British Mid Amateur format at Alwoodley points to East

Stephen East looks to turn back the clock when the British Mid Amateur championship is staged at Alwoodley, starting tomorrow.

The Moortown player won the title at Seaton Carew six years ago to add to a hat-trick of victories in the English Mid Amateur, in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

The format of 18 holes of strokeplay on the first two days, after which the leading 64 in the field of 144 battle it out at matchplay, suits East, at 47 among the older players in an event for over-25s.

Because of an elbow problem, which has troubled him for some years, he dislikes 36 holes in a day.

The venue is also a big attraction. He won the Yorkshire strokeplay at Alwoodley in 1989 and followed 10 years later by claiming the Yorkshire Mid Amateur there.

This week's event has a Yorkshire championship look about it as 31 players from the county start alongside players from around Britain and seven overseas countries.

Emma Duggleby is disappointed to miss out on the chance of a unique double after winning the British Mid Amateur title with a runaway seven shots margin at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire last month.

Pressure of work at Malton & Norton where she works in the office and pro shop prevented her entering the English Mid Amateur which starts today at Sherwood Forest.

Fellow Yorkshire internationals Naomi Edwards, Rachel Bell and Sara Garbutt also miss an event in which Curtis Cup player Kerry Smith, from Hampshire, starts as favourite.

Yorkshire's leading young professionals battle at the London Club, Kent, for the Powerade PGA Assistants' championship this week which offers the winner a slot in next season's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and places in the United States and Australian PGA Assistants' championships as well as a 5,000 pay out.