Scott Gregory insists he is ready to do battle with a ‘brutal’ golf course as he prepares for his biggest domestic tournament of the year so far.
The Corhampton amateur will be among the fancied challengers for the coveted Lytham Trophy, which starts on Friday,
It’s a course where you need to be patient because it can be brutal at timesScott Gregory
It’s one of the bigger events on the amateur circuit and is played on the Royal Lytham & St Annes course, which hosted The Open as recently as 2012 when Ernie Els emerged as a surprise winner.
Gregory has not yet found his brilliant best in the early weeks of the new campaign but believes his game is is decent shape.
And the Waterlooville-based golfer played the course in a get together with the England squad recently and understands what it takes to do well on one of the tougher links courses in the country.
Gregory said: ‘We went up to Lytham with the England squad and had three days up there playing a practice match.
‘I’ve had a nice look at the course and it’s tough, as you’d expect.
‘You have to get your tee shots in play and battle it out.
‘I’m normally strong off the tee and hit a lot of fairways.
‘If my irons are good, as they are at the moment, I will give myself some birdie chances.
‘It’s a course where you need to be patient because it can be brutal at times.
‘You are going to make bogeys in a round but you have just got to keep your head down.
‘To me, it’s all about playing the front nine well.
‘If you can hang in there on the front nine and be at level or one over, you are probably going to do quite well.
‘The back nine tends to be easier because of the wind direction – that’s what I have learnt from playing it anyway.
‘I don’t think you are going to shoot six under on the back nine, but there are some good birdie opportunities.
‘I shot two-under round there on the final day but it was a sunny day and the wind wasn’t anywhere near as strong as it had been.
‘But it’s a course that suits my eye off the tee.
‘I can hit my little fade on every hole and that should get me round the course.’