Omaha hosts top golfer

Seamus Lynch, left, and Ryan Fox had a quick warm-up on the putting green before setting out on the exhibition match.

Fresh from his honeymoon in Africa, New Zealand’s top-ranked golfer Ryan Fox played an exhibition match at Omaha Beach Golf Club on Anzac Day.

Fox and club president Seamus Lynch took on club professional and former Scottish representative Emma Fairie and Grainne Hillery-Lynch after Seamus and Grainne won the game in a club auction.

The match was played just days before Fox flew out to Southport, north of Liverpool, for the British Masters.

Currently ranked 77th in the world, he claimed his first European Tour title in Perth in March and now has a guaranteed status on the tour until the end of next year. He was the first New Zealander to win on the European Tour since Danny Lee a decade ago.

Fox is no stranger to the Omaha course. His new in-laws live near the seventh hole and until 2017, he and Michael Hendry held the course record for the lowest gross score off the back tees. Their record of 63 was beaten during the Mondiale Omaha Beach Pro Am in 2017, when Hayden Beard scored 62.

Fox married long-time partner Anneke Ryff on Rakino Island in March.


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