Alfie Plant Wins Silver Medal At The Open 2017

Alfie Plant completes a memorable weekend at The Open 2017 to win the Silver Medal.

Alfie Plant Wins Silver Medal At The Open 2017

Alfie Plant completes a memorable weekend at The Open 2017 to win the Silver Medal.

Alfie Plant Wins Silver Medal At The Open 2017

Alfie Plant has won the Silver Medal at Royal Birkdale, completing his round on Sunday as the only amateur left in the field. The 25-year-old from Bexleyheath in south-east London posted a final-round 73 to finish on a 286 total.

It was an amazing week for him and ‘Team Alfie’ with his friends and family joining hundreds of other fans in cheering him home down a very loud 18th hole.

“It sent shivers down my spine walking up the last," said Alfie of the reception. "I had my brother walking up beside me, it was a really good feeling.”

Plant won the European Amateur Championship earlier this month at Walton Heath with a birdie at the fifth extra hole to earn a place in The Open. 

Alfie Plant Wins Silver Medal At The Open 2017

Alfie Plant's fan club at The Open 2017 [Getty Images]

And although the man from Sundridge Park Golf Club in Kent found birdies a little hard to come by in his final round, playing alongside European Tour star, Brandon Stone, he took a lot of positives from his week in Southport.

"I've been really lucky to be paired with three great guys, three great caddies,” said Plant. “They really looked after us out there. It was a new experience to me and my brother. I couldn't have shot the scores like I did out there without their help, definitely.”

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After picking up his Silver Medal at the presentation, Plant will turn his attention to turning pro in September. “Hopefully I’m going to  be picked for the Walker Cup and I’ll try out for tour school after that.

Plant does not qualify for the prize money due to his amateur status, but asked what he would have spent the winnings on, he joked: “If you ask my girlfriend, she'd definitely say a ring. I don't know. I'm really not sure. Some new clothes would be nice or a nice holiday. The list is endless. I'm really unsure.”

Michael has been with Golf Monthly since 2008. As a multimedia journalist, he has also worked for The Football Association, where he created content to support the men's European Championships, The FA Cup, London 2012, and FA Women's Super League. As content editor at Foremost Golf, Michael worked closely with golf's biggest equipment manufacturers, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this side of the industry. He's now a regular contributor, covering instruction, equipment and feature content. Michael has interviewed many of the game's biggest stars, including six world number ones, and has attended and reported on many Major Championships and Ryder Cups. He's a member of Formby Golf Club.