Moran looking to kick into links gear at Lytham Trophy

Ronan MacNamara

Robert Moran (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Castle’s Robert Moran has played just about everywhere in 2023 so far, taking in stints in Australia, South Africa and Spain while he made two Challenge Tour cuts in India during the off-season.

While he and the world’s best amateurs have been scattered around the globe he is relishing the first proper coming together of some of Europe’s best at the 57th Lytham Trophy this week at Royal Lytham & St Annes as he gets his championship season underway.

Moran is one of nineteen Irish amateurs travelling across the water as he looks to improve on a fourth place finish twelve months ago.


“Obviously this year I have played a lot of golf but this is the first event that everyone is playing because people have been all over the world whether it be Spanish AM, South Africa, Australia and stuff so a lot of the best players have been here and there so very few people have been together,” said the 23-year-old.

“Played pretty nicely here last year but still caught me out a few times with triples and doubles so can’t get too far ahead of yourself

“The Nations Cup thing in Sotogrande was pretty big but it was only three or four people from each country so there’s a full field in Lytham this week. One with a lot of good players and plenty of Irish lads.”

The Lytham Trophy will form a nice link with the Flogas Men’s Irish Amateur Open Championship in the Island this year with several players from the United Kingdom set to flock to Dublin next month and Moran feels the week will serve as good preparation for the Island date with high class fields in store.

“It’s good prep for Irish AM, haven’t played a lot of links golf over the last few months so it’s good to get back into it. Lytham is a challenging golf course as is the Island so it’s good practice for that.

“It’s great to see Irish AM this year with a lot of internationals. Probably the first time since before Covid that you’re getting such an international field which is great.”



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