Hexham globetrotter

Matty Lamb is continuing to build his international experience having set his sights on joining the professional ranks.

Having chosen to leave the US and pursue an elite amateur career outside of the college system, the plus-five handicapper from Hexham Golf Club has competed in Australia, Portugal and Spain so far this season, and is looking forward to returning to the UK for this summer’s biggest amateur events.

Matty, 21, said: “It was good to get away for our winter, spend some time practising and then compete in four big events down in Australia. It was a great mix of travelling and playing and I’ve learned a lot about being an international amateur while playing new courses against the best players in the world.”

Matty started 2019 in Australia with four events, his best finish coming at the NSW Amateur, where he qualified in the top 32 to reach the matchplay stages. He then headed to the Portuguese Internacional Amateur Championship, where he finished in a tie for seventh place with rounds of 72, 70, 70 and 69. In the Spanish Amateur he again reached the matchplay stages, qualifying in a tie for seventh place before losing his first round match.

“I’ve not had the breaks in the matchplay stages but I’m happy with how my game is progressing,” he said. “My game feels sharp and I’m looking forward to the summer in the UK and Europe. There are a lot of events to look forward to and while I’d love to have the results to be able to be considered for the Walker Cup, I want to concentrate on enjoying my golf and learning with a view to turning pro.”