Joe has just returned from playing in the South American Amateur Championship in Chile where he finished in 8th position and has high hopes for himself and his England team-mates in Africa.
The month tees off with a trip to a course on the southernmost tip of the Kruger National Park for the African Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club between 3-6 February 2020.
Next comes a visit to Johannesburg for two events.
First up there is the South African Stroke Play Championship at Randpark Golf Club between 10-13 February.
Three days after the conclusion of that event, the South African Amateur Championship will be staged at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
A month of top-class amateur golf finishes between 24-26 February 2020 with the Sanlam Cape Province Open at Kingswood Golf Estate near George.
Joe Long, 22, Joined Lansdown Golf Club as a junior in 2008 and has represented the Club at every team level, he won his first County Honours in 2012 and the Club Championship in 2014 & 2015.
In 2018 was runner-up in the English amateur championship, fourth in both the Scottish open and Dutch Junior Open and fifth in the Hampshire Salver. He was also a member of England’s winning team at the men’s Home Internationals. Joe started 2019 by representing England at Costa Ballena in an Octagonal Match, the eight competing countries were: England, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
Joe's season has been one of ups and downs, and after having started well in South Africa he suffered an injury on his return at the start of the UK golfing season. This set Joe back and it took quite a few events for him to get back to full fitness. When his form returned, he started to trend in the right direction with an excellent result at the European Amateur Championship.
Joe has gained valuable experience this year and intends to play in more elite amateur competitions next year before considering turning Professional.
Highlights of Joe's Year 2019