Former UTA golfers Zach Galliford, the reigning Welsh Open champion, is among the field of 72 golfers competing for one of three spots at a Tuesday qualifier for the 146th Open, scheduled for July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale. Galliford is scheduled for a 4:25 a.m. (CDT) start time tomorrow at Notts Golf Club (more commonly known as Hollinwell) in Nottingham, England.
Formed in November 1887, Hollinwell held its first competition the following month on Bulwell Common.
In 1889, Mr C R Hemingway, a railway surveyor, discovered an area about nine miles north of Nottingham which he thought would make an ideal new location. Willie Park Jnr was commissioned to design the new course.
Hollinwell was adopted as its title in December 1900, with the name taken from a natural spring on the course which members can still take refreshment from to this day. It officially opened on 3rd November 1901 and welcomed 228 members.
Notts soon became a venue for major national golf tournaments and has hosted numerous events including the English Amateur, the Brabazon Trophy and the Boys Amateur Championship which Matthew Fitzpatrick won there in 2012. It has also hosted professional tournaments, including the Dunlop Masters, and when the John Player Classic was held there in 1970, it boasted the largest prize pot in the world of golf.