Scaris­brick duo a step closer to Chas­ing Dream

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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, visit­mat­ter­

Michael Durkin and (right) Ray Wood

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