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“I was confident, but it was good to get the phone call, it’s a weight off your shoulders.”

This season Senior has lifted both the Lytham Trophy and, at the end of last month, reached the semi-final of the US Amateur Championship, a competition won three times by Tiger Woods.

But now the former RIpley St Thomas pupil is focused on helping Great Britain and Ireland defeat reigning champions the USA this weekend.

The 23-year-old said: “We have had a few training sessions. We had a practice match a few months ago where we went up to have a practice and have a look at the course.

“I’m just ready to get on with the game now.

“I’ve played a lot of team golf with England and there are five England lads in the Great Britain and Ireland team.

“I know the team really well and I’m very good friends with most of them.”

One of the players on the team is Tom Lewis, who led after the first round of this year’s Open Championship at Royal St George’s.

“I’m a good friend of Tom’s. An amateur leading The Open shows that amateurs and professionals can be at exactly the same level. It shows how golf is that after one round of golf Tom was in the media spotlight.

“I think that pressure showed in Tom’s second round with the spotlight still on him.”

Read the full story in this week’s Visitor.