In 2003, when he was a " serious" amateur, Peter Chalkley played in the Amateur Championship at Royal Troon, shot a 69 to a standard scratch of 74, finished seventh qualifier and won a two-year exemption for this venerable event.
Chalkley will redeem the privilege at Royal Birkdale on Monday but under a different designation. He now calls himself a "proper amateur amateur." In other words, he will be playing for fun.
In a field largely made up of circuit amateurs, those who play the full programme, full-time, on their way to the professional ranks, Chalkley will be an anachronism. And he's relishing the prospect.
"The others will probably knock a couple of hundred balls before they go out; I'll probably just have a bacon sandwich," he said. Which is not meant as a gesture of irreverence.
Chalkley can still play and his mates at Copt Heath will know how hard he'll be trying. He still has a handicap of plus-2 and would have qualified for the Amateur, exemption or not.
"But the exemption is there," he said, "and this is too good an opportunity to pass up. And I'm playing nicely."
Chalkley, one-time Warwickshire captain, is playing "nicely" at the age of 37 partly because he's not playing seriously any more.
He has recently started a new career with an international sales company, he travels a great deal and his golf is restricted to Sunday morning with his pals - "and a few scoops afterwards.
"I don't feel that I've got anything to prove anymore. I'm not wound up; suddenly I've become like a 15-year-old. It's great. It's fun."
Chalkley hasn't played county golf for two years and regardless of his performance next week, he has no plans to return to the competitive realms.
Not that he would refuse to help his county if he was asked.
"But Andy Kearns has put a great young Warwickshire side together; the youth policy we started nine years ago is really paying off. It would be a backward step for them to pick me; there are so many good young kids coming through."
When he qualified at Troon, Chalkley was beaten at the 18th in the second round by the Portuguese golfer, Sebastian Garcia. He also played with the Italian, Francesco Molinari, who is now a professional, and was somewhat discouraged by the distance of his drives compared with theirs.
"I realise, new technology or not, that I'm simply not long enough these days," he confessed. "But I think I've proved that I can still compete and I'm really looking forward to next week."
Objectives? "To qualify again."
His preparation for becoming one of the top 64? He played in the Moseley Invitation last Saturday and he's going to Lancashire this Saturday for practice rounds at Birkdale and Southport & Ainsdale, where the qualifiers are being played.
Then it's a bacon butty and off he goes. Chalkley will be competing against golfers from 27 countries.
There are 13 Americans and among them is Trip Kuenhe, who played in the last Walker Cup and who, in the view of Peter McEvoy, hits the ball further than any man playing the game. Americans have had a hard time of it in the Amateur. Jay Sigel won it for them in 1979 but no American has managed to do so since.
The last Warwickshire player to lift the 120-year-old trophy, on the other hand, was Warren Bladon. In 1996. Is there emulation in the air?
Warwickshire have four of their best players, apart from Chalkley, in the field this year and all of them are keen to uphold their county's standards. The four are Matthew Cryer, from Coventry, Rob Steele, from Kenilworth, Ben Kruze of The Warwickshire and Chris Evans, from Maxstoke Park. Paul Griffiths (Sandwell) and Ed Vernon (Burton-on-Trent) are also in the field.
Four of our last Walker Cup side have entered: Nigel Edwards, Michael Skelton, Stuart Wilson and, of course, Gary Wolstenholme. Wilson is the defending champion and he is attempting to become the first back-to-back winner since Peter McEvoy, in 1978. Peter McEvoy, of Warwickshire, that is.
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