More than three months away from his final round of competition, 24-year-old Ridge Community graduate Sam Horsfield will kick off his 2021 season on Thursday at the Magical Kenya Open in Nairobi, Kenya.
Horsfield, who played his college golf in Gainesville for the University of Florida, has had his best season as a professional. After giving up his last two years as a gator, Horsfield won the final stage of the 2017 European Tour by eight strokes and shot an astonishing 27 under par. After dominating all levels of golf, including the Florida State Amateur Championship when he was only 16, Horsfield’s failed to live up to its own high expectations as a young professional for the first time.
Despite some excellent paydays on the European Tour, including a runner-up in 2018 at the Tshwane Open in Waterkloof, South Africa, Horsfield got into the shortened year 2020 without claiming a win. In late July 2020, Horsfield found his move at the Hero Open at the Forest of Arden Country Club in Birmingham, England.
A week after the 61st in the tournament game, Horsfield played four good rounds in Birmingham to defeat Thomas Detry with one shot and claim his first professional victory. Then, just two weeks later, Horsfield jumped in the air and won his second title at the Celtic Classic in Wales. As a result, Horsfield climbed to the top of the UK Swing Order of Merit. Due to the coronavirus pandemic that bans traditional qualifying games for the US Open, Horsfield’s win not only grossed nearly $ 200,000, but also a place at the Open. Unfortunately for Horsfield, when he arrived in New York, he tested positive for Covid-19 and was unable to attend. After a long quarantine, Horsfield was able to take part in six more European Tour events in 2020 and never quite found the groove that earned him two wins, but enough to bring his world ranking for golf into the top 100 over a longer period of time.
Now, in 108th place, Horsfield will be looking to recapture the magic of mid-2020 when it kicks off on Thursday. The start times will be published on Wednesday.
4ball in Cleveland Heights
Almost two years after the last Cleveland Heights 4ball, after the 2020 event was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 event is a breeze.
On Friday, players play a practice round, followed by a long drive competition, a break-the-glass competition, a chipping competition, a barbecue, and a club demo day. Saturday marks the opening round of the tournament, breakfast or lunch and a post-game dinner. Saturday night includes a band and dinner at the 1916 Irish Pub.
The tournament ends on Sunday with the finals, along with food and drink for the players. Paul Royak and Brian Keenan, the 2019 champions, will return to defend their title. They are paired with 2018 masters, Ben Adelberg and Daniel Eggertson.
57. Youth villa in Bartow
Similar to the Cleveland Heights 4ball, the Youth Villa Classic 2020 play was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. While the women’s event has been postponed again, the men will begin on May 29 at Bartow Golf Course.
The 54-hole stroke play tournament will determine a winner and Tiger Godwin will attempt to claim his fourth straight title after dominating the field in 2019, making just a single bogey in three rounds.