IN two years, golfer Joe Dean has gone from winning the Lee Westwood Junior Championship, to dreaming of beating the Worksop star.
The teen won the Scratch section at the Worksop Guardian backed competition in 2009, and now he’s two good scores away from The Open Championship in July.
Renishaw Park Golf Club product Joe, who turns 17 on Friday, won the Open Regional Qualifying event at Lindrick on Monday.
Now he’s looking forward to the Final Qualifying round at Rye, in Kent, next week.
He admitted to the Guardian that it would be a dream come true to play against his hero Westwood at Royal St George’s.
“It would be amazing.”
“I would have a bit of banter with him, and hopefully try to beat him,” he added, tongue very much in cheek.
The youngster realises the size of the task in front of him, but remains optimistic.
“I know it’s going to take two really, really good scores, but I’m just getting as much practise in as I can.”
Dean shot 69 to top the leaderboard at Lindrick this week, and will be joined in next week’s Final Qualifying by Bondhay’s Daniel Wasteney and Kevin Crossland of Worksop GC.
For this week’s Friday on the Fairway see page 70