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Blacka crowned Amateur champ after pulsating finish

Turnberry winner Liam describes TaylorMade-adidas win as ‘amazing’

KEIGHLEY GOLF CLUB member Liam Blacka was crowned TaylorMade-adidas Amateur champion and described it as a ‘truly memorable’ experience.

The 28-year-old gas engineer from Oxenhope saw off the challenge of amateur golfers from across the UK and Ireland at Turnberry to claim the crown and a host of prizes from sponsors TaylorMade-adidas.

Blacka was the final qualifier for the grand final played on the iconic Ailsa Course, and he was ecstatic to finish top of the pile.

He said: “I entered the medal at Keighley as I normally would, but it was only afterwards that I realised a trip to Turnberry for the grand final was on the cards. It was quite a nerve-wracking experience waiting for the cut-off date and seeing if I would make it. Luckily I just crept in.


“It’s been an amazing experience.  Turnberry is quite easily the best course I’ve ever played,. The history and prestige around the place has made it truly memorable.”

The annual competition, run by TaylorMade-adidas, sees more than 100 clubs across the UK and Ireland stage qualifying events. The winner of each one is then placed onto a national leaderboard, where the top-20 go through to the grand final along with their club’s PGA professional.

That meant Blacka was joined in the Pro-Am section of the competition by Keighley’s professional Andy Rhodes, and the pair went on to claim the team prize as well.


Rhodes added: “Events like these are a great way for us as PGA pros to give added value to our club members. Its nice to give the members opportunities like this to come and play some of the world’s most famous courses. From the moment we arrived last night it has been perfect and winning the event has topped it off.”

As well as taking home the trophy, Blacka will travel to the prestigious Wentworth Golf Club to visit TaylorMade’s Performance Lab where he’ll receive a custom fitted set of TaylorMade irons, as well as a round of golf at the club’s famous West Course.

Simon Gilbert, TaylorMade-adidas Golf regional marketing manager, said: “It is integral that we support the green grass professional and, in turn, we are connecting with end consumers.

“I would like to thank the 100 clubs that participated in the qualifying events and congratulate the players on qualifying for the final and getting the chance to play on such an iconic golf course.”

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