Rout­ley’s sights set on sec­ond grand fi­nal

Macclesfield Express - - JOBS - GOLF

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S Martin Rout­ley is out to prove light­ning can strike twice by claim­ing his place in a sec­ond golf­ing fi­nal in three years.

Rout­ley, a mem­ber of Mottram Hall, has qual­i­fied to play in the re­gional fi­nal of the Lom­bard Tro­phy, Europe’s largest pro-am, at Dun­ham For­est on June 26.

The six hand­i­cap­per, who worked for As­tra Zeneca for 20 years be­fore be­com­ing a house­hus­band, will tee up at the Cheshire venue along­side his PGA pro­fes­sional Matthew Turnock.

The event comes 18 months af­ter he met two time Ma­jor cham­pion and Ry­der Cup leg­end Jose Maria Olaz­a­bal dur­ing the fi­nal of am­a­teur cham­pi­onship the Ne­spresso Tro­phy, where Rout­ley played and fin­ished sec­ond.

Should Rout­ley, 45, suc­ceed in his latest con­quest he will claim a place in the £80,000 grand fi­nal on Septem­ber 1-2 over the PGA Cen­te­nary Course at Gle­nea­gles, the venue for Europe’s mem­o­rable Ry­der Cup tri­umph last year.

“If I could get into the fi­nal at Gle­nea­gles it re­ally would be my num­ber one golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he en­thused.

“Even though my wife is Scot­tish I’ve never had the chance to go be­fore.

“I’ve heard so many good things about the place, the re­sort’s sup­posed to be re­ally nice and I’ve heard the course is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

“It was bril­liant to find out I had qual­i­fied, to be hon­est it was re­ally tight and I ended up win­ning it on the back nine.

“If I could qual­ify for the fi­nal it would be a great way to fol­low up on the Ne­spresso Tro­phy, where I had a cou­ple of nights in Spain and even dined with Olaz­a­bal at a Miche­lin starred res­tau­rant.”

Rout­ley has played golf for the last 30 years, ever since tak­ing up the sport at 15 with a group of friends at their lo­cal course

“I learnt to play at Prest­bury Golf Club and just got com­pletely hooked,” he ad­mit­ted.

“I’m play­ing as much as ever, and I only re­cently had my hand­i­cap cut from eight to six.

“I love my golf now as much as I’ve ever done.”

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