Golf: Walker Cup test next for city golf star Fitzpatrick

World No 1 Amateur golfer Matt Fitzpatrick at Hallamshire Golf Club
World No 1 Amateur golfer Matt Fitzpatrick at Hallamshire Golf Club
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Much like a climber who always has a new peak to conquer, young golf star Matt Fitzpatrick is about to embark on his next adventure.

The 18-year-old has had quite a summer. Qualification for The Open at Muirfield led to him winning the Silver Medal for finishing as the leading amateur.

He backed that up with a runners-up spot at the English Amateur championship before making history over The Country Club course at Brookline in Massachusetts, by becoming the first English winner of the US Amateur title since Harold Hilton in 1911.

Now, to a certain extent, real life will intrude as he crosses the Atlantic again to begin a golf scholarship at Northwestern University in Illinois.

In between he’ll stop off at Southampton in New York state to help the Great Britain & Ireland team try and retain the Walker Cup against the Americans.

That match takes place over the weekend of September 7-8 and Fitzpatrick, as World No 1 amateur in the end of season rankings, will play a major part in deciding the outcome.

This week he hosted the region’s media at home club Hallamshire. There, with parents Russell and Sue, and girlfriend Amy in support, he held court with the same composure he shows on the greens.

Brother Alex, who caddied for him at Brookline, was missing however.

The younger Fitzpatrick, aged 14, was having his own moment in the spotlight in Italy at the Biella Golf Club, where he was representing England in the Italian Under 16 championship.

Another one to watch...

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