Scarisbrick duo a step closer to Chasing Dream
TWO amateur golfers from Scarisbrick are both one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf.
Ray Wood and Michael Durkin from Hurlston Hall Golf Club, Lancashire triumphed at the regional qualifier at Preston Golf Club, both qualifying with net scores of 73 shots and now go forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August.
The winner there will be England’s Golf’s male Handicap Golfer of the Year and the top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September.
They will be joined by the top nine players from the companion men’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am.
The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of the European Tour.
The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women.
Ray, playing off a handicap of 16, said: “I’ve played at Preston multiple times, but this was possibly the toughest round I’ve ever played.
“Despite that it was a fantastic day with superb greens and playing with some brilliant golfers.”
Michael, former captain and club chairman added: “I started poorly but I had belief I could change my fortunes in the back nine.
“I’m glad to have played a part in the competition and I couldn’t have asked for any more.
“Woodhall Spa is our next challenge, but I’m looking forward to playing on such a memorable course.”
Last season, England Golf and Bridgestone worked together to run a similar event called the Driveguard Trophy for club golfers. It made a dream come true for South West players Zack Rosen, Carl Broomfield and Peter Carr.
The trio eventually found themselves as guests of Bridgestone at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, playing alongside 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell.
Bridgestone’s consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “We congratulate Ray and Michael for getting so far in the competition and wish them all the very best for the next round.
“Stories like this are what brings the Chase Your Dream Trophy to life and we will be wishing them all the best up at Woodhall Spa.
“We have never engaged with quite so many golfers before and are thrilled with the success of the competition so far.
“We are able to communicate our brand messages to a captive audience, whilst also offering them an experience that they will never forget.”
For more information about Bridgestone and its Chase Your Dream concept, visit www.nomatterwhat.uk.com